Discover why Noosa is one of the most popular beachside holiday destinations in Australia.
By Kris Madden
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Top things to do in Noosa
Eat at Noosa's favourites
Australian chef Peter Kuruvita’s Betty's Burgers and Concrete Co is a local favourite, serving up casual burgers and a scintillating array of desserts, such as passionfruit ginger crumble topped with vanilla custard and banana.
Quench your thirst
One of the oldest restaurants in Noosa, Locale Noosa is an upmarket venue for cocktails and boasts an impressive wine list. Make sure to try one of its signature cocktails such as Locale Passion, a heady mix of vanilla-infused vodka, lemon caramel, apple and passionfruit purée. The Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, you’ll be perfectly situated in the heart of Noosa on Hastings Street with shopping, dining and Noosa’s Main Beach on your doorstep. Luxury Afloat Noosa.
Shop at the original Eumundi Markets
There are plenty of one-off designer boutiques on Hastings Street, but for something different, handmade, or uniquely Australian, head to the Australia Zoo is the home of the famous Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin, who sadly passed away in 2006. Along with a range of animals such as elephants and tigers, you can cuddle a koala, hand-feed kangaroos, meet talking cockatoos and waddling wombats, and learn all about crocodiles. Platinum tours include exclusive behind-the-scenes animal encounters.
Swim with the humpback whales
From July to October each year, thousands of humpback whales pass Noosa on their annual migration along the Australian coast from Antarctica. Many eco-tourism tour operators offer whale watching tours and 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. Many native animals, such as koalas, live in the park and you can often see sea turtles and dolphins swimming along the coastline. The best months for walking are March to May when the weather is still warm enough to swim, and September to November, when the days are sunny and clear.
Noosaville is a charming seaside village centred around the sparkling waters of the Noosa River, just five minutes drive from Noosa Heads. Sample the diverse cuisine served at Noosaville's restaurants, such as Noosa Ferry.
How to get there
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.