AT THE TOP END OF THE SUNSHINE COAST, NOOSA OOZES SOPHISTICATION AND COASTAL CHIC. IT’S A HAVEN FOR CELEBRITY TYPES AS WELL.
There is certainly no shortage of great spots to grab a bite along the Sunshine Coast, but Noosa might just have the highest concentration of beachside bistros and upmarket bars. Miss Moneypenny’s Restaurant and Cocktail Bar has shot to the top of everyone’s ‘must-try’ list in recent years, competing with the likes of Sails and Bistro C – two long-standing local favourites. But if you’re after a hearty breakfast, The Drop on Noosa Drive shouldn’t be passed up – their haloumi and roast vegetable breakfast bagel is to die for!
And while we’re on the topic of food, glorious food, add Noosa Farmer’s Markets to your Sunday itinerary. It’s a one-stop shop for all of the best fresh produce the region has to offer, with everything from locally-grown fruit and vegies to nuts, herbs, homemade marinades and sauces, cheeses and fresh bread. If retail therapy is what you’re after, you can’t go past Hastings Street. This fashion Mecca has it all, from big brands to one-off boutiques. Two of our top picks are Alterior Motif and Bow & Arrow Trading, which both offer a great range of Australian labels and designers.
Walk from Noosa Heads to Alexandria Bay and you will understand why people travel for days to visit this sunny coastline. The aqua water and shady gum trees of Noosa National Park are quintessentially Queensland, and home to some very shy residents – look up and you just might spot one. If you’re up for the adventure, the rock pools (or ‘fairy pools’ as the locals call them), are a sight for sore eyes – or sore legs, as they’re quite a way into the park! Located between Winch Cove and Hell’s Gates, this is the perfect spot to relax and recuperate before making your way back to the car.
Photos courtesy of Tourism Qld