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7 great natural Noosa experiences

7 great natural Noosa experiences

Christine Retschlag

Travel writer Christine Retschlag from Our Planet Travel explores 7 great natural Noosa experiences.

1. Bike On Australia

This company has 300 bicycles in its arsenal and you’ll find all types of rides, depending on your preference. Bike On will deliver your hire bike right to your accommodation and encourage you to take advantage of the hundreds of safe bike paths around Noosa. If you’re into mountain biking, you can join them on a guided or self-guided mountain bike tour through Tewantin National Park, which boasts 25km of trails.
bikeon.com.au


2. Kanu Kapers

If paddling rather than pedaling is more your thing, join a guided or self-guided tour of the Noosa Everglades with Kanu Kapers. This company has been running for the past 15 years and knows every section of this beautiful stretch of water, one of only two everglades in the world (the other is in Florida). A staggering 44 percent of Australia’s native bird population either lives in or visits the Noosa Everglades, which is also full of fish and interesting flora. Check out the River of Mirrors for its incredible reflections (main picture).
kanukapersaustralia.com


3. Noosa Eco Cruise

The Noosa River is considered one of the cleanest in Queensland. Take a Noosa Eco Cruise with the company which runs the Noosa Ferry and learn all about this body of water, as well as how Noosa has strict building laws which protect its natural habitat. You’ll glide past pelicans and a host of fishermen, paddle boarders, sailors and swimmers, and learn about the importance of mangroves to the ecosystem.
noosaferry.com


4. Providore on Hastings

Those fine folk at Netanya Noosa have opened Hastings Street's only deli. And this one comes with a delicious twist. Providore on Hastings stocks and supports locally-sourced produce so you dine on the likes of  Little Cove coffee, Eumundi beef and Kenilworth cheese among a range of gourmet groceries for a true taste of the Sunshine Coast.
providoreonhastings.com


5. Belmondos Organic Market

To meet the friendly faces behind some of Noosa’s local produce, head out to Belmondos at Noosaville. This organic market is home to 8 shopkeepers who are dedicated to providing a European-style market  experience with a Noosa flavour. Originally established to supply local restaurants with great product, it’s now a tourist destination for those wishing to indulge in local flavours.
belmondos.com 


6. Locale Noosa

Tucked away in a quiet corner of Hastings Street, as if the location of this restaurant wasn’t good enough, the food is sublime. This Italian restaurant uses the best, fresh local ingredients and combines them with special overseas products. Think Mooloolaba king prawns, locally-grown zucchini flowers, Fraser Island spanner crab and Gympie free-range pork.
localenoosa.com.au


7. CocoWhip

Just a few doors up from Locale, you’ll stumble across the hole-in-the-wall establishment that is CocoWhip. While there are many places to feast on ice cream along Hastings Street, what makes this place  different is it claims to be the world’s first vegan and bio-fermented coconut soft serve. While it’s a bit of an acquired taste, you can walk away feeling smug that it’s not ice cream as you know it.
cocowhip.com.au

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