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Weekend getaway to Noosa, QLD

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Beautiful sandy beach in the Noosa National Park

The Happy Gwailo and I recently managed to squeeze in a quick weekend getaway to Noosa in Queensland. Noosa is a beautiful beach town, half an hour’s drive north of the Maroochydore airport. It’s blessed with miles and miles of beautiful sandy beaches, and is incredibly packed during the summer months. Luckily for us, we visited in mid-winter after the school holidays so the beaches were fairly empty and relaxed. On the flip side, the water was too cold for swimming, but being a tropical girl born and raised, I find Australian water too cold at any time of the year, so it didn’t bother me too much. I prefer my sea water at the tepid bathtub temperatures of Malaysia, thank you. Here in Australia, I won’t venture much beyond dipping a toe in.

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Fairy Pools, Noosa National Park

Swimming was out of the question and neither of us have the temperament for sunbathing – we would get bored in five minutes. So instead, we decided to explore the Noosa National Park. The park is easily accessible from Hastings Street and the Noosa Main Beach. Simply keep walking East on Hastings Street until you reach the end of the street, then turn left on Park Road and keep following the boardwalk. You have the option of following the cliff top path next to the road – a favourite of the many exercise fanatics – or the more leisurely path on the beach. At the end of the path, you’ll find a carpark and the coastal path in the Noosa National Park starts from there.

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Hell’s Gates, Noosa National Park

We followed the path all the way to the rather aptly named Hell’s Gates. Before this point, it was all wide open beaches, and beautiful panoramas. But Hell’s Gates is a forbidding black cliff, plunging into the ocean. It was almost like some giant had carelessly dug its fiery fingers into the earth, gouging out a chunk and singeing everything in its path, leaving bare rock where nothing could grow. It’s possible to keep going past Hell’s Gates, around the point to Sunshine Beach, but the track is supposed to be quite challenging, and neither of us had the proper shoes on to explore further.

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Sunset on the river in Noosa

Instead, we headed over to Noosaville and the riverfront where we caught a spectacular sunset. The sun looked like a fiery ball just before it dipped past the Noosa North Shore.

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Burgers and tacos at Bordertown

Of course, no holiday is complete without sampling some of the local fare. One of my favourite restaurants was Bordertown, a casual river-side joint where we had delicious tacos washed down with a burger and fries.

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A Concrete at Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co.

If you’re on Hastings street, don’t miss a concrete at Betty’s Burgers. This American-style diner serves up concretes (or ice cream) with the most delicious toppings, like this hot fudge doughnut beauty on vanilla ice cream.

If, like me, you’re a fan of farmer’s markets, don’t miss the Noosa Farmers Market at the football club on Weyba Road. If possible, walk there or take public transport as parking can be a pain. We had a delicious breakfast there where we had a cultural swapsy – curry and roti canai for the Happy Dutch Gwailo, and dutch Oliebollen or gigantic round doughnuts for Malaysian me.

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Elemental.

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7 comments on “Weekend getaway to Noosa, QLD

  1. Pingback: Elemental: Beach | What's (in) the picture?

  2. Mabel Kwong
    August 13, 2017

    Hell’s Gate sounds like every bit it’s name! Sounds like you made sure to stick to the nice and beautiful paths and views, and of course not tire yourself out. It’s the last thing you want on your holidays 🙂 The local fare looks really appetizing. The tacos looks a bit like pizza, though. Nothing like a good savoury meal to keep you going. Usually I love burgers, and if I can’t decide what to eat, I’ll most likely choose to eat a burger 🙂

    • Penne Cole
      August 14, 2017

      Haha it wasn’t so much about tiring ourselves out. We were thinking more of the safety aspect because he was in thongs! Definitely not suitable for off-road trails.
      Burgers are usually my default option too, if only because of the fries they come with! 😛

  3. Irene
    August 14, 2017

    The lighting on the beach photos is fantastic. The food looks pretty good too. 😊

  4. Hannah (BitterSweet)
    August 14, 2017

    Talk about picture-perfect views. Those landscape photos are stunning! The food is nothing to sneeze at either, so I’d say: Come for the tacos, stay for the scenery? 🙂

    • Penne Cole
      August 14, 2017

      Lol I have a sweet tooth, so I’d say come for the ice cream and stay for the scenery 😛

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