Noosa

In a genetically blessed family of golden beaches stretching across the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is the sophisticated older sister with impeccable looks and incredible charm.

While well-known Hastings Street is a popular drawcard for visitors to this chic coastal town, it isn’t until you uncover Noosa National Park, Noosa Heads, the Noosa Everglades or the hinterland that you realise this vibrant nature hub is just begging to be explored.

If you’re after sophisticated seaside relaxation or you want to immerse yourself in the stunning natural scenery of the great outdoors, Noosa has a wave for everyone with your name on it. 

Things to do in Noosa

Hastings Street

Hastings Street unites fashionistas and foodies in one deliciously stylish strip in the heart of Noosa. Just walking distance from the main beach, you could be soaking up UV rays on the sand and hitting the strip for some retail therapy within minutes. Shop till you drop along Hastings Street with a range of high-end boutiques, signature local designers and your favourite labels dotted in between. 

Some of the best bars and restaurants line the Hasting Street strip from cute cocktail bars like Miss Moneypenny’s to local favourites like Bistro C. And let’s not forget, Noosa is home to the Noosa Food and Wine Festival where you can taste some of Australia’s best food and wine in an event for all senses over a weekend in May.

Eumundi Markets

Less than 30 minutes’ drive outside of Noosa is one of Australia’s best art and craft markets, the Eumundi Markets.  Known for their locally made artisan treasures, the Eumundi Markets are open every Wednesday and Saturday morning and you can bet your bottom dollar you won’t be able to leave without taking home a unique handmade gift or some delicious produce from one of the 500 market stalls.

Noosa National Park

Lace up your sneakers and explore the jaw-droppingly beautiful walk through Noosa National Park. The 15km of walking tracks will provide you with some of the most incredible natural scenery in South East Queensland, from secluded coves to rugged coastal tracks and 360-degree views from the headland at Noosa Heads. You won’t need any koalafications to catch the local wildlife on your walk with koalas nestled in the trees and pods of dolphins visible from the clifftops. The fairy pools in Noosa National Park are the best places to cool off and it can be worth your while to BYO snorkel to see the coral and sponges beneath the rocks at low tide. 

Ready to explore? Here are some awesome tips on how to do Noosa National Park.

Noosa Everglades

Paddle around a 60km stretch of reflective, pristine water that is the Noosa Everglades. One of only two everglades in the world, this wetland wilderness rich with flora and fauna is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets just waiting to be explored. Here are four reasons to do the Noosa Everglades, so put this epic experience on your bucket list pronto.


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Sunshine Beach

Sunshine Beach, Noosa Area
Head to the style, ease and laid-back atmosphere that makes Sunshine Beach such a popular choice for visitors to Noosa. Once known as Golden Beach, Sunshine Beach is renowned for its sand, surf and the ambience of stylish boutiques, cafes and restaurants.

Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park

Noosa North Shore, Noosa Area
Free Entry
In Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park, you can experience the majesty of nature's sculpture in sand. Massive dunes, towering cliffs of coloured sands and wide ocean beaches have been etched by wind and water.

Marcus Beach

Marcus Beach, Noosa Area
Noosa’s eastern beaches, while not patrolled by surf life savers, are popular with locals and visitors alike for a more relaxed beach experience. These great beaches are found between Sunshine and Peregian Beaches.

Noosa Valley

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Just 10 minutes’ drive from the hustle and bustle of Hastings Street, you’ll find yourself in tranquil, peaceful Noosa Valley. With its picture-postcard countryside and abundant wildlife, this area offers a refreshing contrast to the more developed parts of the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Reef

Sunshine Coast Area
Sunshine Reef is a wonderful dive site off Sunshine Beach, just south of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. This rocky reef is deeper than other reefs in the Noosa area, so more suited to experienced divers, as depths vary from 25 metres to 33 metres.

Eumundi

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
Every Saturday and Wednesday, come rain, hail or shine, the population of Eumundi explodes from 500 residents to several thousand as visitors flock to the markets. The Eumundi Markets were established in 1979 and are situated in the heart of this historic town.

Noosa National Park

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
Nestled on the doorstep of the famous tourist town of Noosa, this popular park features some of South East Queensland's most picturesque scenery. Discover secluded beaches, rugged coastal features and views from the iconic headland at Noosa Heads.

Boiling Pot

Sunshine Coast Area
Boiling Pot lookout is the first place on the Noosa National Park coastal track to enjoy the sweeping views from Noosa North Shore to the surf off Tea Tree Bay. Situated above a rocky outcrop, it offers an excellent vantage point to watch surfers, dolphins and even the occasional whale.

Castaways Beach

Castaways Beach, Noosa Area
You’ll find delightful Castaways Beach nestled between Sunrise and Peregian Beach, just 30 minutes from the Sunshine Coast airport. Relaxed, local vibe. Castaways has a stack of picturesque walking trails and is home to a koalas and kangaroos and the surf break is favoured by local surfers for its easy access and consistent, good quality waves.

Noosaville

Noosaville, Noosa Area
Noosaville is a lively centre for holiday accommodation, aquatic activities, bars and restaurants and is located around the sparkling waters of the Noosa River. A popular retreat for locals and repeat visitors, Noosaville is an ideal spot for families with safe swimming and a laid back, friendly atmosphere.
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Noosa Accommodation

Noosa Accommodation is as unique as its contrasting landscapes. If you’re travelling with your family, there are fantastic family-friendly apartments or holiday home rentals at Noosaville or along the Noosa River where kids can play. 

If you are wanting to stay a little closer to the beach and the happenings of Hastings, rest your head at a hotel or resort in walking distance to the beach. 

Looking for a bit more low-key? There are plenty of camping and glamping options, as well as pet-friendly accommodation too, so your four-legged family members don’t miss out on all the holiday fun.

Places to visit nearby

Noosaville

Noosaville is the vibrant seaside village centred on the banks of the Noosa River. A holiday hotspot for families, Noosaville plays host to fabulous restaurants, barbeque areas, playgrounds and walking tracks only 5 minutes’ drive from Noosa Heads.  Hire a stand-up paddle board (SUP), kayak, jet ski or boat and explore Noosa River on the water. There is a ferry operating from Tewantin through to Noosa Heads so take the scenic route and jump on a ferry to Hastings Street.

Coolum Beach

Less than 30 minutes’ drive from Noosa you will arrive at Coolum Beach. The chilled atmosphere, friendly locals and salty sea breeze will have you feeling relaxed in no time. Grab a bite to eat as you stroll along the esplanade or if you’re feeling active, you can’t beat the spectacular 360-degree views you will be rewarded with for climbing Mount Coolum. For family fun seekers, check out Aqua Park Coolum and try to master their epic inflatable water obstacle course.

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