This area has so much on offer that it took a rainy weekend for us to discover some of the lesser known attractions. What a blessing that weather turned out to be – we discovered beautiful places that you should consider to put on your ‘must do list’ for your next visit.
Saturday markets at the Big Pineapple
If you are looking for fresh produce this is the market for you. There are stalls both outside and inside. It is by no means a big market, but the produce on offer are all locally grown and organic.
Other things on offer are handmade soap, LED lighting solutions, miniature gardens, handmade tots and baby clothing, artwork, plants and food.
Fairhill Botanic Gardens
From the moment you set foot onto this property, you know you have discovered something special. It features a native plants nursery, bookshop, restaurant and botanic garden.
The property has been family owned and operated since 1975. Looking at the mature trees it is hard to imagine that all this evolved from an old dairy farm with almost no trees or shrubs!
When we visited most of the plants were in full bloom which resulted in an abundance of bird life. In addition we also enjoyed the sculptures scattered throughout the garden beds.
We ended our visit at Elements Restaurant situated at the edge of the garden. It was pure bliss to enjoy our tea and scones with birds a few metres away from us in the grevilleas.
It is an inspirational place to visit, especially so if you are a keen gardener yourself. We left with a new found love and appreciation for native plants as well as a few ornaments for our garden.
Entry to the garden is free.
Noosa Marina is a small complex with restaurants, speciality shops, a wine bar and a fish and chips shop. The restaurants cater for breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. I definitely recommend that you enjoy something here not only for the food, but to drink in the tranquil views.
In addition, there are also a number of boating activities available from the marina like houseboats, fishing charters, cruises and self-drive hire boats.
On Sundays the marina plays host to pop-up markets from 8am to 2pm. The atmosphere is enhanced by live music and entertainment.
While we were always aware of the beauty of Noosa, getting a bird’s eye view of it simply took our breath away. It is stunning!
The Laguna Lookout not only provides a view across Noosa, but also of the neighbouring bay and all the way out to the Glasshouse Mountains.
If you feel energetic you can walk from Hastings Street to the lookout which is about 1.3km. Alternatively you can reach it via car by following the road to the end of Viewland Drive, which is off Noosa Drive.
While Main Beach is great for families, you will love Sunshine Beach if you like playing in the surf. It is located just south of Noosa National Park. Your four legged friend will also love this beach as the northern part of it is dog friendly.
We even enjoyed the walkways that hugged the beach. It meanders over hills and through lush plants to give glimpses of a brilliantly blue ocean from time to time.
Tewantin Forest Reserve
This reserve is located 2km west of Tewantin and 10km from Noosa on the Cooroy-Noosa Road. The real gem in this park is the lookout on top of Mt Tinbeerwah.
The first 130m of this walk is wheel chair friendly ending at the Eastern Viewpoint. There is a rock bench from which you can enjoy the view.
You can also continue the uphill walk to the summit which is 265m above sea level. The 360 degree view towards the Sunshine Coast and the Cooloola areas are stunning.
We were lucky enough to be on top of this mountain at sunset with a few clouds lingering in the sky.