Photo of the week: Sunset view from Tea Tree Bay
Noosa has much to offer with some of the best restaurants in Queensland, a north facing beach, walks in the Noosa National Park and shopping on Hastings Street.
Noosa is a good base for tours to Fraser Island and the Everglades at the end of the Noosa river. If you are looking for a relaxing holiday with a bit of pampering there are many spas, beauty salons and massage therapists.
One of the first things to do is book Noosa accommodation as the best places do fill up quickly. Click below and will take you directly to the best Noosa accommodation.
Accommodation in Noosa is in different areas. If you want to be close to the action on main beach with top end accommodation and restaurants then Hastings Street is the place to be. Close by is Little Cove with some wonderful apartment complexes with fantastic views over the ocean and up the hill towards Noosa Junction you will find Noosa Heads apartment complexes ranging from basic to exclusive, some also with fantastic views down to Hastings Street and out to sea. Noosaville accommodation is along the beautiful Noosa river and is generally better value. It would take about 30 minutes to walk to the beach but it is connected with regular buses. The most common types of Noosa holiday accomodation are apartments and we have found some excellent Noosa apartments that need to be pre booked, have a look:
Noosa is located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, 30 minutes from Sunshine Coast Airport and 90 minutes from Brisbane Airport.
Transfers from both airports are possible but if you are more than one person car rental is the cheaper option, have a look by clicking here to compare car rentals from all the main car hire companies.
Travelling around Noosa is fairly easy using the buses that connect Noosaville with Noosa Heads and to the south with Sunshine Beach.
Noosa has an excellent year round weather the coldest month being July where the average daily maximum is 20.9 ºC and the minimum 10.2 ºC and the hottest time in Noosa is January with an average daily maximum of 28.8 ºC and a minimum of 21.3º.
The obvious is the beach and the most popular is Main Beach right off Hastings Street, it is a beautiful north facing beach and generally has calm water, although you can take a surf lesson here. More challenging surf is at Sunshine Beach a short bus ride from Noosa Heads. Noosa national park has little coves and quiet beaches and the magnificent Alexandria Bay for those who want a longer walk.
Dining is very much part of life in Noosa and many Noosa restaurants have established excellent reputations and have award winning chefs. A lot of restaurants are found on Hastings Street but other areas include Quamby Place in Noosa Sound, which is only a 15 minute walk from Hastings Street and along the river at Noosaville or at Sunshine Beach. Another option is to take the Noosa ferry to Noosa Marina where you will find a number of restaurants. There are many golf courses, some are expensive and others such as the Noosa Par 3 course on the Noosa Eumundi Road which is very affordable and also caters for the novice. If you want to have a pampering holiday or if you need a day out of the sun there are many spas and opportunities for a Noosa massage.
Noosa river offers fishing, boating and cruises down to the Everglades, a tranquil section of river which is good for kayaks. The Noosa Ferry is a good way to explore Noosaville and offers a hop on hop off service from the Noosa Sheraton hotel in Hastings Street to the Noosa Marina where you will find the main deep sea fishing charters and other cruise boats. A popular Noosa tour is a cruise down to the Everglades which can also be combined with a drive on the North Shore beach reached by a ferry from Tewantin close to Makepeace Island which is part owned these days by Richard Branson.
Noosa National Park is one of the most popular parks in Australia and there are many short walking trails at the entrance to the park which is a 15 minute walk from Hastings Street. In the Noosa hinterland there are other walking trails and a number of small peaks to climb including Mount Coolum and Mount Pomona.
Every Wednesday and Saturday you can visit the popular Eumundi market with many craft stalls and local produce. Beyond Noosa is the hinterland and the villages of Maleny and Montville, about one hour from Noosa.
You will find boutique shopping on Hastings Street as well as Noosa Junction or Noosaville. The main indoor shopping mall is Noosa Civic, it can be a little hard to find as it is on the way out of Noosa, just off the Eumundi Noosa Road.
From Noosa, tours are possible to Fraser Island , leaving early in the morning most drive up the beach to Rainbow Beach and then cross on the ferry to Fraser Island, a tropical paradise that is World Heritage listed. White sands, bright blue waters and prisitine forests offer a backdrop for tours for every type of traveller and budget. For the expert explorer, hire a 4WD and zip along the beaches to the more remote areas, or let an expert negotiate the wild terrain and ocean tides for you, sit back and hold on tight! Swim in the secluded coves and inlets along the coast, or hike inland to the crystal clear freshwater lakes.
Feel the adrenaline kick in as you take in the spectacular views of the Noosa coastline from one of Australia’s most popular jet boat rides. Hold on tight as you crash through the surf breakers, where your highly skilled captain will demonstrate what a few hundred horsepower can do in the open ocean. Seating a maximum of 12 hardy adventure seekers, this ride will take you past some of the most dramatic natural attractions in the Noosa National Park – Hell’s Gates, the Fairy Pools and the Paradise Caves. Keep an eye out for some of the local wildlife too – dolphins can often be seen trying to keep up as you power by!
Don’t miss a visit to the seemingly endless beauty that is 75 Mile Beach, complete with its own historic shipwreck, the Maheno, and the Pinnacles – enormous sand dunes made up of magnificent layers of rainbow colours.
Travelling at a leisurely pace, discover the towering cliffs of coloured sands, jagged rocky overhangs and mysterious waterways that make up the famous Noosa Everglades – part of the Great Sandy National Park, the largest intact sand dune system in the world. Glide through the glades in comfort on an all-weather cruising vessel, or pick your own path by hiring a kayak for a self-guided tour. Don’t forget your camera as the pristine wilderness and offers some fantastic photo ops – if you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of the resident sea turtle and dugongs!
All beached out? Grab a helmet and hop on the back of a Harley. Be the envy of the car-bound tourists as you and your driver cruise along the winding roads of the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Or, take a partner and explore Noosa’s offerings from the comfort of a customised trike. Your driver will take you on a personalised tour of the region - cruise down Hastings Street in style, then head off in to the hinterland for an authentic Aussie pub lunch. Spend the rest of the afternoon sampling the fare from the local wineries for an afternoon of indulgence – all without the worry of how you’re getting home!
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