Noosa is the perfect location for a long weekend. It's vibrant, bathed in sunshine, and has more places to enjoy a cocktail while watching the sun go down than you can fit into a weekend. Winning! If you're looking for a winter getaway, check out how we spent 72 hours in and around Noosa. All you gotta do is take Friday off and you're good to go!
- Flights from all major airports to Brisbane are easy to get. If you're coming from NZ, you can choose from Air New Zealand, China Air, Virgin Australia, Emirates, and Qantas. Easy!
- Once you arrive in Brisbane, a shuttle will take you a short distance to the JUCY Brisbane Customer Centre.
Where to Stay
There's accommodation in Noosa to cater to every budget, from backpackers to swanky digs. If you're looking for a lush pacific getaway we loved South Pacific Resort, or if you're looking for something more budget-friendly, Noosa River Resort ticks all the boxes.
- Grab your JUCY vehicle from Brisbane and head north. The drive takes about 1.5 hours and we cruised the coast in a JUCY Styla.
- Check in to your accommodation and find yourself on Hastings St - Noosa's main drag has everything from boutiques to the beach to Ben and Jerry's!
- Head to Mt Tinbeerwah Lookout to catch the sunset. It's a beautiful spot overlooking the entire region and a great way to start your evening.
- Enjoy dinner overlooking the beautiful Noosa River at Noosa Boathouse. Positioned directly over the Noosa River, Noosa Boathouse offers waterfront dining for lunch or dinner. Offering panoramic river and hinterland views the menu and service combines to create a relaxed and casual dining experience that encapsulates the Noosa lifestyle.
- Head to a local cafe and enjoy breakfast and coffee to start the day - very important!
- Set off on a Noosa Country Drive - either plan your own via the website or choose one of the suggested routes. We've included some info below on the suggested stops along the way.
- Enjoy lunch at Kin Kin General Store. Kin Kin General Store, home of Black Ant Gourmet is a thriving restaurant & farm shop in the heart of Kin Kin. Chef Jodie Williams has given new life to the bones of the original Kin Kin General Store with clever design to keep in with Kin Kin country theme and never-less-than-extraordinary food. It’s a hive of creative expression with all food being free range and no spray as well as organic coffee.
- Have a casual dinner at El Capitano Pizzeria and Bar - home of the most delicious pizzas and even-more-delicious cocktails. Finish up the evening with some Ben and Jerry's while strolling along Hastings St
- Start your day with sunrise from the Noosa National Park. Along the way look out across Laguna Bay for dolphins, or spot a koala in the trees. The National Park has many popular bays and surfing spots, not to mention walking paths for a short stroll or a longer hike.
- Explore the Noosa Farmers Markets and discover some of the region’s best produce. Nestled amongst the fragrant gum trees, every Sunday a hive of activity takes place. The Noosa Farmers' Market is genuine, it’s honest and it’s packed with produce that makes your mouth water. There are so many different types of stalls at the markets from fresh organic produce, freshly squeezed lime drinks, sumptuous marinades and sauces to beautiful and aromatic skin care products.
- Finish up your Noosa trip with lunch at the iconic Noosa Heads Surf - The Surf Club Restaurant. The Noosa Heads Surf Club offers beachfront dining with an extensive a la carte menu overlooking Noosa’s famous Main Beach.
- Head back to JUCY Brisbane and catch an evening flight home!
Noosa Country Drive
suggestions + points of interest
Nestled in the scenic Noosa Valley, Doonan is situated between the bustling town of Eumundi and bordered by the Tewantin National Park and the beautiful, reflective waters of Lake Weyba. Doonan is a mix of rural and residential areas where many roads have beautiful panoramic views to the coastline, and it is home to a country club, day spa, farmgates, shops and cafes.
Sunspace Cafe is located in the Noosa country village of Doonan, serving delicious seasonal food with daily specials that is organic and vegetarian, with a large biodynamic and organic garden that produces much of the food used in the café. There is also an Eco Shop that offers a range of certified organic fresh produce, groceries and bulk items, as well as local ceramics, jewelry, arts and crafts, books, magazines, eco stationary, gifts and more.
The charming historic town of Eumundi is situated amongst towering heritage listed fig trees and is home to the world famous Eumundi Markets. Eumundi is home to a thriving arts community and offers a choice of art galleries as well as many Bohemian cafes and restaurants.
