Best known for the crescent of sand at Main Beach and the cosmopolitan restaurants and boutiques of Hastings Street, Noosa has much more to offer if you seek it out. Whether you are based in the thick of things at fashionable Noosa Heads, or take a quieter approach at Noosa Sound or Noosa Junction, there’s plenty to keep all ages entertained in this most popular of Queensland resort towns.
Take a break from the beach by heading into Noosa National Park, where a coastline boardwalk from the surf club end of Hastings Street takes you to the Hell’s Gate lookout (good for whale-watching in season). Koala spotting is a popular activity here, often rewarded. On the river, take the Noosa ferry to the historic riverside town of Tewantin, along the waterways of Noosaville and Noosa Sound. The fare is only $20 per adult.
Fine regional produce is on sale every Sunday morning at the Noosa Farmers Market, at the Noosa Australian Rules Football Club on Weyba Road, Noosaville.
Lazing on the beach isn’t everyone’s idea of a good time. For energetic types (and those who don’t consider shopping a sport), Noosa offers plenty of activities, including camel and horse safaris on Noosa’s North Shore, golf, windsurfing and kite surfing. Surfing lessons with former world champion Merrick Davis and his team of coaches are great for the whole family. Learn the basics in a two-hour lesson at Main Beach, or try your skills at stand-up paddle boarding.
Glide into the serene waters of the Noosa Everglades on daily cruises through a spectacular river system which is part of the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park, the largest sand mass in the world.
The newly refurbished Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa is also now home to Hastings Street’s latest epicurean delight. Celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita has recently launched Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita at the front of the hotel with windows opening onto the street.
Channelling Venice, Noosa even provides the option for a romantic river cruise in a gondola. Perfect for a couple or, as the gondola seats up to six, take the whole family.
Gondolas of Noosa offers cocktail, dinner or dessert-only cruises. If you prefer your cocktails on terra firma, head to hip new bar Miss Moneypenny’s for Italian and Mediterranean snacks and a view of the passing parade on Hastings Street.
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