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Karen And John's Guide to the “Relaxation Capital of Australia”

Karen And John

Karen And John's Guide to the “Relaxation Capital of Australia”

Sightseeing
Main Beach is one of the few Australian north-facing beaches with gentle surf making it ideal for families and those learning to surf. It is patrolled by Surf Lifesavers all year round and is located parallel to Hastings Street with world-class restaurants, bars, shops and cafes.
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Noosa Heads Main Beach
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Main Beach is one of the few Australian north-facing beaches with gentle surf making it ideal for families and those learning to surf. It is patrolled by Surf Lifesavers all year round and is located parallel to Hastings Street with world-class restaurants, bars, shops and cafes.
Where the river meets the sea. A place to relax, picnic, fish, soak up the sun or watch activity on the river from the waters edge or the sandy beach. Stay to watch the sun set behind the hinterland mountain-scape.
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Noosa River Mouth
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Where the river meets the sea. A place to relax, picnic, fish, soak up the sun or watch activity on the river from the waters edge or the sandy beach. Stay to watch the sun set behind the hinterland mountain-scape.
Mt Tinbeerwah is located just 15 minutes from Noosa Heads in Tewantin National Park. The walk has wheelchair and pram access to the first lookout point (130m) with views to the coast. Beyond the first lookout the track climbs to the lookout platform where you will enjoy spectacular 360 degree views perched 265m above sea level. Magnificent sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed from this vantage point. Abseiling and rock-climbing is also permitted for experienced and suitably equipped people. Contact Grabrock for further details. There are picnic tables and toilet facilities, but there is no drinking water available at the site, so please remember to bring your own.
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Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout
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Mt Tinbeerwah is located just 15 minutes from Noosa Heads in Tewantin National Park. The walk has wheelchair and pram access to the first lookout point (130m) with views to the coast. Beyond the first lookout the track climbs to the lookout platform where you will enjoy spectacular 360 degree views perched 265m above sea level. Magnificent sunrises and sunsets can be enjoyed from this vantage point. Abseiling and rock-climbing is also permitted for experienced and suitably equipped people. Contact Grabrock for further details. There are picnic tables and toilet facilities, but there is no drinking water available at the site, so please remember to bring your own.
A small village nestled in the Noosa Hinterland only 30 minutes scenic drive away. noosacountrydrive.com.au The Kin Kin General Store Cafe is a great place to stop for refreshments on your way around the scenic, undulating Noosa Country Drive Trail. The Kin Kin Depot offers an eclectic range of local art and craft items and gifts both vintage and contemporary. See above link for further route information and downloadable maps.
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Kin Kin
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A small village nestled in the Noosa Hinterland only 30 minutes scenic drive away. noosacountrydrive.com.au The Kin Kin General Store Cafe is a great place to stop for refreshments on your way around the scenic, undulating Noosa Country Drive Trail. The Kin Kin Depot offers an eclectic range of local art and craft items and gifts both vintage and contemporary. See above link for further route information and downloadable maps.
Lake Cootharaba is a lake on the Noosa River. It is the gateway to the Noosa Everglades, a popular tourist attraction for those who love kayaking, and bird and wildlife spotting in beautiful natural surrounds. 20 km away from Noosa, it is possible to organise an Everglades tour boat or hire a kayak to enjoy this at your own pace.
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Lake Cootharaba
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Lake Cootharaba is a lake on the Noosa River. It is the gateway to the Noosa Everglades, a popular tourist attraction for those who love kayaking, and bird and wildlife spotting in beautiful natural surrounds. 20 km away from Noosa, it is possible to organise an Everglades tour boat or hire a kayak to enjoy this at your own pace.
