Having had a very busy start to the year I was eager to get some sweet summer sunshine and head north to picture perfect Noosa.
With my accommodation booked all that was left was to wait for the weekend. That was when the news started talking about supercell storms, damaging winds, possible flooding and hail. Just regular Queensland weather this time of year really. While thankfully the weather was not as destructive as first predicted there was still a fair bit of rain accompanied by bright lighting strikes and booming thunder.
Noosa is one of most popular destinations for a weekend getaway from Brisbane being an easy drive 130kms north. Even though I have now lived in Brisbane for 7 years I was yet to make the journey so I was pretty eager to see why everybody I meet can’t stop talking about it.
On Friday afternoon, my husband and I took off towards the coast. With blue skies ahead the impending storm gathered in the rear vision mirror and we knew it would eventually follow us.
It is pretty frustrating to be on holidays feeling stuck indoors but it is a great excuse to chill out and read a few books, basically it is nature forcing you to relax. While lazy beach days aren’t so good in the rain, one thing that says just as awesome is the food. Noosa is known for its huge selection of restaurants and bars almost as much as its beaches so I was pretty excited to check out the breakfast scene because seriously, it is the most important meal of the day!
It can be a little overwhelming when the café choice is so big, but with a little help from Metropolist, who conveniently put together a best of list (click here), I was not disappointed. Wanting to get out of the chaos of Hastings Street we drove to Noosaville where parking is less stressful on a search to satisfy my caffeine addiction. Looking out over the Noosa River we managed to get a table at Grind. This place was fairly busy and there was a little wait for the food but it was well worth it. My Healthy Breakfast was just what I needed with smoked salmon, poached eggs and avocado on rye bread washed down with a great cup of coffee.
Still wanting to stay clear of the crowds we headed over to Sunshine Beach to make the most of a break in weather. While the sky was still a little cloudy it gave us a little time to relax on the beach in the sun. Yep, it was just as beautiful as in the pictures. The clouds were coming back though and unfortunately this trip was not going to allow us to explore the walking tracks around Noosa National Park. Guess I’ll just have to visit again!
Sunday morning provided a last opportunity to sample another Noosa breakfast. Might I say before heading to Bistro C make sure you are ready for a huge feed! This restaurant is featured in every must do in Noosa guide so obviously I was interested to see if it lived up to its reputation. Situated on Hasting Street overlooking Main Beach the view itself is worth waiting for a table (even if it is pouring rain). The food here is a little on the higher priced side but the meals are very generous so you get what you pay for. I have a habit of ordering anything on a menu containing pulled pork and breakfast is no exception. The pulled pork and sweet potato hash was amazing and something different to your usual bacon and eggs. With a delicious combo of poached eggs served on a soft hash of sweet potato and pulled pork accompanied by apple cider and bacon jam, herb slaw and candied chilli this is a breakfast worth talking about!
While the weekend was fairly interrupted by storms Noosa still gave me glimpses of why everyone loves it so much and provided a few reasons to go back when the sun comes out.
What is your favourite quick getaway from Brisbane?