Noosa is a great place for a holiday, but if you fancy somewhere less crowded and cheaper, Noosaville, just five minutes away, is the answer. The suburb on the Noosa River has loads of accommodation, activities and eating places, and is an ideal location for a family holiday.
The river is a great source of things to do, including fishing, jet skiing, sailing and boating. It is a most important feature of the area and over the years has been transformed into a playground for water enthusiasts and nature lovers. It is beautifully pristine and flows through the Cooloola and Great Sandy national parks, bordered by unspoilt bushland, rainforests and beautiful foreshores. It is a flora and fauna sanctuary and it's wonderful that so much plant and birdlife happily survive in their natural habitats so close to urban activity.
The Noosa Ferry tugs along the river six times a day, so you can go into Noosa without worrying about driving and parking.
If you fancy hiring a boat, visit Pelican Boat Hire's jetty and choose from their fleet. The family business has a well-stocked shop with bait and tackle and their on-site mechanical workshop ensures reliability. They sell snacks and drinks and local cafes provide picnic lunches.
Pelican can put you on board a six-seater runabout; half-cabin cruiser; six-seater Sunchaser; eight-seater Bowrider; eight- to 10-seater Odessa; barbecue pontoon for six, eight, 10, 12 or 16; or a 10-seater Parti Kraft.
The boat hire company also provides maps so you can cruise at your own leisure. Check out Noosa Sound and the canal system with its superb homes.
Gympie Terrace is the area's Golden Mile. It runs alongside the river and has great shops, cafes and some great places to sample local seafood.
One establishment on Gympie Terrace, which is surely visited by every female who goes to Noosa, is Noosa Shoes. It has been there for 20 years and is crammed with fantastic footwear. They have hundreds of styles in every colour and for every occasion not just holiday footwear. Once people have visited, they continue to shop there through the Internet.
Tables and chairs outside the shop have a sign saying "this table belongs to Noosa Shoes for tired husbands and weary Noosa Shoe shoppers". That says it all!
If you fancy a night out in one of your new pairs of shoes, Madissons Restaurant and Bar could be just right. It offers casual dining from 7am to midnight and has one of the best views of the Noosa River. The modern Australian menu and long wine list are enjoyed in relaxed and casual surroundings.
Munna Beach Apartments on Gympie Terrace enjoy water views from their prime location. They are self-contained and spacious, and many guests return over and over.
Choose between two- and three-bedroom apartments overlooking the Noosa River or gardens and pool area. Holidaying there is easy, with dishwasher, washing machine, microwave, all linen and cooking utensils provided. It's a wonderful place for a family holiday, and there are tropical gardens and tall palms to relax in.
Five minutes from Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.
To celebrate Noosa's MayFiesta, there is 25 percent off a range of accommodation, tours and restaurants to match Noosa's average temperature of 25°C.
Pelican Boat Hire starts at $245 for a half day.
Munna Beach Apartments start at $125 a night.
Virgin Blue has flights to the Sunshine Coast.
One-way fares from:
- Sydney $89
- Melbourne $109
- Adelaide $155
- Hobart $215
- Perth $305
There are limited seats that may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares are one-way on the Internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at May 15, 2008 and are subject to change.
Prices correct at May 15, 2008.
For further information
Munna Beach Apartments
291 Gympie Terrace
Ph: (07) 5449 7966 or 1800 015 511
Fax: (07) 5449 6249
Pelican Boat Hire
180 Gympie Terrace
Ph: (07) 5449 7239
Fax: (07) 5449 7239
Shop 1, Islander Court
187 Gympie Terrace
Ph: (07) 5457 0507
271 Gympie Terrace
Ph: (07) 5474 1699
For information about MayFiesta:
Ph: 1300 066 672
Ph: 136 789
Fremantle Visitor Centre
Ph: (08) 9431 7878
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