On the Beach, Noosa Heads review: Weekend away

Read our writer's views on this property below

Take someone you like to On the Beach at Noosa, unless you plan to shower with your clothes on.


The hotel sits just behind the left side flag of Noosa Beach which after previous reports of erosion has returned to its former glory. People wander Hastings Street in droves and the waterfront is busy without being cramped. If position is key, this is absolute prime real estate.


There are only three floors here, but there's still a lift. There's a gym probably rarely used. And tucked away on the beach side of the hotel, there's a small heated pool and spa so quaint guests find it difficult not to dip their toe in, despite having spas in their room. There's also a steam room by the pool. A guest lounge has a shower and toilet, and a desk for workaholics.


The penthouse suite is the grand prize here, but be sure to take someone you like – unless you plan to shower with your clothes on. The glass shower sits in the middle of the room, separating the cosy lounge and kitchenette from the bedroom. At the top of a small spiral staircase is a rooftop paradise. Take wine and some food and the biggest challenge will be returning to the main floor. And it won't be the alcohol to blame, rather the comfort of being able to soak up the sun in a large spa most would expect reserved for the rich and famous. There's also a barbecue up there, so it's a matter of getting as comfortable as you like and settling n. Rooms are clean and décor is well thought out. Tables and chairs are on both balconies, the lounge is a comfortable leather and television has pay channels. It's a private oasis in the core of a buzzing beachside resort.


Pack light. There's an open bathroom, rooftop terrace with spa and a beach within 10 metres of the resort's back door. Be prepared for the odd trip to the shops, walks along the beach or through the nearby national park, and a trip to one of Noosa's many eateries. This is relaxation on steroids, laying back with all the right gadgets in a first-rate environment.


There are numerous options along Hastings St, from takeaway to fine dining. The kitchen and upstairs barbecue are tempting options, if for no other reason than to spend more time in the room. But if guests are forking out more than $500 for a room, it's fair to suggest they'll be looking for a decent eatery. One of those is Sails which has built a reputation on great service. It's on the beach, has a relaxing ambience, creative menu, impressive wine list including bottles of wine which will set punters back five-figure sums (don't worry, there are reasonable options too), and friendly staff. It does get very busy though.


The shopping. Hastings St is known for its boutique clothes shops and elite brands. But that doesn't mean everything is overpriced. There's also plenty of bargains to uncover. The nearby national park is one of the best walks on the coast, from Noosa Beach around to Alexandria Bay.


If you're looking for ultimate indulgence, this is a great option. It is prime location, has undergone the necessary renovations to stay modern, and has the privacy couples will appreciate. Jump in the spa, look at the clouds and tan up – but don't forget to slip, slop, slap.


Noosa is a comfortable 90-minute drive from Brisbane. Turn right at the Hastings St roundabout and the hotel is almost immediately on the right. Parking is underneath the building.


On the Beach Noosa, 49 Hastings St, Noosa. Rooms start at $400 in low season. Royal and penthouse suites are $560, with an extra $40 on top during high season, so we're talking top end accommodation. Last-minute deal sites will do a little better, starting at $385. Phone 07 5449 5000, see onthebeachnoosa.com.au.