It’s where Noosa peo­ple like to go

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

AT THE height of the tourism sea­son in Noosa shire, lo­cals tend to hand its fa­mous Hast­ings Street over to them, and en­joy the more lo­cally driven Noosa Junc­tion.

The Junc­tion is the busi­ness area, with plenty of shop­ping ex­pe­ri­ences, in­clud­ing two cen­tres with su­per­mar­kets – Noosa Fair and Noosa Junc­tion Plaza – but it’s also home to a huge range of venues to dine out, or just meet for cof­fee and a drink.

What’s more, it’s the place for lo­cals to be all year round. And 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.

The lo­cal pub at the Junc­tion Plaza has also changed its name – and its own­ers – to the Cor­ner­stone Pub. New own­ers Garry and Therese have poured some much-needed love into the venue, a fam­ily pub where lo­cals and trav­ellers alike are made to feel wel­come.

The food menu has kept the old favourites and in­tro­duced some great pub food op­tions, in­clud­ing spe­cials. Plus the live mu­sic vibe is back in Noosa with fan­tas­tic artists play­ing ev­ery Fri­day and Satur­day from 9pm.

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 real lifeblood of Noosa’s soul, and the re­gion.

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