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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Go Ride a Wave Noosa

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When you join a surfing lesson with Go Ride A Wave, you are learning to surf with Australia's largest and most professional learn to surf organisation. They can get you started and standing up in no time at all, and offer lesson packages to help you progress quickly.

Skydive Noosa

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Skydive Noosa - Famous For Fun! Tandem skydive with Skydive Noosa from up to 15000 feet, you’ll experience an insane 60 seconds of life-changing free fall. Float under canopy for 5 to 7 minutes over the spectacular Sunshine Coast’s surf beaches, Noosa and hinterland.

Ikatan Day Spa Noosa

Doonan, Sunshine Coast Area
Massage and treatments are created at Ikatan based on wellness and stress-relief for body, mind and soul using Balinese traditional techniques as well as spice and herbal recipes for body treatments. Bali village style, where life is at a slower pace and your therapist has ample time to prepare and care for you with packages, massage, facials, body treatments, pedicures, manicures and head massage treatments.

Coolum Surf School

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Coolum Surfing School is located on the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast, only 90 minutes north of Brisbane and 10 minutes north of the Sunshine Coast airport. The Sunshine Coast offers some of the warmest water in Australia, where you can surf all year round seven days a week.

The Original Eumundi Markets

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Have you experienced the world famous Original Eumundi Markets? Renowned for its locally made artisan treasures, there's no other market quite like it. Mark it in your diary - open rain, hail or shine every Saturday and Wednesday.

Paradise Seaplanes

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Experience the joy of flight, the beauty of the Sunshine Coast, and the romance of a bygone era when you take off from paradise in this unique flying-machine. Adventure flights with Shawn and the crew from Paradise Seaplanes take off in the only Wilga 80 seaplane (warbird spy plane) in the southern hemisphere.

Fraser Island Discovery

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Wanting a Fraser Island experience with a difference? An unforgettable wilderness adventure. Winner of tourism awards, Fraser Island Discovery offers you just that! Noosa based eco-tourism operator The Discovery Group, are market leaders in premium four-wheel drive adventure travel.

Noosa Quad Bike Adventures

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Explore the great Woondum National Park with Noosa Quad Bike Tours! "One of the best things to do on Sunshine Coast!" Half day tours run daily, morning and afternoon Monday through Saturday. There is no experience required.

Mount Coolum Summit Track

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Did you know that Mount Coolum is the second largest rock in the world after Uluru? This impressive dome-shaped rock is 208 metres high and offers spectacular views of the coast and hinterland. There are several sets of stone steps to help you reach the summit.

Naturally Eco - Great Beach Drive

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The Naturally Eco Great Beach Drive is for those who value nature based and educational ecotourism experiences. The journey winds its way through the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, Noosa National Park, Maroochydore, Lady Elliot Island, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and Rainbow Beach.
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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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