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Escape to Noosa - Sunshine Coast

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by Gary Brown (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer and photographer from Sydney who has now had five books published on fishing. I also write for the NSW Fishing Monthly, Visit the Shire, Fisho App & Tackle Tactics. I also like to travel and experience new things to do.
Published April 20th 2016
Come and explore Noosa and be pleasantly surprised
Have you been looking for somewhere to go for a few relaxing days or a week or so?

A place where you can go for a swim, take the kids, have a number of quality restaurants and cafes to choose from that are within walking distance of your accommodation, go fishing or surfing and not cost an arm or a leg.

Jon & Danielle from Bali Hai Apartments at Noosa looked after us while we were there.

A place where you could dine out or in every night, go for long and short walks, take a boat ride up the river, go shopping or just plain relax by the pool.

Noosa has all of this plus much more!

Our daughter has just married and I decided to book a week at Noosa at the Bali Hai Apartments at Noosa so that we could just chill out and take in a few of the sights and sounds.

Upon arrival at Maroochydore Airport, it wasn't long (30 minutes) before we arrived in Noosa at the Bali Hai Apartments and were greeted by Jon and Danielle who informed us that we had been upgraded to a penthouse apartment. How cool was that!

Check out the view from the roof top sundeck.

The penthouse came with 3 bedrooms, bathroom and ensuite, kitchen, dining and lounge room, laundry and your own rooftop sundeck including private spa, BBQ, outdoor seating and sun lounges. The views over the river and surrounds were spectacular and so were the sunsets. If you just wanted, you could just walk down to the pool to cool off for a while, then go back to your apartment and pour yourself a drink and sit on the veranda and watch the world go by.

Great facilities at the Bali Hai Apartments.

Located on Noosa Hill, only 600 metres from Hastings Street and Main Beach and 400 metres from Noosa Junction business district, there are 25 restaurants and bars all within walking distance. We were located just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of Hastings Street to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that Noosa has to offer.


To answer this, I would need more than this article to go through what's on offer at Noosa. It will depend on what you want to do while you are there. So to give you a small insight, I will go through what we did while we were up there.


Every morning and sometimes three times a day we would walk down to the main beach at Noosa and go for a swim. Walks along the beach were also part of the daily ritual, plus the occasional coffee at the coffee van.

Great coffee and drinks at the beach.

Every time we entered the water for a swim, we were great by a number of the local bream, whiting and other fish I didn't recognise. There was even a lady who would take some bread into the water to feed them.

If sun-baking and swimming is not your thing and you like to be a bit more active, you could always hire a stand up paddle-board or a long-board and go out to the point and catch a few waves.


If getting wet is not your thing and you would like to explore Noosa on foot, you could take one of the many long or short walks that are available. One thing you should know, if that Noosa is not flat and can be quite hilly in some places.

What did impress me was that there were plenty of boardwalks, concrete and tired walking tracks around which made walking around Noosa so much easier.

One of the walks we did from our accommodation was out to Dolphin Point and back. It was about an hour and a half return trip. This section of the Coastal track from the information centre to Dolphin Point is paved and suitable for assisted wheelchair and stroller access. Wheelchair accessible toilets are provided at the day-use area and Tea Tree Bay.

For more information on the types of walks in Noosa National Park and their use, grading, track description, approximate walking time and fitness levels required, you should click here for more information.


While there, we mainly had our breakfast at our apartment and as for lunch sometimes this was just a muesli bar and a piece of fruit on the beach. We didn't eat out every night, but when we did, we made sure that we booked well ahead, as some places were booked out a few days in advance.

So where did we go?

Great all day breakfasts to be had at Gastons.

Gaston for breakfast.
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Montezuma's for dinner.
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Miss Moneypenny's for lunch.
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Bistro C for dinner.
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You can choose to dine outside at Bistro C if you like.

Flanagan's Irish Pub for dinner.
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The Noosa Surf Club for dinner.
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Breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Noosa Surf Club has it all.

The Works on the Marina for lunch.
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If you get a chance while you are up at Noosa, you should take the ferry ride from Noosa Heads to Tewantin and return on the Noosa Ferry Cruise. At the time of writing the cost is only $22.50 per adult, $20 for a senior, $6.50 per child or $55 for a family.

Hop on off the Noosa Heads to Tewantin Ferry Cruise.

This is a great way to explore what is situated along the Noosa River, as you can hop of and on all day for the price of your ticket. Just remember, if you miss the last ferry of the day on the way back you will either have to walk home or hail a cab.

Or maybe you would like to take one of their BYO Sunset cruises or maybe take an Eco cruise to check out the rich history and natural beauty of the river.

Whenever I go away there is always one thing that I will always try to organise. That is to go fishing. The one that really intrigued me was the four-hour Noosa Fishing and Crab Adventures. For the price of the tour, not only did we get to go for a fish, we also dined on fresh chilli crabs.

Everyone on board the Noosa Fishing & Crab Adventures Tour caught fish.

I have been on a number of fishing trips over the years and I would have to say that this one is up there with the best of them. Even though there were 9 other anglers onboard, there was plenty of room and fish to go about for everyone. One thing that did surprise me though was that only 3 of us liked to eat crab. Not that I minded.

Chilli crab all round.


If we were to go back to Noosa for another visit, here are some of the things we would like to do;

Visit Australia Zoo and see a crocodile up close.
Drive a go kart at the Big Kart Track.
Go to Frazer Island.
Walk around the Eumundi Markets.
Hire a BBQ boat and just cruise the Noosa River.

Why don't you hire a boat from O Boat Hire and cruise the river.

For more information on where to go, stay, play and dine in Noosa go to Visit Noosa at

It had been a number of years since we had visited Noosa and one thing that I did find was there were so many roundabouts that I would suggest that if you are driving yourself from the airport, that you make sure that you have either a map or Navman to get you there.

Where will our next adventure be?

We were up there in March and the weather was quite warm, but the humidity was down a bit. For me, I don't think that I would like to be up there is summer as I think it would be too hot. But that's just me.
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Why? Beautiful one day, amazing the next.
When: Anytime of the year
Where: Noosa, Queensland
Cost: Various, as it will depend on where you stay and what you do.
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