Good beaches, lots of sunshine, good hinterland
Very touristy, it has been discovered
Great spot for watersports and general tourism
So while you are holidaying in Noosa, Queensland which is at the top end of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland you can leave the crowds behind for a while and spend a pleasant afternoon exploring the near-by towns....by car I suggest, but some of it can be done on foot! Read all about The Great Noosa Annual Trail Walk....LOLFor the moment though a...more
This is the inaugural year for the Great Noosa Trail Walk 2013 and even though the walk does not go through Noosa Heads this seemed the best place to let you know about it. The intention is to hold this event annually....In 2013 the dates are 5th,6th, and 7th October.The trail is to begin at Lake MacDonald and then on through the country towns of...more
"Noosa National Park features spectacular coastal scenery and provides an important refuge for native wildlife including the koala, glossy black cockatoo, ground parrot and wallum froglet."This is how the Department of Environment and Resource Management of the Queensland State Government describes Noosa National Park. The coastal scenery is indeed...more
Lunch on Noosa Beach FrontRecently enjoyed lunch at this fabulously located establishment on the beach front off Hastings Street Noosa.The restaurant offers a number of menus tied into your time of arrival: breakfast, lunch, afternoon snacking, dinner at night.We occupied a table in the northwest corner of the dining space with windows affording...more
Noosa is all about the beach and a feature of the place is the beach front restaurants. Season is one of them.We had lunch there recently on a fine warm winter's day. Our table was just a few metres from the board walk between the beach and the restaurant.The Lunch menu included a la carte and a thirty dollar Lunch Special - three course menu which...more
We arrived at Tewantin at lunch time, so parked the car and went for a walk to find somewhere for take-away food. I was going to have fish & Chips.A notice at the RSL Club had fish & chips on the menu for $4.95, I couldn’t buy them from a shop for “that price.” My husband had Steak, chips & salad, cost $8.95, and he said it melted in his mouth!...more
Noosa is not known for it's nightlife - there are a few funky bars (usually a little expensive) one niteclub, the surf club, bowls club an Irish Pub and the Koala Bar. (Plus the thousands of resturants mostly aimed at the upper class tourists) Koalas is a backpacker hostel with a bar attatched. It's great for meeting people from all over the world and has a friendly, laid back multi cultural atmosphere. Every wednesday night and on some Sundays there are live bands/acts which are usually of a pretty high standard. Its quite small and has only one pool table, but when it comes to cheap jugs of beer and spirits (happy hour 7pm - 8pm), great people and great music, Koalas is probably the best place to go - for travellers and locals alike. They also serve great cheap meals from around 5:30 to 8pm. Although I've never stayed there, they have dormitory accommodation from around $AUS20 / night. Pretty standard to good. Internet access also available. Really the best place to check out for backpackers heading to noosa.
Dress Code: No rubber thongs. Otherwise pretty much anything you want. It is a youth hostel though so most dress pretty casual.
Getting to Noosa from around Australia is quite easy.From Brisbane, it's a 2 hour drive north approximately.From Sydney/Melbourne/Adelaide/etc, it's easier to fly into Maroochydore Airport. From there, it's about an hour north. You may either hire a car, go by taxi or get a shuttle bus.If you cannot get a flight into Maroochydore, you can fly into...more
For those tourists who wish to do their own thing for a day or two hire a mini car and wander through the hinterland or go down the coast. This will give you great flexability at little expense.Collect car opposite bus terminal on Noosa Drive, 100 metres from Hastings Street corner.more
A must when you holiday in Noosa, Queensland, Australia is a visit to Nissarana.'Nissarana' nestled away in the tourist Mecca of Hasting Street is the signature gallery of the master photographer Philip AyresYou will find exquisite landscapes of Australia seen in this evocative collection of Fine Art photography As you step into this world of...more
Noosa Civic was opened in late 2006 and it is host to an array of shops.Built with plenty of space in mind, you can park easily (although navigating to an exit is difficult), and if you're lucky you can get a park under some shade.Featured shops are: Big W (Department store); Woolworths (Groceries); Sanity Music for music and DVD's; plus shoe...more
If you're after local art and craft, your best bet is to head to Eumundi - a small town that's about 20mins inland of Noosa. Markets are held on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Saturday is the biggest and busiest day, but there are also shops that are worth a visit any day of the week. For more info - have a look at my Eumundi page! Less than...more
You can wear pretty much anything, except nothing.
