Anyone who knows me and has seen me in the past month will know just how much we loved Noosa. It was better than we expected and the most idyllic place to take kids and actually feel a modicum of relaxation too (which is saying something as a mother of twins!) We spent a week here soaking up the sun, beaches, nature and delicious food and I can’t wait to share our favourite things to do in Noosa, Australia.
Firstly, I would recommend booking a long time in advance of your stay as most accommodation gets booked up fast. We ended up choosing an air bnb located just behind Hastings Street. Whilst the location was brilliant for us, it was quite loud from the road. Therefore, with hindsight and experience I would recommend to stay on the beach front. It can be quite pricey but from what I saw, with the incredible vistas and central location, it looks worth the extra money.
Whilst in Noosa you won’t be short on options for dining out, the majority of the restaurants are located along the bustling Hastings Street, which is the heart of Noosa. There are a small number of restaurants on the beachfront overlooking the sweeping Noosa main beach and crystal blue ocean such as Bistro C, Sails and Seasons.
Our favourite by far was Bistro C and we visited here for both breakfast and dinner and the food, service and atmosphere were all perfect – I very rarely say that about restaurants these days!
Sails was a beautiful more upscale restaurant, where the food was delicious albeit smaller portions for a higher price, and the service was excellent. Book weeks ahead for a table at the front of the restaurant for unobstructed views of the ocean.
Café de la Monde was a brilliant casual diner on Hastings Street, which we ate at on a couple of days post beach time with the kids. Food was great and very kid friendly.
10 Hastings run by an English couple was brilliant for breakfast and again service was good.
Over at Noosa Marina, the Noosa Harbour Fish Market was the best fish and chips we have ever had and couldn’t recommend this place more.
Ricky’s River Bar & Restaurant (above) situated along Noosa Parade was a more upscale restaurant in a beautiful setting on the river overlooking the small sail boats bobbing on the water and you can watch the sun set over the water. Whilst the setting was beautiful, we found this to be most disappointing meal of our trip with the food a little tasteless and very small portions for the price. I would also note that this is a more adult friendly venue, even though the staff made us feel very welcome.
One of the best things about Noosa was how kid friendly it was. There are lots of play areas and activities orientated to the kids and families, especially the sublime Noosa main beach where the kids can run around for hours.
Noosa National Park is very accessible for those with kids, even with a double buggy like us! It is paved/decked the whole way and allows you to walk along the coast to Little Cove, Tea Tree Bay and Dolphin Point.
A short drive from Hastings Street is Gympie Terrace where there is a large play area for kids along the river with swings and pirate ship for older kids to explore.
At Noosa Marina we discovered a water play area with lots of fountains for the kids to play in. This was so good for our girls (who were 18 months at the time) as they loved running through the fountains and it was a safe environment for them. After this you can head for fish and chips at the Noosa Habour Fish Market.
Australia Zoo was a huge highlight of our whole trip. It is situated from Noosa just over an hours drive south towards Brisbane. We got there for when it opened at 9am, which worked out well because it meant we were the only ones in the grey Kangaroo enclosure, which was pure magic. Seeing the Koalas and being able to touch them was a very special moment. The Croc show at midday is worth watching too.
Eumundi Market was somewhere top of my list due to my love of handmade artisan goods. However, I came away feeling disappointed because there didn’t seem to be a great deal of high quality stalls, most of the stalls were selling the same clothes and lots of silver and what I would term as ‘hippie style’ jewellery. In fact the best part of the market was the food. We decided to head there early around 8am and have their famous ‘Gozleme’ for breakfast, which was completely delicious. It gets very busy from 9.30am onwards, which would have made it impossible for us to visit the food area with a double buggy.
We discovered a hidden gem in the Laguna Look Out, which gives sprawling views over the whole of Noosa and is very peaceful. Head to Viewland Drive and once you get to the top you will find the look out.
Noosa was such a magical place to visit and we hope one day to travel back and spend some more time in this beautiful part of the world.
Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be delighted to answer them!