Stunning walks along the coastline track or through the Tanglewood forest. Secluded sandy bays, natural rock pools, unique wildlife and stunning views of the hinterland mountains, beaches and Laguna Bay. Koalas, dolphins and whales are frequently spotted from the coastal tracks which has a long stretch of wheelchair and pram accessible pathway and several walking tracks for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
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Noosa National Park Carpark
60-62 Park Rd
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Stunning walks along the coastline track or through the Tanglewood forest. Secluded sandy bays, natural rock pools, unique wildlife and stunning views of the hinterland mountains, beaches and Laguna Bay. Koalas, dolphins and whales are frequently spotted from the coastal tracks which has a long stretch of wheelchair and pram accessible pathway and several walking tracks for all ages and abilities to enjoy.
Shopping
Sssshhhh its a local secret! Noosa Farmers Markets offer organic and locally grown produce. Open from 6am to 1pm on Sunday’s it’s an amazing place to pop in and stock up on snacks, fruit and veggies, meats locally made gifts etc or enjoy coffee and breakfast at an array of food stalls. There is usually live entertainment and kids activities. Parking is available for a fee and an ATM is onsite. https://noosafarmersmarket.com.au/
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Noosa Farmers Market
155 Weyba Rd
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Sssshhhh its a local secret! Noosa Farmers Markets offer organic and locally grown produce. Open from 6am to 1pm on Sunday’s it’s an amazing place to pop in and stock up on snacks, fruit and veggies, meats locally made gifts etc or enjoy coffee and breakfast at an array of food stalls. There is usually live entertainment and kids activities. Parking is available for a fee and an ATM is onsite. https://noosafarmersmarket.com.au/
These markets are held in the small town of Eumundi just 25 minutes from Noosa. The stalls open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and have been a popular destination for 40 years. Stalls sell a range of items from Art, homewares, clothing and toys to food, fruit and vegetables and street foods. Parking is available for a small fee.
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Eumundi Markets
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These markets are held in the small town of Eumundi just 25 minutes from Noosa. The stalls open on Wednesdays and Saturdays and have been a popular destination for 40 years. Stalls sell a range of items from Art, homewares, clothing and toys to food, fruit and vegetables and street foods. Parking is available for a small fee.
Day Spa
Relax, let yourself be spoiled at this multi award-winning Day Spa set in lush tropical surrounds. Outstanding treatments and service will allow you to escape for an hour’s treatment or an all day escape/retreat either alone, or as a couple or group. Only 15-20 minutes drive from Noosa Heads. Bookings essential. Ikatanspa.com
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Ikatan Day Spa
46 Grays Rd
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Relax, let yourself be spoiled at this multi award-winning Day Spa set in lush tropical surrounds. Outstanding treatments and service will allow you to escape for an hour’s treatment or an all day escape/retreat either alone, or as a couple or group. Only 15-20 minutes drive from Noosa Heads. Bookings essential. Ikatanspa.com
Relax amongst the rainforest setting just minutes away from Hastings Street. Stephanies is ideal for an indulgent experience for couples or groups (hen celebrations) or for regular grooming needs.
Stephanies Ocean Spa
33A Viewland Drive
Relax amongst the rainforest setting just minutes away from Hastings Street. Stephanies is ideal for an indulgent experience for couples or groups (hen celebrations) or for regular grooming needs.
Food scene
Stunning Italian cuisine ranging from exquisite fine dining to bar snacks, tapas/share plates. Takeaway pizza is also available. An extensive cocktail list with friendly bar staff make this venue fun. This is a classy venue which will not disappoint. info@localenoosa.com.au for online bookings 07 5447 5111 for takeaway orders and bookings
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Locale
62 Hastings St
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Stunning Italian cuisine ranging from exquisite fine dining to bar snacks, tapas/share plates. Takeaway pizza is also available. An extensive cocktail list with friendly bar staff make this venue fun. This is a classy venue which will not disappoint. info@localenoosa.com.au for online bookings 07 5447 5111 for takeaway orders and bookings
Book well in advance to secure a table at this recently “hatted” restaurant in Sunshine Beach. Reputed for its laid back Modern Asian cuisine bursting with flavour. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. www.sumyungguys.com.au 07 5324 1391
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sum yung guys
46 Duke St
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Book well in advance to secure a table at this recently “hatted” restaurant in Sunshine Beach. Reputed for its laid back Modern Asian cuisine bursting with flavour. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. www.sumyungguys.com.au 07 5324 1391
Located in Hastings Street right on the boardwalk in the middle of Main Beach this restaurant offers world class views across Laguna Bay. The seafood pasta is a must have.
