A Your Mates guide to Noosa, one of the Sunshine Coast’s most iconic locations and beaches.
Located about two hours’ drive north from Brisbane, Noosa is a small coastal town heaving with life. It possesses a unique mix of casual sophistication, like a fine-dining restaurant that allows pluggers, or like one of those tuxedo t-shirts. In other words, it’s got something for everyone.
With the Noosa Craft Beer Festival looming, we found ourselves with a bit of Noosa fever. Too eager to wait for the weekend’s frothy festivities, we jumped in the car and punched it up there from the Brew House, arriving within the hour.
A beautiful sunny sky and cheeky pulse in swell steered us away from Noosa and towards our first stop of the day, Coolum Beach. Situated about 20 minutes down the road from Noosa Heads, Coolum is one of Noosa’s less populated neighbours. While it doesn’t hold the same fame as Noosa’s renowned point breaks, it has some awesome surf spots. When the surf on the Sunshine Coast is pumping, we highly recommend checking Coolum or one of its adjacent towns (Sunshine Beach, Yaroomba, Peregian Beach, etc.). They’re often just as good as Noosa with half the crowd.
Coolum also has a lovely supervised beach if you’re with the kids, complete with BBQs, parks and an epic skatepark. It’s also across the road from the Main Street which features great cafes, restaurants and bars. See which ones stock Your Mates here.
We checked the surf at Point Arkwright and were buzzing to see a fun little wave sliding across the headland. We hit the water and scored a fun session with less than 10 people out. It was thirsty work and before we knew it we were on our way back to Noosa heading for stop number 2.
Parking in Noosa can be a pain for the inexperienced. It’s a paradise pie and everyone wants a slice. Our general rule of thumb is to first do one lap around the National Park carpark to see if you can jag a miracle park (sometimes you get lucky). Failing this, take a turn down Alderly Terrace and check around the back streets. Mitti Street leads downhill towards the First Point and has gifted us tonnes of parks on busy days in the past.
If you’re with the kids and want to enjoy Noosa’s patrolled Main Beach or Hastings Street, your best bet is to do a few miracle laps around the car park adjacent to the Noosa Surf Club, and then head to the Lion’s Park car park. A few spins around this car park and you’ll find a slot in no time.
Our morning surf had left us extremely hungry and parched, so we parked at the Lion’s Park car park and hit Noosa Drive and Hastings Street for a feed. Noosa has a plethora of top restaurants, bars and cafes, which can make it hard to choose a great one. We always stick to our guns and go places where we can get Your Mates beer. Halse Lodge is a restaurant set in a heritage listed Queenslander house. It has an epic beer garden with good food and is open to families. It also has Larry on tap so it was a no brainer for us. There are quite a few other great restaurants and bars with Your Mates beer around the Noosa area, find them here.
After munging down a feed and some Larrys, we debated about what to do next. There’s so many cool things to do in Noosa. The beers were flowing beautifully, so in true Your Mates fashion we decided to keep the ball rolling. We used the Your Mates Beer Locator to find where we could snatch a few takeaways and hit Noosa Main Beach. The weather was still bliss, perfect conditions to #crackamacca.
As the sun began to set we decided it was time to turn it up a notch. Noosa has a thriving bar scene and in our experience there’s no better spot to rip into some beers and good times than at Little Sister. These legends have live music every weekend, heaps of local beers and a pumping kitchen. We finished our day in Noosa here in epic fashion.
If you’re heading to Noosa this weekend, you’re in luck! We’ll be pouring beers at the 5th Annual Noosa Craft Beer Festival. Held at the Noosa Reef Hotel it’s set to be a stellar day. It’s free entry, kid friendly with local entertainment, food trucks, kids entertainment and fundraising for the Sunshine Butterflies. More info here.
See you there for a brew or two!