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 hub of Noosa, Hastings Street, is the scene to be seen. A mecca for all things draped in relaxed luxury, the street was made for pedestrians to wander in and out of boutiques and surf shops, sit for hours in cozy cafes, and soak in the views of the ocean and headland just meters away.
Known for its gastronomic fare, start your mornings on Hastings Street at the iconic Aromas cafe for a coffee and crowd watching experience before heading to Noosa’s staple, Cafe Le Monde, for breakfast. If your body is craving healthier fare, look to Vanilla Food or Coconut Head, restaurants known for whipping up plant-based eats.
Enjoy an active lifestyle by spending some time walking right to Noosa National Park, having a swim at Noosa Main Beach, or stretching your muscles at Noosa Flow for a blend of yoga and pilates. Afterwards, it won’t take long to stumble into boutiques like Alterior Motif, Signature on Hastings, and for the surfers, Noosa Longboards, for apparel and gifts that ooze a laid-back appeal. Or, you can join the locals at Noosa Farmers’ Market every Sunday from 7am to noon for fresh local produce and goods.
Find respite and partake in self-care practice by booking yourself in at the Aqua Day Spa for a facial, massage, or both (we won’t judge), before heading back to any of the incredible resorts and hotels to choose from located right on Hastings Street. Favourites include the Sheraton for villas and suites, the Mantra French Quarter for apartment-esque stays, or the Seahaven Noosa for those that want an ocean view.
A day on Hastings Street wouldn’t be complete without ending the night with a cocktail at Miss MoneyPenny’s to sit back, sip, and soak in the sounds of Noosa’s cruisy nightlife. Or head for fresh seafood or gourmet dining at restaurants like Ricky’s, Wasabi, and Sails where you can dine upon the shores of lapping waves. We dare say Hastings Street is meant to enjoy the finer things without the fuss, dripping in the Sunshine Coast’s incredible fare, accommodation, and natural beauty.
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.