What to do
Hands up who can't wait for restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and beauty rooms to start reopening this Saturday 16 May? That means table service, restaurant buzz, eyebrows back to normal and nails looking presentatble again!!
Under the first stage of the easing on COVID-19 restrictions, some of Noosa’s cafes, restaurants, pubs and clubs will reopen with a limit of 10 diners; retail shopping and beauty therapy will open up; recreational day trips up to 150km are allowed (Brisbane northside, Kilcoy and Tiaro – this means you!!); and some playgrounds will reopen.
Although it'll be a slow start back with only 10 people maximum allowed at any time, it's definitely worth dreaming about so we've found a few of our favourite places in Noosa that are ready to run and are following all the social distancing and COVID-safe practices. Make sure you phone to book first as the 10 spots at a time are going to fill up pretty quickly.
And if you don't nab a seat at a table, plenty of our fave eateries have been turning their hands to takeaway and doing a fine job at it. Just stop by one of Noosa's beautiful beaches (look out for whales from the eastern beaches), find a grassy place along the Noosa River foreshore or a lake, or a quiet hinterland spot and ... hello picnic with a Noosa view!
The Tap is back! 10-person Taproom Sessions are available this weekend at the Heads of Noosa Taproom, Rene St, Noosaville. They're offering a pre-set Taproom package for 10 people, $69pp for a 2-hour open bar for beer and wine, a serving of wings and a burger of your choice. Book at headsofnoosa.com.au/book-online or call 1300 1 HEADS to book your session today!
The Imperial Hotel in Eumundi are opening their doors for dinner only on Saturday 16 May with bookings available for 5pm and 7pm sittings only (limited to 10 dinners only per sitting). Phone 5442 8811 to book.
Noosa Waterfront Restaurant in Noosaville is opening for their gorgeous river views from lunchtime Saturday. Then from Wednesday to Sunday they'll be open for lunch from 12pm, and dinner will have two seatings – 5.30pm and 7.30pm. They're also continuing their takeaway service.
Café vin Cino at Noosa Marina, Tewantin will be open for dine-in for breakfast and lunch, and Pier 11, also on the water at Noosa Marina is also reopening for dine-in while keeping their takeaways going for breakfast and lunch.
Embassy XO in Sunshine Beach are taking dine-in customers from Saturday lunch service for a set menu/tasting menu - and there's a vegetarian option. They'll be open for dinner every night and lunch on weekends only. Their delicious takeaway will continue.
La Vida in Hastings Street will open for dinner with a 5pm-7pm sitting, then a 2nd sitting from 7.15pm.
Miss Moneypenny's Noosa is back for dine-in with a new menu after head chef Gene Quinlan spent his time in lockdown creating some incredible tastes with a strong focus on local Sunshine Coast and Queensland produce. Notable mentions are the Hervey Bay scallops, Mooloolaba King Prawns, Handpicked Moreton Bay sand crab corn broth, Coolmunda organic olives and the addition of local handcrafted cheeses from Woombye and Kenilworth.
There'll be 2-hour timeslots for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays from noon, and dinner from Monday to Sunday from 4pm. Book at missmoneypennysnoosa.com or phone 07 5474 9999.
Also check out their Lockdown Noosa Ocean Beats live on Facebook this Saturday from 4pm as they bring the cruisy sounds and views to your living room.
Noosa National Park's trails and the hinterland trails are open as usual - just make sure you keep your distance from fellow walkers and joggers.
The Noosa River foreshore is open, along with park benches with those beautiful river views, although public barbecue facilities and large picnic shelters won't open yet. The Pirate Park playground on Gympie Tce also remains closed for the time being, however some smaller public playgrounds are open.
Fraser Island is open for day trips only from this Saturday. While there are no camping or overnight stays yet, fingers crossed we can get back for camping and accommodation for the June/July school holidays.
Head out in the open waters with Deep Sea Fishing Co. Book on 0411 222 749 or online.
Have a surf lesson with Merricks Learn To Surf - book on 0418 787577 or see learntosurf.com.au
Take a stroll along Gympie Tce, Noosaville to see which hire places are open - there's boat and stand-up paddle board hire and more.
Self-guided adventures in the amazing Noosa Everglades from Kanu Kapers Australia.
Hire canoes, kayaks and powered runabouts from Lake Escapades on the foreshore at Boreen Point and head out on the serene waters of Lake Cootharaba, Cooloothin Creek and parts of the Noosa River.
Personal trainers can make the most of Noosa's outdoors again, with sessions of up to 10 people in public spaces.
As always, please make sure you comply with social distancing rules, keep your distance and keep safe.
Have an 'escape room' experience from the comfort and safety of your own home with Red Lock Escape Rooms who have launched an online experience from their Noosa Escape Room. Players can “zoom” into the game and play as a team in the Bank Heist game, with 8 games per week on Fridays and Saturdays. Cost is $80 per team. Invite your friends and family from anywhere in the world to play!
If you can't make it to Noosa for the first stage of reopening this weekend, check out the live streaming of sunrise from Noosa Main Beach and the Noosa National Park this Saturday 16 May from 6.45am on Visit Queensland's Facebook page.
And if you're in Queensland within 250km of Noosa, start planning your holiday now for when further restrictions are eased in time for the June-July school holidays! See Noosa's great accommodation properties, from beachfront to river and hinterland and book now.
If you're in Noosa and need more info, pop up to the Noosa Inspiration Centre window in Hastings Street, now open from Thursdays to Sundays, 9am to 5pm. We can't wait to see you in Noosa!