48 hours in Noosa is a total cure all experience: azure blue coastline, pristine national parks, luxe boutiques, top tier nosh, and beachfront hotels. There’s nothing a weekend in Noosa can’t fix—trust us, we often treat Noosa as the solution all our problems. Or, if you just need a getaway, Noosa is perfect for that too.
We’ll be honest with you, the total wash of zen that hits you when you arrive in Noosa makes it pretty tricky to tick off each of these must-dos in 48 hours or less, but it’s worth it. Trust us.
So without further ado, here it is—the perfect way to spend 48 hours in Noosa.
PS—we teamed up with Visit Noosa to bring you this article, because they know way more about Noosa than us.
Arrive at Noosa and head straight to your accommodation. Seahaven Noosa is our pick for its total beach front set up, roomy balconies, and multitude of pools that sit right on the beach (because sometimes you need variety for your daily swims). Plus, Seahaven sits on 20% of Hasting Street’s beach frontage, so you really do get the best seat in the house here. Drop your bags, admire the view, make like Dora and get your explorer on.
No trip to Noosa is complete without the obligatory trip to Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. Be warned, there’s pretty much a line at all times, but, we promise you; this shit is worth it. Betty’s do some of the country’s best burgers, so it’s only right this is your first meal in Noosa. Try one of their concrete shakes too. Calories don’t count on holidays, right?
Now you’ve gotten your sustenance from Betty’s Burgers, head to Noosa National Park. The walk starts at the board just across the street from Betty’s. Follow the walk along Laguna Bay and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, koalas, and other adorable wildlife. The National Park is home to a plethora of secret coves and swimming spots, so be sure to bring your togs and explore.
Hot foot it back to your room to catch the sunset from your balcony, then slip into something a little fancy as you head to Locale for dinner. Locale brings a taste of Italy to Hastings Street with fresh local produce, exceptional service (just like in Italy) and plenty of holiday vibes. Order the selezione di salumi if you’re into pimped out platters, and don’t forget to try the barramundi for your main. This is Italian cuisine done right.
Wake up bright and early and head to Noosa staple, Season Restaurant. These guys have absolute beach frontage, so you can enjoy your pancakes with a side of epic beach views. Nice! Season use the freshest local produce too, so you’re really getting an authentic taste of Noosa here. The banana pancakes will have you plotting your move to the coast, trust us.
Say ‘SUP’ to adventure with a spot of morning stand up paddle boarding. Noosa Stand Up Paddle will teach you the basics out in the calm waters of Noosa Sound where you’ll learn everything you need to know to head out on your own. Don’t forget the sunscreen!
All that SUPing has got you hungry, I’m sure. So bring your grumbling stomach along to Bordertown Barbeque and Taqueria in Noosaville. Bordertown do tacos, burgers, and all our fave American eats to perfection. Order the fish burger (even if you don’t like fish, this will convert you) and the popcorn cauliflower. Sip on local craft beers, or, sink your teeth into the Bloody Mary buffet. Yes, there is a Bloody Mary buffet.
Head back to your accommodation on Hastings Street to freshen up, then browse the boutiques, grab a coffee and hit the beach. After all that SUPing you’ve really earnt a relaxing afternoon.
Spruce yourself up and head to El Capitano Pizzeria and Bar for organic pizza based, fresh local toppings and fancy cocktails. The fare on offer at El Capitano is seriously—and we mean seriously—top notch. Be sure to check out their daily specials as there’s a new pizza on offer each day, but, whatever you do order the slow roasted lamb shoulder and goat’s cheese pizza; it will change your life. There are also vegan options, which is rare and delightful!
It’s a bright and early wakeup call again as you head off to explore the Noosa Farmers Markets. Grab a coffee and a bite to eat as you trawl through stalls and discover the region’s best produce. Prepare your taste buds for freshly squeezed lime drinks, sumptuous marinades and sauces, local fare, and (don’t eat these!) luxe skin care products.
Wipe the tears from your eyes as you check out of your accommodation and pack the car for a jaunt through the Hinterland along the Noosa Country Drive. Head to the website and customise your own trip through the stunning scenery of the hinterland. Be sure to check out Noosa’s idyllic country villages like Cooroy, Cooran, Eumundi and more.
For more help planning your itinerary, check out Vist Noosa.
Image credit: Images provided by Tourism Noosa.
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