Australian Traveller readers rated Noosa as the Best Summer Holiday experience this year in our Readers’ Choice Awards. Here are a handful of ideas that will help you ease into the distinctive Noosa vibe.

Recline, re-wine on the river

Laid-back venues for grown-up drinks with water views – now that is Noosa chic. Rickys offers great seasonal food, and is a superb place for a sunset glass of vino. The Boathouse  also has a grand aspect over the Noosa River while in the evenings Wasabi is a stylish place to watch the fishies swim.

Noosaville revival

While Hastings Streetis the slick heart of Noosa, there is plenty happening elsewhere. Head to Noosaville for must-stop shops such as Coco & BlissThe White HousePandanus Culture; and even browse books while you sip on an espresso at The River Read, one of Australia’s top 10 bookstore cafes.

Beach House & day spa

Sheraton Noosa received a $10-million makeover during the year (no longer the ‘coral pink palace’); the highlight of which is the Noosa Beach House, by chef Peter Kuruvita. It’s got a chilled atmosphere and fresh fare on the all-day lunch menu, as well as bar snacks and cocktails as the sun goes down. While you’re at the Sheraton, you can mull over the 60 treatments available at the Aqua Day Spa too.

Stand up & paddle

There’s only one way to get around Noosa’s waterways or ocean breaks (well, if you are feeling energetic) – the paddle board. A gaggle of companies offer hire/class packages including Noosa Stand Up Paddle, Kayak Noosa and Stand Up Paddle and Surf

Food trail: From farm to graze

Noosa is about the holistic food experience, a snapshot of which can be glimpsed on Noosa’s gourmet food trail.  Visit a producer, such as Noosa Reds or Maleny Dairies, have the producer come to you at the weekend farmers’ market.