The Eumundi Markets are Australia’s premier artisian market and have a diverse and amazing range of art, craft, products, entertainment and local produce. You’ll find original artworks, sculptures, furniture, handmade toys, homewares, and skincare, as well as cutting edge fashion and jewellery by local designers, all guided by the ethos of “we make it, bake it, grow it, sew it”.
Cooroy is a family friendly bustling hinterland town boasting a multitude of local attractions including nature and heritage experiences. Walking, biking, horse-riding and bird trails traverse the area around Cooroy, and on the way, explore the Noosa Botanic Gardens with its magnificent amphitheatre on the shores of Lake Macdonald.
Noosa Botanical Gardens + Lake MacDonald
With beautiful water views over Lake Macdonald, the gardens are a great location for a leisurely stroll or family picnic. The gardens cover over eight hectares and contain an abundance of native and exotic plant species. The variety of vegetation types support over 94 different species of birds as well as a wide range of fauna. Other features of the gardens include: an open-air bush chapel, a fern house, a lily pond, large lawn areas with winding paths leading to picnic areas and a Greek style amphitheatre.
Twig & Grace
A unique experience in the Noosa hinterland. Fine coffee and locally made food with the extra bonus of beautiful surroundings of a courtyard garden. A florist and vintage collectables stores are included in the mix with beautiful locally grown flowers created into outstanding arrangements for purchase and special occasion orders.
Butter Factory Arts Centre
The Cooroy Butter Factory is part of Cooroy's rich heritage built in 1930, taking the place of the original timber factory constructed in 1915. It ceased trading in 1975 and was purchased in 1991 to be used as a creative hub. Visit the factory to view current art exhibitions from local and touring artists, join a workshop program that caters to all ages and keep your eye out for various events held throughout the year.
Located at the base of Mount Coororora, the home of the gruelling King of the Mountain Race, Pomona holds the key to Noosa’s rich history in the Noosa Museum with its displays depicting the history of the area’s original inhabitants, the Gubbi Gubbi people.
The Majestic Theatre was built in 1921 and is promoted as the oldest authentic silent movie theatre in the world, and the longest continuously operating movie theatre in Australia. Although the building's fabric was extensively refurbished recently, the timber and fibrous cement sheeted building is still a rare, and functional, example of a pre-World War II country hall that was converted into a picture theatre.
Nestled in a lush valley overlooking the country township of Cooran is the Cooran Tablelands and Mothar Mountain State Forest offering walking tracks, natural swimming holes and magnificent coastal views.
Pick your own, handcrafted ice-cream, farm gate café and fresh fruit sales at Cooloola Berries, who grow strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
James McKane Memorial/ Tablelands Lookout
James McKane Memorial Lookout offers picturesque views over Cooran and surrounding Noosa Hinterland,
A: 526 Tablelands Road, Cooran
Kin Kin is a small town renowned for its great food, art and scenery. Visit a friendly country pub or step out on the Noosa Trail Network, a series of tracks and trails over mixed terrain for walkers, and horse and mountain bike riders that starts in Kin Kin.
Boreen Point is the gateway to the upper Noosa River, the Noosa Everglades and the Great Sandy National Park. This small township is situated on Queensland’s largest natural saltwater lake, Lake Cootharaba.
Go sailing, kite surfing or paddling, hire a canoe or kayak and explore the expansive waters of Lake Cootharaba. The lake is home to windsurfing and yachting competitions and is part of the Noosa River system that leads to the gateway to the upper Noosa River, the Everglades and the Great Sandy National Park. Lake Cootharaba, the largest lake on the Noosa River, is 25km around the perimeter and is the perfect spot for camping, fishing and sailing in a pristine and untouched natural environment and home to a variety of spectacular wildlife.
Noosa's historic Apollonian Hotel offers a unique pub-style menu, which harks back to our pioneering days, in an authentic colonial setting. The Apollonian's friendly service and hearty food seven days a week with a special lunch menu as well as the Apollonian's famous spit roast on Sunday, is very popular with locals and visitors alike. Set on 3 acres and surrounded by rainforest gardens, waving palms and rolling lawns, the hotel's dining areas exude the charm and elegance of yesteryear with wide, cool veranda’s and open fireplaces.