Whether it’s a mid-week getaway or a weekend retreat, a couple of days well-spent in Noosa are the perfect way to shake off the shackles of city life.

With a bevy of beaches, a dining culture that’s destined to delight and boutique retail and markets to satisfy even the most seasoned shopper, it’s a destination with something to suit families, nature lovers, beach seekers and romantics alike.

If you’re looking to take in all the activities for which Noosa is renowned but are working on a limited timeframe, here’s our guide to 48 hours in Noosa.

A Sunshine sunset

Sunset drinks are the order of the evening after arriving in Noosa and making yourself at home. Head across to Sunshine Beach, pull up a table and chair on the deck of the surf club and enjoy a cool ale or crisp white overlooking the Pacific.

Stay on for dinner or retreat to one of the many lively restaurants in this beachside enclave, with Italian, Asian and tapas among the boutique taste sensations on offer.

After dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the Marble Bar, before tucking yourself in for a welcome rest in advance of a busy day ahead.

Main Beach morning

On a sparkling Noosa morning, the region’s famous Main Beach awaits. Join surfing pro’s and locals in the swell of the Noosa lineup, stroll along the waterside and take in the National Park, or feel the salt sweep away the cares of the world as you enjoy a quick dip in the Coral Sea.

After working up an appetite, it’s time for a wholesome breakfast, and Hastings Street offers a wealth of options to satiate the appetite.

Refreshed and reinvigorated, a little retail awaits, with the designer stores and chic boutiques of offering leisurely way to shop.

Pick yourself a suitable outfit, because a beachside lunch beckons.

Seaside lunch

Two of Noosa’s flagship restaurants offer the perfect option of a long waterfront lunch, with Sails and Bistro C both serving up equally fine food and views.

It’s the opportunity to enjoy the passing parade, while watching the sunlight dance across the ocean and drinking in views that stretch all the way to Noosa North Shore.

Sunset cruise

Come late afternoon it’s time to stroll towards Noosa Sound where the Noosa Ferry awaits to transport you to the next destination.

Take in the views of waterfront houses, and the impressive vista of Noosa Hill as you glide along the river at a leisurely pace towards Tewantin.

You can bring a bottle of the finest sparkling as you toast a first day well spent in Noosa, enjoying all the ambience of Noosa River from poll position on the water. After a round trip to Tewantin and back along the river, your point of departure is the stylish Quamby Place.

Here you can choose from some of the region’s most acclaimed restaurants, with Ricky’s, Wasabe, Rock Salt, and Woodfire Grill amongst the fine dining options available.

Market marvels

Day two sees you awaken to a wealth of market options, with local markets running at Eumundi on Wednesday and Saturday, and Noosa on a Sunday.

The Eumundi Markets are renowned the world over for their artisan offerings and locally made items. Meanwhile, the Sunday Noosa Farmers Markets are a firm local favourite, with gourmet delicacies, local produce and fresh flowers all available.

After a morning spent perusing and picking up all sorts of unique wares, relax over lunch at the Imperial Hotel, Eumundi or stroll the edge of Lake Weyba at Noosaville.

The river awaits

The final stop on your two-day itinerary is the Noosa River, where Gympie Terrace serves up a mix of boutique retail and an endless array of restaurants.

Settle in for a parting lunch, take a leisurely paddle on the river in a kayak or stand-up paddle board, or stroll the waterfront of Gympie Terrace amidst the endless holiday vibe.

Then, enjoy a relaxed afternoon spent in the welcoming atmosphere of the sailing club. From here you have the perfect vantage point of families at play in the park and tiny sailing boats zigzagging across the water.

It’s the end of 48 hours in Noosa, but the adventure’s just begun – there’s so much more on offer for the next time you return.

About Noosa Quays

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the Noosa Sound waterfront.

Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it’s a destination that’s centrally located and easily reached.