Noosa Shire boasts a choice of incredible destinations to explore. From stunning, pristine coastline home to rugged headlands, all the way to lush natural hinterland and quiet lakes. This gorgeous area entices travellers with its plethora of outdoor activities, making the most of the beautiful scenery.
For a bustling atmosphere and a cosmopolitan feel, all while just a walk from the beach, spend some time Noosa Heads. For a quieter ocean front alternative, explore surrounding beaches like Sunshine and Peregian Beach. With Tewantin and Eumundi tucked in between as a scenic gateway to the hinterland, travel inland towards the Cooran Tablelands to uncover the quaint country lifestyle of Kin Kin, Doonan, Boreen Point or Pomona.
Noosa is home to many quiet villages and untouched, natural landscape making for a beautiful weekend getaway or week-long holiday to relax, unwind and discover Australia’s incredible east coast.
Boreen Point sits off the shore of Lake Cootharaba, which feeds into the Noosa River, the Noosa Everglades and the Great Sandy National Park. Boreen Points sits north of Noosa with Cootharaba as is its neighbouring town. This quiet village brings boat and water enthusiasts to its shore to relax lakeside in the many cottages and caravan parks available. The campground on the lakeside is also an enjoyable way to retreat to nature.
Set 20 kilometres from Tewantin, and about a half an hour drive from Noosa Heads, many travellers opt to visit for the day to enjoy the lake. Stop by the pub for lunch, or watch the artists in their studios, hard at work.
Boreen Point is a nature lover’s paradise, providing a perfect, quiet lakeside retreat.
This pretty town is perfect for those looking for a retreat to the hinterland. Nearby are the Cooran Tablelands and Mothar Mountain State Forest, home to swimming holes and scenic walking tracks; however, often access by a four-wheel drive is required. The Noosa Trail Network also connects through Cooran, which is a series of trails to explore either by walking, mountain biking or on horseback.
Cooran village provides a mix of cafes, boutiques and a brewery to experience. Take a wander through the streets and get a glimpse of everyday life, as each year the Tall Trees Art Exhibition celebrates and showcases local art.
Cooran is a beautiful, quiet little town perfect to base yourself in, to explore the neighbouring natural park and local art scene.
Cooroy sits 22 kilometres west of Noosa Heads, and its name means possum, which has been taken from the local Aboriginal word “kurui”. The town is most noted for its timber and dairy industries, and it is a quiet little escape inland. Cooroy combines history, nature and art all into one place. If you choose to stay a couple of nights, accommodation options include a mix of cottages, bed and breakfasts and retreats to soak up the peaceful natural environment.
The town has a laid back feel, with some restaurants, cafes, and a brewery to enjoy. For an outdoor adventure, experience a game of golf or explore Lake McDonald nearby. The Noosa Bird Trail cuts through Cooroy, which is a scenic trail for walking or riding along to observe the local birdlife. With 32 different sites across Noosa, the Jabiru Park and Fearnley Bird Hide trail can be reached easily from town.
Doonan is set in the valley between Eumundi and Noosaville. A drive through Doonan will showcase the incredible views across the coastline; with the Tewantin National Park bordering the town, as well as Lake Weyba. Stop by on your journey to enjoy the day spa, shops or cafes on offer.
Doonan combines residential living with a rural feel from its green, leafy neighbourhood leading into the hinterland. This peaceful and quiet town is made up of large blocks of land, yet with limited public transport options, it is best to hire a car to explore. Nearby is the Noosa Valley Golf Couse, and on any given day you may see kangaroos hopping by and native birdlife.
Ask any local, and they will tell you about Eumundi's incredible markets held weekly on a Saturday and Wednesday. Each week, visitors and locals alike stop by the Eumundi markets to savour the fresh food, artisan products and choice of clothing on offer. The market boasts over 600 stalls, making it a truly memorable and exciting experience.
Beyond the decadent delicacies at the markets, Eumundi's brings a charming vintage yet contemporary flair. The town can be identified by its historical buildings still standing and boutique wineries nearby. Explore the cafes and galleries or enjoy a drink at the local pub. Along Memorial Drive, take a walk under the fig trees to get a glimpse of Eumundi's lifestyle. Stay in a guesthouse, bed and breakfast, country retreat or barn, and make the most of Eumundi's central location connecting Noosa's coast to the hinterland.
