The perfect paradise in sub-tropical Queensland and only 90 minutes’ drive north of Brisbane. Here at Noosa we have beautiful beaches, pristine waters and everything you need to enjoy an unforgettable holiday in a place that is free of ugly high-rise buildings.
When you stay at Noosa you’re only short distance from beaches, national parks and other great natural wonders. You’ll see koalas and exotic bird life; you can fish from the beaches or the rivers or even go offshore with a fishing charter that will take you to all the best spots. Noosa is for everyone who wants to get away from the rush and bustle of everyday life and escape into a world where the sun shines, the birds sing and life is lived at an entirely different pace.
Here in Noosa we believe in living life as it should be and that’s why everyone who comes here on holiday never wants to go home. This is where the climate, the scenery and the wildlife all combine to make you want to forget about all your cares and just unwind and relax.
Noosa is quite affordable and Noosa is all about you, so whatever sort of holiday you want to have is what you will find here. If you want to swim and dive you can do that at Noosa. If you want to play golf and relax on the balcony of your resort you can do that here too. You can swim and surf and let the waves wash away your cares or you can just sit back on the beach and work on your tan. If you want to go out and get close to nature in one of our great national parks then you’re only a short drive away from them. And of course you can fish, tour the surrounding villages or just relax on the beach.
Take off and do something exotic and different on your next vacation. Visit the Noosa River and explore the lakes, tributaries and complex river system. You will be constantly thrilled and your mind will be enthralled by the vast amount of knowledge you will soon pick up as you continue on your Noosa adventure. Imagine renting a hire boat or even houseboat for a few hours to weeks as you enjoy days swimming and catching fish, only returning to shore to buy necessities. Evenings are spent gently rocking along the waves with no other boat on sight.
Free holiday shuttle bus
During the holiday season, Noosa provides the popular free bus service to reduce holiday congestion and to maintain Noosa’s relaxed, coastal feel. The bus is available between December and January and reduces parking pressures as well as reduces traffic congestion by approximately 40, 000 vehicle trips.
Getting around Noosa this holiday season will be a breeze, with the popular free bus service once again buzzing around favourite haunts and beaches, and reducing holiday traffic congestion.
Wherever you are staying, ask your hotel manager for the leaflet with timetable and route details. If not, call Tourism Noosa’s visitors centres on Hastings Street, the Heritage Hut on Tewantin or in the Noosa Harbour Marine Village. If not, route information and the timetable is available at Translink.
Choose to fly from Sunshine Coast Airport in Maroochydore, which has direct flights to and from most Australian capital cities and is only thirty minutes away from Noosa. The airport in Brisbane is the domestic an international gateway for the state of Queensland and you can choose to fly from there to Sunshine Coast airport, then proceed to Noosa.
Things to do in Noosa
The best thing about a holiday in Noosa is that there really is so much to do, you will need to come back again and again to make sure you experience everything.
From its stunning natural beauty, brilliant weather, amazing shopping, top restaurants, bars and eateries to the many fantastic outdoor activities and tours – there really is so much to explore and discover in Noosa and its surrounds. Suggested activities include:
- Walk in the Noosa National Park – The Noosa National Park is at the end of Hastings Street and features spectacular coastal scenery and provides a home for many national animals including koalas and birds.
- Day on the beach – One of the most difficult decisions on a holiday to Noosa is which beach to lay down your towel and pop up your beach umbrella. With some beaches only accessible by foot and of course beautiful Main Beach, there are endless choices.
- Shop on Hastings Street – Regarded as the style hub of Noosa, this bustling beachside strip is home to an exciting range of fashion labels, unique jewellery, homewares, art & beauty products. It is the perfect destination for shoppers.
- Visit Fraser Island – Noosa is the perfect base to visit the World Heritage Listed Fraser Island (the largest sand island in the world) with day tours available for pick up and drop off to your hotel.
- Lookout at Noosa – Offering spectacular 360 degree views of Noosa and the surrounding hinterland, it’s just a short 15-minute drive from Hastings Street, along Noosa-Cooroy Road.
