Noosa, located on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is surrounded by stunning beaches, Noosa Main Beach just steps away from Hastings Street. Noosa is one of few Australian coastline beaches that face north. Its relatively calm conditions mean that it is ideal for swimming all year round. Patrolled on weekends and during school holidays and high season, its safe for swimming and is also a popular fishing and surfing spot.
Between Sunshine Beach and Peregian Beach, you’ll find Sunrise Beach, Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach.
Lakes, national parks and the lush hinterland of Noosa are some of the many natural highlights to visit. Noosa National Park is ideal for walks and swimming at secluded beaches with plenty of easy to moderate walking tracks. The Coastal Track from Noosa to Dolphin Point is an easy one kilometre (0.6 mile) walk. If you’re feeling fit, continue another four kilometres (2.5 miles) to Sunshine Beach. You can catch a bus back to town if you don’t want to walk.
If you are looking for adventure, there’s plenty to do. Learn to surf or try stand-up paddleboarding; sail the beautiful waters of Laguna Bay; kayak in the Noosa Everglades; join a sunset cruise aboard a ferry or go swimming with humpback whales. For those wanting a more relaxed experience, Noosa is home to superb day spas, world-class golf courses, stylish shopping and delicious cuisine.
Long before the first Europeans settled down in the Shire of Noosa, that is to say some 40,000 years earlier, the Kabi Aboriginal people had inhabited the area. Their territory extended from Redcliffe in the south near Brisbane, north to Noosa and west to Nambour. The name ‘Noosa’ is derived from the Aboriginal word ‘noothera’ or ‘gnuthuru’, meaning ‘shadow’ or ‘shade’. It is thought that this might refer to the shade and shadows cast by the tall trees in the area.
Though the modern history of Noosa began with the exploitation of natural resources in the area, Aboriginal groups had been previously enjoying its special qualities for many thousands of years. Today, this is mainly a tourism centre known for its lovely national park, spectacular coastal scenery and excellent surfing conditions.
Noosa is located 90 minutes drive north of Brisbane. The closest airport to Noosa is the Sunshine Coast Airport which has multiple daily flights from most major Australian capital cities. Noosa lies roughly 35 minutes drive north of the airport.