Weekend at Noosa
We haven’t spent alot of time in Noosa since our honeymoon many years ago, so we were pretty excited when one of our little legends had a nipper carnival scheduled there. We planned a few weeks ahead and made the most of it by booking in a 3 night family get away with a couple of groups of friends. (Don't forget when booking accomodation, always check their main website before you book first for any special deals!)
The weekend finally arrived but unfortunatley so did Cyclone Oma! Nippers carnival was cancelled, beaches along the coast closed and we were staring down the barrel of a long weekend of wet and wind... The thought of cancelling never came into our minds, we took this as an opportunity to still head away and have some much needed family time in a different place, if the rain came then so be it we could bunker down and play board games & watch movies for the weekend.
Luck was on our side, the weather turned it on for us and Cyclone Oma did her best to stay away from the coast. Unfortunatley the swells hammered the coast line so the erosion was pretty significant on the beaches, especially main beach at Noosa but on a whole the coast was pretty lucky. It was a surfers weekend for sure! We spent awhile down on Noosa main beach watching the surfers catch wave after wave, it was mesmerising!
We spent an incredible weekend at Noosa International Resort, right on the top of the hill heading down into Hastings street - a beautiful rustic looking spacious apartment with everything that you could need and very family friendly. A perfect location so park the car underneath and you can make your way around Noosa quite easily. It is walking distance to shops, supermarkets, target, restaurants, bars etc (Fun to walk down the hills into Noosa, and then a nice little leg burner for everyone making it back up!). The little legends loved the ammenties, and spent most of the weekend in and out of the 2 lagoon pools, 3 spa pools, sauna and steam room, while we joined in with them or watched from the sun deck chairs or swim up bar area. The resort is surrounded by lush tropical trees and gardens, so it really feels like a tropical oasis with plenty of bird life around, we even had a pair of cheeky rainbow lorikeets join us on our balcony everymorning for breakfast. Check out Noosa International Resort here and take a look at all the facilities they have to offer!
You cant have a trip to Noosa without strolling up and down Hasting streets checking out the clothing stores, having an acai bowl at Acai Brothers or stopping at Ben and Jerrys ice cream parlour for a cheeky sweet treat. If you're looking for somewhere family friendly to eat out, we stumbled across a great place across the road from our resort, Noosa Reef Hotel. Imagine our delight when we found it on National Margarita Day! Safe to say the Mum's were pretty happy about that! It has a fantastic kids room with games, tv and even a rock climbing wall. Mum and Dad can sit back and watch the little legends from their dinner table via the screens in the dinning room too. Check out their menu here.
If you have some free time in Noosa, be sure to head up to Laguna Lookout to see some pretty breath taking views of Noosa and right back to the hinterland. Park down by the Surf Club in Hastings Street and Head around to Noosa National park on the boardwalk for a picture perfect headland walk! We hoped to have some fun in the fairy rock pools around the headland but the ocean was far too wild for that (next time!). Noosa Marina markets were the sunday morning plan before heading home, but they were cancelled due to impending weather too so that is added to the list of things to do next time. We found a perfect breakfast spot, just down from the resort - Republique in Noosa Junction, amazing food and coffee and was a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Hastings street! Check them out here.
We had a perfect family getaway, and the little legends soaked in all the fun of staying at a resort which is a bit of a treat for them! We are so glad that we still took the oportunity to get away for a mini break anyway because if we hadn't we probably would have just bunkered down at home for the weekend and used the weather as an excuse not to do anything!
Moral of the story: Take the time to go on adventures together, rain hail or shine! Enjoy not having a plan or a time line to keep too, just enjoy the days together. We forget about how exciting simple things can be for little legends like sharing rooms with their siblings and running between resort rooms to do deliveries for parents or meet with their mates! Take time to chill out and let the little legends enjoy the simple things in life.