Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

On the Waterfront; Let the Senses Float Away at the Boathouse on the Beautiful Noosa River. Nathanael Cooper Discovers a Reason to Make the Drive North

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

On the Waterfront; Let the Senses Float Away at the Boathouse on the Beautiful Noosa River. Nathanael Cooper Discovers a Reason to Make the Drive North

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I HAVE a secret. It isn't a very nice one, but I want to share it with you anyway.

Please don't be cross with me.

You see, I never used to like Noosa very much.

I never understood the appeal. I couldn't understand why locals raved about it. I thought the fact it was more famous than other parts of the Coast was down to clever marketing and I seriously couldn't see the point of driving up there when it was almost the same distance to drive to Brisbane (I am a southern Coaster).

But on Friday night, as I sat at the Bridge Bar at The Boathouse Floating Restaurant on the Noosa River and gazed out across the water to the twinkling lights of ... Okay, I don't know what I was looking at because I'm still not up on my Noosa geography, but I am determined to learn.

Everything you look at from The Boathouse is so pretty: twinkling lights, boats going by, rippling water. It is sensational and dining there has set me on the path to becoming a true fan of Noosa.

I could have just sat at the bar enjoying a cocktail all night, but the real purpose of being there was the food.

We were shown to our table, which brings a whole new meaning to waterfront dining.

It is water front, back, side and you can feel it moving underneath. It's the cruise you have when you aren't having a cruise.

The ground level dining took the experience to a new and lovely place. The water was just there, you could hear it and it was magic.

As our expert waiter took us through the menu, I realised that my dining partner and I were going to have some difficulty. There wasn't a single thing on the menu we didn't like.

Eventually, the fact that the seafood platter comes with three levels (just like the Boathouse) was cute and something I couldn't go past. And as it came with a sizing option for one or two, I figured the platter for one would be more than ample.

Boy, was I wrong. It could have fed six!

But the seafood is so well done, you just don't want to stop. From the top layer with the delectable prawn cutlets and calamari rings, which just dissolve into a flavour sensation in your mouth, down to the second level with gigantic prawns and a selection of gorgeous salmons, and then the bottom - a range of oysters and mussels that make my mouth water even now, and then the crab. …

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