Kin Kin is a quiet retreat just 40 minutes from Noosa Heads. The incredible scenery surrounding can be encountered simply by driving through, yet stay for a couple of nights to truly savour the country life.
Set between Gympie and Noosa, its primary industry used to be from timber, due to its incredible Kauri pine. Art is prevalent throughout the town, as with its delectable dining options. Nearby, a health retreat and massage school have set up too, building the local wellness scene. Relax at the local pub, or enjoy the many trails to indulge in Kin Kin’s lush natural landscape. The Noosa Trail Network - a series of tracks for horse riders, mountain bikers and hikers to explore, weaves through the town so that you can easily explore the scenic hikes.
Kin Kin melts into its natural surroundings, making it is a beautiful, tranquil escape for a change of scenery.
Noosa Heads combines an upbeat cosmopolitan lifestyle in with luxe beachside living. Offering a choice of entertainment options for all types of travellers; it is the perfect destination to explore. Noosa Heads is a popular holiday location and is ideal for families, groups and couples.
Scattered across Noosa's main stretch, Hastings Street, are a choice of boutiques, hotels, restaurants and cafes. With the Main Beach running parallel to Hastings Street, you can go from savouring your morning coffee to an afternoon dip in moments. Dining does not fall short of memorable either, with many award-winning and romantic restaurants to experience.
Home to stunning headlands and native birdlife is Noosa National Park; within walking distance of town. Take some time out of your day to stroll along the headland to access stunning ocean views and quiet coves.
A visit to Noosa Heads will allow you to truly relax and unwind, with its choice of accommodation, dining and adventure experiences, all within walking distance of each other.
If you are ready for some retail therapy, then a quick trip to Noosa Junction is in order. On any given day, you will see both locals and holiday-goers enjoying the array of shops on offer.
Just a three-minute drive from Noosa Heads will take you to Noosa Junction, making it easy to stock up on groceries or gifts at any time of the day. Buses also travel directly to the Junction as an excellent alternative for those without a car. Explore the choice of shops providing a mix of homewares, beauty products, swimwear, clothing, and more. Facilities like a local post office, banks, medical services, legal services and cinemas are also available. When hunger strikes, there are many different restaurants, cafes and takeaway options to choose from too.
Noosa Junction is considered a business and entertainment precinct, set in the convenient and central location of Noosa Heads on Sunshine Beach Road.
Noosa North Shore is home to lush forest, and golden sands stretched out over 80 kilometres. Just a short ferry ride across the Noosa River will take you to the popular camping grounds and expansive beach; where the forest meets the sea.
To access the coast from Noosa Heads, take the car ferry from Tewantin, which operates seven days a week. Surrounded by natural fauna and flora, Noosa North Shore is a snapshot of some of Australia's most incredible scenery. With a campground looking over Teewah Beach, the site is great for unwinding and making the most of surrounding nature. Noosa North Shore brings travellers to its coastline for its incredible choice of surfing, fishing, bushwalking or four-wheel driving. Continue further north, and the beach stretches up to Double Island Point taking you across to Fraser Island.
Noosa North Shore is the perfect place for a relaxing retreat. Explore the impressive four-wheel drive tracks cutting through the bushland and navigate within the depths of the forest. Home to turquoise water and sandy beaches, you may even see kangaroos hopping around and native birdlife.
Take some time out to reconnect with nature and indulge in the pristine beaches and untouched landscape, all just stone's throw from Noosa Heads.
Picture this; sunset picnic spots, bustling restaurants, local fashion and boutiques all along a stunning river foreshore. Noosaville brings all of this, plus a laid back atmosphere combined with a charming riverside feel.
Noosaville sits between Tewantin and Noosa Heads. Just a five-minute drive from Noosa Heads otherwise for a more scenic route, take the ferry from Hasting's Street connecting the area too. The Noosa River traces its way through the town, with dining options focused around the riverfront and water activities as the main attraction.
