Just under two hours from Brisbane, the Noosa region offers a smorgasbord of activities to while away a wintery weekend at the beach, in the hinterland or enjoying an endless array of markets and culinary delights.

If you’re planning on packing the car, hitting the highway and heading to Noosa, here are our top picks on trips to make while staying at Noosa Quays.

Oh, so central

Situated in proximity to some of the finest coastal enclaves and hinterland townships, Noosa is a simply superb destination where you can base yourself for a fun-filled weekend of activity.

Noosa itself has an enviable reputation for its waterfront lifestyle where outdoor activities abound. Start your weekend on a temperate winter’s eve enjoying all the sights and sounds Noosa has to offer, with a sunset stroll on the beach, fine dining at Hasting’s street or a more relaxed meal by the river at Gympie Terrace.

With some R&R under your belt, Saturday morning sees you set to embrace all the ambience the greater region has to offer, and it’s all just a short drive away.

Beachlover’s dream

For a breathtakingly beautiful start to your Saturday, hit the road early, travelling over the Noosa Hill, through Noosa Junction and towards Sunshine Beach. Sunshine is the first in a truly spectacular line-up of beaches, all of which unfold before the windscreen as you take a leisurely drive down David Low Way.

Pause to indulge in the sights, dip your toe in the endless Pacific or take a more active approach with a morning walk along the beach. There are plenty of beachside enclaves to catch a quick coffee or enjoy a surfside meal, with beachy townships in abundance all the way south to Caloundra.

Hinterland havens

Just 20 minutes from Noosa a series of Hinterland havens await, with townships of note including Eumundi, Cooroy, Pomona and more. These are the destinations where the history of Noosa truly shines, antiques are in abundance and there are plenty of unique shops and cafes to explore.

For a truly spectacular Hinterland experience, take the time to venture a little farther afield, turning off the Bruce Highway at Nambour and climbing to the township of Flaxton. From here, it’s a truly scenic drive to Montville and Maleny, with lush vegetation and spectacular mountains framing a full coastal view.

This tourist route is a renowned as a weekend favourite for locals and guests alike, offering art galleries, wineries, English-style pubs and quaint shopfronts with a host of artisan wares.

Hit the market trail

Noosa is famous for its markets, and almost every township offers up one that’s sure to delight. Kick off the weekend with the drive to Eumundi for the world-famous and Eumundi Markets. Here you’ll find one of the biggest markets in the southern hemisphere, featuring all sorts of artisan delights, most of which are handcrafted by the locals in attendance.

For a truly traditional market, hit the highway and head further south to the former logging town of Yandina. Each Saturday this township hosts a bustling flea market, with fresh produce, upcycled offerings and a fabulous community feel. Yandina also boasts a thriving traditional pub and the internationally renowned Spirit House restaurant, so factor in some time here enjoying the food as well as the wares.

Sunday morning sees one of the most popular local markets bustling with activity on Weyba Road, just outside Noosa proper. And quite frankly it’s a culinary enthusiasts dream come true. Fresh produce is available along with a host of street food, ensuring you can stock the pantry or indulge in some fine fare there and then.

Meanwhile, on the first and third Sunday of every month, the beachside at Peregian springs to life with a market that draws an ever-loyal crowd. Again, this is a place for handcrafted items, upcycled fashion and a true community feel.

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.

Noosa Quays shares the region’s passion for its pristine waterways, with kayaks and stand-up paddle boards available for guests to simply walk into the waters at our doorstep and experience the beauty of Noosa from the river.