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Noosa Escape | Our Top Picks For A Weekend Roadtrip

By Desta Cullen - 22 Nov 2013

Early summer is the perfect time of year for roadtrips… It's not quite the holidays, but come Friday, all you want to do is escape for a weekend at the Coast.

Enter Leo Muller Group – not just car dealers, but mind readers! They have generously donated a weekend away (For real. You can win a weekend escape valued at more than $1200! Read more here!) for one lucky Urban List reader, which got us thinking…

We need to share our Urban List tips for Noosa, and hit the road in one of their Alfa Romeo Giulietta's to make sure our hints are up to scratch! (All in the name of research…)

And so it's on. 

  1. Grab a few friends for a Noosa road trip;
  2. Download our easy-to-use map and stream our Noosa playlist (see below);
  3. Pump up the tunes (the Giulietta sound system is perfect for sing-alongs – trust us!), and; 
  4. Cruise up the highway to eat, drink and escape.

With only a weekend to explore there's no time to waste… 

To Start The Day

Organika
Grab a cup of coffee from Noosa locals Flying West Small Batch Roasters. Don't leave without a guilt-free raw treat to kick start the day. 

Shop 2, 205 Weyba Rd Noosaville 

Global Cafe
If you want to save your pennies for the shopping spree (see below) then Global Café's affordable breakfast will have you laughing all the way to the bank!

13 William St, Noosaville

Bullitt Coffee
We're sold. A cute little retro American Airstream van for a Segafredo coffee on the go.

Cnr Mary Streets & Gibson Road, Noosaville

Costa Noosa Espresso
Local coffee roasters. Try a cup of the Cooloola Cool—you'll be buzzing after this one.

26 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

Bistro C Restaurant & Bar
Bistro C is a given for any Noosa trip. Smack-bang in the middle of Main Beach, it's an excellent choice any time of day. Particularly if that choice involves breakfast mimosas. 

49 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

Long Lunch

Mooshka Restaurant
A funky and eclectic hang out that's prefect for a laidback and leisurely afternoon session. Order the more-ish mezze platters to keep your stomach at bay.

Shop 6, 46 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

Burger Bar
Stop in here to make any Noosa weekend a winner. Crammed full of fresh, and locally sourced ingredients, everything here is made on site each day. 

Shop 4, Thomas Street, Noosaville

Red Emperor Fish & Chips
We love good fish and chips here at TUL and we have it on good advice that you can't go past this spot in Noosaville for the BEST calamari!

287 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

Embassy XO
Because sometimes you just need to feed a dumpling craving. Head here for Yum Cha on a Sunday.

Duke Street Promende, Sunshine Beach

Halse Backpacker Lodge
If you've indulged in too many cocktails and the bank balance is suffering…  A mean chicken parmy at the right price!

2 Halse Lane, Noosa Heads

Sunshine Beach Surf Club
An oldie but a goldie. Sometimes a casual pub meal with the best views in Australia just hits the spot. 

Dinner + Drinks

Sails Restaurant
Ocean-front perfection. THE spot for a post-beach bubbly, while watching twilight settle.

75 Hastings St, Noosa Heads

Miss Moneypenny's
Ease into the evening with a spiced honey mule. You're welcome. 

6 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

Locale
For grown ups only. And those who are partial to aperitivo hour… 

The French Quarter, 62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

Ipazzi Ristorante
Scrumptious antipasti, pizza and pasta made with fresh, locally sourced and certified organic products. Yum!

3, 28-30 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads 

Ricky's River Bar + Restaurant
A dining must-do when in Noosa. The freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters with lemongrass sorbet are to-die-for! And the deep-fried olives are oh-so-amazing. 

Noosa Wharf, 2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads 

Little Humid
Hunt down this hidden gem in Noosaville for fine dining with creative flair. Inventive vegetarian dishes like sweet potato purée with oven baked mushrooms, green beans and lemon mustard. 

2/235 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, Queensland

Wasabi
The Australian calls it the best Japanese in Australia. Hard to argue with that! Sitting pretty on the stunning Noosa River, it's on the money for an impressive and unforgettable date night. 

