Seahaven has modern, large style apartments with plenty of space and
three swimming pools ideal for an afternoon dip or a lazy day hidden under
one of the umbrellas. Yes, it can be pricey but if you aren’t restricted to peak
times there are great deals available. If your budget won’t stretch to the
beachfront, the other side of the street is still a great location and often half
the price. My suggestion would be Mantra French Quarter, a great family
resort with a newly refurbished pool area.
Dining while in Noosa is another delightful treat. You can go full budget
cheap eats and have pizza or fish and chips sitting on the beach or in your
hotel. Lots of people seem to do this and, hey, why not, particularly at
sunset. One of my favourite places to eat in Noosa is Nosh, about half way
down Hastings Street. Really great fish and chips and they also have a huge
selection of delicious, fresh salads. Others include The Bakery in the same
location which does great bread, cakes and pies so is perfect for a quick
snack. Blended, is a little further up the street, and makes the most amazing
Acai Bowls. Staying on the healthy theme, Coconut Head down near the
National Park looks like a pop up store but is definitely here to stay. Try
their in-house, fermented drink called Juno – it’s ideal for cleansing.
Another place to try is Providore on Hastings, a modern café with excellent
coffee, snacks and great gourmet groceries, take away meals and even meats
for the barbeque. For something a bit special, my number one restaurant is
Seasons (under the Tingirana Hotel on the beach). It specialises in fresh, local
seafood and is the perfect place to enjoy a five star meal with a matching view.
Try the seafood antipasto. I have tried many other things on the menu but as a
seafood lover this really is to die for. Other outlets to sample are El Capitano
for the pizza or the European street style eating at Aromas where the chairs
face the street so diners can watch the passing parade.
Now that you have sipped and supped it’s time to work off some of that
indulgence. You cannot visit Noosa without a trip to the National Park.
Start just past Little Cove and take the cliff walk around the coast line to
the headland all the way to Sunshine Beach. Care is needed on the second
half especially with children. A bit tricky to find, but well worth the effort,
are the Fairy Pools in the National Park, roughly a 20 minute walk from the
entry to the park. There is no sign, however you often see people from the
path sitting on the rocks up high. Once you know where they are, you will
return time and time again.
78 | Pindara Magazine ISSUE 12 | 2018