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|2 Nov|4 mins

Noosa Need-To-Knows

In Search Of The Eternal Sunshine
Elle Glass
2 Nov
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With pandana-lined beaches and crazy-clear waters the temptation is high to make a holiday here a permanent one. The waves are long and rolling and the juice – in every second store – is cold-pressed and organic. Shoes, they’re optional. It’s a slower pace here and days are driven by what the surf is – or sometimes, isn’t – doing.

Except this weekend, it’s the home of the Noosa triathlon, Australia’s highest profile triathlon event and the largest Olympic distance triathlon in the world. For those on way to watch the race / run the race, here’s our to-do list.

Advice
|2 Nov|4 mins

Noosa Need-To-Knows

In Search Of The Eternal Sunshine
Elle Glass
2 Nov
Share:

With pandana-lined beaches and crazy-clear waters the temptation is high to make a holiday here a permanent one. The waves are long and rolling and the juice – in every second store – is cold-pressed and organic. Shoes, they’re optional. It’s a slower pace here and days are driven by what the surf is – or sometimes, isn’t – doing.

Except this weekend, it’s the home of the Noosa triathlon, Australia’s highest profile triathlon event and the largest Olympic distance triathlon in the world. For those on way to watch the race / run the race, here’s our to-do list.

*via Instagram @bettys_burgers

Eat … At Betty’s Burgers, it’s the Sunshine take on Shake Shake. For something a little fresher, head for Raw + Rice on Noosa Drive for fresh-off-the-boat poke. For pizza, try El Capitano, and for something a little more on upmarket side, book in a beach front table at Sails. Be sure to order the crab lasagne (good news: you can order it as a main too). Or, if you’re looking for a late-night number, head to Locale at the southern end of Hastings. Be sure to order off the bar menu, not the main menu – this is where you will find the pumpkin and sage gnocchi that will change you life. Our tip? Order one each. This is way too good to share.

For a casual coffee, hit up Cafe Le Monde. It’s one of Noosa’s oldest and they’ll make you feel at home, sandy feet and all.

For dinner, make sure you make the 10-minute (max) drive to Sunshine to try Sum Young Guys. The bigger the group, the more you’ll get to try so do your best to make friends. Do not skip on the mixed mushroom pad see ew or the cocktails.  Blame your can’t-move-fullness on MasterChef runner-up Matty Sinclair – he’s one of the brains behind this joint that’s sure to become your regular.

*via Instagram @elisecook Fairy pool Noosa Heads

Explore… The national park. You can walk all around the coastline and see the most beautiful views. See dolphins and, when the season’s right, whales. You can walk from Noosa all the way around to Sunshine. Be sure, though, to bring plenty of water and go hard with the sunscreen.

Drink…  At the surf club, be it  in Noosa or in Sunshine Beach. The very best of beach views. At Sunshine, they have a deliciously light rose on the list and outdoor tables you’ll never want to leave. Or, if you’re looking for something a little more Shirley Temple, seek out Noosa Coldpress – organic juices that you can find in most cafes. Be sure, though, to recycle your jars!

*via Instagram @lachlanmcardle @aloha.yumilani Tea Tree Bay

Surf… just off First Point, or walk the coast path to Little Cove and then through the national park to Nationals, Tea Tree Bay and Granite Bag. through the national park to Little Cove, Hire boards from Golden Breed (next door to Raw + Rice on Noosa Drive). They’ve got every shape your heart / the swell desires as well as the inside word on what breaks are working best that day.

Shop… If it’s a Saturday, be sure to hit the Noosa Farmers Markets and make a beeline for a croque monsieur from the Boulangerie stall. Especially good if you’re a little dusty from the night before.

*via Airbnb Noosa Munna Point

Stay… Try your luck on Airbnb or stays – there are so many great holiday houses up this way, especially in Sunshine, which is a little more laid back than Hastings Street. (On the plus side: it’s closer to Sum Young Guys.)

Treat yourself… To a massage at Sensaura Day Spa (in the Bay Village in Hastings St). One hour is never enough.

*via Instagram @letmesea

Park yourself … On the beach at First Point. It’s the most southern end of the main beach and the most sheltered from the wind. Plus, it’s really close to the gelato van.

Elle Glass
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