The hiking trails and sandy coves of Noosa National Park are popular with locals and visitors alike. Photo / Tourism and Events Queensland.
With its pristine beaches and laid-back vibe, Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has always been a favorite spot for family holidays – but not everyone arrives with a bucket and spade. Couples have found this beautiful destination to be ideal for a delightful romantic getaway. Think lively bars, sophisticated restaurants, sublime spas and sunset walks. Noosa is beautiful one day and perfect the next when you are visiting someone special.
Wicker chairs face outward in classic European style at Aromas Noosa where the breakfast of Noosa’s hinterland produce, accompanied by newspapers and a leisurely coffee, is not to be missed . In the afternoon, people come for a glass of wine and watch the parade of window shoppers browsing the art galleries, gift shops and boutiques along Hastings Street.
PHONE CALL FROM
Walk down Arcadia Walk and raise your glass to The Junction, as the eclectic collection of bars and restaurants around Noosa Junction are known. Sit on a comfy couch and rub shoulders with the locals at Eddie Cheeba’s, head to the funky beer garden Village Bicycle for a beer, or check out the intriguing Telephone Call From, a little hole-in-the-wall bar that serves excellent cocktails and a rotating selection of dishes from around the world. One week you might get a phone call from Africa, the next it’s a phone call from Bangkok.
NOOSA BEACH HOUSE
Partygoers will appreciate the lively atmosphere of the bar at Noosa Beach House. Afternoon starts tend to be laid back, with the action really kicking off around 4pm. Windows let in the breeze, and locals frequently wave to passing friends, urging them to come in “for a quick drink,” which is usually anything but. Locally inspired bar snacks such as poached Mooloolaba shrimp and snapper ceviche make it tempting to stay the night away.
The Season is located a short walk from the famous Noosa Beach. Grab one of the high tables outside, order a refreshing cocktail and watch tanned beachgoers stroll along Noosa’s promenade. If there is no seating available outside or at the bar inside, it’s worth asking if you can sit at one of the better front tables in the restaurant. Even though these have reserved signs, you can often ‘borrow’ one to grab a drink and watch the sun go down before the dinner crowd arrives.
Although this beachfront restaurant is open all day, it’s hard to get past the breakfast menu. Start with a glass of freshly squeezed juice followed by seasonal fruit topped with candied walnuts and creamy yogurt from nearby Kenilworth. Corn and chive waffles come with spiced bell pepper jam, smashed avocado, crispy bacon and roasted tomatoes with a hint of balsamic vinegar. With stunning views of Laguna Bay, Bistro C is the perfect place to linger over a second coffee.
Locale has the moody good looks of an Italian Romeo and a sultry color palette that makes it especially romantic at night when the lights are low. Local produce features prominently on the menu, which offers classic Italian dishes with a modern twist and an impressive range of pizzas and pastas. The service is friendly and as polite as a bright red Ferrari.
Stroll along the beach with your sweetheart and surprise them when you “find” a beautiful romantic haven for two that includes throw pillows, a bottle of bubbles, and delicious gourmet treats. Noosa Picnics sets it all up and takes it down when you’re done, so all you have to do is eat, drink, relax and hold each other close while the setting sun glistens over the ocean.
Exploring Noosa’s waterways in a classic 1940s-style speedboat makes you feel like movie stars. Start slow with a relaxing cruise past million-dollar mansions, then hold on to your hat for a thrilling river ride past Makepeace Island. Further afield, the freshwater tide parks of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve offer a change of pace. The dark, tannin-tinged water reflects the beauty of the surrounding bushland and is silent except for the sound of the wind in the trees.
Stepping into this Balinese-inspired spa oasis is instantly relaxing. Native birds fill the air with their sweet chirping and self-contained treatment rooms, surrounded by lush tropical gardens, invite you indoors. Couples can indulge in one of Ikatan’s most popular treatments, a sensual Balinese Boreh wrap and massage. Traditional spices are used to create a warming body wrap followed by a warm coconut milk cleanse and an hour-long Balinese massage.
NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
Noosa’s serene surroundings and natural beauty inspire couples to relax and revel in its sense of place. Soak up the sun on a secluded beach or stroll the famous Noosa National Park Coastal Path, watching for koalas overhead and dolphins in the sparkling ocean below. Cooling off in the crystal clear waters of Little Cove or Laguna Bay on the way back is pure bliss.
For more ideas see visitnoosa.com.au
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