Noosa is a great launch pad to explore World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and the Coloured Sands and these can be visited via a day trip option.
You can travel along the spectacular Seventy-Five Mile Beach to explore the magnificent wilderness with a walk through the rainforest.
Fraser’s natural beauty is mesmerising with locations such as Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen, both absolutely divine for refreshing fresh-water swims. Central station and its crystal clear creek surrounded by vast rainforest trees growing on pure white sand is an incredible experience.
You can take the journey via the Cooloola National Park where you’ll see the splendor of the Teewah and Rainbow Beach coloured sands.
The Discovery Group offers tours of Fraser Island from Noosa in purpose- built 4WD vehicles specially designed and engineered to be tough and comfortable at the same time for your memorable Fraser adventure.
There are a number of exceptionally spacious beaches around Noosa and a day trip up the Cooloola Coast to Rainbow Beach will showcase surely one of our country’s best.
If you don’t have a vehicle there are day tour options (as above) that will take you to Fraser Island via Rainbow Beach and the Coloured Sands, depending on the tide times.
If you are self-drive then your Rainbow Beach adventure will need a full day from Noosa. You can travel the inland route and call into Tin Can Bay to hand-feed rare Indo Pacific dolphins.
Hastings Street is easily one of Australia’s most recognised addresses. Located just a few short steps off Noosa’s Main Beach, Hastings Street is the central hub of the region. Here you will find the Information Centre, the Surf Club, fine dining restaurants, bars and cafes, food court, day spas and galleries, and all of the local amenities of this popular tourist destination.
With so much action happening around iconic Hastings Street, it’s easy just to stick to this central business area. But doing so would mean missing out on some top local spots well worth exploring.
Sunshine Beach is just a few kilometres east of Noosa Heads. Home to local families and the rich and famous alike, with spectacular homes and even more spectacular ocean views. The beach is patrolled and is great for surfing and swimming and often less busy than Main Beach. Other eastern suburbs south of Sunshine Beach include Sunrise, Marcus Beach and Peregian are all worth visiting.
Noosaville is colloquially known as ‘where the locals eat’, with a plethora of fine-dining and friendly-affordable restaurants and faces along Thomas Street. Thomas Street is flanked by the Noosa River with a generous strip of parks and gardens ideal for a picnic or quiet couple of drinks watching the sunset. Here you’ll find most of the water based tours and hire companies operating to help you get out and about on the waterways.
Noosa Junction houses the main transit centre and is a vibrant little hub of activity including one of the area’s main shopping precincts, movie cinemas and boutique bars, restaurants and cafes. It is the home of the ‘J’, Noosa’s arts and entertainment precinct.
The Noosa hinterland is a veritable wonderland of day-trip options to explore during your stay. You’ll find colonial villages, great eateries, boutique shopping, gallery trails, rainforest walks and adventure tourism on offer.
North of Noosa is Boreen Point, exquisitely located on Lake Cootharaba – Queensland’s largest natural saltwater lake. The shallow water is ideal for sailing, kayaking and fishing. Turn back time and lunch at the historical Apollonian Hotel.
Quant, friendly and creative all describe Kin Kin, west of Boreen Point and known for its great food, art, scenery and country hospitality.
Cooroy directly west of Noosa is home to the Noosa Botanic Gardens on the shores of Lake Macdonald. The restored Butter Factory Arts Centre showcases local artists and walking, biking, horse-riding are popular. Cooroy has access to four walks within the Noosa Walking Trail Network.
On the way to Cooroy stop at the Mt Tinbeerwah, an ancient 265 metre volcanic plug – now a lookout offering 360 degree hinterland and ocean views.
Eumundi south of Cooroy is possibly the hinterland’s best-known historical village, famous for its expansive Eumundi Markets open every Saturday and Wednesday. Heritage listed fig trees; boutique stores and galleries line the streets. The Eumundi Imperial Hotel is an institution and Joe’s Waterhole is a dedicated live music venue.
North of Cooroy, the historic Majestic Theatre at Pomona is the oldest continuously running silent movie cinema in the world. Pomona is also known for the annual King of the Mountain Race up Mt Coororora. The Noosa Museum at Pompona offers a glimpse into the lives of the Gubbi Gubbi people, the aboriginal inhabitants of the region.
Just north of Pomona is Cooran at the base of the Mothar Mountain State Forest with walking tracks, natural swimming holes and magnificent coastal views.
Whether you plan a trip or head out in search for discovery, the hinterland has much to explore and enjoy.
Noosa has long been famous for its gallery scene that is mostly conveniently concentrated in Hastings Street. The gallery scene caters to varied budgets and tastes with galleries advising and guiding investors and showcasing local and national artists, both emerging and established.
Popular galleries on Hastings Street include Nissarana Galleries showcasing the photography works of co-owner Visuddhacara Philip Ayres along with other artists and jewelers.
Jive Contemporary Art also on Hastings Street is also popular – specialising in bold abstract paintings, original jewelry and glassworks. The gallery also represents a select group of collectible and emerging Aboriginal artists.
With Noosa’s galleries all having a welcoming open-door policy and so much creative diversity, it’s worth calling in to say hello on your next visit – you never know what inspirations you might find.
Are the kids getting a bit restless? If you are running out of ideas, check out Noosa Indoor Rock Climbing at the Noosa Leisure Centre. Climbing is open to children over 5 years of age on Monday nights from 5pm – 9pm and features a variety of climbs from easy to hard.
Alternatively, you can try the Noosa’s Ten Pin Bowling centre for a reasonably priced activity, guaranteed fun for the whole family. Located on Bartlett Road, just 10 minutes from Hasting Street.
Cinemas are also popular for kids and rainy days at Noosa Junction.
If you are feeling active, we recommend hiring out bikes and exploring the many sights of Noosa. It’s easier to immerse yourselves amid the natural delights of Noosa’s outdoors on a good old bicycle. It’s fun for kids and a great way to stay in shape during your holidays. Visit our Guest Rewards pages for more information and deals on local bike hire.
Australia Zoo is a popular day trip for many guests when visiting Noosa. It’s a great way to spend the day learning about the vast range of animal species from Australia and internationally.
If you really believe that no holiday is complete without a little retail therapy, then the exclusive Hastings Street Noosa is the ideal starting point for you.
Boutique stores offering stunning fashions from local designers are nestled right alongside exclusive designer outlets, galleries and jewellery stores. You can also browse for home wares and beauty products.
At Noosa Junction is the Noosa Fair Shopping Centre and are range of other outlets including the Source Wholefoods, The Cooking Company homewares and delicatessen (both offering Guest Rewards), local seafood, retail stores, fashion, gifts, beauty therapy and more.
Noosa Farmers Markets are held every Sunday at the Noosa Australian Football Club on Weyba Road, Noosaville between 7am-12pm. The farmer’s markets offer some of the finest produce in the region and organic skincare products. The markets are a great way to experience Noosa’s culture.
The Noosa Marina markets operate every Sunday from 8am-2pm and offer local art, craft and local produce in an idyllic setting on the deck overlooking the Noosa River. It’s a great trip on the Noosa River Ferry to the Noosa Marina (which picks up on the river outside the Sheraton hotel).
The Noosa Junction Twilight Markets are held at Arcadia Street on the third Friday of every month. These fabulous little markets are worth the effort with live entertainment, food stalls, and artisan market stalls.
The famous Eumundi Markets are located in the hinterland town of Eumundi a 20-minute drive from Noosaville. The Eumundi Markets are held Wednesday 8am-1:30pm and Saturday 7am-2pm selling unique and original, handmade goods and lots of fresh food and produce.
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