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Mister Weekender presents ‘Six Quick Weekend Escapes from Noosa’.

September 24, 2019



It’s true, we do live in paradise. Noosa is absolutely beautiful. But even us locals need to escape for a weekend and experience something different.

If this sounds like you, pack your bags because I am going to show you six weekend escapes from Noosa that you can take anytime of the year.

  1. Adventure is calling you to Rainbow Beach

Known for its coloured sand, crystal clear water and impeccable surf breaks, Rainbow Beach is the ultimate weekend destination for lovers of sports, camping and adventure. There are plenty of hotels in the main town, or you can drive up along the beach with a 4WD. The Rainbow Beach Surf Club serves up great meals and a spectacular view.

  1. Explore Boreen Point

Located just north of Tewantin, Boreen Point is a short drive from Noosa and is a great spot for camping and lakeside activities. Kayaking alongside the Everglades is one of my favourite things to do in Boreen Point and Sunday lunch at the Apollonian Hotel is an absolute must. As is a quick stop into Pomona on your way back to Noosa as you’ll come across a few noteworthy antique and vintage stores on the edge of town.

  1. Surfs up at Moffat Beach

If you’re looking for the more “locals only” escape with a big focus on surfing, Moffat Beach is just for you. It has a vibrant row of outdoor cafes and restaurants, and stylish hotels. For surfers, Moffat offers a perfect point break and is home to Australia’s longest running surf competition, The Ma and Pa Bendall Classic. It’s the perfect weekend destination for families.

  1. Laidback living at North Stradbroke Island

Take a short ferry ride across to picturesque North Stradbroke Island. Known for its laidback approach to beach living, Stradbroke Island is absolutely stunning. It’s an Instagrammers dream, and a surfer’s dream. This is the destination where barefoot living is essential, and there are lots of activities for the thrill seekers, such as snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding. In terms of. Places to stay, there are lots of camping spots, hotels and Airbnb stays. Just remember to book your accommodation ahead, especially if you’re camping.

  1. Life your best life at Cabarita Beach

An all year round up and coming hot spot, Cabarita has all the things you love about Byron, without actually having to deal with the hectic crowds and out of towners from Sydney. Located just three hours from Noosa, Cabarita is absolutely divine. Stay at the Grounds of Cabarita, grab your morning coffee from Cabana Cabarita, swim at the many quaint bays hugging Cabarita Beach, walk up to the top of Norrie’s Headland, and dine at Halcyon House. And if you feel like jumping in the car for a drive, the hinterland behind Cabarita is stunning and you can’t go past dropping into Casuarina and enjoy a meal at Tucker, as well as a spot of retail therapy at Nikkou Store.

  1. Move into the slow lane in Yamba

Further down the south coast you’ll find Yamba, which is located about four hours from Noosa. Yamba is all about slowing down, enjoying the simple life and spending lazy days at the beach. Don’t expect fancy restaurants here, but Yamba has an excellent beach facing pub serving up beautiful food. If you’re looking for some physical activities (other than surfing) climb the rock cliff at Yamba Point to the Lighthouse, explore Green Point, find the gorgeous green and blue ocean pools, and hike through Yurigir National Park.


Words by Jaharn Quinn from Mister Weekender.  Check out her Instagram here