Queensland is becoming a yearly trip for me, visiting family in Brisbane, and spending time with siblings, nephews, uncles, aunts and my grandparents. This time was a little more special though, as bundling into the back seat of my parents’ car, I headed up to Noosa, as a little getaway, to visit friends, soak in the sunshine, drink a glass or two and enjoy the beautiful town and amazing views.
(NB: We stayed at our friends’ beautiful private residence, however they are running a lovely AirBnB in town. Find it here.)
We lazed over delicious breakfasts, floated in the pool and sat on the deck once the sun had gone down.
Once out the door, I found walking through Noosa a wonderful experience. The town is definitely one of Queensland’s getaway destinations. Just walking down the main street gives a great cosmopolitan holiday vibe, and once I meandered off the path I stumbled across this glorious sight.
Right there was Main Beach – one of Australia’s favourite sandy shores.
The beach is lined with vacation apartments, palms and this buzzing boardwalk.
Following the beach up to Park Road, we walked past Little Cove Beach towards Noosa National Park.
Park Road is lined with the most incredible pedestrian boardwalk as well, set amongst the trees, and with a beautiful view of the coast.
We made it to the entrance of the national park, and soaked in the view for a while. Approaching sunset, everything was bathed in a delicious light. Before long though, we realised it was time to head back to Main Beach.
We had a drink down at the surf club, before walking tree-lined Hastings Street, all illuminated by fairy lights.
The next day, we went for an incredible hike starting south at Sunshine Beach.
The view flipped between tree-scape and sea-scape, and I just loved how our hike led us along sandy shores and then back up hills again.
Sunshine Beach was so sprawling and long, with a beautiful sea breeze to cool down the hot Queensland temperatures.
Climbing hills, descending down and then climbing some more, we reached the half way mark – Hell’s Gate.
It’s a gorgeous rocky outcrop, that has a wonderful 180 degree perspective of the coast.
Unlike the first half, the second part of the hike towards Noosa was an easy (but still very attractive!) descent.
Reaching Hastings Street, we caught a taxi back to the Sunshine Beach Surf Club, and ate a delicious lunch, before heading home, jumping into the pool and relaxing.
That evening we headed out to Noosaville, soaking in the sunset, the buzzing vibe and bird life.
(Sunset Bar is an ideal place for a beautiful view!)
We had drinks and nibbles at the Bavarian Hof, before heading home to a night on the back patio.
The next day we headed up to Tinbeerwah, soaking up yet another view of the surrounding national park, the Hinterland, and coast.
We then went for a spot of shopping, more lazing around the pool and then headed out to some summer night markets.
Noosa was a glorious mini-holiday within a holiday. We unfortunately had to leave and make our way back to Brisbane the next day, but I am bound to be back soon.
Back in Brisbane, I spent my last night in Queensland over a big family dinner, and the next day with a delicious and rowdy pool-side BBQ. All-in-all, a memorable start to 2019!