Things to do in Noosa - Noosa Queensland Region Guide


One glance at the crystal clear water and white sandy beaches of Noosa and you will want to lap up the warm Queensland sunshine immediately. The less populated areas along the coastline and wind protected cove areas have some great shady trees that cast a little shade for you to lie under but still take in the glorious beachfront views.

Noosa Beaches

There are many diverse options for Sunbaking in Noosa Queensland. From Public Beaches, protected bays, to nudist beaches, Noosa can provide you with the best places in Queensland to catch some rays on the sunny days.

Swimming in Noosa

Noosa Main Beach is the most popular and safest swimming beach in the Noosa area. The waves here are rarely over one metre high, and the flat sandy bottom is ideal for both inexperienced and experienced beach swimmers. At all times of the year it is advisable to swim between the Australian Surf Life Saving Red and Yellow flags that are put out on the beaches each day to advise of the oceans swimming conditions. Make sure everyone is sun smart; cover up, apply and reapply sunscreen, wear a hat and stay hydrated.

Surfing Noosa

With a north facing beach, five right hand points and the National Park in the background, Noosa Main Beach offers some excellent surfing spots perfect for short board or long board beginners and experts.

Each Bay offers a different break and different surfing conditions. Some that are only suitable for experienced surfers. Just make sure you check the tides, currents and wind directions before you head out to surf the day away and remember no agro is permitted on Noosa beaches. There are always more waves coming so do not let your hot head ego get out of control and ruin everyone's well earned holiday in this beautiful place.

With an average air temperature of 25 degrees and average water temperature of 22 degrees, you should only need a wetsuit during the winter or if you live in the tropics all year round then maybe a full thermal suit with beanie, booties and gloves. The rest of the year, grab a rash shirt, boardies or bikini and hang ten! Just ensure you book your holiday apartment on the beachfront so you can keep an eye on the surf all day long.

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand-up paddle boarding has gained popularity in Noosa over the past few years with surfers and non surfers alike. This traditional Hawaiian sport promotes balance, strength and general fitness and is great fun. While this sport looks easy, it is a challenge and it is recommended you begin in still water in non windy conditions until you gain confidence and skill.

Stand up Paddle Boarding Lessons

Local business, “Stand up Paddle board surfing”, will have you feeling confident and enjoying your paddle boarding experience within hours. To help you get your sea legs, you will start off in Noosa River, off the Noosa Heads Lion Park, where you can explore the tranquil flat river system. Once you feel more balanced and confident, you can head out the river mouth to the sea and catch a neat long ride at Noosa Main Beach.

Group lessons and tours are also available. All equipment is supplied; just bring your swimmers, sun block and towel. In the winter months you might like to throw on a thick wet suit.

Fishing Noosa

Noosa is one of Queensland's premier prime fishing grounds, and despite a growing population, its waterways remain clean and full of healthy fish. Whether you fancy fishing from one of the many jetties along Noosa River, open beach fishing at Noosa Main Beach, or casting a line from the rocks, you may be lucky enough to encounter a range of fish species including bream, dart, whiting, flathead, coral trout, sweet lip and red emperor. For the more adventurous, chasing the big fish from the deep, there are deep sea fishing charters that venture out to the nearby reefs. Game and Reef fishing tour companies offer half and full day tours which include all bait, tackle and rods.

Sailing Noosa

You can hire Hobie Cats from Noosa Main Beach, between the groin and river mouth rock wall, starting from around $50 per hour, for an extra $20 you can get a 20 minute intro lesson. Hobie Cats are a great fun way to learn how to sail a small boat in a very safe environment for all to enjoy.

Noosa Boating

The Noosa River offers the perfect boating opportunity for all small boating experiences. Launching facilities are found at Tewantin by Noosa Marina, Gympie Terrace next to the petrol station and at Munna Point inside the Noosa campsite.

