Noosa, Gympie & Rainbow Beach

When you visit Noosa and appreciate its natural and cultural attractions, you could be forgiven for feeling like you never want to leave.

Noosa’s National Park, teeming with wildlife, its forested edges scalloped with perfect beaches, is only a ten-minute walk from one of Australia’s most elegant shopping strips — Hastings Street —offering stylish restaurants, trendy cafes, bars, designer fashion boutiques just a few steps from the turquoise waters of Noosa Main Beach.

A quick barge ride takes you over to the Noosa North Shore - a long stretch of white sand and dunes as far as the eye can see – and a beach drive up to Rainbow Beach. There you will find an adventure playground with striking natural beauty, featuring Carlo Sand Blow, the coloured sands and Double Island Point.

Step back in time when you visit the heritage city of Gympie. Stroll through the main street and relax with a coffee at one of the cafés before embarking on a self-guided heritage tour. Visit the museums or art gallery, browse the weekend markets to sample fresh local produce or experience a range of fun activities.

When you visit Noosa and appreciate its natural and cultural attractions, you could be forgiven for feeling like you never want to leave.

Noosa’s National Park, teeming with wildlife, its forested edges scalloped with perfect beaches, is only a ten-minute walk from one of Australia’s most elegant shopping strips — Hastings Street —offering stylish restaurants, trendy cafes, bars, designer fashion boutiques just a few steps from the turquoise waters of Noosa Main Beach.

A five-minute drive or a leisurely ferry ride up the Noosa River from Tewantin takes you to neighbouring Noosaville, now growing in reputation for fine dining and great shopping. Noosaville takes full advantage of its riverfront location, with plenty of playgrounds, barbecue areas, walking tracks and fishing platforms along the shoreline.

Still stylish but smaller in scale than Noosa are nearby Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach, Marcus Beach, and Peregian Beach all uncrowded surf beaches with sparkling blue water, offset by pure, white sand.

The Noosa North Shore is  a long stretch of white sand and dunes as far as the eye can see. It's the ideal spot to really get away from it all on a 4WD adventure, camping holiday or a horse ride at sunrise.