My husband & I just had a lovely relaxing week in Noosa without the kids for our 10th Wedding Anniversary. 7-14th September
We have been looking at going to Brampton Island, but the accom looked very average for the money, the reveiws were average & it was going to cost 3 times as much as Noosa.
Here is the low down on our experience:
We stayed at a townhouse in Anne St Noosaville, very nice & better value compared to the 70's appartments I had been looking at in Little Cove. We found it through this web site www.realholidays.com.au
Restaurants we ate at:
Berardo's - for dinner, great restaurant, excellent food & service- highly recommended. Mains around $34-$39 dollars, entree's around $24?, & deserts $15.00
Season - for lunch. Food was good, (not Berardo's standard though). Service - very dissapointing, slow on taking our order & it's seemed that some customers definetly got preferential treatment over many others.
Cato's (at the Sheriton)- for dinner. We didn't do the seafood buffet. We did a la carte as we had a coupon form the entertainment book. This was the worst meal I have probably ever had. It was a duck dish, (duck was okay ish) with very average polenta, a couple of soggy cherry tomato's & only what can be described as yersterday's reheated roesti. I complained saying half the meal was not freshly cooked, they said it was. I cook alot & know it had just cooked many hours earlier & reheated. I also mentioned how good Berardo's was for the same sort of prices. In the end my half eaten meal was free. DO NOT GO HERE.
Sails - for desert - they saved our night after the terrible Cato's experience. The staff were lovely, great service & the best desert I have dad in a long time. - Should have gone here for dinner.
Berardo's on the Beach - for beakfast & many coffees & fresh OJ's. Yummy food, great service & beautiful location.
Stacey's Kitchen for Fish & Chips. A(Weyba Rd - between the footy ground & Organika Cafe & store) I had seen a few comments about the best fich & chips in Noosa, well I beleive this it it. It' quite new, but they have very fresh fish & it's done in a very light batter. We had flake that was cut like a thick steak. The chips,as they seem to be every where are beer battered - thought lighter coating than most. It cost $8.00 a piece of flake- exy my Melbourne standards but well worth it for the quality.
Organika - Weyba Rd Next door to Aldi. Bought a few organic veggies here & had a fresh juice, Coffee & eveil cake here. Very nice.
Belmondos' Fresh Food Market - Rene St Noosaville. Foodie heaven. you can get coffees, sandwiches & cakes etc to eat in or take away. Also they sell pre cooked dishes such as ristotto, to heat at home. Oysters, prawns, waygu steak, deli treats, fresh fruit & veg in it's own cool room. Just about everything you can think of. It is fantastic.
Noosa farmers market- went here on our last day, could buy much as we had to fly back to Melbourne. Had a yummy little gelato, & my husband bought some very cheap fresh olive. Would have bought a lot more if we could have gone here in the first few days of our stay. Lots of great produce.
We went to the Eumundi market on the Wednesday, I wasn't very impressed. Lots of stuff you see in any cheap shop, bought some macadamia nuts & a few veggies. I was told while there, that on Saturday there are no imports, only handmade & fresh produce is allowed. Didn't go back on the Saturday.
Beaches: After a few visits to Noosa main beach we worked out that it gets windy around 3pm, so we woudl get to the beach around 10.30 & stay until about 1-1.30. Very nice beach & not too crowded.
Also went to Coolum beach for an hour on the day we left, nice beach. Also stopped at Perigan & it's looked good.
We hired a boat from Kingfisher boat hire at Noosa Wharf (in Tewantin) $86 for 2 hours - with petrol. We went up the Noosa river towards the lakes & them back down to look at some nice houses. Not sure if I would recommend it. Maybe just do the ferry.
Aslo went to the movies at Noosa Junction - only $9.00 on a Tuesday.
We hired a car (prebooked with Hertz - RACV discount) - a Toyota Yaris - $218.00 for 7 days - worked out better value than taxi's (or the bus from the airpot).
Thanks to all those to answered my questions about brampton/Whitsundays & Noosa.
I would highly recommend Noosa for a relaxing holdiay, with or without the kids