Noosa

Noosa is one of the major draws of Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Low rise resorts, upmarket shopping and dining line the sheltered beaches, waterways and parks.

Understand

The name Noosa comes from the Aboriginal word for "shadow" or "sandy place". The name Noosa is loosely applied to Noosa Heads, Noosa Junction, Noosaville and Noosa Sound.

Get in

By plane

Fly to Sunshine Coast airport at Maroochydore, 30km to the south. From the airport, take the 622 bus to Noosa Junction or Henry's airport transfer, or rent a car. A taxi from the airport can cost around $80.

Fly to Brisbane airport. The best way to reach Noosa is to use one of the transfer services. They will meet you at the baggage carousel for domestic arrivals and in the arrivals hall for international arrivals. Pre-booking is important. A taxi from Brisbane to Noosa is over $400.

By train

The nearest stations to Noosa are at Eumundi, Cooroy, Nambour, Pomona and Maryborough, with a connecting bus or taxi required.

By car

Drive north from Brisbane along the Bruce Highway for approximately 150km.

Get around

Discover Noosa’s natural environment. Watch whales, enjoy pristine beaches, explore the dramatic hinterland landscape, and visit the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island.

See

Tours

There are some excellent organised tours originating in Noosa. Most tour operators will pick you up from your accommodation.

The stunning unspoiled scenery that surrounds Noosa provides opportunities for a number of wildlife and eco tours. Most eco tours usa a 4WD and provide a soft adventure that will give wonderful memories of your time in Noosa.

The hinterland behind Noosa has some wonderful villages and scenic spots. Most usually involve a trip to Montville and may continue south to the Glasshouse Mountains. Some of the tours combine the hinterland trip with visits to some of the main attractions that include the Ginger Factory at Yandina or the Big Pineapple. A popular one day tour is to the Australia Zoo which is offered as one tour or maybe in combination with a hinterland tour.

Cruises

Cruise along Noosa River to the Everglades. Tours travel the full length of the Noosa River taking in Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba and the Everglades which are part of the Great Sandy National Park. The dark still waters of the upper Noosa River provide stunning mirrored reflections. Most tours involve a BBQ or tea break at Harry’s Hut. All tours are led by enthusiastic guides who will bring to life all the varied wildlife and birds that will be seen. The tour is best done as a day trip but can be done as a half day tour.

Do

Walking

There are some nice walks in the National Park at Noosa Heads. Pick up a trail map from the information center in the park. Probably the best is to start along the coastal path (keep your eyes peeled for Koalas) and then cut back along Tanglewood Track. This will take about 2 hours. The National Park has several beaches at which to take a dip, however Alexandra Bay is only for experienced swimmers as there can be dangerous rips. Alexandra Beach is unofficially clothing optional.

Fishing

Fishing from Noosa is great year round, with seasonal changes in species, so there is always something to fish for. The Reef and Bait Grounds off Noosa are close, so travel time is at a minimum. Beach Fishing, and river fishing is fantastic too.

Noosa's Laguna Charters can cater from the complete Novice, to expert. Fully Catered (By the Sheraton Noosa Resort) 1/2, 3/4 and Full day fishing trips are available. Noosa's Laguna Charters are the people to see for all river, and offshore fishing from Noosa.

Scuba Diving

For more details see Scuba diving in Australia Scuba Diving in Laguna bay.

Surf

Many surf schools operate in the area

Kite Surfing

Noosa is one of the best Kite Surfing destinations in the world, as the prevailing wind directions are almost always favourable.

Australian Kitesurfing Academy - Martin Reeves IKO senior instructor and Codie Stephenson IKO level 2 conduct lessons 20mins north of Noosa at Lake Cootharaba. AKA has been training since 2001 on the Sunshine Coast and offers lessons where the student is in the water within 30mins of kite setup. Quality assured and fully insured. one2one student/instructor radio communication at all times. www.kitesurfingaustralia.com.au www.noosakitesurfing.com

Boating

Hire a sail or motor boat along the Noosa River.

Buy

Noosa's most famous shopping strip is Hastings Street, a veritable paradise for the shopaholic. Just be careful to spend within your limits, which is not always easy to do.

Eat

Monday - closed Tuesday - closed Wednesday - 11am - 7.30pm Thursday - 11am - 7.30 pm Friday - 11am - 8pm Saturday - 11am - 8pm Sunday - 11am till 7.30pm Open Mondays during holiday season - 11am - 7.30pm

Drink

Sleep

Budget

Mid-range

Splurge

Noosa is famous for its upmarket and luxury hotels.

Stay safe

Noosa is a sheltered beach, and south of the groyne usually experiences waves of around half a metre forming a continuous wave across the entire beach. North of the groyne (less protected by the headland, and more influenced by the river currents) is more likely to experience larger waves and rips.

The red and yellow flags which mark the safest and patrolled part of the beach, and you can check the beach conditions located on a small blackboard near the surf club.

Don't leave valuables unattended on the beach when swimming. There are lockers located in front of the police station on Hastings St.

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