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RACV Noosa Resort

I had always thought of Hastings Street as Noosa’s ‘must do’. However, while there’s no denying this area’s appeal, there is much more to this popular holiday destination than its famous main street. On our most recent visit to Noosa, we were keen to venture beyond Hastings Street and explore the up and coming dining precinct known as The Junction at Noosa Junction. We booked into RACV Noosa Resort which is set amongst native Australian bushland with superb mountain views and a 10 minute walk from Noosa Junction.

RACV Noosa Resort views
RACV Noosa Resort has mountain views

Our large two bedroom apartment had beautiful views of the surrounding wetlands and distant mountains which lit up as the sun went down. It also had a balcony and a spiral staircase leading up to a rooftop terrace. There was no seating on the terrace but the views were superb. We loved our stay at this all-suite resort and were amazed at how spacious the apartment was. Not surprising, I guess, when the resort is known for offering some of the largest accommodation in Noosa. If you feel like a splurge, you can upgrade to one of the three-bedroom Enclave Luxury Villas which are located in a gated area within the resort and come with a heated plunge pool, private lifts, two or three-car garages and access to a heated 15-metre lap pool within a communal BBQ area. Saint Kilda Football Club was staying in the Enclave during the COVID lockdown footy season while we were at the resort.

RACV Noosa Resort balcony
RACV Noosa Resort balcony
RACV Noosa Resort sunset view
RACV Noosa Resort sunset view from the terrace
RACV Noosa Resort main bedroom
RACV Noosa Resort main bedroom

RACV Noosa Resort caters equally well to couples, multigenerational groups and friends. However, families in particular will really love it here. Along with plenty of room to move around in the spacious apartments, a lot of thought has gone into making this resort comfortable for families travelling with kids. My son is a teenager now but I wish we had found a resort like this when he was little. It wasn’t just the kids’ waterpark either, although this did look really fun. What I really loved about this resort was the little things that mean so much when you’re travelling with kids. There are doors that close off the apartment to keep things quiet at nap time plus well-thought out extras like a kiddie toilet seat built into the standard toilet seat and a bathtub in the second bathroom. These things add up and can make a good holiday great for parents and their kids.

RACV Noosa Resort living area
RACV Noosa Resort spacious living area
Family friendly bathroom
Family friendly bathroom

It would be great to stay at this resort as a multigenerational group as grown ups and kids are equally well catered for. Couples are too but if you’re here for romance, you might want to ask for a room away from the children’s waterpark and playground. This apartment location would be brilliant if you’re travelling with kids but for couples? Not so much. Along with generous discounts for auto club members, RACV Noosa Resort has a complimentary Tesla charging station and offers car hire by the hour. There is also a general store just off reception if you forget something or want to buy ice blocks to enjoy by the pool.

RACV Noosa Resort kids waterpark
RACV Noosa Resort kids waterpark & playground

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RACV Noosa Resort lobby shop
RACV Noosa Resort convenience store
RACV Resort Noosa car hire
RACV Noosa Resort car hire

Along with two heated pools, a lagoon pool with beach entry, a waterslide pool, interactive splash park with playground and a toddler pool, there is also a large outdoor heated spa, day spa, gym, floodlit tennis court, bike hire, restaurants and a complimentary courtesy bus. One of the many highlights of our stay was the charming and friendly staff who couldn’t seem to do enough for guests. For example, the last service for the complimentary shuttle bus which drops off at Hastings Street and Noosa Junction was 6pm. However, the driver said to my husband and myself and the other couple on the bus, “When you are ready to come back, give the resort a call and I’ll come and pick you up if it’s before 10pm when I finish for the night.” I can’t guarantee you’ll get the same offer as the resort was very quiet during our COVID stay but I’ve no doubt you’ll enjoy equally good service while you’re here.

RACV Resort Noosa swimming pool
RACV Noosa Resort swimming pool
RACV Resort Noosa shuttle bus
RACV Noosa Resort shuttle bus

We had a great time at The Junction as the eclectic collection of bars and restaurants around Noosa Junction is known. We slipped down Arcadia Walk to check out the intriguingly named bar Telephone Call From Istanbul and had a glass of vino at the cool indoor/outdoor Eddie Cheeba’s. The highlight of our night was superb pizzas at Some Days Pizza, the newest addition to The Junction’s dining scene. When we heard the pizza chef was from Naples our expectations were high and we weren’t disappointed. The menu offers a choice of Red or White pizzas, the latter so called because it is covered in ricotta and mozzarella instead of tomato sauce. You definitely need to book as this new restaurant is very, very popular for good reason.

Telephone Call from Istanbul
Telephone Call from Istanbul
Some Days Pizza
Some Days Pizza
Some Days Pizza has a great vibe
Some Days Pizza has a great vibe

Dazza’s Bar was the only drinking and dining venue open at RACV Noosa Resort during our COVID stay but we didn’t mind as the lovely location made it our preferred spot for breakfast anyway. This casual drinking and dining venue had a lovely outdoor terrace with views of the pool and the mountains, great barista coffee and a wood fired pizza oven. Breakfast was a tasty COVID-safe buffet with staff serving food to our plates. The barista coffee included with breakfast was also superb, just one more reason to stay at this excellent Noosa resort.

Dazza's Bar at RACV Noosa Resort
Dazza’s Bar at RACV Noosa Resort

Disclosure: The writer stayed at RACV Noosa Resort and dined at Some Days Pizza as a guest of Tourism Noosa. She would not hesitate to return to both at her own expense.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.