With the start of winter in Sydney Justin and I did what any cold-fearing Aussies would do and escaped north for some sunshine! Noosa had been on my list for a while after seeing beautiful pics from family and friends who regularly visit. When I’ve had a quick look for Noosa accommodation in the past I’ve noticed that the traditional hotel options can be limiting if you want somewhere that really feels like home. More recently though, I discovered a stunning Airbnb property that cleverly captures the laid-back Noosa scene. Below I share my favourite features of the property as well as some hot spots we discovered along the way.
INSIDE THE LODGE NOOSA HEADS
The Lodge Noosa Heads is the quintessential Australian beach home, elevated throughout with artisan products and hand-woven textures. It is a culmination of owner Sjan Johansen’s experience as a stylist and visual merchandiser, evident in the carefully curated decor. The Lodge facilitates a coastal holiday with all of the essentials. Think straw hats, beach bags and an outdoor shower for sandy feet. Collections of books, art and ceramics are stacked throughout, creating a home that reflects a life well-traveled. As you explore The Lodge below you’ll find plenty of nods to the sun, surf and sand that make this the dream Noosa accommodation.
The main living space is bright and airy.
Charcoal tones bring a sleek edge to raw textures.
When looking for Noosa accommodation you really want a sanctuary that you can retreat to after a day in the sun. Each bedroom in The Lodge provides just this, with soft linen, calming colours and plant life to set the mood. A big plus for me was actually the amenities in the bathrooms. As someone who takes up a good portion of my suitcase with toiletries it’s great to stay somewhere where the toiletries provided are better than what you would’ve packed anyway! Here, shower time leaves you with the scent of botanicals and the great outdoors with products from Grown Alchemist and Bondi Wash.
This handmade wreath by Woven Husk brings the palm leaves in.
I love the inclusion of timber oars here.
One of the main reasons I prefer Airbnb for Noosa accommodation is having kitchen facilities like this available for entertaining. Even if it’s just the two of you, thoughtful additions like cheeseboards and bulbous wine glasses make afternoon drinks all the more enjoyable. It also means you can make the most of fresh produce from the Noosa Farmers Market or Eumundi Markets. The garden space at The Lodge was even bigger than I had imagined. We enjoyed afternoon drinks overlooking the palms but this space would also be great for families and groups entertaining outside.
Wine time on the patio.
This weathered farmhouse table is an absolute gem.
WHILE YOU’RE THERE
The house is a stone’s throw from Noosa Junction, with shops and cafes on hand for your morning stroll. We visited Larder & Baked who serve up the best coffee and some refreshing breakfast options including salads, smoothies and poke bowls. We also had a delicious Italian dinner at Bombetta which is walking distance from The Lodge.
Down at Main Beach, Cafe Le Mode was a good option for casual lunches and oysters of an afternoon. It’s on Hastings Street and easy to find after a walk along the beach.
The Coastal Walk through Noosa National Park is an absolute must. There are so many secluded coves and stunning rock pools bathed in light. If you’re stuck for time the walk along Park Road from Main Beach will still give you a glimpse of the stunning coastline.
It pays to visit Noosaville and the Noosa River area while you’re in town too. The waterfront is busy with fishing charters, riverside cafes and friendly pelicans. We found a few great dining options like Thomas Corner Eatery, Noosa Boathouse, Whisky Boy and Mr Jones & Me.
Breakfast at Larder & Baked.
Cabana vibes at Cafe Le Monde.
Sailing off Little Cove.
The entrance to Noosa Boathouse on Noosa River.
NOOSA ACCOMMODATION TIPS
When booking Noosa accommodation keep in mind the market and festival dates. Noosa Farmers Market is held every Sunday and Eumundi Markets are on every Wednesday and Saturday (25 minute drive). If you plan on visiting Eumundi or the broader Sunshine Coast I would highly recommend hiring a car. We used ours to spend a sunset at Point Perry and to drive further into the National Park before dawn. The Lodge itself was close enough to walk down to Hastings Street on nights when we didn’t want to drive home from dinner.
We stayed in Noosa for three nights which was perfect for soaking up the sun, however I’d recommend a couple of extra nights to spend exploring the shops and visiting nearby lookouts and the hinterland. If you have any questions about this property or Noosa in general feel free to give me a shout in the comments below. We will definitely be back and couldn’t recommend this spot more for travellers seeking an authentic stay.
For more coastal escapes check out our guide to Byron Bay.
Photography by Escape Button.