The best things to do in Noosa
Located smack on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is one of Australia’s most beloved travel destinations for a reason: it’s blessed with warm waters, a breezy sub-tropical climate and acres of lush rainforest. The town – with its chic cafés, shops and restaurants, book-ended on one end by the Noosa River and Noosa National Park headlands on the other – is frequented by surf fanatics and fashionistas alike.If you want to know the best time to visit, consider heading over in May during the Noosa Food and Wine Festival. That’s when the town is at its most buzzy: expect more than 50 chefs and 30 sommeliers from the world over to descend, bringing with them champagne brunches on the beach, pop-up restaurants in tipis, and myriad tastings. Of special note is the annual Long Table Lunch served al fresco along the length of Noosa’s iconic Hastings Street.
The best things to do in Hobart
Originally founded as a penal colony, Hobart, like Sydney, has shed the chains of its convict history. Today, the small Tasmanian island has some of the best restaurants, bars and cafés in all Australia – plus some cracking culture to boot.With traditional industries enduring a sharp decline, tourism has risen up to take the slack and reinvigorate the island’s sluggish economy. In the past visitors trekked to Tasmania to enjoy its wilderness, including sweeping beaches, rainforests, thick bush-land and unique wildlife. That all changed in 2011 when multi-millionaire David Walsh opened the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA).Once considered little more than your average backcountry town, Hobart is now decisively cool. In preparation for the city’s festival season, Time Out Hong Kong seeks out the best places to eat, drink and visit when in town.