Am I the only Melburnian who’s never been to Noosa? Not any more. Unnerved by this lapse – Noosa being regarded by many as a warm, far-northern suburb of Melbourne – up we went, three of us, to escape a cooling south, have a surf and experience the food and wine of this charming little town.
We hired a car at the airport (Noosa Car Rental) and headed to our accommodation in Noosaville, just a short drive from Noosa town. On our first day, heading along the boardwalk towards the beautiful National Park, we walked past the famous playwright and long-time Noosa resident, David Williamson. It seemed an appropriate way to start our journey.
In our three-day getaway, we ate well – there are some reasonably formal options and more casual ones – I had some great wines, we found a ripping pizza place and the beaches were superb.
You don’t need an excuse to head to Noosa, but if you’re looking for one, the Noosa Food & Wine Festival could be it, four days and three nights of celebrating the best of this foodie town, featuring events along Hastings Street, on Makepeace Island and in some of the town’s finest restaurants. There will be chef demonstrations, masterclasses, live music and the chance to sample “festival bites” from Noosa’s restaurants.
Noosa Beach House
14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, 07 5449 4754
Under chef Peter Kuruvita, this is one of the best eating experiences in Noosa, an uber-stylish room with exceptional service and great food.
Thomas Corner Eatery
1/201 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 07 5470 2224
Cool atmosphere and fine food, a great choice for the family looking for an option to please everybody. Open for weekend breakfasts, and lunch and dinner Monday-Sunday from 5.30pm.
194 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, 07 5440 5070
This relaxed casual diner offers one of the best views in town, overlooking the dazzling Noosa River. Enjoy fish and chips, Wagyu pulled-beef burger or just a glass of wine.
El Capitano Pizzeria & Bar
52 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, 07 5474 9990
Really fun and with a creatively designed, beachy, nautical theme, this is a winner, with excellent smoke house pizzas and terrific, efficient service.
South Pacific Resort
179 Weyba Road, Noosaville, 07 5473 1200
As a family group of three this villa suited us fine. Not at the luxury end, but three bedrooms, spacious with a large living area set in a tropical garden with a good pool and just a short drive into town.
Follow the boardwalk towards the National Park and stop at one of the great little coves. Great waves for beginner surfers. For board and wetsuit rental, Merrick’s Noosa Learn to Surf, 0418 787 577.
Noosa is an easily-accessed destination for Melburnians to thaw out, eat and drink well and get the heart going in small, fun surf.
The Noosa Food & Wine Festival has created a foodie buzz about the town. Join some of Australia’s best chefs, winemakers and foodies for four days of food experiences.
- Noosa Food & Wine festival runs May 17 to 20
Peter Wilmoth was a guest of Tourism Noosa.