Simon Holt | Traveller.com.au

Simon Holt discovers that there’s a quieter side to Noosa, away from the hustle and bustle of popular Hastings St.

THE LOCATION

You’ve woken up in your cottage to the lapping of water from the lake below.

Then, after breakfast of fruit and pastries from one of Queensland’s best farmers’ markets, you drive a few minutes to the river where there’s an electric bike. Pedal at 50km/h with little effort as water breezes cool you down. The bike is parked, and an eco boat is there to explore Noosa’s waterways, where some of Queensland’s rich and famous call “holiday home”. The kookaburras are singing, corks popping and backyard barbecues burning with aromas of blackened lobster. Meanwhile, you’re nestled on a pillow, sipping a boutique ale to wash down cheese and crackers you’ve opened on your gondola-like boat. Back at the lake, you’re in a part of Noosa which locals would rather keep to themselves.

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