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Bistro C
49 Hastings St
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Located in Hastings Street right on the boardwalk in the middle of Main Beach this restaurant offers world class views across Laguna Bay. The seafood pasta is a must have.
Stunning views and stunning seafood menu to match. Sails is located in Hastings Street on the beachside boardwalk.
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Sails Restaurant Noosa
75 Hastings St
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Stunning views and stunning seafood menu to match. Sails is located in Hastings Street on the beachside boardwalk.
Situated in Noosa Junction and loved by the locals, Bombetta Italian is well known for its “Secret Socials” afternoon offers and Italian menu. The cuisine is highly recommended and is ideal for families, couples or groups. Sean The Magician regularly entertains at this venue. Takeaway pizza is available. Free delivery over $50. For further information or to book 07 5343 1778
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Bombetta
77 Noosa Dr
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Situated in Noosa Junction and loved by the locals, Bombetta Italian is well known for its “Secret Socials” afternoon offers and Italian menu. The cuisine is highly recommended and is ideal for families, couples or groups. Sean The Magician regularly entertains at this venue. Takeaway pizza is available. Free delivery over $50. For further information or to book 07 5343 1778
This is a great place for locally distilled gin, vodka and a hinterland town ambience. After a scenic drive this is well worth the visit. This is a new venue with a menu created by chefs with experience from well known local restaurants. Be prepared to sit and relax whilst enjoying a locally distilled beverage.
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Pomona Distilling Co.
18 Reserve Street
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This is a great place for locally distilled gin, vodka and a hinterland town ambience. After a scenic drive this is well worth the visit. This is a new venue with a menu created by chefs with experience from well known local restaurants. Be prepared to sit and relax whilst enjoying a locally distilled beverage.
Moonstruck, Hastings Street offers Boutique Coffee by day and, at night, is a Boutique Gin Bar. The staff have an extensive knowledge of their substantial locally sourced Gins list and offer a delicious food menu to allow you to soak up the Gin and the Hastings Street atmosphere.
Moonstruck Noosa
5 Hastings Street
Moonstruck, Hastings Street offers Boutique Coffee by day and, at night, is a Boutique Gin Bar. The staff have an extensive knowledge of their substantial locally sourced Gins list and offer a delicious food menu to allow you to soak up the Gin and the Hastings Street atmosphere.
Coffee scene
Puncheur is a coffee shop located just over the hill at Noosa Junction where the coffee is expertly roasted on-site. Customer service is usually great despite the coffee being in popular demand particularly by locals. There is also a selection of breakfast items for those who require more than a coffee for a kick-start.
Puncheur Coffee Roasters
77 Noosa Dr
Puncheur is a coffee shop located just over the hill at Noosa Junction where the coffee is expertly roasted on-site. Customer service is usually great despite the coffee being in popular demand particularly by locals. There is also a selection of breakfast items for those who require more than a coffee for a kick-start.
Open daily from 7am until 11am this is a popular spot overlooking Noosa Beach serving their own blend of Merlo Coffee along with freshly made croissants, muffins, Bircher Muesli and fruit salad bowls with yoghurt. Choose to sit and people-watch from the restaurant veranda or takeaway and sit along the boardwalk.
Sails Coffee Cart
Open daily from 7am until 11am this is a popular spot overlooking Noosa Beach serving their own blend of Merlo Coffee along with freshly made croissants, muffins, Bircher Muesli and fruit salad bowls with yoghurt. Choose to sit and people-watch from the restaurant veranda or takeaway and sit along the boardwalk.

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