Victorians really do love Noosa. The love is so strong that the RACV has opened its own resort on the outskirts of Noosa. I’d heard good things about the resort despite its out of the way location so booked a few nights there on our recent holiday to Noosa.
The RACV Noosa Resort is new and modern with the best rooms that I’ve seen in Noosa. Our two bedroom apartment was perfectly set up for a family with a modern well equipped kitchen and living area and two bedrooms and bathrooms. The design has a tropical feel to it with a large balcony with outdoor seating and louvres on all the windows allowing you to open the apartment up to the fresh air.
The apartments are well spaced around a wetlands area with the reception complex and pool area in the centre. The pool is essentially a kids paradise. There’s a lagoon beach area for the little ones to play in and for bigger kids there’s a water play area and two water slides. Our three year old was in her element.
The bonus for parents is you can get drinks and food service poolside. A cheeky rosé or two makes building sandcastles much more enjoyable.
There are two onsite restaurants which we also tried out. The pizza restaurant serves up good quality wood fired pizzas and is a hit for an early family dinner while the Arcuri restaurant offers a contemporary menu. It’s quite a nice setting dining pool side although it was pretty empty when we ate there so a bit lacking in atmosphere.
There’s also an excellent spa (I indulged in a massage) and a kids club if your children are old enough.
The drawback to the RACV Noosa Resort is the location about 10 minutes drive from the main Noosa beach and Hastings street. There is a shuttle bus that goes regularly but you really do need a car if you stay here. If you don’t have kids I think it’s also best to avoid RACV Noosa – there are more peaceful places to have a poolside drink! But for families it’s a great option if you are prepared to sacrifice proximity to Hastings street for the benefit of a large modern apartment to stay in.
Details: RACV Noosa Resort, 94 Noosa Dr, Noosa Heads Queensland
Damage: Pricey. We paid $693 for two nights at a two bedroom apartment.
Gourmet Travel Tips
- We flew into Brisbane airport and hired a car then drove the hour and a half to Noosa. Maroochydore airport is closer but there were more flight options to Brisbane. There are also shuttle services if you don’t want to hire a car.
- Other Noosa options I’ve reviewed include Mantra French Quarter and a luxury AirBnB.
- Here’s my list of my favourite places to eat and drink in Noosa.