The luxury enclave of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast combines beautiful beaches with top class dining, shopping and natural attractions. Enjoy the gorgeous local scenery, or take a day trip to amazing Fraser Island or the lush hinterland.

Tucked between coastal and inland National Parks, the beachside village of Noosa Heads sits at the river mouth. The township of Noosaville is five minutes drive upstream. With no high rise buildings, plenty of greenery, and the Noosa River running through it, Noosa’s exclusive ambience is a huge part of its appeal.

Nature nearby

Anyone who loves the great outdoors will love Noosa. Swimming, surfing, nature walks, photography, watersports and fishing are just some of the activities available. For the best beaches Noosa Main Beach has relatively tame surf, making it a family friendly place for a swim. Noosa National Park also has beautiful beaches, and is a famed surfing spot.

Enter Noosa National Park at the southern end of Noosa Main Beach. Its five kilometre coastal trail takes in beautiful coastal scenery and coves. Look out for koalas along the way. Hikers can walk the round trip or catch a bus back to Noosa from Sunshine Beach. The trail is also an excellent vantage point for whale watching from July to October.

Access to neighbouring Tewantin National Park is about 10 km from Noosa. Walk to the top of Mt Tinbeerwah or hire a mountain bike to tackle the park’s trails. Mountain bike tours are also available.

Only 15 minutes drive north of Noosa is Boreen Point and Lake Cootharaba for sailing and paddling. Elanda Point is a little further and the entry to Cooloola National Park and the Noosa Everglades. Visitors can hire kayaks to explore the calm waters, or walk the National Park trails.

Cuisine

Noosa has long been known as a destination for serious foodies. So much so, gourmets flock to its food and wine festival every year. For the best views, look for the beachfront eateries along Hastings Street. Also on Hastings Street is celebrity chef, Peter Kuruvita’s Noosa Beach House Restaurant and Bar. Thomas Corner is a bistro in Noosaville known for its delicious fresh cuisine. For first class Japanese cuisine, try Wasabi on the river.

Spirit House is also a Sunshine Coast a la carte institution that also runs sought after cooking classes.

Shopping

Eumundi Markets

Hastings Street

Day trips

Coloured sands

Glasshouse mountains

Whale watching tours

Traveller information

Best seasons

2 hours drive from Brisbane CBD.

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