Whenever I’m in need of a city break and looking for a beach escape the first place my heart wanders to is Noosa. Of course I am a little biased, growing up in the Noosa hinterland area, this is the place where I spent most days during the summer holidays. I have so many wonderful memories of days spent under the sun, in the water and on the golden sand. This magical paradise holds so much beauty and will always have a special place in my heart.
Things to see and do:
The beaches are pristine and there’s no better place to soak up some sun and go for a swim to cool down. The main beach is protected by a cove so it’s not always ideal for surfing but it’s perfect for stand up paddle boarding and kayaking. The Noosa vibe is very relaxed and being in this atmosphere definitely brings a sense of calm and balance to your day.
If you’re wanting to stay active while you’re on holiday, there’s plenty of options to choose from. There’s gyms and exercise studios nearby and fitness classes held right on the beach so you can work on your tan at the same time! My favouite workout while I’m in Noosa is the walk to Hells Gates through the Noosa National Park. It’s a beautiful track through tropical vegetation, hugging the coast line which opens up to a spectacular view of the ocean at the top. Contradictory to its name “Hells Gates” the view looks a lot more like heaven to me.
One of my favouite self-love rituals while I’m in Noosa is to visit the Noosa Springs Spa. The facility is equipped with a hydro-massage pool, floatation pool, infra-red sauna, steam room, blitz shower and thermal capsule. It is an experience of total bliss and I promise after a massage, fully body scrub or facial you’ll walk out feeling totally rejuvenated.
My favourite places to eat & drink:
Belmondos Organic Market
Blended Health Bar
Rickys River Bar & Restaurant
Noosa Beach House
When I’m at the beach and spending most of the day in the sun, I like to cool down and stay hydrated with a fresh juice from Boost or a superfood smoothie from Blended Health Bar. Both are located along Hasting Street and are easy to access from the beach. If your craving a healthy ice-cream… Quenchers makes the best acai bowl in my opinion.
In the summer I find that I lose my appetite with the heat and I don’t like feeling heavy or bloated, especially if I’m going for a swim. If you can relate and are looking for a light and refreshing lunch option don’t stress! Most of the restaurants in Noosa have a few healthy salads to choose from and the produce is usually local and fresh!
My healthy “un-healthy” indulgence…
When I’m catching up with girlfriends in Noosa for drinks I like to go to the Noosa Beach House because they have two super delicious mocktails on their menu…
Both are super delicious but remember to have everything in moderation… although they are non-alcoholic, they are still high in natural sugars from the fruit juice so limit yourself to 1 or 2 drinks and have water in between.
What do I pack in my beach bag?…
My favouite bikini
Kaftan or sarong
Sundress or denim shorts & a singlet
Large straw beach hat
Large beach towel or Mandella blanket
Small shampoo & conditioner
Plastic bag for wet toggs
Bali Body Tanning Oil
Eco Tan Natural Coconut Sunscreen
Glass water bottle with lemon
Healthy snacks (I usually take fruit & veggie sticks with hummus dip)
Book or inspirational magazine
Check the weather forecast and tide before organising your trip so you can plan your activities accordingly.
Grilled Salmon & Salad
Salmon, almonds, avocado, olive oil and chia seeds all contain good fats that are essential to a well-balanced diet. These foods are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids which help improve feelings of satiety… meaning you’ll feel fuller for longer. These healthy fats feed your cells from the inside out promoting luscious, shiny hair, strong nails and glowing skin.
2 salmon fillets (buy wild caught)
2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
2 handfuls rocket
¼ cucumber sliced
1 avocado sliced
½ cup roasted almonds
½ cup parsley
½ lemon squeezed
½ lime squeezed
2 Tbsp extra virgin cold pressed olive oil
Pink Himalayan rock salt
Ground black pepper
1 Tbsp chia seeds
For the dressing…
For the salmon…
For the salad…
Sit down to eat mindfully and enjoy!
Serves: 2 (so you can share it with a loved one or have a meal prepped for the next day!)