Noosa is a lot of things: a wining and dining mecca is just one of them. But if you want to dive deeper into the sensational food experiences Noosa has to offer, you need to know where the locals go. Here’s our top 10 Noosa dining experiences that the locals love— and you will too!

1. Fish & Chips from Red Emperor, enjoyed at Noosa River

Known by locals as some of the best fish and chips Noosa has to offer— why not take a stroll down from our noosa sound apartments to Noosa River, order a bundle and enjoy at one of the many picnic tables? We recommend trying their speciality: Red Emperor.

2. Burger and fries from Betty’s Burgers, on Hastings St

For locals, Betty’s Burgers is more than a local love affair: it’s an institution. Head to Hastings Street and indulge where the locals do. You can’t go wrong with the Betty’s Classic, some french fries and one of their famous chocolate thick shakes.

3. Sip & Share Cocktails + Tapas, by the Sea at Bistro C

You can’t say you’ve dipped your toe into the Noosa foodie scene if you haven’t been to Bistro C. Head there in the afternoon between 3-5pm, outside of school holidays, for their Sip & Share Cocktails + Tapas specials. Enjoy their famous cocktails for under $10, with a view to-die-for. that comes complimentary.

4. Lunch at the iconic waterfront restaurant: Sails

With a menu that is always reflective of the seasonal offerings from Sunshine Coast farmers, it’s no wonder why even the locals flock to famous Sails restaurant on Hastings Street. As their menu is always evolving it’s hard to pick a favourite, but you can’t go wrong with a seafood lunch.

5. Coffee and a view at Aromas

If you want to drink coffee with the locals, pull up a forward-facing seat at infamous Aromas on Hastings Street. You can usually find us watching the world go by, whilst enjoying one of their incredible iced coffees or skinny lattes.

6. Dinner and a dance at Rococo

With live music every night of the week, an awesome European-inspired menu and a first-class wine list— you can mingle with the locals till the wee hours of the morning at Rococo. Find us in a corner under the trees, or by the Baby Grand Piano.

7. Picnic at First Point

Not every Noosa food experience can be bought, some need to be experienced. Why not head to our incredible local grocers Belmondo’s or Pardon’s Fruit Market, grab what you like and pack a picnic to be enjoyed at First Point. We recommend seasonal fruit and cheese at sunset.

8. Sunset drinks on the river at Noosa Boat House

From 4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday make your way to Noosa Boat House on Noosa River to enjoy their Sunset Bar. With a range of nibbles, great wines, legendary beers and their signature cocktails— you can’t go wrong. Our advice: get there early to grab a good seat— to enjoy with a Corona or Noosa River Sling.

9. Fresh finds at the Noosa Farmers Market

One of the best kept local secrets, the Noosa Farmers Market takes place every Sunday at the AFL Club on Weyba Road in Noosaville, from 7am to midday. The market showcases the best in local produce, and makes for a perfect discovery-brunch.

10. Brunch at Cafe Le Monde

We might not be Melbournites, but us Noosa folk still enjoy a good brunch, and where better to go for brunch than to our old favourite Cafe Le Monde? Their smashed avo is always a safe bet— and for those with larger appetites— you won’t be disappointed (or hungry) after the Le Monde Big Brekky.

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the waterfront at Noosa sound. A shortly stroll to some of the best dining experiences Noosa has to offer.

Although the autumn months are quieter in Noosa, there’s never been a better time to take advantage of one of the many scenic walks and trails our beautiful beach town has to offer. Without the heat, humidity and crowds, visitors and locals alike use the autumn months to put on their comfortable shoes and get out into nature— to take-in some extraordinary beaches, sunrises and sunsets.

Here’s our locals’ guide to the best walks and trails on offer in Noosa this autumn.

