Askew owner Annette Fraser shares her love of beachside living in Noosa.
What do you love most about living in Noosa?
Being close to nature, especially the water. A relaxed lifestyle and healthy environment for the kids to grow up in. No traffic jams.
What are some must-see tourist spots?
Noosa National Park, Eumundi Markets, Mount Coolum, main beach Noosa, Gympie Terrace and Noosa Hill lookout.
What is the best way to spend a day other than on the beach?
Walk or bike around the tracks and roads. Hop on a boat and travel down the river. Noosa Springs Golf Course. Noosa Farmers’ Market. Noosa National Park. Mount Coolum for the best views on the coast. Drive to Fraser Island. Whale watching at Mooloolaba. Visit Montville, Maleny, Kondolilla Falls and Flaxton Gardens.
Best shoe stores?
Melissa, Funkis, Saltwater Sandals, Zoe Kratzmann, Diana’s and Feet First.
Smythes or Davison’s in Noosa Junction.
Ikatan Spa and Noosa Springs Spa Resort.
Best book shop?
Mary Ryan’s on Hastings Street, Berkelouw Book Store in Eumundi, ABC Book Store in the junction.
The Aromas Noosa, The Sails Noosa coffee cart at First Point Noosa, Costa Noosa Espresso, Belmondos, Bean Drop at Noosa Hill, Bullitt an Airstream Coffee Caravan and Little Cove.
What is Noosa’s best-kept secret?
You don’t have to visit Noosa in the Christmas holidays. February through to August can be the best times to come as there are fewer people, cheaper accommodation and it’s more relaxed.
Miss Moneypenny’s, Marble Bar Bistro, the back bar at Sheraton Noosa for the best sunsets in Noosa, the Village Bicycle Noosa.
Best fashion stores?
Laila, The Bowery 475, Don’t Tell Mama, Toscani, D’Ablo, Coconut Noosa, Hugo Boss, Kookai.
Best restaurant for a romantic dinner?
Ricky’s River Bar and Restaurant (catch the gondola from Hastings Street), Sails restaurant, Berardo’s, Localè, Embassy XO, Wasabi and River Cottage Restaurant.
Best lunch spot?
Thomas Street Eatery, Little Humid, Season’s, Ricky’s and Bistro C.
Best beach view?
Walk to ‘Boiling Pot’ in the National Park to see 270 degree views stretching from the main beach to Tea Tree Bay.
Best homeware store?
Askew! Lamington and Signature on Hastings Street.