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 Original Eumundi Markets

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 28 March 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.

Mitch King and Andrea Kirwin

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$15 - 20
28 March 2020
Put Saturday 28 March in your diary for what will be mighty fine gig at The Imperial Hotel when singer-songwriter Mitch King takes to the stage, supported by Andrea Kirwin. Multi-instrumentalist Mitch King is renowned for his dynamic performances and ability to simultaneously blend vocals with electric and acoustic guitars, harmonica, kick drum and tambourine to create his unique Australian folky blues n roots sound.

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.

Blues Arcadia and Ezra Lee

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$20 - 25
24 April 2020
Friday 24 April sees two-time Australian Blues Music Award winners Blues Arcadia take to the stage at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi as part of their 'Two Wrongs Tour', supported by Ezra Lee. With Blues Blast Magazine (US) enthusing that “with them, the future of blues is secure”, Blues Arcadia create a sound that is part jazz, blues and funk fortified with a dash of dark and dirty soul.

Noosa Eat and Drink Festival

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
14 – 17 May 2020
Spread over four mouth-watering days from 14 to 17 May 2020, Noosa Eat and Drink Festival is an annual love affair of great food, wine, live music and entertainment in one of Australia’s favourite foodie destinations, Noosa.

Jeff Martin (of The Tea Party) and Nathan Cavaleri

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$35 - 40
15 May 2020
Jeff Martin, lead singer and guitarist of the iconic Canadian band The Tea Party, is heading to Eumundi for a solo gig on Friday 15 May as part of his Set in Stone Tour. He will be supported by blues rock singer-songwriter and guitarist Nathan Cavaleri.

Runaway Noosa Marathon

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
23 May 2020
Runaway Noosa Marathon will be as much about achieving your running goals as it is escaping to a weekend filled with sunshine and good times. Running social with a flat, fast and friendly multi-lap on road course that starts and finishes in the heart of Noosa township so you’re never far from fellow runners, supporters and the on-course entertainment.

The Bloody Long Walk

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
24 May 2020
The Bloody Long Walk is one Australia's fastest growing health and fitness challenges, with 11 locations nationally to choose from in 2020! A 35 kilometre challenge on a fully supported and signposted course, taking in spectacular scenery and iconic views.

Hinterland Craft Beer Festival

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
27 June 2020
Beer lovers are in for a fine time at the Hinterland Craft Beer Festival at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi on Saturday 27 June from 12noon til 8pm. The event is free entry and family friendly. The festival will bring together brewers from across the Sunshine Coast.
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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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