Courtney Atkinson, 3-time Noosa Triathlon winner, Olympian and all round nice guy recently visited Noosa with his wife and two children, exploring from the fashionable Hastings Street, to the coloured dunes of Noosa North Shore. Read his wife Kinga's blog below to see what they found...
From the fashionable Hastings Street to the unspoiled beaches ofNoosa’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-bedroomdeluxe 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 Cluband Noosa National Park.
A: 62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5430 710
4.30pm: Laguna Lookout, Noosa National Park
Wear the kids out before dinner by racing them up to the Laguna Lookout. It’s an easy and quick, 20-minute walk up (2.4km round trip via Morwong Dr). Best at sunset! Enjoy views of Noosa, the waterways and the coastline (alternatively accessible by 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.
A: Seahaven Resort, 15 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5473 0011
8.30am: Breakfast at ‘Providore on Hastings’
This cute grocer slash coffee shop is the latest addition to Noosa’s Hastings Street. It has all my favorites covered: cheese, bread, meatand coffee and is located on the ground floor of Netanya Noosa, next to the Surf Club. Providore on Hastings specialises in sourcing fresh local produce. They offer both indoor and outdoor seating and have lots of quick and easy bites to grab on the run. You must also check out their wine cellar! Open from 6.30am – 9pm daily.
A: Netanya Noosa – 75 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5449 665
10.30am: Jet Ski with the dolphins
Enjoy a guided ocean tour into the beautiful Laguna Bay, jump the waves along the Noosa Bar, and cruise around to Noosa National Park. Keep an eye out for the friendly local dolphins! The jet ski can take up to two passengers at one time. Children must be eight years and above.
W: U-Drive Boat Hire
A: 256 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
P: 07 5449 7727
12.00pm: Lunch at Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.
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 favourite - 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.
A: 2/50 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5455 4378
4.00pm: Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout
It’s only taken me 15 years to find this place.
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 organise 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.
A: Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout carpark – Tinbeerwah Rd, Tinbeerwah
8.30am: Breakfast at Season Restaurant
Secure yourself the best seats in the restaurant and book early. Ask for a table along the beach boardwalk. Not only will you have direct ocean views but you can also do a bit of people watching. Season Restaurant menu highlights the freshest local Noosa produce. Families welcomed. Kids menu available.
A: 25 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
P: 07 5447 3447
10.00am: Collect your 4WD from ‘Get Around Noosa’
Get Around Noosa hire out 4WDs and camper trailers for you to drive on the beach at Noosa North Shore, Rainbow Beach, Tin Can Bay and Fraser Island regions.
A: 4 Strong Lane, Eumundi, Queensland
P: 0438 844 670
11.00am: Catch the Noosa North Shore Car Ferry
The ferry is open:
Car permits are required to drive along the beach and on some of the inland tracks of Noosa North Shore. These can be booked online.
The ferry departs approximately every 10 minutes and is $7 per car/each way (cash only).
A: end of Moorindil Street, Tewantin
12.00pm: Check-in to your Pitch Luxury Camping
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 organise 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 either side of the high tide. Check 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 tyres, 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 45km 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 (in season, June-October). 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.