Noosa Wharf, 2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads

Berardo's Restaurant & Bar
With a new chef making magic in the heart of Noosa, Berardo's is still flying the sophisticated, fine dining flag like a pro. Hot tip: try the Noosa Spanner Crab with celeriac remoulade, Maroochydore swordfish and radish. When in Noosa…

49 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

Sweet Tooth

Nitrogenie
Treat your tastebuds to some molecular gastronomy. Made fresh to order, with dry ice involved, this insanely smooth ice cream is entertaining and delicious all at the same time. The salted caramel popcorn is so good!

32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

Massimo's Gelateria
Trust. Us. No matter what beach-ready diet you're on, commit to working your way through of every flavour of velvety gelato at this institution. Blueberry yoghurt, tiramisu and meringua are our top picks! 

75 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads 

Locale
Head back to the French Quarter for dessert menu to-die-for. We recommend the Valrhona chocolate and honey tart with salted caramel and stracciatella gelato. Yum!  

62 Hasting Street, Noosa Heads

Retail Therapy

Alterior Motif
Stocked full of independent and local labels—as well as covetable international imports—they've been dressing the Sunshine Coast's sartorially savvy for years. 

Shop 7, Noosa Cinema Centre, 29 Sunshine Beach Road

Don't Tell Mama
If the likes of Acne, Paul & Joe Sister and Paschbeck take your fancy, head for some high-end retail therapy in the French Quarter. 

Shop 2, The French Quarter, 62–64 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads 

Signature on Hastings
Pick up some lust-worthy homewares in the heart of Noosa's main strip.

18 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads 4567

Belmondos Fresh Food Market
Grab some of the Sunshine Coast's best bread, local cheeses and olives for your National Park picnic. A hike with cheese involved is totally worth it! 

59 Rene Street, Noosaville

Noosa Farmers Markets
We love a good market, and Sunday mornings at Noosa Farmers Market ticks all the boxes: fresh, local produce, and some delicious breakfast options!

Weyba Road, Noosaville

Relax

Balance Noosa
Indulge in a pampering massage or beauty treatment to melt all those city worries away. And there's no need to get out of bed to enjoy this indulgence, they'll come to you! We highly recommend the Kahuna Massage.

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Drive

When you have a car as sleek and sporty as the Giulietta, it will be tempting to spend most of your time just cruising. Here are some great locations just outside of Noosa to make the most of the pimpin' ride! 

Pitchfork Restaurant
Make the short 20-minute drive down the coast to Perigian Beach for a rustic lunch with soul.

5/4 Kingfisher Dr, Peregian Beach 

Maison de Provence
Take a drive through the rolling hinterland hills for a taste of the French provinces. The pastries and macarons are out of this world!

9/13 Garnet Street, Cooroy

Spirit House Restaurant & Cooking School
Learn the tricks of the Thai cooking trade in a lush tropical forest in Yandina. Or let one of the professionals whip you up a delish Thai Beef Carpaccio!  

20 Ninderry Rd, Yandina

Spicers Tamarind Retreat
Continue the Asian cooking school theme at another hinterland gem. They'll have you  whipping up dinner party feasts in no time!   

Get Active

Stand Up Paddle Surfing is a great way to get a taste for surfing without all the pressure of actually catching waves (it's a hard hobby to master—trust us, we've tried!). Hire a board and get one of the friendly instructors to show you the ropes.  

The Jetty, 17/248 Gympie Terrace

A picnic at Tea Tree Bay or Alexandria Bay
Adventure through the Noosa National Park with a packed picnic and stop off at the secluded beaches tucked in to the headland. 

Walk to Hell's Gate
Start the day off with an adventurous walk through the National Park to wake you up and blow any stress right off your chest!

Image Credit: Leo Muller Group

TUL Note: Today's List Love post is proudly sponsored by Leo Muller Group and endorsed by The Urban List. The Alfa Romeo Giulietta is the perfect car for roadtrips; With nimble handling and a streamlined body accentuated by sporty elegance, the Giulietta was built for the busy Euro streets and exudes world-class style from every angle. Contact the friendly team at Leo Muller Group today to get your hands on one for a test drive. Our sponsored posts will never be a secret - the List Love seal will be stamped on any sponsored material you see on the site. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible.

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