When we think of Noosa, our mind usually wanders through a dream-like haze of ocean dips, tantalising bites and icy-cold tipples by the beachside. So you can make your swimming, snacking and sipping dreams a reality, we have rounded up some of the region’s top beachside restaurants, cafes and laid-back locales. Whether you’re looking to score some takeaway fish and chips to take to the sand, a morning brew before a walk along the water or you’re after a cocktail (or two) to enjoy alfresco, Noosa has an incredible selection of dining destinations to choose from. Read on for some of our top picks …
Grab fish and chips from this Hastings Street locale
Worked up an appetite after your dip? Make sandy-footed tracks to Nosh Express, located on Hastings Street (with access directly off Noosa’s Main Beach). This quaint and convenient pit stop offers great value seafood snacks that are sure to satisfy. Whether you’re craving a good ol’ serving of fish and chips, freshly made salads or a serving of local king prawns, this seaside eatery has got it all.
Sink your teeth into juicy buns at this iconic burger institution
Ideally positioned on Hastings Street, Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co. is where the wildly successful Australian burger chain started back in 2014. Tuck into a delightfully crispy chicken burger and relish the satisfying crunch between bites of cloud-like brioche bun or stick with the classic, which is about as pure as a burger can be – hand-rolled Angus beef patty, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese and Betty’s special sauce. Round out your feast with a side of onion rings and/or fries but just be sure to leave room for one of the venue’s signature Concretes – an impossibly creamy frozen custard that is loaded with your choice of toppings.
Tantalise your tastebuds while taking in the ocean breeze
Found in Sunshine Beach, Embassy XO boasts a delectable menu featuring modern Asian cuisine. As you make your way through your flavoursome spread, feast your eyes upon the view of the magnificent fig and pandanus trees that line the popular Sunshine Beach village area. If you’re not too hungry, head to the Wine Bar, which has ocean breezes (you’ll even get a glimpse of the beautiful big blue from this vantage point) as well as an intimate fireplace during the cooler months.
Tick these two sweet spots off your Peregian foodie bucket list
Searching for a piece of paradise to sit back, relax and sip on a beer in Peregian? The Peregian Beach Hotel is a prime choice, offering a leafy garden to bask in, a delicious selection of tapas and craft beer, and live entertainment that’ll have you tapping your feet all night long. Another Peregian must-visit is Pitchfork, nestled in the heart of Peregian Beach Square. This laid-back eatery offers modern Australian cuisine with a seasonally changing menu. Think barbecued Mooloolaba prawns with fire-roasted peppers, garlic and chilli, wild mushroom risotto with rocket and pecorino, and duck pie with mash, beetroot relish, peas and jus – yum!
Tuck into Asian-fusion delights at this Sunshine Beach restaurant
Whether it’s in the eye-catching decor, the delightful drinks selection or its delicious dishes, a passion for Asian cuisine and culture is seen and felt throughout every facet of Sunshine Beach restaurant Sum Yung Guys. Its mouth-watering menu is ever changing, with fresh seasonal produce always at the forefront. Menu heroes include the Hiramasa kingfish with green scud, laksa oil and coconut, king prawn toast topped with gochu mayo and sesame, roast sweet potato salad with cashew sambal and salted coconut, and the aromatic Burmese prawn curry. The sharing menu is best enjoyed with mates, so round up your crew for a feast that is worthy of a road trip.
Savour ocean-to-plate goodness at this relaxed Peregian Beach bar
Another Peregian Beach gem, The Captain’s Daughter is an easy-going bar boasting a fish and chips menu that’ll have you salivating. Beer battered, tempura battered, grilled or crumbed – whatever your preference, The Captain’s Daughter serves all of your favourite seafood classics, plus a few extra treats. Have a beer in the sunshine while you wait for your order, or dine in the courtyard and bar area for the ultimate alfresco dining experience. If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in the area, The Retreat Beach Houses are a spectacular accommodation option for your beachside getaway, where you can lounge in the sunshine, read a good book or cook up a storm on the barbecue.