It is hard to find a more diverse holiday environment than the shire of Noosa, 130km north of Brisbane. This Sunshine Coast hotspot features winding rivers, untouched beaches and lush national parks, and that’s merely when we consider the natural wonders that grace the region’s beachfront and hinterland. Theme parks, fine dining and a range of adventure sports also await you. Whether you’re staying close to bustling Hastings Street or opt for a riverfront rental, you won’t be far from Noosa’s varied attractions.
In Noosa, opportunities to observe wildlife are plentiful. Noosa National Park, the most visited national park in Australia, is home to koalas, possums and several species of parrots. This park is part rainforest, part headland bush and trails have been forged for visitors. An oceanway running along Hastings Street makes it easy for guests to access the park on foot. From the headlands, it is possible to spot humpback whales as they migrate. Other popular activities include rock climbing, surfing and fishing, but please remember that the beaches within the park are not patrolled.
As an alternative to the coast, visitors can enjoy a wilderness cruise through the Noosa Everglades. If you’re feeling energetic, rent a kayak and meander these calm waterways on your own or as part of a guided tour. Kanu Kapers offer tours ranging from half-day expeditions to three-day treks. You’ll discover remote sand dunes, deserted beaches and lakes that mirror the sky: Noosa’s everglades are the perfect spot for the photographer in your group to set up camp.
Beaches abound around Noosa. The Main Beach in Noosa Heads is quite family-friendly, fronting the calm waters of Laguna Bay. This north-facing beach is patrolled every day of the year and hosts beginners’ surf lessons. Unsurprisingly, surfers prefer 15km-long Sunshine Beach, with its reliably good swell. Noosa also harbours a dog-friendly beach, Noosa Spit, which is an off-leash zone. Finally, the Noosa National Park contains a nudist beach at Alexandria Bay.
Adrenaline-junkies will appreciate Noosa’s wild side. You can go skydiving and kite surfing or ride the Wild Mouse Rollercoaster at Aussie World. Perhaps all three activities are on the menu for thrill-seekers! Skydive Ramblers at Coolum Beach, a short drive or bus ride from Noosa Heads, will have you experiencing the highest jump in Australia (15,000 ft) along with breathtaking coastal and hinterland scenery before you land on the beach.
If you’re interested in learning how to kite surf, visit water sport hub, Adventure Sports Kite Surf Australia, the only accredited kite surf school in the area. Group and private lessons are available and you can either buy or hire equipment. Kite surfing may look daunting, but with the right instruction people of all fitness levels can partake in this activity, so why not give it a try?
Looking for holiday fun with the whole family? A day trip to Aussie World is in order. This major Australian theme park houses 30 rides, including the Wild Mouse Rollercoaster, originally built in 1935 and recently refurbished, and the Rock n’ Roll Rebel, which spins riders around to music from past decades. Aussie World advertises short queues and affordable day passes providing unlimited access to all rides. When you’re ready for a break, visit the iconic Ettamogah Pub across the street, the concept of which came about thanks to an Australasian Post cartoonist’s frequent drawings of it. Brought to life in 1989, the pub is now the most photographed bar in the world and serves modern Australian cuisine.
The shire of Noosa boasts several dining hotspots where you can find virtually any type of cuisine you crave. Hastings Street is famous well beyond Noosa for its upmarket restaurants and cafes woven between trendy boutiques. This Noosa Heads precinct is worth a visit but can get crowded on public holidays. If you’re searching for a quieter street to sit down with a good coffee or a slower-paced meal at an award winning institution, head to Noosaville’s Gympie Terrace or Thomas Street. Sunshine Beach also harbours an up-and-coming cafe scene, primarily on Duke Street. All of these popular “eat streets” have the advantage of being close to the beach, making excellent lunch or dinner pit stops.
Noosa is one of the top holiday destinations in Australia. This region of the Sunshine Coast has it all: breathtaking scenery, beaches that go on for miles and plenty of activities to keep you entertained when you’re not tanning or swimming. Winter temperatures average highs of 20 degrees and summer highs hardly ever exceed 30 degrees, so the best time to visit Noosa truly is whenever it suits you best!
Our favourite destination for a holiday is Noosa. Our first visit was in 1995 where we were overcome by the natural beauty of this place. The area is complete with both aquatic recreational opportunities and the impressive bushlands that make up the National Park. Noosa has world class surfing beaches and rocky headlands that face the Pacific Ocean, enjoyed by the needs of swimmers, surfers and fisherman.
Then you have the magnificent river and waterways which cater for sailors, rowers, canoeing and fisherman again. Or a picnic in the parks near river and bushlands. If one can't be bothered with the more physical activities then there are many and varied cafe's, restaurants, bars and clubs to enjoy.
Excellent shopping is available both boutique and general at Hastings St or at the Noosa Junction and Noosa Civic shopping malls. There is excellent public transport available by both ferry and buses to link with neighbouring town Tewantin.
To cap it off the area has an excellent year round climate with mild winters and hot summer days that are cooled by the breezes off the ocean and river. In short Noosa has the lot and is the perfect holiday destination for all ages.
It has excellent and varied accommodation available at the many apartment, holiday houses & villas. The local people are most friendly and helpful, even other tourists who must get the good vibes. We look forward to our next visit hopefully sooner rather than later because we never tire of this place.
I loved holidaying in Noosa, because it is right near the beach yet also close to the mountains and townships such as scenic Maleny. With it's many boutique and unique shops and cafes/coffee shops, Maleny is great for a quick visit.
In Noosa you can do just about anything that your heart desires. You can enjoy coffee/tea and cake at the many wonderful little cafes and dine simply or in style in numerous restaurants of varying delectable tastes. You can sunbathe, swim, ski, surf, kayak, sail, sailboard, skydive, parasail or windsurf until your hearts content. You can go bushwalking, horseriding, bikeriding, and go on various exciting tours on a motorbike to the mountains, up the river on houseboat, jetboat, ferry, yacht or tinny, feed the dolphin, watch the whales, while away the day on pristine golf courses and grab a bargain at the weekly markets.
On the other you can just relax in your accommodation or by the pool with a book and/or drink and soak up the relaxing atmosphere of doing absolutely nothing. There are many choices of accommodation to rent from private houses to houseboats. These cater for singles, couples and families. Apartment blocks are readily available and there are also places that welcome your pets. I love this place.