Noosa: Queenslands Hidden Gem

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Noosa is without a doubt one of our favourite spots in Australia. Located on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Here’s everything you need to know to plan to plan your trip. You’re in for a treat!

 

How to get to Noosa.

Most airlines fly directly to Noosa within Australia. The sunshine Coast airport is a mere 35km drive from the main beach in Noosa. Brisbane is the closet major airport for international flights, nearly a 2 hour drive from Noosa. Transfer services are available from each airport or alternatively you can pick up a rental car.

 

When is the best time to visit Noosa.

Noosa is home to a blissful tropical climate, making it the perfect destination all year round. The hottest time of the year is from December to February making it quite humid and the chance of rainfall very possible. During the winter months of July to August, the temperatures drop slightly making it a delightful time to visit. It is argued that springtime is the most ideal time to visit, April to June, with long dry sunny days. The perfect weather for exploring.

 

How long to spend in Noosa

Located along Australia’s East Coast Noosa can be visited for a short weekend or an extended period. You can explore what Noosa has to offer in a long weekend, but we would recommend staying longer if possible. The longer you stay, the more you can soak up the tropical vibes.

 

Where to stay in Noosa

There is a plethora of options available when it comes to accommodation in Noosa. There’s something to meet everyone’s budget and preferences.

 

  • Airbnb: Our favourite place to stay is the cottage and the villa Airbnb just out of Noosa Heads. The house is stunning.

 

  • Best Hostels: Nomads backpackers is the best budget location for travellers. Dorm rooms start from $23. If you wish to camp, Noosa North shore campground is in the heart of nature not to far from the coast.

 

  • Motel: 10 Hastings Street boutique motel. A stunning relaxed beach theme. Rates start from $158

 

  • Luxurious Stays: Noosa is home to some luxurious hotels. Noosa shore’s $250 per night, Netenya Noosa Resort $447 per night and Sofitel Pacific Resort $341 per night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where to eat in Noosa

Noosa is a foodie’s haven. From Mexican and Spanish food to smoothie bowls, burgers and Asian fusion, you’ve plenty to choose from.

 

Here are a few of our favourites.

  • Noosa Boathouse with waterfront views
  • Bang Bang serves up ultra cool vibes with southeast Asian cuisine, a share style menu.
  • Miss Moneypenny’s, a diverse range of international cocktails and Mediterranean/ middle eastern inspired dining. With a great location and even better food.
  • Drifter, arguably on of Noosa’s best hidden gems, one of the coolest cocktail menus, specialising in street foods from Indonesia to India.
  • Sum Yung Guys, modern Asian cuisine with a drool worthy menu.
  • Light Years, shared menu made to sample all the goods in one sitting, from Boa buns to dumplings, crispy pork belly and twice cooked crispy skin chicken.

 

Getting around Noosa

Noosa is best explored on foot. If you want to venture further along the Sunshine Coast, it’s easy to rent a car. Parking at Noosa has proven to be a little bit tricky, a few rounds of the carpark may be needed to secure a spot, get there early. The public bus system in Noosa tends to cover most of the main attractions.

 

Best things to do in Noosa:

 

Explore Hastings Street

The main street in Noosa which runs parallel to the main beach. A charming location filled with fairy lights and a bustling atmosphere. Restaurants lining both sides of the street with alfresco dining. You could be in Paris. All the tables face the streets making it the perfect spot to be nosey and take it all in. From luxurious boutiques to quaint stores and surf shops it caters for backpackers to honeymooners and families.

 

Get out on the Water

Noosa is known for its water sports and surf lifestyle. Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned pro you won’t be disappointed. SUP and surf lessons take place in the shallows. Be sure to book in advance.

 

Land and Sea Brewery

An awesome industrial style brewery with a free shuttle bus to take you back to Noosa.

 

Explore Noosa’s many Beaches

The Sunshine Coast is renowned for it’s world class beaches, picture perfect postcard like. Dog friendly, perfect white sand, great surf, or swimming- take your pick. Our favourites are Teatree Bay and little cove at the mouth of the national park lined with palm trees and calm waters.

 

Kayak the Noosa Everglades

One of the region’s best kept secrets. We decided to enjoy our experience with Kanu Kapers. We began our quest at Lake Cootharaba which was a strenuous kayak to reach the narrow waterways. Then you a mesmerised by the mirror like waters and wildlife. Soaking up the gentle surrounding sounds.

 

Explore the Noosa River by boat

Explore the Noosa River as it winds its way around stunning houses and tiny inland islands. Anchor the boat and hop in for a swim. Most rental boats have cool boxes (eskies) as well as BBQ facilities. No need to have a licence they are simple to manoeuvre and can accommodate up to 12 people.

 

Skydive over the Sunshine Coast

Attention all adrenaline seekers, listen up! Launch yourself from a plane at 15,000ft and have panoramic views of the beautiful coastline.

 

Australia Zoo

Meet Australia’s wildlife at Australia Zoo just 1 hour drive from Noosa. It is one of the East Coast’s most popular attractions. Australia Zoo was made famous by Steve Irwin (Crocodile Dundee), you’ll have endless opportunities to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s native animals.

 

Farmers Markets

Look around the Noosa Farmers markets. Eumundi markets run on Wednesday and Saturday from early morning until 1pm selling a variety of arts and crafts and yummy street food. Noosa hosts a Sunday market from 7am to 12pm selling organic produce with over 100 stalls to choose from.

 

Visit Noosa Heads National Park

One of the best things to do in Noosa and for good reason. This stunning National Park has incredible scenery, free entry and so much to see and do. The main entrance is a short walk from Noosa main beach along the coastline. If you drive, there’s limited parking at the entrance but can be quite busy. There are numerous walking tracks to choose from, the most popular being the coastal track at a 10km return trip. It encompasses all the beautiful beaches along the coast.

 

Other popular tracks include:

Alexandria Bay – A 4.2km return trip to the furthest point which can take up to 2 hours.

Noosa Hill Track – A 2.8km return walk through the woodlands which will take approx. 1.5 hours.

Palm Grove – 1km circuit through the rainforest taking just 30 minutes.

Tanglewood Track – 8km walk through the rainforest finishing at Hell’s Gate.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Noosa’s Fairy Pools

Follow the coastal track boardwalk past first point and little cove until you arrive at the National Park car park. Follow the coastal track towards Hell’s Gate. At the far end of Granite Bay, you’ll notice a park bench as the track goes around to the right. Once you leave the track, you’ll have to scramble down the rocks to find the rock pools below. They are tide dependent so check the times before you set off. Happy dipping!!

I hope you’ve found this guide helpful. A visit to the beautiful town of Noosa is one you must do and experience for yourself.

Noosa is home to a blissful tropical climate, making it the perfect destination all year round. The hottest time of the year is from December to February making it quite humid and the chance of rainfall very possible.
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