Crossing the Noosa Bar is a serious undertaking and must be done with extreme caution. The bar is shallow with shifting sands and best crossed at high tide in gentle surf. It is advisable to contact the Noosa Coast Guard (ph 07 5449 7670) prior to attempting a crossing, who can escort you across the Noosa Bar if required.

Kayaking Noosa

For those who want to discover the Noosa Everglades personally, grab a kayak and head through this amazing system of waterways that includes clear lakes, golden beaches and towering sand dunes.

For those feeling more energetic, take a kayak off Main Beach and explore the rocky headlands and coastal stretch of white sandy beaches. Stop off and enjoy your own private beach location. Kayaks can be hired from around $25 for two hours.

Join a guided kayak adventure tour with a local tour company and experience the diversity of river and ocean kayaking. Guided tours include sunset sessions, ocean and river adventure, dolphin adventures, National Park and Noosa River tours.

Noosa Jet Skiing

Jet skiing in Noosa is allowed on the lower sections of the Noosa River but restricted in the upper areas of the river. A special Jet Ski area has been made just opposite Gympie Terrace and marked by a series of small buoys. Jet skis can be hired starting from $15 per hour and no license is required. Noosa River is an excellent place to enjoy a day of action packed fun on the water, in a safe and controlled supervised environment.

Feeling a little more adventurous, take the ride of your life on a guided ocean tour into Laguna Bay, jump the waves off the bar and head around the National park you may even see a dolphin or two.

Noosa Diving

With an average air temperature of 25 degrees and water temperature of 22 deg, Noosa is the perfect location to experience the wonders of the deep blue sea. There are a number of dive spots within a quick 20 minute boat ride of Noosa. Average depths of dives off Noosa can range from 8 to 35 metres. Visibility varies from 10-15 metres in summer to 15-25m in winter. Beneath the Noosa seas, there are numerous ledges, caves, pinnacles and gutters giving you plenty to explore under the sea.

Noosa Water Skiing and Wakeboarding

Water skiing and wakeboarding is only allowed on certain marked sections of Noosa in the two existing water ski runs between Tewantin and Lake Cooroibah, and between the hours of 8.00 am and 5.00 PM.

Don't have a boat? An excellent alternative is to visit Suncoast Cable Watersports, a 50 acre man - made lake on David Low Way, Bli Bli. Operating on an overhead fixed cable system, up to 70 riders at a time can safely enjoy wakeboarding, knee boarding and water skiing. For the more adventurous there are 15 obstacles you can hire to challenge your ability. General admission includes; life vest, helmet, kneeboard, helmet, skis and skurf boards and prices start form $28 per hour. Children under 10 years of age are not recommended to partake unless they have had prior experience.

Noosa Wind Surfing and Kite Surfing

Noosa's diverse flat and ocean waterways and consistent winds, provide the perfect location to enjoy all water sports, and Lake Cootharaba, a quick 20 minute drive from Noosa is a popular location for Wind and kite surfing. Kite surfing also takes place around the sands at Noosa Bar and on Laguna Bay.

Learn to kite surf with qualified instructors offering lessons from $160 for two hour classes, each lesson includes qualified instructor, safety brief, all equipment and safety equipment, private lessons are also available.

Local windsurfing clubs, Wind Wanderers and South East Queensland Wave Sailing, offer club facilities aimed at encouraging competition, fun, and social interaction for sailors and their families. Competitions are offered throughout the year and beginners are welcome to partake and pick up some great skills and knowledge from members.

Shopping in Noosa

When you are ready to dust off the sand between your toes and take in some retail therapy, head to Noosa's Hasting Street. A shop a holics paradise, Hasting Street is the Nirvana of shopping experiences. Lining both sides of the street are exclusive shops, boutiques, ambient restaurants and cafes. In the centre of the shopping Mecca is Bay Village, where you will come across some exquisite boutique stores nestled around an international food court. Noosa is the perfect place to pick up that special gift, holiday souvenir or wardrobe "must have".

