HIDDEN COVES & BOARDWALKS THROUGH PARADISE: 5 MUST-DOS WHEN YOU VISIT NOOSA
One of the most popular spots on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, Noosa is famous for more than it's crystal clear waters and white sandy beaches. With a constant influx of holiday makers from all over Australia and world wide, Noosa is a melting pot of upper middle class holiday makers and backpackers alike. There's something for everyone, from luxury accommodation and world class restaurants to bustling backpackers and bars aplenty. Whether you're seeking a sun-filled and cocktail-ridden getaway or just a secluded beach spot for the day, Noosa certainly won't disappoint. Here are five must dos to ensure you get the most out of this slice of paradise.
1. SUN BAKE AND sup BOARD IN LITTLE COVE
Hidden away from the hustle and bustle of Hastings Street, you'll find Little Cove at the gateway to the Noosa National Park. Surrounded by gorgeous rock pools, this tranquil secret spot will make you feel like the real world is a million miles away. If rock walking isn't your thing, you can set up for the day on the gorgeous white sand and Hire a SUP (Stand up paddle) board and paddle around in it's calm waters. There are many places you can hire surf boards and kayak along Hastings Street if you don't have your own and Little Cove is the perfect spot to put your skills to the test.
2. eat A BURGER FROM BETTYS BURGERS
With the amount of burger joints popping up across the country you may think that if you've had one you've had them all. Not so. Conveniently located just off Noosa's main drag. Betty's Burgers is the perfect end (or start!) to a long day on the beach. The American-diner style menu boasts mouthwatering burger selections and shakes that are worth sinking in the ocean for. Amy went for the 'Cripsy Chicken', while Lizzie couldn't resist the 'Shroom Burger' - a crispy fried portobello mushrooms filled with melted gouda and gruyere cheese topped with lettuce, tomato and Betty's special sauce. Be sure to get down and meet Betty, she's got your name on the table.
3. WALK THE NATIONAL PARK TO HELLS GATE
This track is a popular walk for locals and it's easy to see why. Taking around one hour return walk from Noosa Heads Surf Club, you can expect a beautiful winding track making it's way along coast from Main Beach. Keep an eye out for dolphins, koalas and spectacular views. It can get hot so be sure to take plenty of water, there are many little cove and beaches you can stop and take a moment to appreciate one of the most idyllic coasts Australia.
4. SHOP DOWN HASTINGS STREET
Easily the most famous street on the Sunshine Coast for boutiques and high end shopping. If you fancy going hard on the credit card then Hastings Street has your name written all over it. For Australian and local designers take a peak in Bow & Arrow or for home wares and gifts you can't go past Signature.
5. ICE CREAM FROM ROYAL COPENHAGEN
What's a day at the beach without battling a deliciously creamy, freshly made ice cream? Boasting Australian dairy products and ingredients, the expert scoopers always offer generous servings and a huge array of flavours. Our pick? Salted caramel with white chocolate. Drool.