Sunshine Coast Eating, drinking and dancing
+61 7 5447 2855
Bistro C Restaurant & Bar
At this beachfront beauty, choose from sunny alfresco tables, a perch at the bar or a cushion-strewn banquette, then tuck into anything from truffled poached eggs in the morn, to sunset cocktails and contemporary fare at night.
49 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
+61 7 5455 4462
This Sunshine Beach hotspot offers a host of dining options: choose from modern Asian cuisine at Embassy XO; beachy-keen burgers, salads and pizza at XO Bistro Wine Bar; or grab a bottle of wine to go at XO Cellars. Don't feel like venturing out? XO To Go delivers food and drinks around town.
Cnr Duke and Bryan Street, Sunshine Beach
+61 7 5471 3697
About 13kms south of Noosa, Peregian Beach is a family favourite for its surf beaches and relaxed eateries. Pitchfork Restaurant offers a posh take on the classics, such as roast chicken with garlic mash, or fish and chips with lemon aioli. There's an extensive vegetarian and gluten-free menu, too.
5/4 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach
+61 7 5447 3747
With the ocean just metres from your alfresco table, it should come as no surprise that seafood is the star here. Aside from the modern cuisine at lunch and dinner, this all-day affair offers seriously good breakfasts. Buttermilk pancakes with pecans and palm sugar butter, anyone?
5/25 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
+61 7 5446 8994
This award-winning restaurant is tucked into a tropical garden in the hinterland. Come for top-notch Thai food, or have a go at whipping up your own curries, stir-fries and grills in the hands-on cooking school.
20 Ninderry Rd, Yandina
+61 7 5449 2443
Wasabi Restaurant & Bar
This riverside retreat is the place to for your Japanese sushi, sashimi and sake fix. If you're tossing up between tempura and teriyaki, leave the choice in the hands of the kitchen and opt for the omakase menu, which literally means 'let the chef decide'.
2 Quamby Place, Noosa Sound
+61 7 5474 5688
Noosa Heads Surf Club Bar
Sitting smack-bang on the beach, with a huge deck overlooking the ocean, this cool and casual spot ia a great place to catch up over a cold beer. There's live music on weekends, and karaoke sessions mid-week.
69 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
+61 7 5447 2455
Rickys River Bar + Restaurant
This ravishing riverfront bar offers a slew of sexy cocktails (we love the Positano with gin, Campari and pink grapefruit soda), with tasty tapas plates to boot. It's a 20-minute walk from Hastings Street, but if you'd prefer to cruise, take the ferry (+61 7 5449 8442) or plump for the Venetian-style gondola (+61 412 929 369).
Noosa Wharf, 2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads
+61 7 5473 0011
Located in the heart of Hastings Street, the flashy hub of Noosa, this resto-bar offers a killer line-up of cocktails (try the Apple Sour or a Mexican Mule with tequila, lime and ginger beer). Feeling peckish? Order one of the fab woodfired pizzas.
Upper level, 30 Hastings Street, Noosa