EN­JOY NOOSA’S SOUL

Noosa’s lo­cals can al­ways be found ‘up the Junc­tion’

Noosa Life and Style - - THINGS TO DO - ALAN LAN­DER

WHILE the tourism heart beats strongly in Hast­ings Street, Gympie Ter­race and Noosa Ma­rina, Noosa Junc­tion re­mains the soul of the re­gion.

It’s the place for lo­cals, to meet up with friends, to do their bank­ing and other nec­es­sary busi­ness, and to en­joy the many at­trac­tions on of­fer all year round, from the cinema to shops to restau­rants and funky cafes.

What’s more, the Junc­tion has been un­der­go­ing a re­nais­sance, with stylish de­vel­op­ments like The Pav­il­ion at­tract­ing new and ex­cit­ing busi­nesses.

Eater­ies and cof­fee houses as di­verse as Pad­stow’s, ZZ Taps, the Noosa Deli, Pasta Pronto, A Taste of Spice and Bom­betta are nes­tled be­tween re­tail­ers with an eclec­tic range of non-chain store of­fer­ings, many run by Noosa lo­cals.

Book­shops sit next to bo­hemian cloth­ing shops, beauty par­lours, hair­dressers, tan­ning sa­lons and, yes, cy­cle shops, with a tempt­ing aroma of lo­cal bak­ery prod­ucts swirling through the air.

There’s a re­laxed at­mos­phere one en­coun­ters when strolling along the main Sun­shine Beach Road, which is di­vided by a colour­fully planted me­dian strip giv­ing it a boule­vard feel.

And once a month, as the evening lights start to flicker on, the Junc­tion’s Twi­light Mar­kets take over, fill­ing Ar­ca­dia Street with colour and sound as thou­sands join to en­joy the out­door fes­tiv­i­ties and en­ter­tain­ment, with lo­cal cafes and restau­rants open­ing their doors in sup­port.

Noosa Junc­tion is the place to be when you want to cap­ture the real flavours of the re­gion, to meet the peo­ple who live here all year, and who are the lifeblood of Noosa’s soul.

PHOTO: ALAN LAN­DER

CHILL: Sun­shine Beach Road restau­rants and cafes, Noosa Junc­tion

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