Noosa Heads is a well known beach located at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast. This is a beautiful stretch of coastline north of Brisbane, with some of the most stunning beaches in the world. There is more than one beach worth visiting, as there are a series of white sandy beaches to choose from.
The area known as the Sunshine Coast takes in many different towns, beaches, and nature areas each with their own temptations, and the beaches in the area around here are some of the most beautiful in Queensland.
This northern area of the Sunshine Coast is one of the more popular destinations along the coast and has something for everyone.
© Bert Knottenbeld | Flickr.com - Noosa at the Beach
If you are looking for places to book accommodation in the general area, also check out Sunshine Beach, Peregian Beach, Marcus Beach, Sunrise Beach, Castaways Beach and Tewantin, as these are also in this area.
All of these are areas that are located close to beautiful beaches, as well as being near to the other amenities such as shopping and walks in the rainforest. While most of us like going to the beach, there are other activities in the area that you might find good to occupy your day.
© PursuedbyBears | Flickr.com - Noosa National Park
If you enjoy shopping, take a look at Hastings Street behind the Noosa Heads beach. Hastings Street has a range of excellent shops, and is also the place where many restaurants and accommodation places are located including a number of hotels. Great to stay right there on the spot.
For shopping in a more laid back way, take in the markets, including the city's Farmers' Markets held every Sunday morning, at the Noosa Australian Rules Footy Club at Noosaville. It starts early at 7am, but is worth getting up early for, as it sells lots of lovely fresh organic produce, from farmers in the local area.
In addition you can go to the Eumundi Markets, which are quite massive, and they sell a range of goods there. You can get organic produce, and as this area is known for its alternative lifestyle, there are often a lot of quite interesting things to choose from. They are held every Wednesday and Saturday, and are in the area that is encompassed within the region.
© Stephan Rdgway | Flickr.com - Eumundi Markets
In common with the rest of Australia, the people of the Sunshine Coast love a festival, so there are many to choose from. Some of the highlights are the Food and Wine Festival held in May, the Festival of Surfing in March, and the Nude Beach Carnival held in March.
The Sunshine Coast is, of course, famous for its beaches and there are a variety around the northern area to choose from. Depending on whether you are looking to tan, swim, or surf there's a perfect beach for you. However, the surf around the coast varies and can be dangerous for inexperienced surfers.
While checking the
local surf report before going out is a good idea, its always best to swim or surf on patrolled beaches. The Surf Lifesaving volunteers patrol many of the beaches during most months of the year, so if you are inexperienced take their advice on the safest areas to surf, and only swim between the flags. There are surf clubs at most of the popular beaches, and you can also get a meal there as well, after a day spent at the beach.
If beaches aren't your thing there's also plenty to do in the hinterland. The Heritage Steam Train runs half-day and full-day tours through the Mary Valley, a popular scenic route. A scenic way to see the coast is on the Ferry. It runs everyday and you can get an all day pass which allows you to jump on and off at different points to wander in your own time.
There is a Botanical Garden in the hinterland near the town of Cooroy. It has lakes and rivers to walk or picnic beside, and is a popular spot for tourists and locals alike. There are BBQs onsite as well as tables and shelters, if you want to bring along lunch.
The Noosa River provides opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, swimming, and wildlife watching. There are also guided tours up the river if you don't wish to hire your own boat. There is accommodation available at the caravan park, see image on right above. This is also a well known fishing spot that is popular not only for people. The seabirds, including these gorgeous pelicans, know when the fishing boats arrive back, and wait in anticipation of a feed.
If you're looking to do a little hiking or just want to see some spectacular views, then head to Mount Tinbeerwah. Located in the Tewantin State Forest in the hinterland there are walks and hikes as well as picnic areas. The lookouts provide ample opportunities for pictures with sunrise and sunset being particularly beautiful times.
Noosa National Park is a great place to see local wildlife such as koalas and goannas as well as interesting local flora. There are multiple walking and hiking trails which range in difficulty and length. There are also horse riding trails around the area and companies that can take you on guided tours.
© