Hello Joy peeps
Jo took a trip to Noosa and just had to share how amazing it was so you can all go too 🙂
So the school holidays have started and we had no plans just to hang out at home, until my beautiful friend offered us her home at Noosa for a week. So what better than a spur of the moment trip to the beach. Now for all of you who have relocated from places that don’t have a beach close by you have to, have to come to Noosa. It is a little piece of heaven right here on earth. Noosa is just a two hour drive north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast.
Not only are there amazing beaches, Noosa also has a beautiful national park that has a walking track along the coastline, which my friend Deb assures me we should be able to spot some whales. We have seen some dolphins but the whales still elude us.
If this does not do it for you there of course is Hastings street which is a strip of shops, restaurants and cafés that you can easily waste hours away strolling down and looking for that perfect gift for someone or of course for yourself.
We went to Season a beach side restaurant for a coffee and a hot chocolate with the kids and sat and just watched the beach, the view was outstanding we even managed to see a dolphin. Season is a great restaurant that offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. When we were there they were offering 2 courses with a glass of wine for dinner for $30 or 3 courses and a glass of wine for $40 with a modern Australian menu. Obviously you could also order from the menu and they accommodated our gluten and dairy free son no problems at all. I couldn’t go past the pork belly and my daughter had the beef short ribs both were amazing and cooked to perfection. We decided to share a dessert and had the warm pear Tart Tatin with calvados caramel sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. This was mind blowing, beautiful warm tart, crisp pastry, rich caramel sauce with velvety smooth vanilla bean ice-cream. The staff were very friendly and the service was fantastic. I am always so happy when I never have to ask for my water to be refilled and we didn’t have to ask or wait for anything. You could have easily mistaken our waitresses having worked at Season for years but as it turned out she had only been working at the restaurant for one week. She was so friendly and was amazing with the kids.
There is also the Noosa Surf Club of course that is family friendly and you can go there to eat and sit and watch the amazing view off the back deck, we also got to see the little nippers in action on the beach one afternoon.
We did a great walk today drove to the top of Laguna lookout and there is a nice little walk down to Hastings street through the Noosa national park. it is a 2.6 km round trip with about 400 steps, but really worth it such a pretty walk and the kids loved it.
Home for a little rest after our walk and then decided to head out to the movies. There is the Noosa 5 cinemas at the junction road shops which is not far from Hastings street.
The alarm went off early this morning and we were up and on the road by 7.30 for the Eumundi markets. They start at 8 and go through to 1.30 on a wed and sat. Even though it was a chilly 6 degrees we were glad we got there early. There were plenty of parks and no queues for coffee and hot chocolates.
We had breakfast at a little restaurant called the Fig Tree, which is incorporated into the markets and they had fabulous gas heaters to warm our chilly bones. They also do lunch and dinner and they are opened everyday not just on market days. The markets were huge with so many stalls too many to even try and name them. Rest assured there is something for everyone with some great deals. By the time we left at 10.30 the queue to get in was huge, so if you go make sure you get here early and if it is the winter rug up. However by the time the sun came up it was beautiful.
After the markets we were off to Coolum Beach to meet friends we haven’t seen for a while and it was just lovely. The kids had a swim ( I know qld winter amazing right) and the mums could have some adult time. There was a great playground on the beach they could play in and then across the road to get some amazing gelati at Yum Gelato.
Sadly our time had come to an end and it was time to head back to Brisbane, we were all a little disappointed but all good things much come to an end until next time of course.
Noosa is the perfect place to go if you just want to relax and slow things down. Whilst it has everything you could ever need it also has that one elusive thing we all spend a lifetime looking for peace and tranquility. Which for those of you that know me know I struggle to sit still, but Noosa made it so easy to do this and just be able to enjoy the kids without all the stresses of day to day life.
The Joy Girls xx