On the north end of SE Queensland is a lovely bay called Laguna. Here, the water is crystal clear and there is a choice of ocean or river to practice fishing, water sports or anything else that the avid holiday maker might want to get up to. Noosa, one of the best towns to find holiday accommodation, is one of those places that must be seen to be believed and, whether it is a holiday that is full of activity or a laid back, lie in the sunshine break that the visitors may want, it is all available here.
The name Noosa is derived from the Aboriginal name it once had. Originally called Noothera or Gnuthuru this denoted that the place was shadowy or a shady place. It could be the trees and natural surroundings back then which called for a name like this but these days, it is known for its year round sunshine and warm temperatures. Over the last half a century, tourism has really taken over but the local council planning office has ensured that at least one third of the land is kept as national parks or state forests etc.
Nature lovers will find the Noosa National Park an exciting place to be and the Noosa Everglades also has a lot to offer. From Noosa itself, visitors can take a ride out to Fraser Island and enjoy a champagne lunch on one of the day trips available. Look out for the three hundred year old fig trees growing right out of the sand or the Fraser Island Dingo. These are pure breed Dingos and, since there are less than two hundred left on the island, see them before they disappear altogether.
Back on the beaches, Noosa is famous for its world class surfing because the beaches are so large. If a calmer ride is on the cards, try out kayaking along the Noosa River instead. Of course, for something a little more exciting, try kayaking in the ocean or take a windsurfing or kite surfing lesson or two. Since Noosa boasts one of the very few beaches that faces to the north in Australia, the whole bay is protected from the vagaries of the weather and has few storms which makes it safer for family holidays.
In Noosa, Hastings Street seems to be the centre of activity in this lovely part of the world. There are world-class restaurants and cool cafés where the ‘in’ crowd likes to be seen. Or, if it is luxury that is needed, this street hosts many designer boutiques to cater for those staying in the luxury accommodation that is freely on offer here. Family style accommodation in Noosa is available too so no matter what the budget is there will always be somewhere to stay.
The thing that sets Noosa and its holiday accommodation apart is that all buildings, hotels and holiday apartments here are of the low rise variety. This keeps the natural beauty of this exceptional resort intact and, in turn, attracts many visitors from overseas and from Australia alike. In fact, family or self-contained accommodation is in plentiful supply so there should never be a problem bringing the kiddiwinks along for a great holiday.