Whether it be the shops on Hastings Street, the beaches, national parks or the hinterland, there are plenty of things to do in Noosa. We have listed a few suggestions below.
The world famous Hastings Street is a pleasant place to spend a day.
And most importantly, book yourself a Noosa hotel, resort or apartment. Hastings Street has some very upmarket accommodation, with many beachfront apartments located right on Noosa Main Beach.
Noosa National Park covers an area of 4,000 hectares between Noosa Heads and Coolum. The park is the most popular national park in Australia and is divided into four sections – Headland, Peregian, Emu Mountain and the East Weyba.
The Headland section - in Noosa Heads - is perhaps the most scenic with pedestrian access from the Noosa River all the way to Sunshine Beach. Accessible beaches include Tea Tree Bay, Granite Bay and Alexandria Bay (swimming is not recommended at Alexandria Bay due to strong currents).
There are a number of walking tracks in the Park with the most popular being the Coastal Track to Hell’s Gate. Start this walk in Noosa Heads and walk through pockets of rainforest, enjoying spectacular views along the way.
During the whale-watching season between June and November, Dolphin Point and Hell’s Gate are perfect viewing spots to see humpback whales on their annual migration.
For details and maps of walks in Noosa National Park please visit - http://www.derm.qld.gov.au/parks/noosa/index.html - or call into the Noosa National Park Information Centre located within Noosa National Park beside the Park Road entrance car park. Opening times are 9.15 am to 4.45 pm, seven days a week, telephone 07-5447-3522.
Noosa and the Sunshine Coast are known for beautiful white, pristine beaches. Noosa Main Beach is patrolled daily and safe for swimmers within the surf life saving flags. It is the only beach on the east coast of Australia to enjoy a northerly aspect which means it gets sun all day long. Noosa weather is perfect for year round swimming, surfing or body boarding.
Close by is Sunshine Beach, Sunrise, Peregian and Coolum offering good surf and white sandy beaches.
The Noosa River is a beautiful waterway that flows into the Pacific Ocean at Noosa Heads after winding its way from the Noosa Everglades through Cooroibah and Cootharaba Lakes, Tewantin and Noosaville.
Everglades tours on the Noosa River are the best way to experience this magnificent waterway. On a recent trip to Noosa, this was one of the best tours we did. It is a surprise to see the extent of Lake Cooroibah and Cootharaba, and the tannin waters of the everglades offer gorgeous reflections of the surrounding bushland.
There are many Noosa River cruises to choose from including sunset, lunch, dinner and canal cruises, or catch the Noosa Ferry which runs between Tewantin and Noosa Heads.
The Noosaville section of the river is the place to hire kayaks, stand-up paddles, jet skis, fishing boats, etc. Noosaville’s river foreshore is also a scenic place to picnic, BBQ or swim.
The Noosa Hinterland offers panoramic views of the Glasshouse Mountains and the Sunshine Coast. Take a day to explore the charming hinterland towns including Flaxton, Maleney, Mapleton and historic Montville with unique shops, cafes and galleries.
Alternatively, book accommodation in the Noosa Hinterland and spend a few days exploring this diverse and scenic area.
Enjoy one of the many hinterland walks on offer. Don’t miss the Mary Caincross Scenic Reserve (www.mary-cairncross.com.au) for its rainforest walk and fabulous views of the Glasshouse Mountains.
The Noosa Trail Network is a trail through the Noosa Hinterland and traverses bushland, rolling hills, mountain peaks, farmland and townships. The Network is made up of eight separate trails and was designed for walking, horse riding and mountain biking. All levels of fitness are catered for and access is possible from many points along the way. Visit - http://www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/sitePage.cfm?code=noosa-trail-network - for detailed information.
A popular drive through the Noosa Hinterland is the Blackall Range Scenic Drive (www.scenicdrivesofaustralia.com.au/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=4).
If you don’t have your own car, there are many day tours from Noosa to the Noosa hinterland.
If you are in Noosa in August, don’t miss the Festival of the Walks in the hinterland region (www.festivalofthewalks.com.au).
The Eumundi Markets
The Eumundi Markets, held on Wednesday and Saturday, are among the best markets in the world! There are many stalls featuring local crafts, clothing and produce. Eumundi is about 22 kms from Noosa Heads or an easy 30 minute drive. Just beyond Eumundi is the town of Yandina home to the Ginger Factory (www.gingerfactory.com.au) and Nut Works (www.nutworks.com.au). Yandina is 33kms from Noosa Heads.
Australia Zoo (www.australiazoo.com.au) is another must-see whilst in Noosa. A free courtesy bus is available for those without a car. Australia Zoo is located in Beerwah, about 70 kms from Noosa Heads, or a one-hour drive.
Taking a tour to World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the world's largest sand island is a must (www.derm.qld.gov.au/fraser). The flora and fauna is untouched on most of the Island and there are two crystal clear lakes with pure white sand - an ideal place for a swim. A word of warning: ask about road conditions on Fraser Island because sometimes road conditions are very rough and the trip could prove too rough for the elderley, or people with back problems!
Explore the beaches and villages south of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. Take a day and drive along the coast on David Low Way taking in Sunshine Beach (great cafes) and Coolum (don’t miss Point Perry Lookout). If time permits, continue south to visit Mooloolaba (good beach, delicious seafood restaurants on the Spit) and Caloundra. Caloundra is a beautiful spot with many fabulous beaches including Bulcock, Kings, Shelly, Moffat and Dicky beach. Our favourite is Kings Beach. The esplanade at Bulcock Beach is also very pretty. To give you an idea of driving times, the drive along the coast from Noosa Heads to Caloundra takes just over one hour.
Gympie Cooloola Region
Located between Noosa and Fraser Island, this is an area of amazing beauty taking in the Great Sandy National Park, Poona Lake, Rainbow Beach coloured sands, coastal views, Tin Can Bay, the Valley Rattler steam train, the Mary Valley Scenic Drive. Visit the Gympie Gold Mining & Historical Museum, learn about the timber history at Woodworks Museum, Kilkivan Historical Museum or the Art Gallery.
There are a number of national parks in close proximity to Noosa -Tewantin National Park, Mount Coolum National Park, Great Sandy National Park and the Glass House Mountains National Park. Each offers a variety of walks and activities. Details are available at www.derm.qld.gov.au
Visit our Sunshine Coast website for more ideas on things to do - activities (including bicycle tours, diving, surfing, sailing, etc), day tours, cruises and whale watching - in Noosa and all over the Sunshine Coast.
Visit a local pilates studio, join a Noosa yoga class or ask for some fitness tips from a local personal trainer. Your accommodation reception will give you all the necessary pamphlets on what you would like to see or do.
Whatever your holiday requirements, Noosa has something for everyone. Enjoy Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.