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Noosa isn’t all just good looks, this stunning seaside region has an incredible cultural and shopping scene to boot.

A classic seaside sojourn Sun-drenched beaches, national parks and lush countryside, a cosmopolitan lifestyle and climate that invites year-round swimming – what more do you want from a beautiful seaside break?

From the idyllic beaches of Peregian, Sunshine and Noosa Heads to the Noosa River that winds through Noosaville and Tewantin, to nearby towns of Cooroy, Kin Kin and Pomona, there’s an array of stunning locations for holidaymakers.

The region offers endless outdoor adventure, a delicious food and dining scene, a creative community, fabulous shopping, and a lively calendar of events, which all add up to an unforgettable holiday escape.

More than window shopping

Noosa is a haven for those who enjoy a little retail therapy along with their pina coladas.

Behind the beachfront is Noosa’s fashion strip, Hastings Street, specialising in high-end designs and local labels. Be sure to check out Bow & Arrow, Local Labels, and eclectic vintage and gift store, Lamington.

Further afield, relaxed Noosaville has a host of boutiques including stunning florist Evie Blue Flowers, The River Read Bookstore and Cafe, and luxe homewares stores Pandanus Culture and Coco & Bliss.

At the southern end of the region, Peregian Beach bustles with interior designers, clothing and book stores – be sure to stop in at Annie’s Books, Evolve and General Officer, where you can get a hair cut along with a coffee and some threads.

Gourmet wonders

All that shopping has no doubt worked up an appetite, so lucky there’s a banquet of dining options to choose from.

Stay right in town for a meal with a sea view, with a number of beachfront restaurants such as Sails Noosa, Season and Bistro C serving delicious cuisine featuring local produce.

Head to Betty’s Burgers, a classic burger shack, then to Village Bicycle Noosa, a local bar with a relaxed, cool vibe and just-as-cool beer.

Noosaville has some lovely options with river views, including Thomas Corner Eatery, Noosa Boathouse and Jimmy Fox for tacos, burgers and salads.

On a health-kick? GoVegan Deli and Belmondos Organic Market are your pick. For award-winning Japanese, Wasabi is a must, with stunning views over the Noosa River.

Or if you are looking for fresh, local produce, try Noosa’s Farmers’ Market on Sundays and the famous, diverse offerings of the Eumundi Markets, held Wednesdays and Sundays.

Events for your diary

From sport to music to food, glorious food, Noosa has a calendar full of exciting events. Here are our top five picks.

1. Noosa Festival of Surfing, March
The world’s biggest longboard surfing event is held at First Point, Noosa Heads. noosafestivalofsurfing.com

2. Noosa Food & Wine 2016, May
Food and wine lovers will descend on Noosa from May 20 to 22 for Noosa Food & Wine 2016 to discover new flavours, great Australian wines, artisan foods and the finest Queensland produce with 50 of Australia’s leading chefs and producers. Events will take place on Noosa main beach, along the beautiful Noosa River and hinterland, and at celebrity chef lunches and dinners at local restaurants. noosafoodwinefestival.com.au

3. Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival, May
Swim Noosa, Cycle Noosa or Run Noosa in this two-day, multi-sport festival with an event and distance for the whole family – and it’s fun to just watch! noosaultimatesportsfest.com.au

4. Noosa Long Weekend Festival, July
Warm up with 10 days and nights of music, dance, theatre, literature, forums, food, supper clubs, workshops and visual arts. Queensland Ballet will return for this year’s festival. noosalongweekend.com

5. Noosa International Rugby 7s, October
If you love your rugby union, the Noosa International Rugby 7s Festival is an action-packed, two-day event with teams from Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and more playing in over 100 short, sharp matches. noosainternationalsevens.com.au

6. Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival, October
Celebrate healthy lifestyles and fitness in Noosa’s beautiful surrounds over five days with running, swimming and cycling events, culminating in the Noosa Tri, one of the largest triathalon events in the world. noosatri.com.au

How to get there

Sunshine Coast Airport is 30 minutes’ drive from Noosa and has direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne with most major airlines, along with seasonal flights to and from New Zealand. Contact via 1 3000 NOOSA (66672) or see visitnoosa.com.au

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