HOW TO FIT MORE IN
While feasting is the aim of the game, Noosa also offers a lesson in balance. Here are three ways to burn off the calories:
WALK THIS WAY
It’s hard to beat exploring Noosa’s natural assets under your own steam — the national park is so beautiful you won’t even notice the workout. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas and the famous fairy pools as the boardwalk flows to bush tracks skirting the headland. Noosa Food & Wine Festival supports sustainability program Trees for Tourism, so you can pat yourself on the back knowing part of your ticket price will help provide shady trees for walkers.
GET ON THE WATER
From humble hire stalls on the sand to more formal classes, all manner of watercraft is waiting to be enjoyed. Hire a surfboard by the hour at the stall near the Surf Life Saving Club or venture to Noosaville for a paddleboarding lesson on calmer waters.
Excuse yourself from the table for a few hours to see another side to Noosa. Discovery Group’s Everglades tour will get you set up in an “untippable” canoe to explore what is one of only two true everglades systems on Earth. Tree boughs twist over passageways, creating a secret, sheltered world. The sky spills into the water with only the ripple from oars to mar reflections that produce perfect mirror images in photos. Rather conveniently, the tour departs from Habitat Noosa where you can continue your foodie mission over a local lager at Cootharabar bistro.