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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The Peter Phillips Collection: Six Decades

Tinbeerwah, Noosa Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 19 March – 1 December 2019
Peter Phillips is one of the forefathers of Pop Art, who rose to fame in the 1960s alongside classmates David Hockney, Derek Boshier and Allen Jones. He has exhibited with such notable artists as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, and has work in reputable museum collections including the Tate Gallery, Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The Original Eumundi Markets

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Weekly from 18 September 2019
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.

Wild Marmalade and Paul George - Spring Equinox Non-Stop Dance Celebration

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$23 - 30
21 September 2019
Wild Marmalade bring the full dance vibes to centre stage at the Imperial Eumundi Hotel for a Spring Equinox Celebration on Saturday 21 September. Wild Marmalade will play two sets and Paul ‘Black Rabbit’ George will play in-between, so come early or late as this will be a super vibe from beginning to end.

Sunshine Coast Collective Markets

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
22 September 2019
Come join in the celebration of Sunshine Coast's talented artisans! With all stalls selling products that are either locally made or designed, you know you're going to fall in love with something that is unique and tells its own story.

Coolum Beach Flicks in the Park

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
28 September 2019
Coolum Business and Tourism is proud to bring Coolum another screening of Flicks in the Park. Bring along a rug and enjoy a movie under the stars with your family and friends at Tickle Park. The Secret Life Of Pets.

Coolum Art Collective Art Exhibition

Coolum Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
4 – 6 October 2019
This is a twice yearly event where a select group of Sunshine Coast artists come together to offer their works for sale direct to the public. The exhibition displays a diverse collection of works in a range of media including watercolour, oils, acrylics, pastels and mixed media, in a range of styles, along with some special craft pieces.

Noosa Beach Classic Car Show

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$10 - 10
6 October 2019
Come and experience one of the best Classic car shows in Queensland at one of Australia's most famous destinations! There will be trophies and prizes, music and entertainment (see their website for more details).

Maiden - Noosa

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$20 - 20
16 October 2019
Maiden is the inspirational story of how Tracy Edwards, a 24-year-old cook on charter boats, became the skipper of the first ever all-female crew to enter the Whitbread Round the World Race in 1989. Tracy’s dream was opposed on all sides:

SIC MAUI Paddle In Pink Noosa 2019

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
From AU$20 - 20
20 October 2019
Paddle in Pink is a fun paddling event on water. Participants are required to paddle around Noosa Sound. Entry is available to both individual and teams. Suitable craft include stand up paddle boards, kayaks, canoes, outriggers or any craft that is manually powered.

Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
30 October – 3 November 2019
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a five-day hallmark event, based in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland and includes a stacked line-up of events for all ages and abilities. The schedule includes a Breakfast Fun Run and a Run Swim Run event.
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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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