Winter on the Water

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There is nothing quite as magical as winter on the water in Noosa, as Carlie Wacker discovers. 

From the unique everglades to the river mouth, there is something so magical about the Noosa River and winter is such a special time to explore the waterways. 

Winter on the water was our inspiration for our fashion editorial in this issue and we want to share with you the beauty of our natural wonderland – the Noosa River! 

From the Noosa Marina upriver is a lake and river system that is one of only two Everglades environments in the world. Ours is the only one you can swim in – in Florida you’d be sharing waterways with hungry alligators! 

The Noosa Everglades are home to breathtaking moments of complete stillness and tranquility soaking up views of native flora and fauna and hearing the songs of the diverse birdlife found in the region – up to 40% of Australian birds call the river system home. 

Ferry, boat or kayak your way upstream for a memorable meander, including visiting Harry’s Hut and the world-famous River of Mirrors. 

The hustle and bustle of daily river life starts at the Noosa Marina – home base for the Noosa Ferry, fishing tours and many great boat hire options. This is also where you’ll find fabulous foodie options from fine dining at Lucio’s Marina to fish and chips at Noosa Harbour Fish Market. 

Those that love a little waterfront pampering will be blown away by Nu You Natural Day Spa – its escapism and relaxation with a touch of French Provincial chic beauty. 

The Noosa Ferry is your go-to transportation option and the best way to move between the river and Hastings Street with stops along the way – you can make a day of (actually you’ll need way longer than that to get your full river fix).

Stop at Noosa Boathouse for the perfect winter lunch or dinner venue with unrivalled sunset views and a cocktail menu to match at the Sunset Bar.  

Gympie Terrace is the lively hub of Noosaville and offers dining, shopping and other experiences that are essential for winter fulfillment. For a casual breakfast or lunch – dine in or takeaway we recommend Jimmy Fox; coffee and good winter reads can be found at River Read Bookshop; Gusto delivers the finest in food and wine for lunch, dinner and events and the new Lánai brings the wow factor to the corner of Thomas St and Gympie Terrace. 

Thomas Street has also found its groove and is now home to iconic Noosa fashion boutique Eliza’s (they relocated from Hastings St just recently), next door you’ll find the skin experts at Cosmedic Lab Holistic Aesthetics and over the road is where the celebrity hair and make up stylists at Pony Beauty Bar can be found (they do the styling for our fashion editorials). 

For those that want a luxe river cruise with DJ and all the bells and whistles, the MV Catalina is a vital part of the full winter on the water experience. 

Choose from chilled out lunch cruises to Friday Night Social and Saltwater Sunday sessions that will result in a finale on the dancefloor. 

Check out our fashion pages for some sneak peeks into the locations that make up the beautiful Noosa river from page 110 and enjoy the many wonders of winter on the water IN Noosa! 

About the Author /

Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor and Editor for Hello Sunshine Magazine. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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