The last weekend was spent at Noosa Heads in the Noosa region of Sunshine Coast, Queensland. It was a leisurely 1.5 hours drive from Brisbane, with stopover at the Ginger factory as well as the famed Eumundi market. If you’re a first timer to the Noosa region (like me), then the two attractions might appeal to you but otherwise, I suggest you skip this and drive straight to the beach for a little fun in the sun.
We put up a night at Outrigger Hotel Resort and Spa – a beautiful 2 bedroom apartment with very minimalistic design and all the amenities you need for a comfortable stay. One of the best features of the hotel is the heated pool. It definitely helped especially when its winter now and you want a quick morning or evening swim. Breakfast at the hotel was decent – not as elaborated as what you get back in Asia but good enough to keep the stomach warm and satisfied. Coffee’s good too.
Besides the main beach on Hasting Street, Sunshine Beach is probably my favourite as it is less crowded and one of the most beautiful. There are multiple ways to get to the beach but it gets really tricky as most of the entrances are located in a residential area. Meaning you have to navigate your way through to find a parking spot and look for a sign. We were lucky to find a spot where it lead us to this small part of the beach which says “leash-free beach” for dogs. Many of man’s best friends were spotted running freely playing catch with their owners or just “mingling” with their new found friends. I swear, these dogs are surfers their past lives as they love playing in the water and always barking and teasing with the incoming waves.
From here, we took a short hike (approximately 30 mins one way) and it lead us to Alexandria Bay beach – a nudist beach. I’ve been to one before in France many years back so I’m just curious and excited to see one here. If you’re wondering if I bare all – no, I wasn’t prepared to strip and run around naked that morning. Haha. After spending about 30 mins, we hiked back slowly while stopping at various look-out points soaking in the spectacular horizon.
The remaining of the day was spent, like how the Italians put it dolce far niente by the beach. Of course, there are a lot of activities you can choose from (eg surfing, kayaking, wake boarding, paddling) but we just want to chill, take it easy and enjoy the breeze.
As the sun began to set, it’s time to head back home. I’m dead tired by the time I reach home but the tan and minor sunburn here and there proofed that I’ve had a good time in Noosa.
Till the next road trip.