Noosa Australia is probably one of my favourite places where I can unwind and get away from the hussle and bustle of city life.
It's in Queensland on the sunshine coast which is about 130km from Brisbane on the East Coast of Australia
It has everything from gorgeous beaches, up market restaurants and bars, boutique shopping and a national park. Whether you want to relax, or be more energetic with walks or learning to surf, Noosa is perfect.
Whilst it caters for backpackers, I'd say its a bit on the pricey side for this market. It's good for couples and given the safe beaches, it's great for families.
When to come
Best time to visit Noosa Australia is during the summer months when the weather is perfect for relaxing and lounging around. It does feel very humid in Queensland and temperatures tend to be early 30's during December and January.
It's best to go late October, November, February or March to get reasonable weather but not too hot.
Outside of this, it's probably too cold to hit the beach. You can still relax, visit the shops, go for walks but given this is a classic seaside destination, it's just not quite as good without the weather or the sunshine.
Getting here and getting about
Getting here is pretty easy. If you are planning to drive the
East Coast of Australia
then this is a great starting place. You can fly to Noosa Australia relatively cheaply from most cities. The nearest airport is Maroochydore, also known as the Sunshine Coast Airport. Check out Jetstar and Virgin Blue.
Once here, you can hire a car if you wish to take the road trip or you can catch a bus into the centre and get by without a car if you don't plan to go on anywhere else.
There's two places both very close to each other - Noosaville and Noosa Heads. Noosaville is where the main shops and beach are but the Heads is not too far away if you end up taking accommodation here. It's quite confusing when it comes to choosing the right accommodation (see below)
I'd still recommend getting a car though as the trip to the Emundi market is a must do. I'm sure there are day trips but it would be much easier with a car.
What to see and do
It's easy to spend a week here or a long weekend or just a couple of days. Here are my recommendations as to what to do whilst you are here:-
Learn to surf on Noosa Australia main beach. The waves are small making it an ideal place to learn.
Take a walk in the National Park to a secluded beach accessible only by walking or boat.
Kayak Noosa River in the Cooloola area of the Great Sandy National Park. There are some great stop off points only accessible to bushwalkers or paddlers. The thick rainforests, flowers and mangroves make this an enjoyable trip.
Make sure your visit to Noosa Australia coincides with the Emundi Markets which are on Wednesdays and Saturdays (8-1/2pm) This is a market like no other. I can’t tell you how big and fabulous they are – you’ll just have to go. Emundi is a town about 20 minutes drive from Noosa Australia and is well signposted.
Eat at one of the lovely restaurants. Try
Sails – 75 Hastings Street, great food and views
Lindonis Restaurante Italiano - Italian charm, good atmosphere
Bistro C – 49 Hastings Stree - vibrant ambience and right on the beach
River Cottage - 301 Weyba Road. Out of the main town and near the river>
The above are all fairly pricey. For more value for money try Gympie Terrace - there are some lovely cafes and restaurants along the river area which are better value. We enjoyed Gusto 257 Gympie Terrace. Or how about fish and chips to take away from Holy Mackeral and sit at the many picnic tables along the front
Another good cheaper option is to head to Sunshine Beach. Here you'll find a couple of cafes and the food at the surf club is good too
Where to stay
There's some great accommodation in Noosa Australia from holiday resorts to villas. We were lucky and had friends with a beautiful villa. I'd recommend having a look on www.stayz.com.au if there are a few of you as some of the properties are gorgeous.
The above puts you pretty much right on Hastings street which is at heart of Noosa. There are lots of accomodation options further out of the main strip. The river area around Gympie Terrace could be a good option if you are prepared to either get a bus to the main beach or spend at least 40 minutes walking. If you intend to hire a car then this will work just fine. A good option in this area is:
Or if you still want to be near a beach but aren't so bothered about being right on Hastings street then finding somewhere around sunshine beach is a great option. We found it to be cheaper.
The beach here is long and beautiful and the waves are a bit bigger V's the main beach. We stayed in an apartment here and loved it. Hastings street is under 10 minutes by car and there is a regular bus service if you didn't want to bother with hiring a car. It's much more relaxed and quieter here but there's still enough of a buzz in the evenings with a couple of bars and restuarants. Would suit families and older couples.