Noosa is a place that promises a chic elegance with the backdrop of a relaxed, beachy setting, which may come with a price tag at first glance. But while there are plenty of things to do that require money, theres an equal match of things that cost little to nothing at all. Use these tips to do Noosa on a budget - you may be surprised at just how much there is to do cheaply!
Perhaps the best (and cost free) thing to do is to head straight to Noosa National Park. Entrance is free and you’ll find yourself having a day’s worth of activity walking along the coastal trail, scoping out dolphins, whales, and koalas. Bring your swimmers and camera for some of the dreamiest locations like Tea Tree Bay and the fairy pools at Granite Bay.
Surfing in Noosa is one of the easiest activities to do for surfers of all skill levels. If you can, bring or borrow a surfboard for waves that peel at Tea Tree Bay or head to Sunshine Beach, which has plenty of peaks to choose from. You can alternatively rent a paddle board by the hour and traverse along some of the rivers and waterways in the area for some exercise on a budget.
On Sundays, we'd recommend heading to the Noosa Farmers Market between 7am and 12pm. You can stock up on plenty of fresh veggies and snacks to make a quick BBQ dinner on the fly. Or, head into Noosa and grab some fish and chips to eat at Noosa Main Beach for a picnic.
There are a number of hostels to stay at offering reduced accommodation, including Flashpackers Noosa, Dolphins Beach House, and Nomads Noosa. You can find some on or near Hastings St, giving you the free activity of window shopping and people watching. Head to Nomads Noosa for live music on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
Perhaps one of Australia's favourite travel destinations on a budget, Noosa offers so much to enjoy with little to no cost. Its landscapes, parks and relaxed beach culture will give you endless entertainment without breaking the bank.