Rediscovering the Magic of Noosa
Rediscovering the Magic of Noosa
Noosa is one of those destinations that never grows old. Having not returned to this favourite childhood destination for several years, the familiar sites and relaxed nature of the town welcomed me back, while new experiences could be found at every turn.
ARRIVING – Fond memories of swimming in the safe, calm waters at Noosa’s Main Beach came rushing back from the moment we drove into the main hub of Hastings Street. We were greeted with typical Sunshine Coast weather – brilliant sunshine and a warm afternoon to make the most of our getaway. Arriving at Palm Cove was an experience in itself. Surrounded by lush rainforest, the resort is literally on the edge of the Noosa National Park and offers a spectacular, tranquil setting just a short stroll from the hustle and bustle of the main town.
After settling into our spacious three-bedroom, two storey it was time to get out and enjoy the afternoon.
Just steps from the front door and you’re on the famous Noosa boardwalk. Turn right and you enter the pristine, rugged Noosa National Park, or turn left, as we did, and walk along the boardwalk into Noosa’s main hub. The little coves and inlets along the way make it one of the most idyllic coastal walks in the country. We strolled past Little Cove, First Point and onto the foreshore at Main Beach, where we hit the deck at the Noosa Surf Club for an early dinner and relaxing beverage overlooking holiday makers and locals enjoying their afternoon at the beach.
As we strolled through Hastings Street on dusk, the warm March air was filled with the sounds of live music. The entire street was buzzing as we stopped to enjoy the Flamenco sounds at Rococo, then further along to some clever buskers entertaining the crowds as they ate ice cream and chatted amongst themselves.
There are few places you can go on holiday where ice cream features so prominently. Ice cream and Noosa go hand in hand with happy holiday memories, and there are more options than you can poke a Paddle Pop stick at. For us, the pick is always the classic Massimo’s Gelateria – a long-standing Noosa institution and the perfect way to end a spectacular first day revisiting Noosa.
Day 2 – We woke to the sounds of rain on the roof, which merely added to the tropical tones of our getaway. By the time breakfast rolled around, the rain had cleared and beautiful sunshine was once again shining through.
Breakfast this morning took us to the aptly named Boardwalk on Hastings – offering some of the best views in town for a morning feast. Our meal and coffee were superb, overlooking the sparkling blue ocean and people watching as passers-by went for their morning walk or swim. Tempted to while away the day from this very spot, we did head back to our home away from home and enjoyed some downtime.
Day 3 – The apartment had all the facilities to make our meals at home each day, which came in handy to save some money and avoid eating out for all three meals of the day.
After a relaxing day of doing exactly what you should do on holiday – nothing! – we took the surfboards out to paddle around at the Bar, north of Main Beach and a great spot for beginner surfers to learn. Then it was a stroll back along the beach to soak up the last of the afternoon sun.
Day 4 – Today started with an early morning walk in the National Park. The Hell’s Gate walk is a 5km round trip, taking you up, down and around the Noosa headlands. This is a great walk to start the day, with patches of cool, refreshing rainforest and other sections out in the sparkling sun.
After walking up an appetite, we stopped in to the kiosk at the entry to the National Park, which serves nice, simple breakfast and tasty hot coffee. More beach time today!
Day 5 – Between swimming at the beach and relaxing on the deck reading a book, we were again hitting the boardwalk and strolling into town for the afternoon. We stopped for aperitifs at Boardwalk (fast becoming our new favourite spot with those unbeatable views), before wandering back along the beach for our dinner reservation at Sails.
This more upmarket restaurant delivered on all stops, with a beautiful meal overlooking the ocean as the sun went down.
With the night still young, we ventured over the road to the new El Capitano Pizzeria and Bar – an upstairs bar with plenty of seafaring charm.
While we only stopped in for a drink, the smell of the pizzas wafting through the air put this eatery squarely in the top spot for places to try on our next visit to Noosa.
Day 6 – Waking up to the birds chirping and the sun shining, this morning’s walk took us straight onto the boardwalk heading into town to make the most of the stunning weather. With the sun already up and booming by 7am, we took shelter under the sails at Seasons Restaurant, with views out over Main Beach.
After a nice breakfast and coffee, we joined the crowds forming on the boardwalk to say hello to a new friend – a koala had perched himself in the eucalypt tree creating a great spectacle for onlookers. It is such a rare sight to see a koala up close and personal in the wild, and he certainly had our attention as he waddled around in the trees.
The day continued in perfect Noosa style, and we spent the rest of the morning out in the water around at First Point, catching some waves and soaking up the sun.
Day 7 – It was with a heavy heart that we had to pack up and get back on the road, marking the end of our fantastic visit to Noosa. But not before one last scoop of gelato, sitting on the sand and watching the waves roll while soaking up the sunshine.
The location couldn’t be passed up – Palm Court offered everything and more that we could have needed for an enjoyable stay. We’ll certainly be back.