Want to go where the sun is almost always shining, the cocktails are ready and waiting and the restaurants are run by some of Australia’s top chefs? Well look no further than where I grew up, Noosa in radiant Queensland!
I know I am probably a little biased but in all honesty, I did grow up in one of the most stunning places in Australia. It can often be a quiet town (hence why for this city slicker I couldn’t live there), but when it’s tourist season, there is an amazing energy to this beachside paradise that makes it come alive. Apart from being a hub of activity – there’s water sports, the national park, beautiful beaches and sensational shopping, however, one of the attributes that sets Noosa apart is the food. There’s an abundance of places to dine in or take out and health is a primary focus.
If you choose to spend your stay in Noosaville – home to the Noosa River and a majority of the major boat hire companies than you can’t go past brunch on Gympie Terrace. One of my favourite spots in Raw Energy as it’s quick and easy and there range of juices and smoothies are endless. There’s a multitude of mixes to suit your ultimate craving. I have to admit if smoked salmon is anywhere on the menu I’m usually inclined to opt for it (you’ll notice this in my next meal too). It’s strange the foods we find repulsive as children can often become our favourites as we age and our palates become more refined. The ‘Smoked Salmon Sensation’ was grand and accompanied by a good dollop of dill sauce, I was in bed of baby spinach heaven.
Another delightful brunch option is Thomas Corner Eatery on Gympie Terrace, where you can people watch till your hearts content. This restaurant is perfect for any meal of the day, however, be aware you can often wait quite some time before your meal is served and although mine was delicious it was not at all what I expecting and therefore, left me feeling a little empty. It’s really the location that makes this place a must visit for any tourist in town.
You will often hear the locals profess about their love of Noosaville as opposed to Noosa Heads. I love both; however, Noosa Heads is where a good portion of the tourists tend to flock. So if you like the extra hustle and bustle Hastings Street with its boutique shops and hip cafes is the place for you. Whenever I go home I always try and catch up with my old girlfriends from school – it’s been 10 years since we graduated (that remind me is anyone organising a high school reunion) and we always seem to end up somewhere in Hastings Street. Quite often this ‘somewhere’ is Café Le Monde.
It’s famous for its cocktails and now I can safely add to that list, for its Mooloolaba prawn linguini with garlic, chilli, lemon & parsley. I practically licked my plate. Other famous eateries in the area include Bistro C for a fab lunch or dinner, Aromas for coffee and Massimo’s for gelato. And yes that’s all on the one strip!
I hardly ever pack any clothing whenever I return home to Noosa because let’s face it, when you buy as many clothes as I do it’s safe to say I already have a full wardrobe in my old bedroom. Thanks Mum and Dad! However, when I do return I do like to bring out the brights and dress for the kill (let’s face it, I could run into any old flame at any moment so I have to look good).
Keep it casual during the day with simple bikinis and cut off denims (One Teaspoon are a fave) and at night glam up a little. I love the orange dress I went for from Ladakh via The Iconic. It’s bright, bold and has that body-con feel that feel more comfortable in when you’re on holiday. Team with monochrome black and white, it’s a look I’ll definitely be adopting again, and again!
Let me know what you think of what I’m wearing (#wiw) and of course if you’ve visited my hometown would love to hear your thoughts on the stunningly beautiful, Noosa X x