SOUTH NOOSA (NOOSAVILLE & NOOSA HEADS)
The southern coast of Noosa is a striking, more than 20 km long stretch of sugary-soft sand faces the open Pacific Ocean that accommodates some of the best surf beaches in the country: Coolum Beach, Peregian Beach, Marcus Beach, Castaways Beach, Sunrise and Sunshine Beaches. These are also brilliant for windsurfing, kite-surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving.
Noosaville and Noosa Heads are the main town centres with most of the tourist attractions, accommodation, hospitality, and nightlife. There are numerous nature walks, lookouts, and beaches. The Noosa Heads National Park is just around the corner from the township.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN SOUTH NOOSA
NOOSA HEADS NATIONAL PARK
The headland and cliffs in the national park rise to 200 m to overlook sheltered bays and enjoy splendid ocean views. The national park contains high dunes and coastal heath as well as various types of grasslands and scrub, forest, and rainforest, and the area has a large network of coastal walking tracks.
One of the tourist highlights is koala clinging to the eucalyptus trees and feeding on their leaves at a slow pace. There are several surf beaches within the park, most of them unpatrolled and defined by strong currents.
The seasonal Humpback whales can be observed from the Headlands during the wintertime. The Noosa Heads National Park is undoubtedly the major point of interest when it comes to natural beauty.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN NOOSA HEADS NATIONAL PARK
NORTH NOOSA (TEWANTIN & NORTH SHORE)
Picturesque lakes, calm rivers, large parklands and verdant reserves but also open ocean beaches and massive dunes – these can be found in North Noosa.
All kinds of water sports are pursued upon the Noosa River and its creeks, such as kayaking, canoeing, water-skiing, jet-skiing and stand-up paddleboarding.
It is also an ideal spot for sailing, yachting, boating, fishing, swimming and relaxing. The waterways of Noosa River eventually lead to Lake Cootharaba – a recreational hotspot and the starting point to the Cooloola Great Walk.
Tewantin is the gateway to most the lakes and giant dunes in the Great Sandy National Park and Fraser Island. Besides, it is a charming little town with a friendly pedestrian zone, a good range of shops, cafes, and restaurants.
Noosa Marina is one of the most bustling areas in the town filled with good vibes and friendly hospitality. The Sunday markets shouldn`t be missed out, for the delicious specialities, local art, and handicraft on the boardwalk.
Tewantin National Park is crisscrossed with walking and cycling trails and well-known for the short but steep climb to Mt Tinbeerwah (265 m). There are two lookouts offering 360-degree panoramic views. Abseiling and rock climbing are popular activities in the area as well.
ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES IN NORTH NOOSA
TOP 5 NATURE WALKS IN NOOSA
1.Hastings Street to Noosa Spit – walk down the Hastings Street to Noosa Botanic Gardens until you reach the spit (Noosa River Mouth), return via the Spit and Main Beach (nice evening walk)
2.Noosa Hill/Laguna Lookout – the highest peak in reserve, a short but steep climb (access from the Hastings Street), panoramic views, sunset watching recommended
3.Noosa Heads Coastal Walk – starting at the Noosa Main Beach, follow the well-marked pathway via Tea Tree Bay, Granite Bay, and Alexandria bay until you reach the Sunshine Beach. The highlights on the way are the Boiling Point, Devils Kitchen, Cook Monument, Fairy Pools, Winch Cove and Hells Gates (3 hrs one way)
4.Tawentin National Park – great walking tracks, horse riding and cycling trails, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking Mt Tinbeerwah (500 m return).There are two lookouts offering 360-degree panoramic views 5.Cooloola Great Walk – a popular coastal walk leading from Lake Cootharaba/Harry`s Hut to the Rainbow Beach (Great Sandy NP, 4-5 days to complete), for more information visit https://www.npsr.qld.gov.au/parks/great-walks-cooloola/
WHEN TO TRAVEL
Noosa is a much-adored vacation spot for both Australians and foreigners, and the prices reflect that especially the peak season is very busy. Therefore, try to avoid the summer school holiday (Dec-Feb).
The region enjoys pleasant weather all year round, and even if you travel outside the summer season, you will not miss out on anything. The whale watching season is between May and November.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly to Brisbane, hire a vehicle (4WD recommended) and drive to Noosa via the Scenic Ocean Drive (2 hrs)
Otherwise, fly directly to the Sunshine Coast and drive to Noosa (50 km)
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