If you are a nudist, there is an unofficial beach about 4 klms walk from the National Park in Noosa named "Alexandra Bay" or "A Bay" as known by us locals. The weather sits mainly in the low 20's but can climb to 30's and drop to the teens at night. The humidity during summer is what knocks you about.
A tip for travellers not used to sun exposure I recommend that you dump a whole bottle of sunscreen on yourself before venturing onto the beach, otherwise you may end up like a cooked lobster.
In Australia there is no common law for tipping so don't feel like you have to tip. However the hospitality industry does work hard and benefit from tips.
Noosa survives mainly on tourism and a little bit of multiculturalism, so there shouldn't be any ratial issues at all. And it will help if you can speak some english, otherwise you may find it hard to order or buy things. However in saying that if you flash cash, people are more than happy to help you spend it.
Notorious Noosa for round-a boutsOne of the tricks of arriving safely in Noosa Heads is to negotiate the round-a-bouts. For sure they are not a problem for the locals (well I have heard the locals think there are far too many as well) but coming in from the Bruce Highway close to Eumundi we encountered quite a few....and there is more than one way...more
Noosa National Park is a lovely area for walking some easy to moderate tracks, that wind their way along the coast, through rainforest and open woodlands. There are longer tracks that head out through open forest and heath where you will see wildflowers when in season.What ever you do, "DO NOT WALK THESE TRACKS ALONE, THERE HAS BEEN SOME TERRIBLE...more
I was walking along Pelican Beach and suddenly heard some noisy birds singing on a tree, so I just looked up and I saw a CUTE koala staying STILL on the tree. The next second I knew it's a fake one but I found it's really interesting so I set my tripod and gave it a shot.
The more interesting thing was, when I was taking the pic, a pair of sisters passed by and the younger said, 'hey, sister, there's a koala up on the tree!'; the elder replied with a 'you're so stupid'-look at ME,'It's FAKE!'
My response? I just laughed and said, 'Of course I know, it's sooooo funny!'
Unique Suggestions: Take a photo of the koala and show your friends when back home to let them know how funny someone can be.
Fun Alternatives: Or, climb up the tree and take the koala home as a free souvenir.
Luggage and bags:
Smaller backpack if you want to walk the National Park on the main headland of Noosa. Pack lots of water and some snacks in there and maybe a towel to have a swim at Tea Tree Bay.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Light clothing, singles and shorts. Less material the better
Good walking shoes to do the National Park, or A-Bay if you're a nudist (4 klm walk).
Bring a good hat to avoid sunburn, and sunglasses for the glare and sight seeing.
Sandles, Thongs, Jandels, Flip Flops, whatever you call them, they are great for the beach or trudging around town.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: SUNSCREEN SPF 30+
Sun is very savage in Queensland
Photo Equipment: All methods of film are catered for in Noosa, be it 35 m film, Advantax, or Digital.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Big towel for the Beach and a portable beach tent to hide from the sun.
Surf Board or Body Board to surf at Main Beach or the patrolled areas of Sunshine Beach
While not really off the beaten path, as you will see them on-route from Brisbane to Noosa along the Bruce Highway, not everyone stops to take in the beauty of them.The Glasshouse Mountains are a series of steep-sided plugs formed from hardened lava dominating the Sunshine Coast hinterland. According to Aboriginal legend, the mountains form a...more
The Big Pineapple is located on Nambour Connection Road, Woombye. It's probably best to hire a car (or drive your own) to check it out, unless this is included in a tour.There are also sugar-cane train rides. There is also a restaurant available there to enjoy a meal and/or dessert.It's not too far from Noosa (within an hour easy by car).more
We visited the small town of Cooroy located inland approximately a 20 minute drive from Noosa Heads. It was a nice clean town but the purpose of our visit was to view the Cooroy Orchid Society's annual Spring Show. We were surprised when we went into the hall, orchids in bloom were everywhere and the quality was a good as any of the big city shows....more
Noosa Beach is a surfers' paradise. Surfers drive here, leave their cars, get dressed in the back of their cars, grab their surfboards and then go!!! How cool! And more importantly, some surfers really look good.... haha, hot guys! Surfboards! You can rent at some shops here.more
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So when you are staying in the Noosa area what do you do?....where are the main attractions?Well for goodness sake you look around the area where you are.....Forget about Australia Zoo....forget about Montville....The Big Pineapple (only just starting to wake up again!) save those places exciting and delightful as they may be until you have...more
The main street in Noosa is called Hastings Street...this is where you will find most of the shops, restaurants and cafes...and a lot of tourists... ;)The beach is right beside Hastings Street so you can easily wander up for a cool drink or icecream while spending the day at the beach.more