From the fashionable Hastings Street to the unspoiled beaches of Noosa’s North Shore. Here’s your 5 day Noosa holiday itinerary. Relax or explore? There’s no reason not to do both. No cooking on this trip. Just heaps of fun and lots of new memories!
2.00pm: Check-in to Mantra French Quarter
Mantra French Quarter has what our kids love, a heated pool lagoon. Leo describes it as waterfalls and beaches. The resort is great for families. Stay in the two-bedroom deluxe poolside apartments. These are located on the ground floor and allow for quick access to the pool. Save your legs for something better, like shopping!
Mantra French Quarter also offers direct access to the bustling shopping strip and dining. It’s also across the road from Noosa Surf Club and Noosa National Park.
Wear the kids out before dinner by racing them up to the Laguna Look Out. It’s an easy and quick, 20-minute walk up (2.4 km round trip via Morwong Dr). Best at sunset! Enjoy views of Noosa, the waterways, and the coastline (alternatively accessible by a car).
7.30pm: Dinner at Zachary’s Gourmet Pizza Bar
I remember when this pizza bar was just a quarter of its current size, although always just as busy. Requested by kids on every one of our Noosa Triathlon trips. Yes, there’s been a few over the past decade!
Zachary’s Gourmet Pizza Bar now offers two venues; one on the riverfront at Noosaville, and the other on Hastings Street at Noosa Heads. Their pizza menu has all the classics as well as gourmet, deluxe and seafood pizzas. My favorite by far is the duck pizza and the kids will only eat the Pepperoni! You can also choose from a variety of pasta dishes, salads, and light snacks.
This cute grocer slash coffee shop is the latest addition to Noosa’s Hastings Street. It has all my favorites covered: cheese, bread, meat, and coffee. Located on the ground floor of Netanya Noosa next to the Surf Club. Providore on Hastings specializes in sourcing fresh local produce. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating. Lots of quick and easy bites to grab on the run. You must also check out their wine cellar!
I’d be lying if I said this was a quick lunch option. This little burger shack has the longest queues on Hastings Street. Once you’re seated the service is fast and the food is great. Looks like it’s everyone’s favorite! From kids to couples. I think Leo’s face says it best “touch my chips and you die” (photo below).
For dessert, they offer a CONCRETES. “Whats that?” I hear you asking. Well, it’s a dense chocolate or vanilla custard ice cream with your choice of add-ins like popcorn, fudge, marshmallow sauce, etc.
Tonight treat yourself to a sunset picnic. Book a dinner hamper from Getaway Pantry and embrace the 360-degree views of Noosa and its surroundings. And no, Courtney did not organize a picnic for us! But we did enjoy the beautiful views.
Located around 15 minutes from Noosa Heads in Tewantin National Park. It’s an easy kid friendly 1km walk to the 265m high lookout.
Pitch Luxury Camping will spoil you with the perfectly styled bell tent that includes a queen size bed with luxurious bedding. This is GLAMPING! They can also organize food hampers for the entirety of your stay (supplied by Getaway Pantry ). So really besides eating, exploring and having fun, there is nothing else you’ll have to do.
The only problem we had was the kids fighting over our queen bed!
The Noosa North Shore Camp Ground is accessible in both 2WD and 4WD cars. It has direct access to the beach and is safe for families as beach 4WDing is not permitted in front of the camp grounds.
It is recommended 4WDing on the beach is done 2 hours of either side of the high tide. Chech the tides and plan your trip accordingly!
Stop 1: 4WD to Red Canyon
Lesson learned do not wear white.
Your 4WDing adventure starts here. Makes sure you let some air out of your tires, fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the salty breeze. About half way along Teewah Beach you’ll see the sign for the Red Canyon. This place is crazy ‘red’! Be prepared to get your feet dirty. Climb the red sand dune to the top for the magnificent views over Teewah Beach.
The Ice Age gave rise to Teewah’s ‘Coloured Sands’. The color comes from the iron oxide and leached vegetable dyes
Stop 2: 4WD to Double Island Point Lighthouse
The lighthouse is at the top of Double Island Point. Around a 45 km drive along the beach from the third cutting beach access point. Leave the car on the beach, and walk up to the working Lighthouse. On a clear day, you can see all the way back to Noosa and north to Fraser Island.
The Lighthouse is the perfect viewing platform for dolphins, turtles, and whales.
Unfortunately, we had rain and clouds!
Stop 3: 4WD to Rainbow Beach – Lagoon and Surfbreak
A dirt road at the end of Double Island Point takes you across to Rainbow Beach. Low tide gives rise to a crystal clear ocean lagoon. It’s a safe playground for the kids and a great place for a dip.
I’m no surf expert, but the large crowds in the water suggest that Rainbow Beach must have a good surf break. So bring your boards!
9.00am: Check out
11.00am: Kayak through Noosa Everglades
Pictures don’t do this place justice.
These are Australia’s only Everglades! Explore them with a guide or on your own and experience something that is very unique to Noosa. The Noosa Everglades.