Noosa is calling out to you with its emerald green forests and copper-golden beaches. It's one of the jewels of the Sunshine Coast, so hop in your hired car and drive on over to do these five fun activities – don't say no to Noosa!
1) Boreen Point and Noosa Everglades
With charming picnic tables facing Lake Cootharaba, Boreen Point is an idyllic background for camping or spending an afternoon canoeing, kayaking, kite surfing or paddling on the pristine lake waters. Just a short distance away is the Everglades, a beautiful river system teeming with wildlife.
Called the 'river of mirrors' by Noosa Everglade Discovery, the still blue waters reflect the world around them so you can pretend you're in a scene from Disney's Pocahontas humming 'Just Around The River Bend'.
Go nom nom nom at the popular 'eat streets' Gympie Terrace and Thomas Street, facing the waterfront of the Noosa River. Here you can tantalise your taste buds with fresh seafood cuisine, or sip a beer at an outdoor bar overlooking the river.
3) Noosa hinterland
Admire the natural beauty of this tapestry of lakes, volcanoes and forests. Boutique vineyards are dotted along the rolling green hills to indulge in a glass or two, and afterward see the blooming flowers at the Noosa Botanic Gardens on the banks of Lake Macdonald. Another must-visit here is the historic town of Pomona, named after the Roman goddess of fruit and orchards. It's situated on the base of Mount Cooroora, worth climbing to check out the panoramic views of the picturesque Hinterland region.
4) Eumundi Markets
Craft lovers rejoice: These markets boast a vast range of arts, crafts, antiques, sculptures and artisan jewellery. Lick your lips as you see tempting baked goods and tasty treats on sale, too. Cuisine from Thailand to Spain is on offer, with laksa and paella sold alongside chocolate desserts. Live musicians also frequent these markets, providing a groovy ambiance. The Eumundi Markets are open on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
5) Hastings Street
If you're after a spot of shopping, there's no better place for retail therapy in Noosa than Hastings Street. Designer stores are nestled beside street fashion chains, with everything in between, making this a boutique shopper's dream. Sip a cappuccino at one of the many cafes beside the shops to put your feet up – after all, shopping is cardio – and cardio is hardio.
Of course, there's always the soft sands of Noosa Beach to recline upon after you've explored these other sight-seeing destinations! Bliss.