We’re very fortunate in Australia that life is beginning to become back to a COVID-Normal, with that said interstate travel is on the cards and I’m not going to give up an opportunity to visit some places I’ve been dying to see. With the recent long weekend in Victoria, I flow off to the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, around 1hr and 20min drive from the State Capital Brisbane.
With miles of coastal towns in the region, I stayed in the most popular Noosa Heads. The town is around 30 min drive from Sunshine Coast Airport (Maroochydore) before heading into Noosa Heads I took a scenic route starting from the most southern township in the region Caloundra. I’ve previously been to Caloundra before and was so excited to return and visit my favourite café ‘White Picket Fence’. After eating my delicious chicken bao buns I made my way to Mooloolaba. Famous for its protective beaches and SeaLife Aquarium, Mooloolaba is another one of the popular destinations on the Sunshine Coast you can see why. I’ve previously been here in 2003 but I don’t remember much if only I did I would have come back sooner.
After a big day of flying, driving and swimming in Noosa Heads Main Beach it was time to enjoy some of the beautiful restaurants in Hastings Street. It was such a busy Saturday night and for just one person it was difficult for me to find somewhere on my list of recommendations. I finally stumbled across Café la Monde One of the longest-running restaurants in Noosa and has been for said is arguably one of Hastings Street’s most well-known restaurant/bars. For dinner, it was Natural Oysters and Lamb Ragu Pappardelle to finish off a nice cold beer to cool me down from the subtropical weather.
My first full day wasn’t going to see me sleep in, I woke up early to take a walk around the Noosa National Park then headed toward Hastings Street and Main Beach. A morning for a Melbournian doesn’t begin without a coffee! luckily Noosa is all about the Melbourne lifestyle and Padre Coffee was available at a kiosk stand not far from my motel. (Noosa Head Motel is where I stayed for those interested. Affordable, close to the main street and run by locals) After my walk, I head back to my motel to get my hire car for some beach hopping. I took Route 6 South towards Sunshine and Peregian Beach before coming to a stop at Coolum Beach, A great place to catch some surf and for those who love the waves.
For my final night, I decided to go for Happy Hour at Locale Noosa – Restaurant & Bar. Known to have the best and biggest cocktail menu in Noosa as well as traditional Italian cuisine, unfortunately, I couldn’t get myself a table to eat so I just went for a few drinks. I had a Locale Signature – Chill Passionfruit Caipiroska (Ketel One Vodka, fresh passionfruit, passionfruit puree, fresh lime and to top it off some chilli. I will admit it was quite hot but for a passionfruit lover, it was delicious and strong. Later on, I headed into the Noosaville, about a 7 min drive from Hastings Street. I booked a table at 250 Grammi (Best Pizza in Noosa) of course I needed to try the beautiful pizza. My chosen pizza was called the Genova (Fior di latte, cherry tomatoes, homemade pesto alla Genovese, buffalo mozzarella, basil)
After such a fun few days my time to come home arrived. but thankfully I had an afternoon departure so I went out exploring a few more sites before I needed to return to the Airport. I took another stroll along the Noosa Main Beach Broadwater and took in the final views of the crystal blue waters and national park before driving to the newly renovated shopping centre – Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore. The centre is uniquely designed over Marchooy River and features some well-known stores such as David Jones, Myer, K-Mart, Big W and Target. BCC Cinemas and Next Level High Ropes are onsite for some entertainment away for shopping. A great place to visit on a rainy day or if you need a break from the beach and sunshine.