A family vacation to Noosa

Last month my new little family and Ethan’s grandparents ventured on a little vacation north to Noosa for five nights of sun, sand and an abundance of eating.

Planning our first interstate flying holiday with our 7 month old son, brought on a few emotions, with excitement and anxiousness topping the list. Everything I read or was told about was to be super organised, plan ahead, research and relax. Well it was all valuable advice and our trip went so well I was ready to book another one before we had even returned home. I’ll be writing a separate post on what to pack/ tips for travelling with a baby that worked for us in the hope it might help someone else out.

So back to our trip…

Part of my research on where to stay in Noosa aka stalking everyone’s instagram feeds who recently stayed there I came to one conclusion…Seahaven Noosa. Situated on Hastings Street with beachfront access it was the only place to be. I called the property and requested a ground floor apartment. It was handy if we needed to quickly do a nappy change, get something from the room etc than needing to walk to lifts/stairs etc not to mention I could practically dive into the pool from our room (saahhh amazing). Our two bedroom, fully furnished apartment was complete with all the mod cons. As our little one was well into his solids repertoire I wanted to be able to prepare food for him rather than having to rely solely on packaged foods. Our first day in Noosa we did a shop at the supermarket which enabled me to make a few dishes that we could use as we needed it. It was also handy for us too having a kitchen so we could quickly have a bite of breakfast/make a coffee/ afternoon snack. Overall I was really happy with the Seahaven and would definitely go back in a heart beat.

Prior to our arrival to Noosa I had scoped out our itinerary for lunches and dinners. We arrived into Noosa at 7pm so for dinner that night, and after putting the little one straight to bed we then sourced some takeaway pizzas from El Capitano. They were delish! So delish we ended up ordering take away again a few nights later after a big lunch.

During our stay we ate at the following establishments

  • Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant – The day after we arrived my parents celebrated their wedding anniversary and decided that the degustation at Ricky’s would be perfect. It was an incredible experience. Opting for a lunch sitting so that we could enjoy the beautiful river views, the setting couldn’t have been more spectacular. the restaurant wasn’t too busy either so it was quiet, serene and the food was impeccable.
  • Locale – This was our last dinner before heading home and it was great to end the trip on such a high. We had entree, main and dessert and we left wishing we had of visited this place for lunch earlier in the stay, the food was so delicious I’m drooling on the computer as I type this. I devoured the seafood risotto, followed by Coral coast Barramundi and washed down with a panna cotta.
  • Bistro C – Is buzzing with people, breakfast, lunch and dinner and it’s not hard to see why, located on the boardwalk every meal is served up with an amazing view. We ventured here for both breakfast and dinner and both meals were really nice. Bistro C takes reservations for lunch and dinner but walk-ins only for breakfast.
  • Sails – A few friends recommended a visit to Sails which is situated on the beach a few doors down from Bistro C. We enjoyed a sashimi plate to start and then I couldn’t pass up the beer battered Mahi Mahi which was lovely. Again make sure you reserve a table in advance especially heading into the weekends, it is also a popular wedding venue so check ahead to make sure their open.
  • Betty’s Burger –  My husband has a love affair with burgers and we can never leave a place without finding their best burgers. I have my husband to thank for this recommendation he took us to Betty’s Burgers for our last lunch before heading to the airport. The story behind this chain which now has stores in most states, is that there was an original Betty who sold burgers in Noosa on Hastings St for a dollar. She wanted everyone to be able to afford good quality burgers at a very affordable price. Over time she refused to raise her prices and essentially went bankrupt as she wasn’t making any money and she sold the business. Betty still resides in Noosa and is often seen at local restaurants.

A trip to the Sunshine Coast wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the local fish mongers at Noosa Junction Seafood Markets. The folks picked up some freshly cooked Moreton Bay bugs and prawns which we knocked back with a few glasses of white wine back at the apartment.

There you have it, my review of Seahaven and a few of the local restaurants. I look forward to visiting again soon.

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