Things to do {and eat!} in Noosa.

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I have been to Noosa three times now. The first two times were for work, and it was super busy so I didn’t really get to just be. These school holidays, we were excited at the thought of going to Hawaii, but then a cat vet bill came in, causing a catastrophic hit to the old bank account, so our grand plans had to be somewhat scaled back. Mr. Woog suggested Queensland, and then I remembered… Noosa! In the end, Mr. Woog was unable to come so I bought along Mum instead.

Now, I like to judge a town by it’s Chicken Parmie, and the offering at the Noosa Surf Club was a five star experience, heralding the beginning of a week that I can now reflect on and name, THE WEEK THAT I ATE EVERYTHING IN SIGHT!

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We stayed at Maison Noosa, which are these terrific apartments right on the beach, allowing some superior people watching positions as folk walked along the boardwalk. I gave the thumbs up to all the Dads out there, pushing prams in the mornings. You can almost hear the Mums laying in bed, stretching out and going back to sleep. RESPECT DUDES! Also, a lot of fit families were running together, as well as hoards of teenagers as they tried to catch pokemons. I actually downloaded the app in the kitchen and found one right outside the window. Now I can feel like I can speak a bit about the subject, having caught one in my phone…

Horatio brought a mate along. A tension breaker as to encourage sibling niceties. Plan worked well.

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Mum getting some vitamin D. Sister be funky YO.

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Meanwhile, over at Betty’s Burgers, I was making love to this bad boy. Seriously, if you have ever had a proper, American burger, you know exactly what I am talking about. I cannot recommend you going there every day. All day.

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It always takes me a day or two, when on holidays, to get into the swing of doing fuck all. I read a lot of books, had Nanna naps in the afternoons and hung out with the kids in the pool. The weather was kind to us, and Maison Noosa had a heated pool, so when they were not swimming in the deep blue sea, they were trying to kill each other in the pool. So relaxing for all.

And then there is the shopping. Shopping in Noosa is good. Skip all he usual suspects like Seed and Witchery and seek out the little independent boutiques, of which there are plenty. This little shop called Lamington was one of my favourites. The stuff was so cute and kitsch. The best gift store ever! If you go to Noosa, get yourself here.

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I CLIMBED MOUNT DELICIOUSNESS AND LIVED THE TELL THE TALE! Our gang caught a cab to Noosaville and enjoyed a Sunday lunch at The Noosa Boathouse. I think this photo can speak for itself. 100% OWNED THAT TOWER. Very kid friendly place, specialising in, yep…seafood. After lunch, we caught a ferry back into Noosa, giving us a birdseye squizz at all the fancy houses along the river. It was here that I also realised that I was a bird fancier.

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If I never hear those two words again, this will be ok with me. Can you guess which two words I am referring to?

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Here is the apartments we stayed in. If you decide to go make sure you book an ocean front room, not a Hastings Street room. We were in room 101 which was terrific.

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(Another) long lunch, this time at Bistro C. Mum ordered this fancy ass salad, which she said was bland, but I did better by ordering their famous calamari with this wicked dressing. SCORE! Bistro C is right on the beach, so you can enjoy a long lunch while the kids swim in the ocean.

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On our last evening, I met with Susan and Lucy from Visit Noosa. I had met them before while working and it was nice to catch up. I gave them some homework. They had to come back to me with places to stay and places to eat in Noosa, from budget, moderate and spensive…..

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SPENSIVE FANCY DIGS

SEAHAVEN NOOSA
Seahaven Noosa is Noosa’s largest beachfront resort, occupying almost 20 percent of the streets’ beach frontage. The resort is home to 68 rooms made up of rooftop penthouse apartments, which boast 180-degree ocean views, one and two bedroom beachfront apartments, studio rooms and Hasting Street suites. Seahaven Noosa has room types to suit couples, corporate travellers and families.
A: 15 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5447 3422
W: www.seahavennoosa.com.au
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F: seahavennoosa

TINGIRANA NOOSA
At Tingirana Noosa, you get the very best of luxury Noosa accommodation. Superbly positioned on the beach side of famous Hastings Street, Tingirana offers luxury beach facing two, one and Studio Apartments.
A: 25 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5474 7400
W: www.tingirananoosa.com.au
I: tingirananoosa
F: TingiranaNoosa

BEST MID RANGE DIGS

NOOSA BLUE RESORT
Noosa Blue Resort is a 4 1Ž2 star rated boutique style resort that sits proudly at the top of the hill in Noosa Heads. Located between Hastings Street and Noosa Junction, Noosa Blue offers the convenience of being away from the crowds but still only 450m from the beach.
A: 16 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5447 5699
W: www.noosablue.com.au
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MANTRA FRENCH QUARTER
Mantra French Quarter (formerly BreakFree French Quarter), is a beachside resort located on Noosa’s famous Hastings Street. Mantra French Quarter offers direct access to the shopping, dining and entertainment hub, making it the perfect place to enjoy the best of Noosa. From our doorstep you can also walk to the National Park and Main Beach.
A: 62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5430 7100
W: www.mantrafrenchquarter.com.au
I: @mantrahotels #mantrahotels #mantrafrenchquarter
F: mantrafrenchquarter

