Guide to Noosa
Noosa is a beautiful beach resort town, divided up between Noosa Heads (which has most of the action) and Noosaville. It is mostly catered for the rich older retirees or vacationing families and is therefore quite different to Byron Bay and Surfers Paradise. However as a result it is full of nice restaurants with high quality food, clean beaches and good shops.
How to get there
By car or bus Noosa is 2 hours drive from Brisbane. By plane, the best way to get there is to fly to Brisbane airport and get a transfer.
Where to stay
If you’re camping or caravanning, Noosa River Holiday Park is the place to be. It is inbetween Noosa Heads and Noosaville and you can park your vehicle just 2m from the water. The sunsets are phenomenal and it is the most impressive and peaceful place I have camped in Australia.
What to do
1. Stroll down Hastings Street
This is the main street in Noosa Heads and stretches about 1km. For shopping, it has incredible boutique shops with great beachwear. There are also an abundance of cafes and restaurants that are great for people watching. The food is a little pricey but it’s well worth it if you can afford it as the quality is exceptional.
2. Discover Noosa National Park
The National Park begins 1km from the end of Hastings Street and is full of beautiful walking tracks.
3. Eumundi Market
This market is enormous and very well known. You can easily spend half a day wandering around here buying all sorts of trinkets and tasting different food. It is on every Wednesday and Saturday morning.
4. Walk through Noosa Woods
Once you’ve walked the length of Hastings Street you will see the entrance for Noosa woods. You can take a short walk through here and it will reveal a beautiful waterfront. Here you can sit and admire the countless islands with luxurious condos that make up Noosa.
5. Relax on the beach
Noosa beach is white, clean and great for surfing. If you don’t feel like swimming you can indulge in a drink in one of the nice restaurants on the waterfront.
Bicycle Bar in Noosa Junction is a great bar recommended by locals. Alternatively, the pub at the end of Hastings St is busy on weekends. Otherwise, Noosa is a pretty low key place and is great for a break from going out.
How long to stay
Allow 2 full days in Noosa and 3 if you are going to the market.