We've actually had two Sunny Coast holidays in the past year. The first was when Master C was 11 months old. He's a highly sensitive bub so I was nervous about the plane trip but figured it was just over an hour and we could get through it. We had everything ready, blankets, toys, an iPad with games and nursery rhymes, our trusty ergo carrier, you name it. Turns out he fell asleep shortly after take off both ways and only woke to cry a little on descent so I popped him on the boob and that helped. Then he was asleep upon landing again. Success!
We stayed at Novotel Twin Waters Resort in a modern, comfy 2 bedroom suite overlooking the lagoon. We were there in August so it was fairly quiet and meant we could go for a peaceful stroll around the lagoon each afternoon and get bub off to sleep in the ergobaby carrier. We spotted quite a few wallabies just hanging around the resort right outside guest's rooms. We were right next to Mudjimba Beach which made for a blissful afternoon walk as well.
The resort had an amazing aqua fun park in the lagoon filled with inflatable slides and lots of other exciting stuff. It looked so fun and although the weather was gorgeous on the Sunny Coast in August, the water wasn't quite warm enough for me haha! I bet in spring/summer the place is packed!
Here were our top picks on the Sunny Coast this holiday....
Filled with delicious gluten free baked delights, we were in heaven. Well, we would've been if we got there earlier. We missed out on many of the treats we really wanted to try but the coffee was delicious and so were the cupcakes they had left.
We had to try Betty's Burgers in Noosa after hearing so much about it. I had the Betty's Classic on a gluten free bun with fries. Great food, fun vibe, lovely staff, and right across the road from the beach. Needless to say we were very satisfied. Hubby delighted in one of their signature concretes for dessert (frozen custard with all sorts of wonderful toppings). I popped next door for some coco whip!
Montville is such a gorgeous place to visit. When we arrived our little guy was fast asleep in the car so my parents kindly sat with him so hubby and I could have a little coffee date. We popped in to Mayfield Patisserie & Chocolates for coffee and cake (thankfully for me, there were some delightful gluten free options) and took in the spectacular view of the Glasshouse Mountains. There was hardly a soul around on this particular afternoon. It was unbelievably peaceful and oh that view....
Nothing beats Hastings Street in Noosa. You'll find just about every gorgeous little boutique you could ever want along this strip. We found a few gorgeous things at Eumundi Markets too. More on the markets below.
Besides sunning ourselves on all the gorgeous beaches the Sunny Coast has to offer (ok, well obviously not all of them), we shopped and ate in Noosa, cooked up a big BBQ brekkie on our balcony, went for lots of beach walks and strolls around the lagoon, had afternoon drinks by the pool at our resort, and caught up with friends in their new home. Here were a couple of other fun family-friendly things we did & loved on this trip....
I love a little trip to Eumundi Markets when on the Sunshine Coast. It's a gorgeous artisan market with some seriously good food stalls. We were in foodie heaven! The atmosphere was buzzing and bubs loved the music, bopping along in his pram. There were some beautiful baby & kids stalls too. We picked him up some summer shorts and as you can see in the pic above, a hand made teething ring. We also went home with a homemade quiche for our dinner from Topliss Tarts.
Montville is the quaintest of towns. The main strip is a village of art galleries, cafes, chocolate shops, gift shops, homeware and fashion stores, set on a hill with the most charming European style architecture. On one side, you can see the breathtaking Glasshouse Mountains.
I'll leave you with my two favourite pics of the trip.
Next up, our second trip to the Sunshine Coast. This one was only a couple of months ago.
In a few weeks we'll be in Byron Bay so feel free to share any tips or must-see/do/eat places for us.