From websites and reviews we thought we were in for a sleepy little surf hamlet in Noosa.
Turns out, Noosa is the “Laguna Beach” of Queensland. And quite family friendly.
It’s polished, pretty, chock full of cafes, boutiques and coffee shops and . . . expensive. There. I said it. Noosa is considered pricey for Australia.
While living in Australia, my husband and became unabashed about our American adoration of Noosa. It has so many elements we love; all within walking distance of town and beach. A lush hikeable headland with a gorgeous trail and vistas around each corner, wild koalas in the National Park, surfers impressing us off the headland and many rental choices.
-The Headland: We spied our first koala in the wild here. If you visit the park desk they’ll tell you where the koalas had been spotted that day.
-Main Beach: The best swim and learn-to-surf spot.
Stay: Noosa Crest Resort apartments and penthouses perfect for sharing. The vistas can’t be matched. Families should book a unit on the lawn level where the children can play in front of the view. A rooftop view pool, plus another nestled in the bush ensures the kids won’t go bored. Take the boardwalk on either side of the road down to the beach or Halse Lodge; a not-to-be-missed backpackers lodge with some of the best eats in Noosa.
Eat: Halse Lodge: A “backpacker” or hostel in the best way possible. Top food, good prices, ping pong and games for the kids. Right off the main strip in a historic house.