We love Noosa. Located in the heart of the sunshine coast only a couple of hours drive north of Brisbane. We’ve enjoyed holidays here before. We set up camp at a caravan park in nearby Tewantin before driving down to the main drag of Noosa Heads – Hastings Street.
It was a beautiful sunny afternoon in the midst of school holidays and the place was absolutely heaving. It felt like every man and his dog was out enjoying themselves. We crawled along in the traffic snarl finally making it to the car park. We trawled up and down but there were no empty parking bays to be found.
We gave up on finding a park and headed out of the mayhem and up the hill to Noosa Junction. By this time we were famished, we quickly found a park without any trouble and made a beeline to the Irish pub on the corner. Fortunately they had a good menu selection and we had soon satisfied our appetites.
The next day we took a cruise on the Noosa River. The Noosa Marina is located in Tewantin only a few minutes from our caravan park. It was fairly early in the morning and not much was open so we grabbed a coffee while we waited to board. It was another beautiful sunny day so when we boarded we took a seat on the top deck. The cruise down the river went was enjoyable, especially accompanied by the captain’s humorous commentary. Calling out to other folk on the river asking them if they’d caught any fish, warning the paddle boarders to beware of our wake, and joking about the junior sailing group. After a few short stops along the way to pick up other passengers we came to the end and disembarked at the Sheraton resort.
We walked through the resort and out onto Hastings Street. We wandered along the street popping into some of the high end boutiques and stores to browse before ending our stroll at the beach.
We grabbed an ice-cream and found a bench to rest on while we enjoyed the magnificent sunshine before heading back to the cruise boat. This time we were treated to commentary about the multi-million dollar houses on Noosa Island.
This time we disembarked at one of the earlier stops to see the Big Pelican before going to the Boathouse floating restaurant for some lunch. We were seated by the window and had a great view of the river, and some of its relative pelicans. We both ordered the pulled pork sliders, which were absolutely delicious.
Unfortunately we just missed the next boat heading back to Tewantin, but we weren’t too far so decided to walk. The marina was open an busy with people when we got back and we decided to have a look around the shops and galleries before headings back to camp.
A sunset sail is included in the price of the cruise ticket but we decided not go. It turned out to be a great decision as the heavens opened and we had buckets and buckets or rain come down. Although the bed area stayed dry, the tent leaked in a few areas. We weren’t alone; the next morning there were lots of tents and belongings strung up around the campground to dry out.
The Eumundi markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday. The ethos of the market is “we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it”. The markets are fabulous and are filled with a remarkable array of art, clothing, food and crafts. We’d spent a good few hours browsing and enjoying the atmosphere.
We’d seen the sign for the big shell near our caravan park and were intrigued so we passed by to check it out. It turned out to be a shop that had turned its entrance into the shape of a shell, but I guess it’s still classed as a big thing.
We had considered visiting Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo while we were in the area, but when we found out they were charging $60 each entrance fee we balked – the Melbourne zoo charges half that so we figured we’d visit there when we got home instead!!