What to do
The headland standing guard over Laguna Bay that gives Noosa Heads its name, is part of the Noosa National Park – protected from development, a sanctuary for native animals including koalas and wallabies, and one of the most beautiful and accessible walks you can do anywhere … big call, but take a look ….
The walk starts only a few minutes from the end of Hastings Street, with coastal and inland tracks – as short as you like or take a few hours. The spectacular coastal track overlooks Laguna Bay, across to Noosa North Shore and the Cooloola Sandpatch, with side tracks to secluded bays such as Tea Tree and Granite. Watch the surfing action on the points, and spot turtles, dolphins and even humpback whales (July to October).
The quieter, easy to moderate inland tracks pass through rainforest, open woodlands, heathlands and stands of hoop and kauri pine, and are home to a beautiful array of bird life.
Hastings Street, with Noosa’s Main Beach on one side and an eclectic range of bars, restaurants and cafes and shops on the other, also has beautiful fashion boutiques, unique jewellery, surf stores, homewares, art, locally made beauty products, and of course souvenirs. Take a wander, even if you’ve come straight from the beach!
Just over the hill is Noosa Junction, or The Junga as locals call it. This energised village has creative new shops, art and photo galleries, and boutiques connected by arcades and laneways decorated with giant murals. After all that shopping, pop into one of the local bars and cafés.
Noosaville, along the river’s edge, is another great spot for shopping, with unique boutiques, gifts, homewares, shoes, jewellery, surf and adventure gear and more as you catch the river views and breezes.
Further on in the Noosaville Industrial Estate are showrooms, warehouses and factory outlets selling locally made designer clothes, shoes and skincare; homewares and furniture; recycled treasures and local organic produce. It’s thirsty work so make sure you leave time to try tasty brews at Land & Sea Brewery or the new Heads of Noosa Taproom.
There are also great village markets right around the region – from Eumundi, Pomona and Kin Kin in the hinterland to the Noosa Farmers Markets, Peregian Beach, Noosa Junction and Noosa Marina. Each has their own great vibe and specialties, whether its fresh fruit and vegetables, hand-made fashions and art, street food or unique gifts
‘Noosa’ is actually a collection of villages with their own style, dining, shopping and artistic flair. There’s the beachfront Noosa Heads with Hastings Street and extending to Quamby Place by the Noosa River, with restaurants, fish and chips, café and a beautiful watch boutique, Define Watches.
And the seaside cool of Peregian Beach and Sunshine Beach with their boutiques, cafés and restaurants. Noosaville and Tewantin are on the river’s edge – catch a ferry and end up at Noosa Marina with restaurant, cafes, a bar, beautiful ice-cream, gift shops, a day spa and Sunday markets.
Noosa Junction, mentioned above, is also a great place for music, movies and live entertainment at The J.
Further on in the Noosa hinterland are country villages where you can expect a warm welcome, laidback atmosphere, beautiful views and hidden treasures – just take a ……
Only about 30 minutes from the beach, the Noosa hinterland is a patchwork of lakes, lookouts and scenic trails where you can cycle, walk or even ride a horse.
There are cafes, galleries, farm gates, blacksmith’s gardens and markets, and you can stay in lakefront cottages, B&Bs, health retreats or glamp under Noosa’s starry skies. Or travel further on to the beautiful Mary Valley. See noosacountrydrive.com.au
Canoe or cruise through the stunning Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglades systems in the world. It’s an ancient system of waterways with clear lakes and dark tannin waters that provide stunning mirrored reflections – and you can even cool off with a swim.
You may have already picked up that we love our food here in Noosa, and we’re blessed with plenty of fresh, local produce; award-winning restaurants with stunning views; cool bars and breweries; cafes for all tastes that serve up locally roasted coffees; great fish & chips; or pack a picnic hamper and find a beautiful spot by the river.
To really appreciate the full beauty of this stunning region – and to see how the ocean, lakes, river, National Parks, forests, mountains and low-impact development intertwine, get on-board a scenic flight with the Recreational Flying Co, Paradise Seaplanes, Ghost Air, Helitec or Air Fraser Island.
There are also incredible views of the nearby Coloured Sands, Fraser Island and Noosa Everglades, or amazing tours to whisk you to a nearby vineyard or mountain-top for an amazing, romantic picnic.
We’re not called the Relaxation Capital of Australia for no reason! From pampering to Pilates, beach massages to body wraps, and a flotation Dreampod to Roman-style baths, Noosa days spas, massage rooms and healing retreats will wrap you in relaxation. There are classes by the river or on the beach, and in serene studios, spa treatments for couples or parties, tranquil spa gardens that evoke a Balinese village, and traditional therapies from the world’s ancient cultures – Noosa is a world of wellness!