Our beautiful Queensland coastline is dotted with tiny beach towns, beckoning us to escape the city life and spend a weekend unwinding.

The most notorious of these is Noosa, the quintessential Sunshine Coast destination. Truth be told, the fact it’s so well known can often be a turn-off, with holiday-makers looking to find somewhere new to visit.

Noosa became well-known for a reason, though, and stepping out onto the sand at Noosa Main Beach, it’s easy to remember why. It’s beautiful and it’s a spot that perfectly combines luxury and relaxation, making it the ideal beach break destination to escape the city and find much-needed time to unwind away from it all.

Everything in Noosa is close-by, making it easy to walk out your hotel door and explore the boutiques on Hastings Street or take a hike through the Noosa National Park to Tea Tree Bay and beyond. You can wake up at sunrise and start the day with yoga, pilates and meditation at Little Cove Beach with Luxe Fitness Escapes then seek refuge in a local coffee spot, like Season Restaurant, for a hearty breakfast and creamy latte.

You can hire an eco-friendly boat from Malu Os Eco Boat Hire and putt along the beautiful Noosa River in complete peace and quiet or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding for a bit more of a workout.

Local restaurants have access to loads of fresh, seasonal produce and they know exactly how to use it to create unforgettable meals. Visit the newly opened Zachary’s Gourmet Pizza Bar and Restaurant for the best pizzas and cold beers in town. Head to the Noosa Boathouse for a lazy lunch on the water, complete with fresh, local seafood and mouth watering desserts.

Choosing a place to base yourself can be hard, with so many great options on offer. Seahaven Noosa offer beach front apartments that keep you amidst all the action of Hastings Street and Noosa Main Beach, but let you feel like you’re a world away too. The rooms are modern, spacious and perfect for couples or families in need of a peaceful getaway.

If you find yourself with a self-contained room, but don’t feel like eating out or stocking up on groceries, you can treat yourself to an in-room hamper. Love Noosa create and deliver everything from gourmet breakfast hampers and BBQ packs to antipasto platters, perfect for a chilled out afternoon, watching the sunset with a glass of wine in hand.

The whole vibe at Noosa is luxurious and tranquil, it’s all about big scoops of gelato on Hastings Street and glasses of bubbles in the evening. But these things are mixed with the laid-back coastal vibes of the area, the waves crashing on the sand and early mornings spent exploring hidden coves and national parks.

Best of all, it’s just a short 2 hour drive to get there. It’s best to get away from work early, if possible, to beat the traffic and extend your stay that little bit more.

While it can feel like Noosa’s growth and popularity can make it less appealing than undiscovered coastal gems, those things are actually what make it such a great spot. You’re spoilt for choice with great accommodation, fantastic restaurants and cafes and loads of activities designed for you to enjoy the local area. It offers a relaxing escape, with minimal effort needed to enjoy it all.

Really, your only job is trying to tear yourself away once the weekend is over.