This Sunshine Coast haven is excellent for singles, couples and families that want to lounge around in the sun and relax amongst beautiful nature.
What to do?
Fitness – Hells Gate’s Hite
Hell’s Gates is a popular coastal hike in Noosa heads, with a trail leading up to a scenic cliff. Hell’s Gates is around a 5.2km round trip from Noosa National Park entrance to Sunshine Beach (the end of the track0 hike so allow at least 2 hours so that you can enjoy the lookout stops along the way. About 1km into the hike is ‘Dolphin Point’ a great lookout spot for turtle, whale and dolphin sightings. Once you reach Hell’s Gates, you will be pleasured with amazing views of the coast, and it is well worth the walk.
Relaxation – Noosa River & Canal Cruises
The Noosa River and Canal Cruises are private or group cruises that take you along the beautiful Noosa River. I recommend the private sunset cruise that allows you to witness the majestic sky from on the water. Grab a group of your friends or your partner and sit back and relax on a boat, driven by a professional to enjoy the scenic sights of the Noosa canals. The cruise allows BYO snacks and beverages, and it is perfect for taking in the views and having a few drinks before dinner. The cruises depart from the Jetty in Noosaville, or the Jetty attached to the Sofitel Hotel in Noosa Heads.
Where to eat?
Wood Fire Grill – 2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads
Wood Fire Grill is a restaurant and bar that specialises in the art of cooking with smoke and fire and offers majestic views of the Noosa River. Inviting a dining experience for family and friends, this restaurant provides a specially crafted menu featuring smoky flavours and local produce. For a rustic but classy dining experience, Wood Fire Grill imparts a modern twist on grilled dishes.
The best time to go: With the beautiful outdoor setting and views of the river that the restaurant boasts, going for either lunch or dinner would be exceptional. To enjoy the scenic views, heading there for dinner around the time of sunset would allow you to take in and appreciate some beautiful views while eating a superb meal.
Our recommended drink: The Grilled Margarita is a cocktail that combines the restaurant's smokey flavours with a sweet and sour tang. Consisting of monte alban mezcal with the essence of smoked agave creates a drink for an adventurous soul.
Our recommended meal: The 250g Scotch Fillet is the perfect meal that combines local flavours and allows you to enjoy the grilled and smokey relishes of the perfectly cooked meat. The meat comes with shoestring fries and café de Paris butter, and although it may not be the cheapest meal of the menu, the flavoursome cuisine is worth it.
SUMI Open Kitchen – 19-21 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Heads
SUMI Open Kitchen is a gastronomic delight. With impeccable food and service, SUMI Open Kitchen combines Asian flavours with contemporary grilling styles to create specially crafted set menus allowing for a cultural and exciting culinary experience. SUMI Open Kitchen offers 3, 4, 5 and 6-course menus that follow the seasonality of local produce, with an optional Sake pairing for the full cultural experience. This restaurant caters to an array of dietary requirements from vegan to coeliac to vegetarian.
The best time to go: This restaurant is only open Wednesday to Sunday from 5:30-10 pm and with a booking, any time is a good time!
Our recommended drink: For the full Japanese cultural experience, ordering the Sake is a great idea. We would ultimately recommend adding a Sake pairing to your course menu, which entails being given a sake shot with each course, that compliments the meal that you are eating.
Our recommended meal: The 6-course dining menu will ensure you are well and truly full and have tasted the best delights that the restaurant has to offer. This 6-course menu includes four entrees, a choice of two mains with rice and a dessert. The grilled yellowtail kingfish (one of the two selections of mains) is a great vegetarian option that consists of fresh and locally sourced fish and ingredients.
The View – 33A Viewland Dr, Noosa Heads
The View restaurant is part of chic hotel Peppers, offering a unique dining experience amongst the treetops. The View kitchen run by Chef Matt Golinski dishes out local specialities that showcase the best of Noosa’s homegrown produce. Offering a delicious range of creative dishes, this menu consists of Sunshine Coast flavours that you can enjoy in a comfortable dining area with views of paradise that also doesn’t break the bank!
The best time to go: The View restaurant offers informal dining and is open all hours of the day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I recommend taking up the offer of the ‘Love Noosa Lunch’ that the restaurant offers, which includes a two-course lunch with a glass of house wine and barista coffee all for $32.
Our recommended drink: When it comes to drinks, the local wines are some of the best, and the selection of wines is extensive. The Chaffey Bros “Elijah” Shiraz coming from the Barossa Valley is a smooth and delicate wine that tastes great with a meal.
Our recommended meal: The blue corn taco with Mooloolaba prawn is an entrée highlight with locally sourced prawns that are cooked to perfection. When it comes to mains, the roasted lamb rump is a Mediterranean style dish that is simple yet delicious.
Where to stay?
Peppers – 33A Viewland Drive, Noosa Heads
Burrowed into the quiet and relaxing Noosa National Park, Peppers is the perfect place to stay with friends, family or partners. This premium accommodation is located just a short walk from the main street in Noosa (Hastings Street). It offers a serene retreat with airy open spaces and elegantly decorated apartments and villas. Peppers Noosa Resort & Villa offers three swimming pools, a gym, steam room and great 4:30 happy hour every night to sit back and enjoy the fantastic scenery.