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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Learn to Build the Sandcastle of your Dreams

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$35 - 45
22 October 2019 – 31 October 2020
Join them on one of their sandcastle workshops and learn all the secrets and tricks to build your own masterpiece. They offer a great chance to make your time in Noosa memorable and fun. Children and adults welcome.

The Sunny Coast Rude Boys

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$15 - 15
25 January 2020
Put Saturday 25 January in your diaries as the 'Rudies' (The Sunny Coast Rude Boys) are coming back to The Imperial Hotel to raise the roof for a night of old skool dance and good times! The Sunny Coast Rude Boys are an eight piece soundwave playing uplifting ska and reggae, and drawing on musical influences that have shaped this genre from the Jamaican movement through to UK Two Tone.

The Original Eumundi Markets

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 25 January 2020
Step into an ever-evolving collaboration of talented locals seeking to share their gifts with the world. The Original Eumundi Markets is the biggest and the best art and craft market in Australia. Meet the talented hands behind handcrafted furniture, homewares, artworks, ceramics, cutting-edge fashion and jewellery, and chat to the farmers and bakers selling fresh produce and gourmet delights.

Noosa Summer Swim Festival

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$19.50 - 59.50
1 – 2 February 2020
The Noosa Summer Swim is a bucket list event for any keen ocean swimmer. The festival offers a range of distances for every ability, from junior events to a five kilometre marathon distance where seasoned swimmers can push their limits.

Karl S. Williams

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$18 - 22
8 February 2020
Saturday 8 February sees mesmerizing singer-songwriter Karl S. Williams perform at The Imperial Hotel - kicking off a national tour to promote his new album 'Lifeblood'. Karl's songs are a distillation of life, love and the human condition - a kind of folk, soul, blues, but not as you know it.

International Ocean Film Tour - Sunshine Coast (Noosa)

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$18 - 22
12 February 2020
The International Ocean Film Tour is the ultimate film event for all ocean lovers. Adventure. Action. Ocean Life. The International Ocean Film Tour is headed to Australia with the best ocean adventures and environmental documentaries on board.

Noosa Longboard

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
22 – 25 February 2020
This is the second annual Noosa Longboard Open, the first event on the World Surf League Longboard Tour that will see Noosa's iconic First Point play host to the best longboard surfers from all over the planet.

Noosa Festival of Surfing

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Free Entry
26 – 27 February 2020
Established 29 years ago, the Noosa Festival of Surfing celebrates nine days of perfect waves, incredible surfing and the stoke and camaraderie of the global surfing community.

The Drop Festival 2020 | Noosa

Sunshine Beach, Noosa Area
From AU$0 - 109
29 February 2020
With two hugely successful tours already in its wake, The Drop Festival is back in 2020 for a third season that’s set to be even better and waaaay bigger. After making its way around the country hitting up some of the world’s best surf breaks to sell-out crowds, The Drop Festival will once again follow the World Surf League Championship Tour events at Snapper Rocks on the Gold Coast, Bells Beach in Torquay and Margaret River in WA and Qualifying Series events Surfest Newcastle & Sydney Surf Pro in Manly.

NOOSA alive! presents CRUNCH TIME by David Williamson

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$60 - 65
16 – 18 April 2020
Get in quick for tickets to David Williamson’s latest theatrical triumph CRUNCH TIME – now on sale, with performances Thursday 16 April to Saturday 18 April at The J Theatre in Noosa. Sparkling with razor sharp wit and humour, CRUNCH TIME tackles pertinent social issues head-on in this tale of family and duty.
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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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