BEST BUDGET DIGS

CORAL BEACH NOOSA RESORT
Ideally located adjacent to the beautiful Noosa River in Noosaville, Coral Beach Noosa Resort offers spacious, affordable 2 & 3 bedroom Townhouse style holiday living combined with superb resort facilities set among lush tropical surrounds & landscaped gardens.
A: 12 Robert Street, Noosaville
P: 07 5449 7777
W: www.coralbeach.com.au
I: coralbeachnoosa
F: accommodationnoosa

IVORY PALMS RESORT
Ivory Palms Resort offers a sub-tropical oasis within walking distance to Noosaville’s hub of activity and prides itself on catering for every type of holidaymaker. Parents unwind and let your kids loose at the supervised Kid’s Club during school holiday periods or in the Bali Hut Games Room year round. For quality family time join them for a round of tennis and putt putt or take them for a splash in one of the resort’s 3 expansive swimming pools.
A: 73 Hilton Terrace, Noosaville
P: 07 5473 1700
W: www.ivorypalmsresort.com.au
F: ivorypalmsresortnoosa

POSH NOSH

WASABI RESTAURANT AND BAR
Wasabi Restaurant and Bar is Noosa’s only two-hatted restaurant and provides the ultimate Japanese dining experience. The entirely waterfront dining space with spectacular river views, amazing sunset vistas by day and a warm contemporary intimate dining space by night is ready to cater for your every requirement.
A: 2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5449 2443
W: www.wasabisb.com
I: wasabi_noosa
F: Wasabi Restaurant & Bar

SAILS RESTAURANT NOOSA
Sails Restaurant, overlooking Noosa Main Beach, is renowned for its clean approachable menus, extensive wine lists and warm attentive service. By day the feel is upmarket bistro, after sun down the white linen transforms the restaurant as it takes on a sophisticated yet relaxed air. Executive Chef Paul Leete represents the very best in Modern Australian cuisine; his food is creative while keeping a strong focus on fresh seasonal produce.
A: 75 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 54474235
W: www.sailsnoosa.com.au
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F: sailrestaurantnoosa

CASUAL NOSH

SEASON RESTAURANT
The Season Restaurant menu highlights the freshest local Noosa produce and innovative dishes ensure that there is something for everyone. With the perfect mix of relaxed yet professional service, stylish food and glamorous location, Season delivers the ultimate Noosa beachfront dining experience.
A: 25 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5447 3447
W: www.seasonrestaurant.com.au
I: seasonrestaurantnoosa
F: seasonrestaurantnoosa

MISS MONEYPENNY’S  (This is where we had a WoogsWorld Readers Drinks!)
Miss Moneypenny’s is a relatively new addition to Hastings Street. Food and drinks are available all day, with menus that range from delicious Napoli-style pizzas and share boards, to full A la Carte.
A: 6 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 0403 899 648
W: www.missmoneypennys.com.au
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TOP CHEAP AND CHEERFUL NOSH

BETTY’S BURGERS & CONCRETE CO
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. is the one of the newest restaurants to come to Noosa’s Hastings St. It is a classic burger shack, serving the freshest mouth-watering burgers around and house-made frozen custards or “concretes”.
A: 2/50 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5455 4378
W: www.bettysburgers.com.au
F: bettysburgersco
I: bettys_burgers

ZACHARY’S GOURMET PIZZA BAR
With three great venues on the Sunshine Coast: the river front on Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads and beach front at Peregian Beach, Zachary’s is famous for its award-winning pizzas. Their pizza menu includes all the classics as well as gourmet, deluxe and seafood pizzas as well as pastas, salads and light snacks.
A: River front on Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads and beach front at Peregian Beach
P: 07 5447 3211
W: www.zacharys.com.au
I: zacharys_pizza
F: zacharysgourmetpizzabar

HALSE LODGE
Halse Lodge is a beautiful old Queenslander in Noosa Heads and one of Noosa’s first lodgings dating back to the 1880s. It now operates as a YHA hosel, listed with the National Trust. The fabulous Halse Lodge restaurant serves breakfast and dinner everyday. The food is fresh, healthy and great value for money. Halse Lodge Bar opens every night at 5.00pm and its here guests meet for a few drinks before dinner.
A: 2 Halse Lane, Noosa Heads
P: 5447 3377
W: halselodge.com.au
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F: halselodge

So there you have my Noosa report. I retuned 5 kilos heavier, 500 times happier and ready to face the WORLD! Or at the very least, term 3.

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