For many of the Brisbane folk, when we think about going for just a little road trip or trip away, a majority of us will think of the Gold Coast. It’s seen by tourists as the holiday capital of Queensland after all. In the recent long weekend, so many Brisbane locals flocked to the Gold Coast that there was a gridlock that Monday afternoon on the highway for the people returning home to Brisbane.

I was glad to have opted to plan the long weekend to the beautiful Sunshine Coast’s Noosa. Noosa, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is surrounded by stunning beaches, lakes, national parks and the lush hinterland of Noosa National Park.

If you love places that are laidback, calm, with no hustle and bustle in sight, Noosa is the perfect destination. After a busy working year in Brisbane full of ups and downs, this was exactly what I looked for in a four-day getaway.

My accommodation of choice was in Tewantin, which is a central suburb in Noosa. It’s the perfect location to stay as tourist hotspots such as Noosa National Park and Noosa Heads are close by with a similar driving distance.


A major hip shopping/restaurant hub nearby is the lively Hastings Street. Its close proximity to the beach, beachside restaurants and fashion shops mean you can have multiple strolls down this street and be intrigued by what you discover each time.

It was delightful having lunch by the beach, browsing the shops on Hastings Street, and going for a dip in the water at the Noosa Heads Main Beach. We were also blessed by fantastic weather that weekend.

For the rest of the trip, I had dinner at a lovely fine-dining restaurant in the picturesque Noosa Marina, bushwalked at the Noosa National Park and visited Sunshine Beach, and enjoyed fish and chips at the popular Noosaville Fish Market and mixed Asian takeaway in Tewantin.

I highly recommend Noosa as a holiday destination for a simple, beautiful and cost-effective holiday for Queenslanders, Australians and international holidaymakers alike.