Noosa – one of the undeniably the best beaches in Australia, complementing each other with abundant greenery. The blue of the ocean, the glare of the sun reflecting off the water, the waves emerging one after the other seem almost perfect. Perfect to gather surfers every day who know that here they can always count on good conditions. And right after surfing they can go for freshly roasted coffee just around the corner to one of the many cozy cafes that Hastings Street offers. There is no hustle and bustle of a big city, there are no large buildings, giant gallery-goers or pushing crowds and the weather is almost always good. This is Noosa, the place where I happily live. A place where I take you on a journey!
Noosa is located in the state of Queensland 140km north of Brisbane. It is an attractive place for a weekend get-away for people from Brisbane seeking to recharge with positive energy for the upcoming week and relax from the hustle and bustle of the city. As well as being one of the attractive places to spend Christmas in a beach-like holiday atmosphere. One thing is certain, if you like a lot of peace, you will probably come here outside of the holiday season.
Here is my list of 12 things you must experience in Noosa
- Cross the Noosa National Park walking trail
Noosa National Park is one of the biggest natural attractions on the Sunshine Coast. The walking trail starts at Noosa Main Beach and ends at Sunshine Beach. The distance is 10.8 km both ways, but you don’t have to go back to the starting point. After reaching Sunshine Beach you can as well catch a bus or simply keep going ahead. This trail offers by far the best views because you are moving along the coast all the time, but nobody said that you have to go from board to board, take it easy! Here you can find walking track map and chose the most suitable for you.
- Catch the waves at Tea Tree Bay
Not without reason one of the favorite place of local and visiting surfers. The conditions here are almost always perfect, let alone the scenery around. Tea Tree Bay is part of the National Park and you will get there after a 20 min trek along the coastal trail starting at Noosa Main Beach. Dream views and surf conditions will make up your day!
- See the sunset at Noosa Spit
You’ll get there by walking along Hastings Main Street, strolling through Noosa Woods Park. You can catch amazing sunsets here and have a swim by this magical scenery, which I personally love! Great picnic spot on the beach. Beer, blanket, music and relax. If you’re passionate about photography, you can be sure to catch some great shots here.
- And again see the sunset this time on Laguna Lookout
The observation deck can be reached on foot or by car. It is located on a hill relatively close to the main beach. Rather, you will not hit the day when you will admire the sun alone because the seat is quite popular, but still it does not disturb the cool atmosphere and thoughts that will come to your mind watching this magic of nature.
- Go crazy behind the wheel of 4WD at Noosa North Shore Beach
To get to Noosa North Shore you have to go to Tewantin and from there take a ferry which takes just 5 minutes. Tewantin is located 10 km from the Main Beach. You have to buy tickets online for ferry crossing together with a beach driving permission which is also required. You can do it here. Easy 😉
North Shore is 80 km of the beach highway! Virgin beaches, forest wilderness and beautiful ocean side by side. Sometimes you can also race with other adventurers. I must admit I felt like in Fast and Furious… 😀 It was my first ride on the beach and I felt great although at the beginning you really need to feel the car and the possibilities when you slide on the sand like on ice from time to time. Along the way, you have several camping sites, which you also need permission to spend the night there.
After a fair a bit of drive you reach Double Island Point. Hidden section of the Great Sandy National Park. It’s a long sand spit, perfect place to chill down. After that you can climb the hill with the historic lighthouse and see the view of Rainbow Beach, Fraser Island and Teewah Beach.
- Stroll on the Sunday market in Noosaville
If you love handicrafts, art, live music, organic vegetables and fruits, unusual delicacies, local art, organic cosmetics, fragrant soaps, inspiring things, oils, jewelry, crystals and laid back atmosphere, you’ll love it! Market starts early in the morning on Sunday and usually closes around 12 or 1pm. In the current situation, of course, the functioning of the market is suspended, but eventually it will start like everything else and everything will be happy again!
- Grab the best coffee at Noosa on Hastings Street
Ok, this point is for those who really appreciate good coffee 😀 Piccolino – a glorified seat by local coffee lovers and tourists who once try, they’re in. Located on the main street of Hastings Street, they have all the cow’s milk alternatives you could ever want.
I’m not a big fan of shop or restaurant recommendations, but if you want to eat well for reasonable price while enjoying pretty awesome view then head to one of the coastal restaurants like Bistro C and grab a table outside!
- Go to a cocktail boat party at sunset with Catalina Cruise
A great option to spend a Sunday if you are in a party mood. Music served on board by a DJ, cocktails, food, good atmosphere, classic dress-code and in addition it all approaching a sunset. Catalina starts herding at 2:30 pm and docks to shore at 6pm so if you still feel like some after party, night is still early!
In addition, due to the location of Noosa, you can rent your own boat at any time to swim along the Noosa River. You do not need any license except a regular driving license. Kayak, SUP and Jet ski rentals are along the river.
- Visit Noosa River and hop on kayaks
Beautiful quiet spot, 10 minutes from the main Noosa Beach with a walking and cycling trail along the river and many restaurants around. One of the Noosa districts with as many hotel apartments and pubs along the river, although much calmer. This is where you can rent kayaks, SUPs or boats. I like all these small cafes or restaurants on the water.
- Swim in the natural rock pool
A totally refreshing feeling! The pool is located in the National Park, you will pass it by following the coastal trail (Noosa Coastal Walk). However, you have to play with your head, it’s still the ocean and sometimes the water level should suggest that it might be worth doing it another time. You can check the tides here.
- Practice morning yoga in the bosom of nature
Every day at 9:30 am in Noosa Woods (at the end of the main street of Hastings) you can start your day with a dose of positive energy! All you have to do is send an SMS to one of the instructors to book the place, grab yoga mat with you, a bottle of water, a good attitude and you’re in. Yoga on the grass, in the shade of trees, by the ocean guarantees a great kick-start! I love yoga in the bosom of nature and in addition with the sound of the waves. The girls run the classes really well, always smiling which is contagious! Check the website here.
- Visit some cool pubs at Noosa Junction
More specifically, my favorite places for a weekend social drinks are Village Bicycle and Little Sister. There is live music on the weekends.
Thanks for reaching the guide with me. I am in the process of preparing the next post with attractions on the Sunshine Coast, so this time we will expand the range! The sunny coast has a lot to offer so stay tuned and see you here!
Let me know in the comment if Noosa could be your place to be and why! 🙂