The Noosa National Park:

Just a 15-minute walk from Hastings Street, at the end of Park Road, you’ll find Noosa National Park. This iconic Noosa location encompasses a number of tracks, ranging in distance from around 1km to the famous 8.4km track to Alexandria Bay. All the trails hug the coastline and offer sensational views of the incredible beaches in the area. There is also an abundance of local wildlife that calls the park home, so expect to see koalas, black cockatoos and— if you visit in July to October— humpback whales. The grounds are well equipped with amenities and plenty of picnic facilities, so don’t be shy to bring something to enjoy after you take in the sights.

Noosa River:

A short stroll from our luxury waterfront apartments here at Noosa Quays, the Noosa River walk is one of Noosa’s most popular strolls. With a flat pathway stretching from Noosa Sound all the way to Tewantin Marina, this leisurely walk is the perfect way to spend an afternoon or early evening. There’s also plenty of picnic tables and BBQ areas on offer, as well as great restaurants and bars like our award-winning friends, Rickys and Wasabi Restaurant & Bar.

Noosa Trail Network:

Spanning more than 100km and including eight different hinterland trails, The Noosa Trail Network, is the perfect option for those who want to truly experience the Noosa countryside. The trails pass through national park, state forest, council parks and road reserves and are suitable for walkers, 4WDers, bikers— and in some areas— horse riders. The most popular walking route, The Kin Kin Countryside Loop Trail, takes about four hours to complete and takes walkers through a mango farm, past cows and other farm animals and finishes near the iconic Kin Kin Country Life Hotel.

Noosa Heads Boardwalk: 

Even us locals never quite get sick of the views and ambience that the Noosa Heads Boardwalk has to offer. You can join the walk from Hastings St, Sunshine Beach or even follow it down from Noosa National Park. No matter where you join, the boardwalk is the perfect strolling trail, with lots of great coffee shops and brunch spots on offer along the track.

These next two options aren’t strictly in Noosa, but are well worth the short drive.

Mount Coolum:

Only 15 minutes drive from Hastings St you’ll find Mount Coolum: where the lookout offers up the best 360 view of the Sunshine Coast that you’re likely to find. The mountain is over 25 million years old and is 208 meters high, with a track to the look-out that takes around 30 minutes. There’s some stairs involved, but trust us when we say the view is well worth it.

Mount Tinbeerwah:

Once again only 15 minutes from Hastings St, Mount Tinbeerwah offers a wonderful 360 scenic view. It takes around 30 minutes to get to the lookout, but as your reward you’ll be elevated 265 meters and offered an incredible 360-degree view of Noosa and the Noosa River system.

Plan your Noosa accommodation now

The Noosa Food & Wine Festival will return on the 18th of May this year, bringing together four days of some of the best culinary experiences in Australia— paired with beloved wines from around the world.

One of the highlights of the Noosa annual calendar, The Food & Wine Festival, offers a melting pot of sensory experiences, dinners, wine tastings, beach parties and masterclasses— all of which sell out well in advance of the event. An ideal time to enjoy a pre-winter escape, Noosa Quays waterfront apartments are perfectly located to make the most of the four-day event.

This years’ program is impressive, with renowned chefs from around Australia— like Jo Barrett from Oakridge Estate in Yarra Valley and Adam D’Sylva from Melbourne’s Tonka & Coda— joining forces with Noosa’s best.

Paired with the incredible meals on offer are some of the globe’s nicest drops, with winemakers such as AIX from Provence in France and Babich Wines from New Zealand, amongst those sharing their berries.

Program highlights include: Make Peace with the Wine, where attendees will escape to Richard Branson’s private island off the coast of Noosa for an introduction to wine and an exquisite meal to match, and Sunday Lunch in The Groves, where guests will be taken to a working macadamia farm on the outskirts of Noosa for an open air lunch showcasing Sunshine Coast produce.

For full program details, or to buy tickets for the events, please visit: http://noosafoodandwine.com.au/program/

Noosa Quays is only minutes to the festival. Just like the events, our quality waterfront apartments are booking fast. For 2 bedroom apartments or 3 bedroom apartments in Noosa, call us today. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a quality Noosa holiday rental during the festival, visit: http://bit.ly/2ndLhFU

Or to make a Noosa accommodation enquiry please go to: https://noosaquays.com.au/enquire/

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