An insider’s guide to Noosa

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Name: Jodi Ditterich
Position: RACV Noosa Resort lobby shop manager
Why She loves it: I love Noosa because of the stunning beaches and beautiful national parks that make the active lifestyle we live seem easy.

Life’s a beach

Noosa wouldn’t be Noosa without its gorgeous Main Beach. It’s a north-facing strip, protected from the wind, so it could be blowing a gale on other beaches but it’s always beautiful at Noosa. The beach is patrolled so it’s safe for families – I take my kids there regularly for Nippers. I like to train with the Noosa Tri Club, which I’ve been a member of for six years. We do a weekly ocean swim from Main Beach, past Little Cove and around the corner. Sometimes, if we’re lucky, we see dolphins.

Surf’s up

I like to do stand-up paddle boarding at Noosa River. It’s quite beautiful and you can see fish underneath as you glide along. It’s also something that people with all levels of fitness can do. The boards are big so it’s easy to balance. I find it relaxing to paddle around the canals where it’s sheltered (noosaheadsboathire.com.au). There are a few different places where you can learn to surf (Go Ride a Wave offers RACV members a discount). Noosa is a great place to get fit. I train with Pro Movement, which also works with professional surfers. Visitors can join sessions if there are places available.

Horse riding in Noosa

In the saddle

Top of the ‘bucket-list’ things to do in Noosa is a horse ride on the beach. It’s a special feeling riding a horse on a pristine beach with the waves rolling in. Triple Olympian Alex Watson and wife Rebecca run Equathon tours, which offer beach rides on horses suitable for different levels of experience. You can choose from one or two-hour rides on Teewah Beach at Noosa North Shore.

Nature calling

Noosa National Park’s coastal track has spectacular views. You can see dolphins, whales in season, goannas and, most days, I see a koala. The cafe there hangs out a sign every day telling you where to find the koala. There are five different tracks in the park to suit different levels of fitness. My favourite trek is from Main Beach to Hell’s Gates and back along the Tanglewood track. The family walked to Sunshine Beach one day. It was very hilly. The lemonade bribe got the kids to the surf club there.

Eumundi market

To market

Noosa Farmers Market on Sundays (at the AFL club, Weyba Road) is not to be missed, just a 10-minute walk from RACV Noosa Resort. Local farmers and producers offer a great range of fresh fruit and vegetables. I like to buy the spinach and feta roti bread for breakfast. The famous Eumundi Markets have been going for 38 years and have more than 600 stalls (open Saturdays and Wednesdays). I love the handmade products and unique items there. Look out for the massage tents or get your palm read.

Go native

You can take a cruise up the Noosa River on a flat-bottomed boat to the Everglades, part of the 150,000-hectare Noosa Biosphere Reserve which is home to native animal species and a huge range of Australian birds. You can choose from several different trips with the award-winning Discovery tours, including one where you cruise up the river, have a barbecue lunch and continue on by canoe.

Bistro C

Eat streets

Bistro C is one of the iconic places to eat breakfast. It’s right on the beachfront, the view is great and I like to watch the world go by.

For dinner, Rococo is fun because it has live music with a grand piano. I grew up in Gippsland but now I know as many people in Noosa as Gippsland – it isn’t a very big town.

It’s organic

Belmondos Organic Market, which is a big warehouse with polished concrete floors in the industrial part of Noosa, is worth seeking out. It has a butcher, sourdough breads, organic fruit and vegetables, and Clandestino Coffee Roasters. It’s the sort of place where you can get sweet potato paleo muffins, pizza and quiches.

Cruise in Noosa

To the river

There are many ways to explore Noosa River. For a special night out, try an MV Catalina cruise. It’s stylish, has several bars and was refurbished last year. Or the regular hop-on-and-off Noosa Ferry, which runs through the day and runs a sunset cruise most evenings. I like to get fish ’n’ chips from the Red Emperor on Gympie Terrace and have a picnic by the river.

Street wise

Hastings Street must be one of the most iconic fashion strips in the country. You will find designer labels and popular boutiques as well as restaurants and cafes along the way. It’s got a really nice vibe and I like to take a break at Aromas cafe, right in the centre of the action. The street is particularly beautiful at night when all the trees are lit up.

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Awards for RACV Noosa Resort

RACV Noosa Resort has been named the Best Hotel in Queensland, placing it among the top three per cent of hotels in the world.

The award, which is based on analysis of guest ratings and reviews, is one of the top awards in the Hotels Combined Recognition of Excellence Awards for 2017.

RACV Noosa Resort Manager Darren McClenaghan says: “RACV resort staff work very hard to ensure our guests have an experience to remember and go above and beyond when it comes to customer service.

“This award is based purely on guest reviews and ratings, not judges – so the results speak for themselves.”

Chris Rivett, Head of Marketing for HotelsCombined Australia and New Zealand, says award finalists and winners are representative of the industry’s highest standards, averaging “9.7 out of a possible 10 points, compared to the industry standard of 7.2 – essentially placing winning hotels within the top three per cent of hotels worldwide”.

The resort has also received Silver Certification from EarthCheck, one of the most well regarded international environment and sustainable certification groups in the world for travel and tourism.

“Anything we could measure, we improved,” says Darren.

“From our energy usage, water consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, waste sent to landfill, recycling and paper product use, we have made improvements at every opportunity.

Being environmentally sustainable matters to us because we know it matters to our members and guests.”

Written by Mary O’Brien
May 16, 2017