Come along on a journey with us, as we curate the best slow-travel itinerary to experience the very best of the Noosa region, with Evoke Experiences and Bonza. With expertise in creating heavenly luxury wellness experiences and retreats, Evoke Experiences will ignite your senses and make sure every tiny detail of your Noosa escape is perfect.
And you can start your holiday sooner, and without the stress, by flying direct to the Sunshine Coast with Bonza! Choose from direct services with Australia’s newest low-cost carrier, to 13 different capital and regional destinations, including Melbourne (Tullamarine and Avalon), Cairns, Townsville, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, and Mildura. Once you touch down with Bonza, you’re just a short 30-minute drive from Noosa, where you’ll be surrounded by nature, and enveloped by the calming green spaces, bright blue waters, and untouched national parks, the wide-open beaches and clear salty air, on this slow travel journey through the heart of the Noosa region. Get ready to leave the world behind and find your inner Noosa!
A slow travel holiday in Noosa is an opportunity to discover the collection of charming villages, dotted from the seaside to the hinterland, that make up the region and are just waiting to be explored. Meander through the coastal villages of Peregian Beach, with its village square and laidback bohemian vibes, before heading to the Sunshine Beach village, where million-dollar coastal views are bordered by National Park on one side, and a quaint village precinct with a general store and a handful of excellent eats on the other.
Get acquainted with the dining and nightlife hotspot Noosa Junction, starting with breakfast at the whole-foods cafe Vanilla Food. Tucked away on a side street in the heart of the Noosa Junction precinct, with Mediterranean-inspired interiors and plant-based gourmet eats, this locals' favourite buzzes with life throughout the day. After breakfast, check out the brand-new neighbouring Nilla's Pantry, for healthy baked treats and provisions.
Next up, check out the iconic Hastings St, with its nostalgic holiday vibes and beachfront stays, and one of Australia’s most loved beaches, Noosa Main Beach. To the north, the majestic Noosa River winds its way through the riverside villages of Noosaville and Tewantin, which offer waterfront dining, a boating and water sports haven, and laidback vibes away from the bustle of town.
By day, explore the Noosa River with Noosa Standup Paddle, and glide over the clear, mirrored waters of the majestic Noosa River, and see Noosa from a different angle as you tour the waterways by stand-up paddle.
As the sun gets low in the sky, hop aboard the classic timber speedboats of Noosa Dreamboats for a sunset cruise, and watch the sun dip down over the hinterland on this meditative river cruise. Cruise all the way back to your dinner destination, and be delivered to the private jetty at Ricky's River Bar and Restaurant, a long-time Noosa favourite serving locally-caught seafood and old-world wines in elegant interiors overlooking the Noosa River.
A retreat to the calming nature-filled enclave of Noosa offers so many chances to get back to basics and get in touch with nature. Although you’ll be spoilt for choice, top of your list should be a long hike through the expansive green space of the famed Noosa National Park, a stunning protected green corridor that hugs the rocky coastline and links the seaside villages of Noosa Heads and Sunshine Beach. The winding, rocky trails and secluded, sandy coves of the national park are some of Noosa’s best natural assets, where runners, hikers, and surfers fill the trails and beaches from the early dawn hours until sunset. Set off on a two-hour guided hike with Girls Trek, where you'll discover the best of the Noosa National Park and learn about native wildlife and the Noosa ecosystems. Or start your morning in perfect balance, with a sunrise beach yoga session with Evoke Experiences, where you can reset your senses and breathe into the day ahead.
After a morning spent in nature, check into your luxury accommodation, the absolute waterfront Netanya Noosa, with its expansive panoramic vistas over Noosa Main Beach, and laidback luxe of the coastal-inspired interiors. With direct gate access onto the sand of Noosa Main Beach, onsite Providore on Hastings with premium local grocery provisions, the National Park and the best of Hastings St dining and retail all just steps away, it is the perfect holiday getaway stay for families, couples and discerning travellers. On arrival, discover some boxed Noosa goodness, in the form of a curated Noosa Gift Co hamper, where you can sample some of the best locally-made and inspired products.
While the tried-and-true Noosa favourites always keep us coming back for more, there are so many different ways to holiday in Noosa. Dine under the stars, with your toes in the sand, with a curated, luxe beach picnic by local experts Luxe Soirees, where every little detail will be taken care of so you can relax and indulge. Explore the array of whole-food restaurants, organic grocers, and local farmers markets sprinkled throughout the region. On Sundays, don't miss the Noosa Farmers Market, where local farmers and gourmet producers sell their wares, and marketgoers settle in for breakfast from the array of food stalls under the towering eucalyptus trees. Next up, head to the Noosa Industrial precinct for a visit to the sprawling organic marketplace, Belmondos Organic Market. Here, you can fill your basket with local and imported organic pantry foods, as well as stock up on local organic produce and meat from Eumundi Meats, graze on the delicious pastries at the in-store Tanglewood Bakery, or sit down for freshly roasted coffee from Clandestino Coffee. At sunset, settle in for a private degustation dinner on the terrace of your absolute beachfront stay, catered with locally-sourced ingredients, by The Noosa Forager, for a truly unforgettable experience.
Wind your way through the meandering country roads to the rolling green hills of the Noosa Hinterland. Set off on a slow-paced Noosa Country Drive, and discover the hidden gems of the Noosa region, with gourmet eat and drink experiences, farm gates and artisan producers dotted throughout the hilly backcountry roads. First up, check out Noosa’s buzziest new establishment, The Doonan, set on two hectares of farming land in the town of Doonan, at the foothills of the Noosa Hinterland. This multi-venue space boasts a pizzeria, restaurant, multiple bars and eating spaces, expansive open-air grounds, a veggie patch, an ice creamery, a cellar door, and a large outdoor children's playground (opening soon).
After lunch, get ready to retreat to total relaxation at the nearby Balinese-inspired garden surrounds of Ikatan Spa, where you can indulge in a Prasanna massage package, delivered in the tranquil outdoor treatment rooms. If you'd rather leave the logistics to someone else, one of the very best ways to explore the entire Noosa region is on an aerial tour with bespoke helicopter tour company, Saltair Aviation. Taking off from the tiny airstrip located at the back of Noosa Heads, you can choose from a quick 30-minute sightseeing tour, design your own bespoke tour, or be transported to hinterland dining destinations for lunch, for the ultimate indulgence.
Journeying further on from Doonan, discover the charming hinterland villages, including the sleepy town of Cooroy, with its small-town country vibes and friendly locals, and the tiny country village of Kin Kin, which abounds with farm gates and paddock-to-plate cafes. Don’t miss a visit to the old-worldly hinterland town of Pomona, where you can sample the small batch gins produced on-site at Pomona Distilling Co, and while away the afternoon within the rustic outdoor spaces set behind an unassuming original pine cottage, in the heart of the town’s main street. Finish your afternoon with a ramble up the imposing Mount Cooroora, which casts a long shadow over the town of Pomona below and offers unbeatable panoramic views of the whole hinterland and coastline.
Jump in your ride the short distance back to Sunshine Coast Airport, where you'll climb on your direct Bonza flight home, where you can rest, relax and reflect on your perfect weekend spent in Noosa!
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