Noosa Heads visitor guide

01 Jan 2019

Noosa Heads is one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations, and with good reason: it combines all the finer things in life with stunning beaches offset by the beauty of Noosa National Park, all in one compact area you can explore on foot.

Noosa’s stylish, low-rise architecture takes nothing away from its stunning natural environment, with the community’s environmental ethic having led to it being declared Queensland’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Even in trendy Hastings Street, the subtropical trees and greenery form as much a part of the landscape as the designer boutiques, cool cafes, bustling bars and alfresco restaurants. Visit Noosa and you will feel like you’ve entered another world, where the pursuit of pleasure comes easily, with the best of what nature and culture have to offer.


Whatever level of accommodation you choose in Noosa Heads, you can be assured it will be of a high standard and within easy access of spectacular beaches. Spare no expense and rent a private waterfront holiday home, or select from more than 120 establishments within a five-kilometre radius of the main town, from luxury villas and five-star resorts with absolute beach frontage, to self-contained apartments, backpackers and naturalist’s retreats. Or if you’d like to immerse yourself fully in Noosa’s beautiful natural environment, have a laid-back camping holiday at Noosa North Shore, an unspoilt wilderness within close vicinity of Noosa’s social and cultural attractions.

Things to do

Much of Noosa life takes place around the stunning Noosa Main Beach, one of the only north-facing beaches on the east coast of Australia. Its gentle waves are favoured by families and those learning to surf, and its soft white sand is dotted with sun worshippers all year round. There are also spectacular bays and beaches hidden inside private pockets of the Noosa National Park, such as the nudist beach Alexandria Bay. For a change from the beach, you can venture up the Noosa River, which extends through a series of lakes up to the Noosa Everglades and is best experienced by canoe, kayak or river cruise.

Hastings Street is a hub of activity day and night, with a steady stream of diners relishing the cuisine and cocktails of exclusive restaurants and bars. Noosa’s cafes, ice-cream parlours, bars and fashion boutiques are always full of life.

Further afield, you can go hiking to some of Noosa’s many mountaintop lookouts, or spend an adventurous day abseiling, hiking or mountain biking at the volcanic formation of Mount Tinbeerwah.

Foodies from far and wide descend on Noosa throughout the year for Noosa Food and Wine events that showcase the best of the region’s fresh produce. Creative types flock to Noosa in July for the Noosa Longweekend, ten days of arts, literature, food and fun. The Noosa Triathlon, held in late October and early November, is one of Australia’s largest sporting events and the Noosa Festival of Surfing also attracts visitors from far and wide. There is also the Noosa Jazz Festival and Winter Festival.

Getting here

With the Sunshine Coast Airport only 30 minutes from Noosa and Brisbane International Airport only 1.5 hours, the Noosa and surrounds area of the Sunshine Coast is exceptionally convenient for interstate and international travellers. There are also plenty of hire cars available, as well as local Noosa buses and taxi services.

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