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Koalas and optional clothing!
Member Name: anwar7
Date: 06/09/12, updated on 06/09/12 (92 review reads)
Advantages: lovely resort, abundant wildlife and relaxed atmosphere
When I first planned the trip I had no idea where I wanted to visit, other than knowing I wanted to drive north through Queensland. After reading several guide books and reading numerous reviews and travel blogs, an itinerary stared to take shape. Having read lots of positive reports for Noosa I decided it would be our first stop!
Noosa is situated 150 KM north of Brisbane. The nearest airport is at Maroochydore about 30 minutes to the south of Noosa. There are flights to Maroochydore from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Noosa is split into several areas including the main draw of Noosa heads, the river area of Noosaville Noosa junction and Noosa sound.
There are train stations at Cooroy and Nambour.There is a bus from both stations to Noosa heads. I pre booked with sun air, a company that provides mini bus transport direct to all parts of Noosa. In fact we were taken directly to our accommodation, something I was very grateful for!
Why visit ?
Noosa is a small up market resort that really does have something for everyone! It not only has miles of gorgeous beach but also has its own small national park. Hastings street is the main street where you will find a range of upmarket shops and restaurants. Hastings Street has a party feel to it with outside eating and drinking areas. Hastings Street is fronted by a long sandy patrolled beach so you can swim safely between the flags. The beach is a great place for children with all the facilities you would expect, including delicious ice creams, toilets and refreshments nearby.
At the eastern end of Hastings Street is the entrance to a small national park. This is where we spent most of our 3 days in Noosa! The park is only about 2 Km in each direction but has beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and is accessible on foot. There are 5 well marked walking trails ranging from an easy 1 Km trail to a more strenuous 4 KM trail. There are wonderful views of the ocean from most of the trails. One of the best things about the park was the opportunity to spot Koalas. They are well hidden in the trees and my son became an expert at spotting them before anyone else! In addition to the Koalas we also saw numerous birds, including eagles and Kites, bush turkeys and lizards. There are several beaches that can be accessed in the park and we opted for the impressive Alexandria bay (clothes optional!) The beach was virtually deserted when we visited and is backed by rain forest. The beach has strong currents and huge waves so swimming is not advised. However we enjoyed a picnic followed by some serious sand castle building!
Back in the town you will find several firms offering surfing lessons. My children were keen to try surfing but I knew there would be cheaper lessons elsewhere! There is also a golf course, horse riding, kite surfing and canoeing on offer. Trips on the river are available from Noosaville. It is also possible to take a trip to Fraser Island form Noosa. We had already planned to spend several days on Fraser Island,so this was not for us.
Noosa has numerous places to stay and I spend many hours looking for somewhere conveniently situated near to Hastings Street that didn't bankrupt us! Noosa is a very popular holiday destination and the best deals fill up quickly! We stayed at the Noosa parade holiday Inn about a 15 minute walk from Hastings Street. We paid 247 dollars ( approx £158) for 3 nights in a self catering motel type room. The room was excellent and I would definitely recommend it! I certainly saved money on eating out, although food prices are really high in Oz!
Noosa has some really impressive looking eating places with equally impressive prices! I did take my children out on our last night and opted to eat at the Café Le Monde as it had an extensive menu so would suit my fussy 10 year old! My children both had pizza and salad followed by cheesecake. I had fish. The children had soft drinks and I treated myself to a beer. The meal was good but not outstanding. The bill came to a well over 100 dollars! As I said Noosa is not cheap!
Another eating option is the Bay Village food court situated about half way along Hastings Street. There is a reasonable priced fish and chip shop, a good deli and pizza place. We had wraps from the deli and they were really good! The service was very friendly too. There are tables provided although it is not the most scenic place to eat!
There are several car hire companies situated in Noosa including Avis and Thrifty. I had arranged to collect our hire from Avis. It is much cheaper to prebook a car from the UK than booking once you arrive in OZ!
I also saw bike hire outlets ,although we were happy to walk!
There are several small supermarkets in Noosa although the ones we visited were not well stocked and expensive. There is a Woolworths on the outskirts of Town heading north.
Overall we all loved Noosa and would love to go back someday!
Summary: Resort in Queensalnd
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