Noosa has it all. It is the town I’ve visited the most in Australia; that’s how much I love it!
Some will enjoy its lively town centre with shops and fancy restaurants and hotels. While going down Hasting Street, there are beautiful bars with open terraces, live music and great cocktails. I am more of a nature lover, so I keep this for the night. It’s a perfect way to end the day.
On the other side of the road, you’ll find the Australian cliché: a surf club with a perfect view of the ocean, and a long white sand beach with surfers enjoying great waves. If you walk further up, you enter the National Park. Having a National Park close to a town like that is rare.
The coastal track goes along a forest – where you can try to spot koalas and rare owls – and leads to more secluded, charming beaches on the Granite Bay.
Last time we went to the National Park, we saw a goanna, two pythons, a sea turtle, many kites and also humpback whales passing by. You can often spot dolphins too.
So much wildlife close to a town is hard to beat, isn’t it?
The information centre at the carpark keeps an updated chalkboard to make wildlife spotting easier. From Hell’s Gate – which looks more like paradise when you’re on land – you’ll have a perfect view of the ocean for dolphin and whale spotting.
The next stop is Alexandria Bay, a pure and natural beach only accessible by foot.
I’ve spent many afternoons relaxing there. I had found a cute shelter that felt like a holiday home for chilling on Saturdays. But a storm took it away. It’s okay because that beach is that amazing that you can find shade under the trees.
Don’t be too surprised to see naked people around – Alexandria Bay is naturalists’ favourite too.
You can carry on walking all along the bay to end up on Sunshine Beach, where a bus will take you back to Noosa. Stop at the Noosa Heads Lagoona Lookout to catch the sunset. If you choose to go back from where you came from instead of catching the bus, you’ll get amazing sunset views all along the coastal path. You’ll have to finish the walk in the dark but it’s not a problem as the path is easy to follow and quite regular.
When you had enough with the ocean, walking around town will also lead you to lovely canals for a different atmosphere.
Similar to its diversity in activities, Noosa also offers an extensive selection of accommodation. From hostels to luxury apartments, from houseboats to bed ‘n’ breakfasts… There is something to please all budgets and tastes.
Noosa’s surroundings are great to explore too. My favourite excursions are the Noosa Everglades (where you can hire a kayak or join a cruise) and the sand formations of Rainbow Beach that you can access by 4WD via Double Island Point.
Are you not convinced yet Noosa has it all? Well, let me mention the Noosa Chocolate Factory. It’s a shop – you cannot actually see them making the chocolate – but it’s worth a taste!
Have you been to Noosa? What’s your favourite thing there? Leave a comment below!
Where is Noosa?
Noosa is on the Sunshine Coast, in Australia. It takes approximately 1h45 to drive there from Brisbane.
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Eloise lives in Brisbane (Australia), but you won’t find her often in the city. When she is not disconnected underwater or in a national park, she loves sharing her travel tips and inspiring her readers to take care of our beautiful planet. She considers every weekend as a two-day holiday break. Her approach: you don’t always need to go far to travel. Still, she also enjoys exploring the world and discovering new cultures. Eloise is originally from France and, before moving to Brisbane, she lived in Sydney, Istanbul and England.