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.
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.