TRAVEL 

MONDAY 30 DECEMBER 2013

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Just spent a beautiful week at Noosa with the family and thought you might like to know what I like doing there. It is for sure my favourite spot wen we're talking about beach towns in the Sunshine Coast., there are just so many things to do. Leave some things for your return next time I would like to take in some more resturants or paddleboard amongst the many mansions. If you have never been it won't disappoint you we are even talking about the possibility of a holiday house here or retirement ... we've still got time. Use the following of my favourites to create the perfect jam packed day or spread it out for a weekend getaway.

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We just discovered this ice creamery where ice cream is made using liquid nitrogen right in front of your own eyes. Nitrogenie's flavours change on a regular basis, 8 were available at our time. So we sampled Salty Caramelly Popcorn, Honeycomb Crunch and After dinner minty all of which taste unbelievable and like the real thing. I guess this is because they use only fresh ingredients. Next time we are going to hit up the Lemon Meringue Pie... it looks just like one in an ice cream cup!!! Nitrogenie is located on Hastings Street it's a must see even if just for watching the dry ice spilll out of the shop front. Ice Cream MAGIC

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Location Location is what drew me to this little restuarant on Noosa's Laguna Bay and of course great cocktails. I recommend Ms Monroe or the one nighter nothing beats an afternoon sundowner watching the sunset over the beach. This restuarant is actually pretty highly rated to dine at too... I've heard the calamari is a must.

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Hastings St. is Noosa's Boutique haven, an eclectic mix of local artist works, homeware, children, jewellery and surf shops line the streets. Hastings is a must visit and since its location is just off the beach it's seems only natural to pop in for a shop after a day in the sun. A favourite of mine is Jojo's with its colourful prints and flowing khaftans. After an afternoon shop refuel at one of the many cafes or just people watch.

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It's all personal prefernece but I am not a fan of a crowded beach, which is why I prefer Tea Tree Bay to swim at in Noosa. Tea Tree Bay is located in Noosa National Park an approx 15minute hike but well worth  the hike, it is a little bay nestled amongst the hinterland and with azure blue water. The only downside is this beach is not patroled by life guards.

Alternatively Noosa's Laguna bay Beach on a not so crowded day does the trick, it is patroled and close to Hastings St which are all added bonuses.

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An absolute must is to Hike the National Park best done early morning or afternoon to avoid the sun. It is very easy to access on foot via  the end of Hastings Street, the walk changes scenery from rainforest to dry scrub land and beautiful costal views. Along the way are some bays you can take a swim in then keep going or enjoy as a rest stop. 

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If your anything like me then you love a good market Emundi is an all time favourite of mine as it's actually the largest craft and produce market in Australia. Emundi is only a 20min drive from Noosa and just keeps getting bigger you can totally get lost amognst the market stalls. Even despite the loads of handicrafts I am happy to go home empty handed as long as I get my potato on a stick.