Noosa is a world where luxury meets adventure. The outdoor climate surrounding Noosa provides tourists and locals with beaches, national parks, rivers, and the hinterland to explore, while an inviting culture surrounded by art, cafes, and markets are set to indulge the senses.
Tune into nature and unplug with adventure attractions that will take you out of the workplace and into your holiday. Explore the emerald bays of Noosa National Park by spending the morning hiking the Noosa Coastal Track. Further north, head to Noosa North Shore to take a 4WD tour of Rainbow Beach, Great Sandy National Park and Fraser Island. Have a view from above by booking in a chartered plane to view hidden lakes and waterways spill onto long stretches of beach. Take a Noosa Ferry Cruise at sunset for a relaxing evening or book a day trip with a boat cruise to search for whales, kayak in majestic waters, or delve into pristine waterways.
Diving into the culture, you’ll find theatres, galleries, and zoos to explore including the world famous Australia Zoo. Learn about the local wildlife as well as other exotic animals from Africa and South-East Asia, as well as crocodiles thanks to the likes of Steve Irwin. If marine life is more your taste, Sea Life Sunshine Coast is an aquarium and water theme park just outside of Noosa where you can play with nurse sharks, stingrays, and other sea animals. Dabble in history at the Majestic Silent Theatre in Pomona and experience original old silent films.
If it’s art you seek, look no further thanks to the thriving local art community. The Noosa Regional Gallery in Tewantin exhibits artwork that is refined and provides travellers with a historical background of the region. Otherwise, the Eumundi and Peregian Markets provide visitors with an abundance of local arts and crafts to select from.
Noosa is a melting pot of activities involving the arts, culture, and nature that surrounds the region. The attractions, sites, and markets you’ll spend time exploring keep the town alive much as they will your entire experience.
Noosa National Park remains one of the most idyllic destinations, boasting waters that cast shades of turquoise amongst a backdrop of pandanus trees. With roughly 1 million visits per year, it’s no wonder this national park tops every travel goer’s list as a ticket to paradise, providing both thrill-seekers and sunbathers alike something to cherish.
Located just 160km north of Brisbane, Noosa National Park sits on the Sunshine Coast and is divided into four sections including the Headland Section, Peregian Section, Emu Mountain Section, and the East Weyba Section. Start your journey into the national park at the Headland Section at the end of Park Road.
Be sure to visit the information center where you’ll find trail maps, water, and where you can spot a koala (or two!). The most popular trail is the 5.4km Coastal Track that winds along the beach, with stopping points to view dolphins and breaching whales during their migration season from August to November. Up until Dolphin Point, the trail is paved for wheelchair and stroller access before turning into a dirt track.
Weave your way to Boiling Pot first on the trail, famous for its views of Tea Tree Bay. Then onward to Dolphin Point and Granite Bay for picturesque views and swims in delicate tidal pools more famously known as ‘fairy pools’. If you do decide to take a dip, be cautious as the beaches are not patrolled and currents can be unpredictable.
A lengthier hike of 5.2k round trip will take you to Hell’s Gate, an immense sandstone cave where you can watch for turtles that often swim in this area. Even further still, sits a more secluded Alexandria Bay, also known for its unmarked nudist beaches at the most southerly end.
Noosa National Park provides an escape for everyone seeking to experience the best of Australia’s wildlife and ocean views. With rainforests sitting at the edge of pristine beaches in one of the most accessible national parks, you’ll find yourself fully immersed in its beauty the moment you set foot on the trail.
The Noosa River connects directly to the Pacific Ocean and is one of the main attractions of the Noosa region. There are five lakes situated off the river, and it ties Noosa Heads to Noosaville. The river plays a vital role in migratory bird life, and also acts as a beautiful swimming hole and a popular location for water sports.
The river can be explored multiple ways, for a comfortable and calm approach, take a ferry from Noosaville to Hastings Street. Or for adrenaline seekers stop along the river and hire a vessel for the day. Choose from a jet ski, stand up paddle board, boat or kayak; whatever suits your adventure style.
Grab a kayak and self navigate the area and get a chance to experience the beautiful nooks and coves along with natural wildlife in the area. The river provides 40km of pristine waterways, so you can spend hours on end exploring. Pack some lunch and spend the day exploring the canals getting up close and personal with native wildlife and have the chance to swim in pristine waters.
If you prefer to leave navigating the river to the professionals, opt for one of the many river tours, which offer a more guided and in-depth exploration of the river. The cruises will take you all the way down to the river mouth and through the canal system. Here you can witness Noosa’s incredible luxury mansions and national park set on the river side by side.
For fishing enthusiasts, experience fishing safaris straight from the locals taking you upstream to the best spots in the area. The river is home to bream, whiting, trevally, mangrove jack and flathead as well as many other offshore species like black kingfish and red emperor.
The stunning Noosa River is an incredible natural attraction worth visiting while you’re in Noosaville or Noosa Heads. The river provides a choice of adventure styles; whether it’s hiring a boat, stand up paddle boarding or merely having a lazy coffee on the waterfront, take some time out to connect and experience the water.
Noosa Main Beach is the glue that binds the ocean to the town’s roots. It’s calm, clean waters are great for families and tourists to feast their eyes upon sparkling waters that practically spill out in front of Hastings Street. With such serenity at your fingertips, Noosa Main Beach is what lends a laid-back culture to the town.
Sitting right at the edge of Hastings Street, you can access Noosa Main Beach a few ways by foot, but be prepared to find parking to be a bit challenging. Although you may have to walk some distance to get through town, you'll find stops and shops along Hastings Street to pass the time while you make your way to Noosa Main Beach. For those that want to keep the momentum going, you can continue onward and upward to the Noosa Coastal Track that will take you through Noosa National Park.
Noosa Main Beach faces north and because of this, it is protected from harsh weather and large waves thanks to its location in the bay. Many families and tourists will find it is the perfect location to set up for the day, as the beaches are patrolled and the waves and currents are generally mild. Noosa Main Beach is a popular destination to learn surfing, with gentle waves that glide you along with ease, as well as board rentals and lessons available.
The beach can get crowded in the summer months, but its charm are what make all the resorts, storefronts, and restaurants part of the experience you'll have in Noosa. You can easily make a day of shopping, site-seeing, and relaxing at the beach thanks to its close proximity to everything in Noosa. If you prefer, accommodation and dining can be found at the shores of Noosa Main Beach to give you the best of everything.
Actively take part in swimming, surfing, fishing, or tune into relaxation with more leisurely activities like sunbathing, sipping cocktails at the beachfront restaurants, or sauntering along the walkways that line the beach during sunrise, sunset, or any time of day for a spectacular setting.