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Noosa: The charming resort with a spirit of its own
Noosa, situated on the Sunshine Coast on the East Coast of Australia is ideally situated. Just 160 kms from the Queensland capital Brisbane, Noosa is a charming town geared for tourism. Connected by air, water, train and bus, Noosa is easily accessible. Noosa has a very tropical climate with year round sunshine. The best part about Noosa weather is its marvelous clear skies and comfortable temperature range – while the water temperature hover between 19 degree and 25 degree Celsius, the ambient temperature range between 10 and 29 degree Celsius. Perfect recipe for a year round tourist season, although April to September is considered the lean season.
Noosa has the small town feel. And given that tourism is the biggest economy of the region, it is not surprising to note that the Noosa calendar and local life is very much attuned to the guests arriving year round. The cultural calendar of Noosa is full of one exciting event after another. Starting March, there is the Noosa Festival of Surfing when longboarders from around the world converge to compete against one another. Coming in April is the Rock’n Tewantin, a ten day music and dance extravaganza. The Noosa May Fiesta is a month long celebration of good life with plenty of indulgence for the palate, the eyes and the body. The Dingo Creek Winery Jazz Festival is used as a fundraiser in June, while the Noosa Longweekend is the real cultural focus of the Noosa Calendar – a 10 day fiesta of play, literature, song, swim, food and party. The Pomona King of the Mountain Race, a 6.5 km tough run to the summit of the Mt. Cooroora when the whole town of Pomona turns out to cheer the contestants from Australia and New Zealand, is the most happening event in July (Pomona is situated a few kms out of Noosa town). The Noosa Jazz Festival in August is a four-day celebration of “hot food and cool jazz” where more than 150 national and international artists offer everything from modern to traditional, Dixie, funk or blues. In October Noosa gets sportive again as the people and athletes from around the world put their souls and body in the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival. While the professionals might win at the main event, most join in, while the local residents and the tourists get into fun mode with swims in sun soaked beaches, barbeque and basketball, cycling and golf.
For such a small town, the number of galleries is astonishing. They scream out the literary and cultural heritage of Noosa. The Artbank Studio, Beachside Art Gallery, David Hart Galleries, Frances Reilly Gallery, the Honey Ant Gallery, Pearls for Girls, etc are just a few of the eclectic Noosa art collections. Noosa has its own culinary delights. The local produce of wine, fruits and vegetables and the expert recipes cooked up by the local chefs bring a thousand gastronomic dreams the life. There are dozens of famous restaurants and bistros where loyal patrons come back after years. The Boathouse Floating Restaurant, the Cooran Country Cousine, the Dish on Thomas, Ma Mensa and the Magic of India are just a few of the charming ones that come to mind. Of course, Noosa is also famous for its markets, like the Noosa Fair Shopping Centre, the Sparks Diamonds or the Paris Mode Boutique, where you get to indulge yourself into many fancy stuff. The markets might not be Dubai or Singapore, but they have their peculiar charm, and once you get a dream item, it will make you feel like an Arabian Sheikh.
Fact is, Noosa is much different from many other tourist attractions. It has its own adventure and nature attractions and an eclectic culture of its own that put it apart from other resort towns. Perhaps the best thing about Noosa is that once you are there, you feel like a local resident. And the gusto with which the local residents join in, you would feel as if they are tourists. Noosa takes you to paradise, but makes you feel at home.
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