I couldn’t have asked for a better winter getaway from Sydney during July than a weekend in Noosa. While I have been to Noosa before in summer, it was so much more enjoyable being there during winter, and making the most of the blue skies, warm sunshine and beautiful sparkling water.
It was whale watching season, as the humpback whales migrate north up Australia’s East Coast, and we were lucky enough to see a whale off Sunshine beach while having a drink at Sunshine Beach Surf Club. I can’t say I didn’t spend a decent part of the remainder of the weekend standing on the balcony of the house we were staying at with a pair of binoculars to my face, watching for more whales.
I was also really impressed with the relaxation options and the shopping. We found a very affordable spa package at Noosa Springs, which included time in their excellent hydrotherapy baths (think marble columns, greek statues, and a different jet for every part of your body), sauna, steam room and blast shower, as well as quite possibly the best facial I have ever had, using German botanical products that were carefully chosen for my skin type. Peregian Beach was my favourite shopping destination, with some gorgeous homewares stores and stylish boho fashion boutiques, as well as a very well curated vintage store selling floaty dresses, blouses and vintage denim.
But my favourite part of the whole weekend was the easy walk we did from Sunshine Beach to Main Beach around Noosa Heads, through the National Park. The sea was such a magnificent colour, a deep green blue that soothed my soul after a difficult couple of months. The light sparkling on water was incredibly magical and I just had such a sense of wellbeing on this 2-hour walk. Some of the walk is under bush canopy, but a lot of it is out in the open and I was glad I had good sun protection. There are also plenty of opportunities for a quick swim on the walk. And the best bit is that because you finish at the eat streets of Main Beach, it’s the perfect excuse for a late lunch and an afternoon drink.
I’m definitely heading back to Noose every winter from now on, it was a perfect weekend.
Stayed at: With Family in Sunshine Beach
Ate at: Betty’s Burgers, Ricky’s, Bistro C
Explored: Relaxation at Noosa Springs Spa, Noosa National Park
Region Highlights: Peregian, Sunshine Beach, Main Beach