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Noosa City Guide - Beaches, Bush, and Shopping

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For those wishing to explore Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the Noosa region represents the ideal holiday destination. It's a balanced mix of white sandy beaches, preserved bushland and cosmopolitan indulgences, all blissfully free of high-rise towers. There is swimming to suit families and surfers alike, and the lush national parks and hinterland are within in easy reach.

Hit the Sunshine Coast

 

Drive south a little over an hour from the Queensland capital of Brisbane and you’ll reach the Sunshine Coast region, a prized spot for those seeking the sun and sand lifestyle. Boasting a 60-kilometre stretch of coast and hinterland, with 4 sub-regions to explore, it’s the Noosa area in the north that offers the biggest draw for tourists.

Bustling Hastings Street

 

Hastings Street is the vibrant heart of Noosa Heads - the region's main town - often just referred to as "Noosa." It's a haven for shoppers, with trendy boutique stores and designer fashion outlets. You can people watch from chic cafes, eat out at fine-dining restaurants, and there's also a range of luxury accommodation here. A key selling point is how close these indulgences are to the natural wonders of Noosa, as it's only a short walk to Main Beach and Noosa National Park.

 

  • Sails Restaurant Noosa, 75 Hastings St, Noosa Heads QLD 4567; Tel: +61 7 5447 4235; Website: Sails Restaurant Noosa
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  • Eliza's Boutique, Netanya Resort, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads QLD 4567; Tel: +61 7 5473 5899; Website: Eliza's Boutique

 

Sun and sand in abundance

 

Whatever type of sparkling blue seas you're seeking, you'll find them in plentiful supply in Noosa. For families wanting a gentler swim, Main Beach offers sheltered waters patrolled by lifesavers all year round. Noosa is also an ideal spot for surfing, with Sunshine Beach on the eastern side a premium place for catching waves. Between these 2 extremes, you'll find an abundance of other swimming options. The rocky coastline of Noosa National Park is interrupted by a number of picturesque bays, while Castaways Beach and Granite Bay are loved by local surfers.

 

 

Bush and hinterland

 

The Noosa National Park stretches around the headland, with plenty of bushwalking tracks, coastal scenery, and hidden bays for surfing. You're also given the opportunity to spot a koala or a cockatoo in its natural habitat. A short drive takes you to the Noosa hinterland, with tranquil lakes and bushland, and you can even organize a day trip out to the World Heritage-listed rain forests on Fraser Island.

 

 

Day trips to Fraser Island

 

The proximity of Noosa to Fraser Island is yet another selling point. It’s possible to explore the natural wonders of the world's largest sand island in the course of a day, and return to your accommodation in time for dinner. 4x4 charters take you there in air-conditioned comfort, to see the different coloured sands of the island's beaches, the lush rain forests, wildlife, and Lake McKenzie - a pristine, turquoise jewel surrounded by powdery white sand.