There is plenty of music around Noosa if you know where to go. Theyre mostly local acts. Some are good and interesting. Then there are the ubiquitous solo guitarists playing Hotel California with synthesised drum machine backing.
The best thing to do is get the Entertainer section of local rag the Noosa News. It highlights local and touring acts at venues around Noosa.
Something to watch out for are the gigs at the Wyoming Barn, one of the coolest venues on the East Coast. It is literally a barn, hidden out in the country 2 kilometres from Eumundi on the Kenilworth Road. This is where some of the more hip acts come to play. The contact number we have for the mysterious people who organise Wyoming is 0416 262319.
As for the nightclubs in Noosa, they have never rallied to anything like the sophistication of the restaurants on Hastings Street below. Try them if you must but dont blame us.
OK this is where we get really picky. There are loads of these places in Noosa. But if youre after good coffee, friendly locals to serve you, a cool atmosphere yet minimal pretension, here are our recommendations.
On Hastings Street try Sierra (the northern end at number 10.) The place where hip locals go is Canteen over in the Junction at 6 Sunshine Beach Road. The bonus here is free internet use. Further away is Baked Poetry in the village at Peregian Beach. Its a 15 minute drive but light years away from touristville. Its run by a small German Basil Fawlty. Their fruschtuck for breakfast is an unusual thing to discover in this part of the world. (Both Canteen and Baked Poetry are only open during the day.)
If you want great food which isnt going to cost the earth, most locals would agree Thai Breakers at 185 Gympie Terrace in Noosaville is one of the best eating options in Noosa. (On weekends its safer to book. Their number is 5473 0799.)
There are a plethora of restaurants to choose from on Hastings Street and Gympie Terrace - If youre into elegance and fine dining. Season and Saltwater have been good in the past.
At the Noosa Life Saving Club you can eat in a prime position overlooking the beach. Its also a good spot for an afternoon shandy. Its a similar set up at the Sunshine Beach Life Savers, with more ocean to behold.
Another unusual place for lunch or dinner is Bistro Bistro. Its unique cause its in Cooroy, not Noosa. Cooroy is the real McCoy - about half an hour out into the country.
Neither a restaurant or a cafe, Bettys Burgers are a local icon. Betty has been serving Noosa since 1978 with burgers that are cheap as chips. Betty was in Hastings Street until she fell victim to progress and was banished to the Noosa Woods (near the first rock wall.)
The groovy place (for Noosa) to have an evening drink is Bar Rhumba. Hidden away behind the Massimo Ice Cream shop at the southern end of Hastings Street, it has a kind of Melbourne feel about it. They do cocktails. They also have some interesting and unusual wines.