Next up: Noosa. Did we know what to expect? No not at all – but often that’s how the best stories begin! We drove into Noosa or Noosa Heads as it is called now (I have no idea which part the ‘Heads’ covers or why). If you have ever visited, or ever plan to, you will likely find yourself driving along Noosa parade surrounded by water and the dreamiest houses; the first glimpse of what’s to come.
It was definitely more upmarket and modern than we expected. We soon got the impression that it is a sophisticated holiday spot for Aussies looking to kick back. Even more so than usual!
Noosa very quickly became one of our favourite places in Australia. With countless inviting eateries to choose from, the whole place has a really great atmosphere. It’s the perfect mixture of relaxation and fun, and for this reason, it reminded me of holidaying in Majorca/Ibiza.
Before really settling in, we had to find a campsite. Sadly for us, the money bucket was running very, very dry at this stage and we knew we had to reign things in. You know what that means, time for another free campsite! This one was only a short drive from the glitz and glam of Noosa heads and really was fine apart from the bathroom facilities (that’s right, I was treated to yet another long drop). On the plus side, the luxury of Noosa itself became all the more inviting.
We had initially arrived in the late afternoon and so didn’t do much exploring straight away. I must admit we had a pretty tame first night in the campervan. We feasted on five dollar dominos pizzas (needs must) and tried to avoid the other free campers (harsh but fair). Though one did kindly knock on our tin roof and invited us to share his homemade cocktail… Which I had to politely decline. I know, I am such a party pooper.
It wasn’t until the next morning that we headed back into town and to the beach.
The beach is brilliant. Busy, but brilliant. Restaurants and bars line the beachfront – so you need not venture far for ice cream or glass of vino. Priorities!
The waves were fairly intense when we were there, so loads (heaps if you’re an Aussie) of surfers and bodyboarders, were frolicking about. If you’re like us, i.e. seriously lack surfing experience – wave jumping in Noosa can be thoroughly enjoyable too and requires no real skill. Hoorah!
At the very start of the main beach, you will spot the Noosa Surf Club. This Club is recommended in a few travel guidebooks, so we headed over there for a basic burger lunch… And for Mike to shelter after burning his eyelids. Yep, you heard me.
The views overlooking the beach are fantastic and we had no complaints about the food. They also have public showers downstairs which was perfect as it meant we didn’t have to drive all the way back to the campsite to change at the end of a hot sandy day.
Before visiting, we were under the impression that this was a pretty classy and exclusive place, though we found it quite the opposite. In true Aussie style, it was totally chilled and anyone was welcome. A great stop off for a casual bite to eat, but I would recommend trying one of the other restaurants if you’re after something special.
It’s important to note that there are plenty of fine dining experiences on offer in Noosa. So don’t panic and pick the first place you see! Take a wander down Hastings Street and you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Our favourite place was called Miss Moneypenny’s, where we enjoyed everything from their salt and pepper squid to their woodfired pizzas (very different from the aforementioned dominos). It’s a very open and airy restaurant; but whether you dine in or out, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
As I said, there were so many other places that we didn’t have the
budget chance to try out, but it all looked very inviting. This wonderful town is also home to its own National Park and Botanic Gardens, however, I’m afraid we didn’t make it there this time around. Just more excuses to go back ;).