Noosa Restaurants

If the way to your heart is through your stomach, then your stomach and taste buds will be well rewarded in any of Noosa's fine dining restaurants, chic cafes and ambient bistros. Noosa fare is simply; elegant, tasty, varied and exciting. Pick up any food critics reviews on Noosa dining and you will find nothing but praise for its world class restaurants. With such a variety of dining locations, many offer live music and most are open 7 days per week. Everyone from the budget conscious to the abundant will find outlets offering great quality meals at prices they can afford. Noosa holiday apartments, hotels and resorts line Hasting Street so the problem of drink driving after a nice time out to dinner with friends is thankfully not an issue in Noosa Queensland.

Noosa National Park

The Noosa National Park encompasses an area of more than 4,000 hectares and includes the surrounding areas of Lake Weyba, Peregian and Coolum. The Noosa National park is home to several rare and threatened species of wildlife and is considered extremely important for the future of natural conservation. Easily accessible by foot from Noosa, it is one of the most popular Noosa experiences, enjoyed by locals and drawing around 1 million visitors per year.

Walking Trails around Noosa

Grab some safe walking shoes, swimmers, hat and water bottle and set off for peaceful walk among some of the Queensland Sunshine Coasts most amazing nature trails. The tracks are suitable for all levels of fitness, so take your time and stop off for some quiet moments of reflection or enjoy the cool clear waters on secluded beaches. You will view the most amazing coastlines, secluded beaches and coves, rainforest areas and view a plethora of wildlife, sea life, birdlife, native wildflowers and possibly meet a local resident Koala. Holiday accommodation is strategically located on the Hasting Street hillside and provide breathtaking views thru the National Park down to the beaches and the Noosa coastline north. A great position for you to have visiting Kookaburra's on your apartment balcony and to also step outside with you walking shoes on and do some hiking thru the headland.

Noosa Spas

No holiday in Noosa Australia is complete without rest and relaxation. So when you have done all the tours, sightseeing and attractions, enjoyed the shopping, eaten to your stomachs content and are ready to give your body the ultimate pampering experience, you will find an amazing choice of Spa and Massage services in Noosa. Qualified and experienced therapists are often available in house, at the major hotels and resorts or in town, offering all forms of massage, including; remedial, kahuna, hot stone, Thai, sports massage and aromatherapy just to name a few. A number of day spas and resorts spas are located in Hasting Street just a few minutes from all the holiday apartments, hotels and resorts and are bookable at your accommodations reception desk.

Noosa Public Services and Facilities

The Noosa Visitor Information Centre is located on Hastings Street in Noosa Heads. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries on all the tours, sightseeing and attractions around Noosa. Noosa is the hub of the Northern Sunshine Coast region and you will find all your medical and business needs easily met.

Noosa Nightlife

Looking for some after dark activity? Noosa nightlife is not simply restricted to Hastings Street, but is spread around Noosa offering a number of venues and bars with live entertainment. Showcasing local, national and international entertainers, you will be hard pressed to cry "boredom" next time you explore Noosa by night.

Noosa Weddings and Noosa Conventions

You will not be disappointed with choice if Noosa is the location for your next meeting, event, retreat, conference, wedding or function. With a variety of quality venues to suit every budget, need, event size and theme, your Noosa event will be memorable for all.

Noosa Festivals

With its temperate weather, great location and laid back ambience, Noosa is the ideal place to celebrate your passion at one of the local festivals held throughout the year. Whether, surfing, music, sport or food is your thing, you will find plenty to celebrate at Noosa whilst on holiday.

Child Friendly Noosa

There is no shortage of child friendly playgrounds in and around Noosa. Paved footpaths, perfect for little bikes, trikes and prams, are a great way for all to enjoy the ambience of Noosa. Most parks are covered, keeping the harsh summer sun at bay. Most offer toilet facilities, picnic tables, drinking water, playground equipment and fitness equipment. Some even have a disability swing installed and all have safe soft landfill to protect those precious little bodies.


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