The Sunshine Coast in Queensland is known for its amazing beaches, its warm sunny days and its laidback beachside communities. The jewel amongst it all is Noosa, located right at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. This once quiet riverside community has quickly become one of Queensland’s beach holiday hotspots, with an abundance of tourist facilities from shopping and dining to world-class resorts and hotels. But even with the huge development that has gone on, Noosa still has that laid-back beach community vibe to it, making it a great choice for a relaxing beach holiday.
I have compiled this guide to ensure you have the best trip possible when visiting Noosa.
Things to do in Noosa
Noosa is well-known for its beautiful beaches, but there is plenty more to do in and around Noosa, from markets to rainforest walks.
The first thing you will probably want to do in Noosa is hit the beach. Noosa’s Main Beach is located along the main drag at Noosa Heads. It’s a popular spot, and rightly so, with a nice wide stretch of sand with water that is perfect for swimming, and the whole beach is lined by the main shopping street.
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Noosa National Park
The headland that juts out into the ocean at Noosa Heads is designated as Noosa National Park, making it an easily accessible wilderness area right in the heart of Noosa. Enjoy nature trails, wildlife, hidden coves and spectacular views from this beautiful national park. You can take the trail around the headland almost directly off Noosa’s Main Beach. If you climb up to the top of the headland, you’ll enjoy spectacular views across Noosa. The forested park is home to lots of wildlife, and if you’re lucky you may even spot a koala. Further on, explore the secluded rock pools known as Fairy Pools.
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On the other side of Noosa National Park is the suburb of Sunshine Beach, another trendy beachside community with a good stretch of sand that leads up to the headland. The beach here is more exposed than Noosa’s Main Beach and is therefore much better for surfing. The northern end is also designated as a dog beach, so you can bring your four-legged friend along. Grab some fish ‘n’ chips and enjoy a day on stunning Sunshine Beach.
Noosa is situated where the Noosa River meets the ocean, and the river and man-made canals provide lots of calm, tranquil waterways to explore, and the best way to do that is by kayak. You can hire kayaks from a few different spots, where you can explore the waterways at your own leisure while drooling over the million-dollar canal homes or finding a quiet spot on the river to do some fishing.
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Noosa has lots of great markets where you can find some unique buys. The best one of all is located in the town of Eumundi, just inland from Noosa. Eumundi is a charming little country town and the Eumundi Markets, open on Wednesdays and Saturdays, has become famous for its thriving arts and crafts scene. You’re sure to find something unique to take home from here, and there are lots of great food stalls as well. Speaking of food, the Noosa Farmers Markets is the place to go for all things food on Sunday mornings. You’ll find all sorts of food stalls and fresh produce, located along the picturesque riverfront in Noosaville.
There’s plenty of great shopping in Noosa if you can’t make it to the markets. Hastings Street is the main shopping street in Noosa and where many of the best Noosa hotels are located. Running parallel to Main Beach, this is where you’ll find big brands and upmarket boutique shops and you’ll find a good variety of shops with perhaps more affordable price tags up the hill in downtown Noosa Heads.
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The Noosa Hinterland is full of things to do, from charming country towns to lush rainforests. Head to Eumundi, Cooroy and Pomona to wander the historic towns, sampling the amazing cafes and shops. Enjoy a relaxing stroll in the Noosa Botanic Gardens or tackle the climb to the top of Mount Tinbeerwah for spectacular views.