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The French Riviera of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Heads and the elegant Hastings Street, is where you will find all the beautiful people sipping on their lattes at trendy cafes and shopping at designer fashion boutiques. Lining the foreshores of Noosa Main Beach are upmarket exclusive 5 star resorts, but there is other more budget-friendly accommodation available.
During my many visits to Noosa I have stayed at accommodation in the much more affordable neighbourhood on the Noosa River, called Noosaville, which is only a 5 minute drive from Noosa Heads.
I guess the main appeal of Noosa is that it combines all the finer things in life with stunning beaches offset by the beauty of Noosa National Park, all in one compact area you can explore by foot.
Noosa Main Beach, one of the only north-facing beaches on the east coast of Australia has gentle waves which are favoured by families and those learning to surf. Its soft white sand is dotted with beach walkers and sun worshippers all year round. There are also spectacular bays and beaches hidden inside private pockets of the Noosa National Park, such as the nudist beach Alexandria Bay.
For a change from the beach, you can venture up the Noosa River, which extends through a series of lakes up to the Noosa Everglades and is best experienced by canoe, kayak or river cruise.
Noosa is famous for holding numerous festivals during the year, such as:
One of my favourite things to do in Noosa is walk through Noosa’s National Park. With its abundance of wildlife and secluded beaches, is only ten minutes walk from Hastings Street, where you can explore kilometres of walking tracks of all grades from easy walking to medium level sandy tracks.
Hastings Street, one of my favourite shopping streets, is a hub of activity day and night with resort-style fashion boutiques, art galleries and gift shops. Diners relish in the cuisine and cocktails of exclusive restaurants and bars that line the street. Otherwise you can enjoy a cold beverage and a good value-for-money meal at the Noosa Heads Surf Club that sits on Main Beach.
Where: Noosa Heads is on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia. It is less than 2 hours (141 km) drive north of Brisbane.
Best Time to Visit: All year round. Noosa enjoys a temperate climate and although the mornings and nights may get a little chilly between June to August, the days are beautiful, sunny and warm (around 20-22°). Sea temperatures range from 18° in winter to 26° in summer.
Accommodation: There is a variety of hotel/resort accommodation available in Noosa Heads or Noosaville which can cost anything from $130 upwards per night. There are 3 caravan park/camping grounds in the Noosa area for the budget-minded traveller and there is also a backpacker hostel.
I love Noosa! It has that easy laid-back feel of the beach holiday from the past, combined with great shopping and dining facilities. I would definitely recommend it for a relaxing get-away-from-it all type of holiday.
For another stunning Sunshine Coast destination see my previous post Mooching Around Maroochydore
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)July 7, 2015
That sunset is amazing Kathy. I do prefer the South Coast but Noosa does have its own special qualities :)
KathyJuly 7, 2015
Hi Michelle, yes the South Coast probably has more to offer. The Sunshine Coast can be a bit quiet – but I guess some visitors enjoy the quietness. It is nice for a few days away now and again. :)
budget janJuly 8, 2015
Hate to disagree ladies, but I love the North Coast, in particular Coolum Beach and Peregian Beach and have lots of memories of a less hectic Noosa. Every time we’re down that way though we do venture on a pilgrimage of sorts to Noosa. Great post Kathy.
KathyJuly 8, 2015
Thanks Jan. My daughter lives at Coolum so I spend a bit of time there visiting her. It is very beautiful on the Sunshine Coast but there are also a lot of beautiful spots on the Gold Coast that are removed from the glitz and glamour of Surfers Paradise. It depends what your holiday preferences are. :)
Red Nomad OZJuly 21, 2015
I haven’t been to Noosa for ages – but I LOVED staying there quite a few years ago right next to the river. The beach is awesome for bodysurfing and back then, the National Park was one of the few places with almost-guaranteed koala sightings!
KathyJuly 22, 2015
The Noosa River is gorgeous. I’ve always stayed along the river and love to walk through the National Park – it has such wonderful views. I don’t think I’ve ever seen any koalas though, but I probably wasn’t looking for them. :)