A fantastic leisurely ride that I can highly recommend. Here is how we organised it.
Early morning start at Coolum. Start time at Coolum – 8:30am
Meeting place – Carpark just south of caravan park at the skate board park.
If you are interested in a longer ride, you can ride down to Coolum from Noosa leaving at about 7:00am to have a coffee etc and then wait for everyone’s arrival at 8:30am. This is handy for leaving a car in Noosa to bring drivers back after lunch if you don’t want to do an early car shuttle.
Car Shuttle to Noosa – if people prefer to do a car shuttle before you start, have most people wait at Coolum with the bikes while the car drivers take their cars up to a place near the Gympie Terrace restaurant and return in one car.
- Ride from Coolum along the flat bike path to Peregian Beach for a coffee and the great Peregian markets (which just so happened to be on the day we did our ride),
- Continue along the surf beaches on the bike path from Peregian through Marcus, Sunrise and Sunshine Beaches (couple of short little hillocks in this bit that are a little challenging but doable),
- Then up through Noosa Junction, around the Weyba Creek bikepath to the beautiful Noosa beach for a swim, (all fairly flat)
- Then a last little flat ride back out along the creek to Gympie Terrace on the Noosa River to have lunch at one of the scrumptious cafe’s along this famous strip.
I picked Sirocco on Gympie Terrace Noosa as a place that suited our various foodie and price requirements. Here is a link so you can have a look at the menu if you want to. http://www.sirocconoosa.com.au/
All up the ride, at a leisurely pace, will take approximately 2 hours, then allow time for a swim and lunch. A terrific day with friends.
We stayed up there and maked a weekend of it but it was doable even if you are coming from Brisbane for the morning.
If it rained we would have called the ride off but we’d made arrangements to meet for lunch at the restaurant regardless and generally have a lovely time anyway.