Out and About Around where I live – Hastings Street

Hastings Street Noosa

Hastings Street is the iconic street in Noosa. People want to stay, shop, eat and play on Hastings Street. The street runs parallel to the beach so on the other side of the fairly wide tree lined road are expensive hotels and accomodations with shops and restaurants on both sides of the wide avenue. It is a place I tend to avoid, as do most locals, except when it is my photography expeditions location. When photographing I love to see what I can find. The shops range from the extreme high end to cheap fashion, hot dogs and icecream to gourmet expensive restaurants. Numerous galleries alongside tourist memorabilia. Dogs and owners meet and converse.

The buildings are of an age where renovation is being done. Lets face it – to stay on Hastings Street you are probably looking upwards of AUD500 per night.

Leaving Hastings Street and walking through to the beach you enter another world.

Main Beach is both deserted and busy.

School children do their school sports on the beach. I would have so loved to have gone to school now. You can do sailing, beach activities, surfing where we were confined to softball, basketball or hockey.

school children doing school sport.

Birdlife abounds including the rare leucistic bush turkey which is often wrongly assumed to be albino.

Do you have streets in your town or holiday destination like Hastings Street? Although I rarely visit I did enjoy my photographic jaunt into Hastings Street and I can see why those visiting the area make Hastings Street a definite destination to visit whether they stay on it or travel in. Our council in an effort to alleviate traffic congestion has made all the public buses that go near Hastings Street free during the Christmas and Easter holidays. A great initiative enjoyed by locals and tourists alike.

From Hastings Street it is a short walkable distance to Noosa National Park but we will visit there when we next go out and about where I live.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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8 Responses to Out and About Around where I live – Hastings Street

  1. Enjoyed a visit to Noosa awhile back, thanks for the memories.

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  2. kaye donoghue says:

    Hi Irene this bought back so many memories for me , thankyou

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  3. Cee Neuner says:

    I adore your photo of the glassware. I really if ever go to anywhere to a city’s downtown. I’ll take the beach. 😀

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  4. Charli Mills says:

    It’s great to go on a walk with you, Irene. Yes, I’d be drawn to Hastings Street, too, for the photographic opportunities. It’s a beautiful cityscape and so close to a gorgeous land and seascape, too. For me, I like going to Lake Superior’s shores, cemeteries, old mines, beautiful hikes, and old ghost towns, but I don’t have such an urban vista. Probably the closest is Chicago and that’s a flight away. And I agree — how fun to be a kid in school with beach activities for PE!

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