There is a reason that holidaymakers flock to Noosa all year round and it isn’t just because of Noosa’s beautiful beaches, river and national parks or its fantastic shopping and dining options. Noosa has that kind of relaxed chilled out vibe that is contagious. Once you stay here a few days you will want to keep coming back for more and more!
Here are the top 10 things to do in Noosa:
1. Hike the trails in the Noosa National Park.
Explore kilometres of walking tracks of all grades and see a wide range of different vegetation, from rain forest through to areas of coastal bush with iconic Pandanus and Banksia in the Noosa National Park. Follow the coastal path stopping at the Boiling Pot a short distance into the park. There are great views here back towards Noosa and to the right the first beach in the park Tea Tree Bay. Proceed along the coastal track to Tea Tree Bay and do a bit of Koala spotting in the trees behind the beach. The coastal path terminates at Hell’s Gate with majestic views over Alexandria Bay.
2. Chill out on Noosa Main Beach.
The north facing Main Beach is a step off Hastings Street and is one of the most popular beaches in Noosa.This beach is the best option for families or those who are not confident in the surf, as it has gentle waves and is patrolled by surf lifesavers. This is also the best place to take a surf lesson if you’re a beginner, with moderate waves and safe for swimming all year round.
3. Swim, SUP, Kayak, fish or cruise on the Noosa River.
There are plenty of rental places along the Noosa River where you can either hire a Standup Paddleboard (SUP), a Kayak or a small boat. Cruise or paddle down the scenic river enjoying the sights of waterbirds and marine life that call the river home. Or just sit back and relax on the sandy shores under the shade of the treelined esplanade that fringes the river.
4. Browse the shops, grab a coffee or gelato and amble down Hastings Street.
Get the Hastings Street vibe and roam from the beach to one of the cafes for some refreshment or browse some of the trendy boutiques, art galleries and giftware shops that Noosa is renowned for. Hastings Street is the perfect place to find a shady spot and just sit back to people watch or when the sun goes down meet up with friends for drinks and a meal. There are plenty of al fresco dining options for a beer or afternoon cocktail. Plus there is a wide selection of shops, boutiques and galleries to browse.
5. Jump aboard a boat tour.
There are a number of boat tours that take you on a cruise on the Noosa River, Beaches and Canals. You can select from the hop on hop off Noosa River Ferry, experience the glamour and excitement of a bygone era and feel like movie stars on board a gorgeous 1940’s style mahogany speed boat, the thrill of a jet boat on an awesome 500 hp high performance ocean ride or a Sunset Cruise on the Noosa M.V. Queen.
6. Get amongst nature on a nature and wildlife tour
Noosa has some of the most pristine unspoilt nature reserves. Try exploring the Noosa Bushland by All Terrain Vehicle (ATV) or quad bike, a Noosa Everglades discovery cruise or a Noosa Fishing and Crab adventure or a Whale Watching Cruise in season.
7. Seek adventure on a day trip to one of Noosa’s hidden treasures.
Take a day trip to the magnificent Fraser Island to see the very best of World Heritage-listed Island – from fresh-water lakes to tall ancient rainforests and via strikingly coloured sand cliffs. Experience a Taste of the Hinterland tour that will take you through the beautiful Noosa Hinterland and up to the hills around Montville, Maleny and Mapleton. Jump aboard Noosa North Shore Car Ferry from Tewantin to take you to Noosa North Shore. From here you can drive through Cooloola Recreation Area along the long stretches of white sand, dunes and spectacular coastline, all the way to Double Island Point, the gateway to Fraser Island.
8. Shop for fresh produce at the Markets in and around Noosa.
Browse the Noosa Marina Markets with art, craft and local produce in an idyllic setting on the deck overlooking the Noosa River on every Sunday morning. The Noosa Farmers Market, on Sundays at The Noosa Australian Football Club on Weyba Road, Noosaville between 7am and 12pm where they showcase some of the finest and freshest produce in the region. Otherwise take a drive out to the impressive Eumundi Markets every Wednesday and Saturday.
9. Learn to surf, windsurf or kitesurf.
Noosa is the ideal spot to learn how to surf with its gentle waves on Main Beach and at Noosa Spit. Select from a couple of the renowned Surf Schools in Noosa such as Go Ride A Wave Noosa or Merrick’s Learn To Surf Noosa. For the more adventurous try kitesurfing with Adventure Sports Kitesurf Noosa.
10. Take a cooking class.
Cooking Classes are suitable for everyone, home cooks to qualified chefs and those who are rarely found in the kitchen but are keen to learn more. The Cooking School Noosa is a perfect experience to share with friends or attend by yourself. Also there is a hands-on Spirit House cooking class at Yandina which is a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and have an enjoyable day out which includes lunch/dinner and wine.