Noosa Heads Travel Guide

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Noosa Heads Things to Do

  • A dog friendly beach south of Noosa...

    Castaways Beach is situated on the Sunshine Coast, seven kilometers south of Noosa Heads.This golden stretch of sand lies against a pristine ocean, untouched by development. Being an off-leash dog area, fluffy pooches can be observed frolicking along the water’s edge.Offering a touch of privacy, its location is just far enough away from the popular...

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  • A Pleasant Sunday drive in the Noosa...

    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...

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  • Great Noosa Trail Walk

    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...

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Noosa Heads Restaurants

  • One right on the beachfront

    I was lazy and never even took a photo...well I only had my phone!But about the centre of Hastings Street (which is the main drag) there is a walkway to the beach...and lo and behold this restaurant.So two of us were lucky enough to score a table...another 20 minutes and we would have missed out.We saw folk sipping wine and enjoying some delicious...

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  • High Tea Cafe

    Well this very popular little tea house still had hot scones coming out of the oven when we arrived late afternoon. So we had coffee and scones...bit of a change...but none of the usual cappuccino .....genuine percolated coffee was the go. Actually The Rose Room is known for its High Teas and there was a group of ladies in their fancy hats enjoying...

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  • Lunch on Noosa Beach Front

    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...

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Noosa Heads Nightlife

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    by 4Bastet Written Oct 31, 2004

    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.

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Noosa Heads Transportation

  • The cheapest bus from Brisbane -...

    Suncoast Pacific offers the cheapest fare between Brisbane and Sunshine Coast. You can get a return ticket for AUD18. Internet booking is available. There were less than 10 people on the coach to Noosa Heads and 20 on the way back. It's a comfy ride.

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  • Getting to Noosa

    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...

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  • Mini Car Hire

    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.

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Noosa Heads Shopping

  • Fine Art to Inspire

    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...

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  • Noosa's First Mini Mall

    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...

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  • Eumundi Markets

    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...

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Noosa Heads Local Customs

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    by Emphatic Updated Feb 26, 2006

    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.

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Noosa Heads Warnings and Dangers

  • Many small round-a-bouts.

    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...

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  • Walking Alone - NOOSA NATIONAL PARK

    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...

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  • ECHIDNA'S

    When driving the roads around the areas of Buderim, Mapleton, Montville, Maleny, you will see Echidna road signs. Just be aware, that these little fella's cross the road, so try to avoid hitting them.They are little, spiky balls!

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Noosa Heads Tourist Traps

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    by backpackerbaby Written Jul 29, 2005

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    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.

    It's really funny.
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Noosa Heads What to Pack

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    by Emphatic Written Feb 26, 2006

    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

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Noosa Heads Off The Beaten Path

  • The Glass House Mountains

    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...

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  • The Big Pineapple

    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).

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  • Cooroy Orchid Show

    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....

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Noosa Heads Sports & Outdoors

  • Surfers' dreamland

    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.

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  • Surfing schools

    There are two or three surf schools on the Mainbeach at Noosa, they are pretty professional. It's worth joining if you have never surfed.The one that I attended was called Wavesense Don't worry if you havn't got a surf board. They provide it. Along with wet suits.

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  • Lots to see close to Noosa Heads

    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...

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  • Things to do at Noosa

    We loved going to Noosa on holidays when I was growing up in Brissy. Our favourite places were Tewantin, Mooloolabah, Coolim and Tin Can Bay. Here is a map of the area that might help in your holiday plans.

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  • Hastings Street

    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.

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