At sunrise, make your way down to the river and watch rowers glide across the water as the birds begin to sing. Once you’ve had your coffee along the riverfront, get ready to dive into the water and hire a jet ski, kayak or boat for the day. Spend hours navigating along the glistening river or instead swim at one of the designated swimming spots. For a unique experience, opt for a sunset cruise or fully catered daytime cruise to indulge in the scenery around you too.
For the foodies, you’ll find a hub of restaurants along Gympie Terrace and Thomas Street serving up contemporary Australian fare, along with around the world cuisine. Or for a local experience, grab some fish and chips and have a picnic along the river as the sun goes down.
Local designers and surf stores are in abundance, and you can find them along Gympie Terrace, Gibson Street, Thomas Street or Mary Street. Further on into the Industrial Estate discover furniture and design stores, coffee roasters and local breweries. You’ll also be able to find major shopping centres with many supermarkets in the area if you plan on staying for a while.
Noosaville acts as a central point between other areas in the region, if you’re looking for a more relaxed and local experience while being able to discover the other natural wonders that the area has to offer, then this is the place for you. Discover the mix of experiences that Noosaville brings, perfect for families and groups with its choice of self-contained holiday accommodation and water activities to explore.
Peregian Beach welcomes a relaxing and slower pace compared to its neighbouring suburbs. Set just south of Sunshine Beach, it is a picturesque and calm beach with natural park closing in on the shoreline.
Home to a mix of holiday houses and resorts; Peregian Beach also offers a variety of self-contained accommodation options, to enjoy a relaxing and tranquil holiday. Peregian Village Square is the heart of the town, with restaurants, shops and cafes tucked under leafy trees, creating a beautiful, natural ambience. Peregian Main Beach is patrolled all year round, making it an excellent choice for families. Lake Weyba borders the town, connecting on to Noosa Head's estuary. The lake's proximity makes it a popular choice of day trip to take in the beautiful environment.
Visit Peregian Beach for a quiet, family escape to enjoy the natural surroundings on offer.
Set 25 minutes by car from Noosa Heads, Pomona is a scenic town just north of Cooroy. Pomona sits in the foothills of the incredible Mount Cooroora, making it a popular departure point to take on the many fascinating bushwalking trails.
The picturesque streets bring a choice of cafes and galleries to explore. When it comes to accommodation options, stay a night or two in a country bed and breakfast, or a hotel. Travellers visit Pomona to take part in the King of the Mountain Race every July, and to visit the historic Majestic Theatre. During your stay, stop by the Majestic Theatre, which is a silent movie cinema, and considered to be the oldest continually running in the world. Pomona is a scenic country town bringing a choice of walking tracks, vintage and second-hand shops, cafes and cosy accommodation options to explore.
If the name does not already allude to beautiful sunny days on the beach; Sunshine Beach is a gorgeous little town worth spending some time. Home to a white sandy shoreline fringed with pandanus trees, the choice of surf breaks nearby makes it a hotspot for all types of travellers. With many beachfront resorts and accommodation options along with restaurant and bars, it combines all of the elements for the ultimate holiday. Overlooking the water is the Sunshine Beach Surf Club, which links directly onto the shore.
The Sunshine Beach stairs sit in the north and showcase views across the sea and the shoreline. The beach links straight on to Noosa National Park. Stroll along the headland, for about two and a half hour walk, eventually leading you to Noosa Heads.
Stay in Sunshine Beach for a quiet escape to enjoy the very best of nature.
Tewantin is a quiet suburb set on the Noosa River. Home to Tewantin National Park, it rewards visitors with stunning lookouts and mountain bike trails. Tewantin Village welcomes visitors to explore the Noosa Regional Gallery, showcasing local, national and international exhibits. On a warm and sunny day, pack a picnic and enjoy the view from Memorial Park. Or visit what once was the port for Noosa, which is now home to Noosa Marina; filled with alfresco dining options and cafes with a view. You can also find speciality shops and a gallery within the precinct too.
The suburb is well connected by ferry to the surrounding areas. However, what’s unique about Tewantin is that the ferry also travels directly to Makepeace Island. This 25-acre luxury island is home to Sir Richard Branson and allows you to spend the night there, but take note that it will set you back some cash.