This article originally appeared on Flight Centre Australia’s blog
A glamorous resort town with just the right amount of barefoot-hippie sway, Noosa is the queen of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, just a short jaunt from cultural Brisbane.
Overflowing with boutiques, bars and beach-facing coffee shops, this coastal goddess is the ultimate year-round beach break destination and a sure-fire cure for the winter woes.
There’s a swag of new things to see, eat and do in Noosa right now. As if you needed another reason to pay the Sunshine Coast a visit, here are seven pretty convincing excuses.
Noosaville goes nuts for ‘Wonder-nuts’
Wonderland Noosa has just opened its doors on Thomas Street in Noosaville and already a loyal following has formed. The minimalist café keeps the good times rolling by brewing Melbourne-based Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee, but what really pulls the crowds are the artisan doughnuts.
Dubbed ‘wonder-nuts’, the gourmet pastries come in an assortment of flavours such as salted caramel, M&Ms and Malteser, with syringes loaded with oozing chocolate and caramel to be injected into the doughnut at your will.
Sup yoga on the Noosa River
Luxe Fitness Escapes is throwing down the gauntlet for yogis everywhere, challenging them to take their practise to the next level by saluting the sun atop a stand up paddle board.
This unique blend of meditative poses and the tranquil natural setting of the Noosa River is the brainchild of Kelly Carthy, who has 15 years experience teaching yoga, pilates and balance under her belt. She also runs her popular Pilates by the Sea classes at Sunshine Beach on Saturday mornings.
Hastings Street welcomes Betty’s Burgers
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co has taken the traditional Aussie burger shack concept and given it a shake-up. Anyone familiar with United States’ franchise Shake Shack will notice (and celebrate) the similarities: thick, juicy patties, melty jack cheese, shiny buns and the trademark frozen custard creations for dessert.
The drool-worthy burgers are a tribute to owner David Hales’ grandmother, Betty – “a kind, generous and determined women who was great in the kitchen”. The over-the-top in all the right ways ‘concrete’ desserts, however, are something else entirely.
Seahaven unveils beachfront penthouses
At the western end of Hastings Street, Seahaven Noosa is an icon on the Noosa accommodation scene. Operating for more than 30 years, the beachfront property recently underwent a transformation to enter a new era of luxury.
In addition to their studio rooms and suites, four self-contained penthouse apartments with panoramic views over Laguna Bay and private rooftop spas have been added to Seahaven Noosa’s portfolio of modern digs.
Strade Bianche Vintage Bicycle Festival
Vintage velo enthusiasts will want to gear up for The Noosa Strade Bianche Gran Fondo and Vintage Bicycle Festival, to be held on August 8 and 9, 2015. Festivities kick off from the Noosa Marina, where the vintage bicycle show and swap meet will be set.
Borrowing from the famed L’eroica (heroic) Italian cycle festival, the event features three gravel routes through the Noosa Hinterland: the 82-mile gran fondo for serious cyclists, 55-mile medio fondo for inbetweeners, and 20-mile piccolo fondo for newcomers.
Village Bicycle peddles into Noosa Heads
Noosa is inherently chilled but Village Bicycle on Noosa Parade has really upped the ante with their mellow afternoons, which are becoming something of a local ritual. An ample beer selection complements the raved-about soft tacos and chipotle pulled pork sandwiches.
Owner-operator Luke Czajkowskyj has come to Village Bicycle Noosa by way of Rockpool in Sydney and is giving his former employer a run-for-their-money when it comes to delicious burgers. The self-proclaimed ‘smoothest ride in town’ is open from 4pm until late daily.
Zabé gives Tewantin a caffeine kick
The quiet village of Tewantin on the banks of the Noosa River is buzzing with the arrival of new coffee hut Zabé. Using beans from local Noosaville coffee roaster Clandestino, Zabé’s brews are going down a treat with serious caffeine fiends.
Tewantin is perhaps best known as the launch pad for ferry trips across to Noosa’s North Shore and Fraser Island, making Zabé the perfect place to fuel up before setting sail or for grabbing a craft beer upon return.
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