n. A stylish pocket of sunshine, pandanus palms and sophisticated boutiques.
adj. Defined by a unique mixture of sand, big-city service and small-town ease.
v. To escape to coastal bliss…
when to go
Noosa is an all-star performer. Summer wins gold for sunshine and heat, but any time of year is worthy of podium position for warm days, balmy breezes and a calendar full of local festivities.
who you’ll find here
Melbourne’s elite have long escaped here, but you can expect a modern pick-and-mix these days: wealthy retirees, cashed-up surfers, cocooning couples and chic young families.
…and who you won’t
Party animals. Noosa is all about relaxing, unwinding, small bars and beautiful bites.
the dress code
Byron Bay for grown-ups: relaxed but sophisticated, coastal but urbane. Pack a silk maxi dress, day-to-night sandals and plenty of white.
Restaurants are big on local produce, especially seafood (and seaviews). For both, head to Rickys River Bar + Restaurant overlooking Noosa River, or Season on Main Beach. Embassy XO in Sunshine Beach serves
award-winning Asian cuisine.
whet your appetite
Few things in life are better than a shoreside sunset with a beverage, and Sunset Bar (atop The Boathouse in Noosaville) offers just that. Head to Marble Bar at Sunshine Beach for delicious cocktails with tapas to match; while Bistro C on Hastings Street makes a mean espresso martini.
shop ‘til you stop
The best boutiques are hidden from popular Hastings Street. Head to Gympie Terrace in Noosaville to fill your bag with stylish homewares, handmade cards, scented candles, soft furnishings, modern artwork, giftware and all things beautiful (and expensive).
The best picks here are light, bright and modern: upper-mid-range options like the newly-refurbished RACV Resort, Fairshore Apartments and Outrigger on Little Hastings are well appointed and well located. As always, anything with the word ‘luxury’ in its name probably isn’t.
don’t forget to pack
Sneakers – the area is just as stunning on land as it is on water. Many walking tracks (for various ages and fitness levels) thread through Noosa National Park – most with ocean views too. Of course.