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Published November 22nd 2017
The Beach is Calling
The Sunshine Coast, renowned for its beaches, sunny weather, surf and laid-back lifestyle, is not just about Noosa, the most popular of the beaches on this stretch of the Queensland coast.
Peregian Beach, 20 mins south of Noosa, has developed a personality all of its own and offers much to its visitors. The village has a lovely atmosphere, accentuated by a strong, committed community who care strongly about the development of their village. A town square makes for a natural centre around which shops and restaurants are the places to visit once you have had your fill of the beach.
1. The Beach You can walk for kilometres on the wide, sandy beach, especially in low tide or you can swim safely between the flags near the village centre. Vegetation and dunes provide a natural barrier between the houses and the beach and give the impression of a beach away from civilisation. Boogie board and body surfing are ideal for this stretch of beach.
The choice of cafes and restaurants for this relatively small village is vast and varied. Periwinkle and Pitchfork are good for a casual dining experience or a special occasion with both restaurants facing the village square and its park. Wahoo specialises in fish and seafood or if you are after something Asian, try Spicy Siam or Sushi Wave . For breakfast, Hand of Fatima (Middle Eastern breakfast) or Skal are good choices and offer places to sit outside.
One of the many restaurants at Peregian Beach serving delicious food
3.Shopping Shopping In Peregian Beach is a pleasure. It offers similar shops to Noosa but there is none of the hustle and bustle that is Noosa most months of the year and more, so in peak holiday periods many of the shops such as Summer & Salt and Otilly & Lewis combine clothing, beachwear, wellness products and homewares, providing unique gifts and additions to your house.
For unique decorative pieces, local artists' products, jewellery and body products try Finders keepers, For the latest in fashion, beachwear and accessories Carmel's Designs, Evolve and Pink Lotus are just some of the shops giving you a wide selection for all ages and price points. There are also children's shops, a bookshop, a surf shop and all the service expected in a coastal town such as medical, hairdressing, spas grocery and bottle shops. You never have to leave as all the necessities are right there at your doorstep.
4. Children The beach is suitable for children as it has a safe flagged area and depending on wind and tides can at times be relatively calm but at times with big waves. Boogie boarding and surfing are ideal pastimes at this beach. A skate ramp and bowl at the park next to the beach as well as a children's playground provide activities for children and teens. The town square is ideal for children to explore whilst their parents grab a coffee. Walks along the beach are never-ending and collecting shells and driftwood and observing crabs will appeal to the whole family. There is also the Di Hirst Oval with its official off-leash dog exercise area, hard surface cricket pitch, community garden, bordering the National Park with beautiful vista view through the Wetlands to Mount Cooroy.On certain dates, movies are screened outdoors, a great way to enjoy the warm evenings.
5. Exploring the area The Sunshine coast has many beautiful areas within a short driving distance of Peregian Beach. There is, of course, the very popular Noosa with cafes, restaurants and sheltered beach and walks in the National Park. The Noosa Marina has boats that take you on sightseeing tours on Noosa River. Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headlands are all worth visiting for the beaches, coastal walks, fish and chips shops and all the attractions of a coastal town. Many towns, such as Eumundi, also hold markets on various days of the week.