- Visit the world-famous Eumundi Markets – With an international reputation as Australia’s premier art, craft and produce market, and set in the delightful township of Eumundi only 20 minutes outside of Noosa, this is a wonderful way to spend your Wednesday or Saturday morning.
- Shop like a local and explore markets – The Peregian Markets offer an eclectic array of products on the first and third Sunday of the month. Noosa Marina Markets every Sunday are a fun mix of art, craft, fashion, homewares and entertainment. Or try the Noosa Farmers Markets every Sunday at the AFL Grounds in Noosaville. Cooroy Markets are every Thursday in the village hall. And be early for the Pomona Markets every second and fourth Sunday. Kin Kin village markets are the first Sunday of the month, with unique, locally made products.
- Drive to the hinterland – Take a day or more to immerse yourself in the Noosa Hinterland experience. In the spectacular hills and valleys just a short drive from the coast is a hidden world of arts, crafts, locally produced foods and incredible natural beauty. Discover the towns of Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran, Kin Kin, Boreen Point and surrounding villages. Visit wineries, cheese makers, tea rooms or buy fresh produce at ‘honesty boxes’ at farm gates.
- Dine along Gympie Terrace – Gympie Terrace runs along the Noosa River at Noosaville and is a hive of activity during the day and evenings as award-winning restaurants, bars and cafes tempt you for a drink or relaxed meal.
- Dine on Hastings Street – Hastings Street has an exquisite range of restaurants, bars and cafes offering a choice of dining options. Choose beachfront or on the street, perfect for watching passers-by.
- Watch the sunset at Noosa River – For a spectacular view, set up a picnic along the Noosa River and watch as the sun sets over the Noosa Hinterland.
- Hire a boat – With several boat hiring facilities along Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, you can spend your day cruising up and down the Noosa River. Some boats have on-board BBQs so bring the sausages for lunch.
- Hire water equipment – There are many amazing water sports and activities you can do on the Noosa River – stand-up paddling, kayaking, jet-skiing etc. Or for something completely out of the ordinary, hire a catamaran in Laguna Bay.
- Hire a bike – Noosa is the perfect location to discover on bike with a host of bike paths and dedicated cycle lanes on mostly flat areas.
- Enjoy a barbecue on the Noosa River – The foreshore along Gympie Terrace offers a choice of free BBQs which line the park along the river. Bring your picnic and enjoy a day in the sun.
- Catch a ferry and discover the delights of the Noosa River – Buy an all-day pass and catch the Noosa Ferry between Noosa Marina and Hastings Street. Meander down the beautiful Noosa River, stopping off along the way to discover the delights of Noosa – a perfect way to get to your favourite Noosa restaurant.
- Take a walk on the wild side – Peaceful and scenic walking trails include coastal and heritage walks and hinterland hikes. The Noosa Trail Network is a series of beautiful hinterland walking, horse riding and mountain biking trails through National Park, rainforest, country lanes, farms and forest.
- Step back in time; watch a silent movie – Discover the world’s only continuously run silent movie theatre and enjoy a movie from a bygone era in Pomona. From the historic Majestic Theatre, it’s a short stroll to the award-winning Noosa Museum, the keeping place of our region’s European and indigenous heritage.
- Golf – Pack the golf clubs on any trip to Noosa and improve your handicap on some of Australia’s best greens with a choice of public and private courses – there is even a Par 3 course which welcomes families.
- Surfing – With some of the best surfing spots and breaks in Australia, and a National Park as your view from the water, this is truly a sensational place to wax up your board and relax in the waves.
- Relax in a day spa – Noosa offers a multitude of day spas and beauty salons – perhaps just a week of pampering is all you need to feel all the wonders of Noosa!
- Enjoy a horse ride on the beach – Enjoy a horse ride along the beach or the gentle shallow waters of Lake Weyba. Fun for all ages and the experienced and inexperienced rider.
- Discover the Everglades – Enjoy a cruise to the Noosa Everglades and discover an ancient system of waterways with clear lakes, dark tannin waters and stunning wildlife surrounds.
- Enjoy some old-fashioned hospitality – Fancy a good old-fashioned pub meal? There are plenty of pubs in the region from the Noosa North Shore, to Eumundi, Kin Kin, Cooroy and Boreen Point.