If you’ve come across Michelle Clark’s dreamy pastel seascapes, chances are you’ve wanted to jump into them like Mary Poppins. And now you can, kind of… Here, the graphic designer and photographer – who relocated from Sydney to the Sunshine Coast in 2018 – shares her favourite beaches, bars and brunch spots in Noosa. And for more travel (or interiors) inspiration, check out the collection of prints for sale on her website.
“This is Mexican to die for – the place has been done up so nicely with pink chairs, tiled tables, cactuses and fairy lights, and the food is another level! Tacos are drool-worthy along with their stack of loaded fries and a cocktail jug… or two!”
8b/14 Arcadia St, Noosa Heads
“This laidback cafe has such a good mix of food for all occasions. Love that Acai is on both the breakfast and lunch menu!”
10 Hastings St, Noosa
“To start I’ll mention the newly renovated Sunshine Beach Surf Club, which offers incredible views, foods and drinks. This line on their website – “no bare feet and no wet togs” – really sums up Queensland.
“But better yet, pack your own picnic and take your pick of stunning coastal views. Luxe Soirées provide a stunning set-up (and snacks) completely prepared for you, then packed away. All you have to do is show up!”
Sunshine Beach Surf Club, Duke St, Sunshine Beach
Walk and a swim
“You can’t come to Noosa without doing the Noosa National Park. Have a swim at Tea Tree, walk the rest of the way to Hell’s Gate and if you keep going you might get to see turtles, dolphins and whales!”
Palm Grove Cct
“Jump on board the M.V Catalina Noosa for a fun few hours drinking cocktails and dancing on the top level, while taking in the stunning views of Noosa River.”
172 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville
Where to stay
“This newly renovated boutique hotel in Maroochydore has all the tropical luxe feels! A pool to hang by and a cute vintage food truck!
“I’d also recommend Little Cove as an area – it’s close to the national park, Hastings St and Little Cove beach itself. There are a number of stunning Airbnbs, like Noa By the Beach.”
361 Bradman Ave, Maroochydore
“A must-do while visiting!! Drive along the stunning coast snapping the beautiful coloured rocks. Pack a surf board and food and you’re set for the day. At the end walk up to the lighthouse and look back at all the way you came. You can then cut through Rainbow Beach and stop off at Carlo Sandblow for sunset!”
How to get there
Fly into Sunshine Coast Airport in Maroochydore – or drive two hours from Brisbane.
What to pack
Noosa’s reputation might be a little fancy, but it’s still a coastal Queensland town at heart. And don’t forget your sneakers for the above-mentioned walks.
Drive to the little town of Montville (about an hour away) for cute shops, a national park, wineries and more good food.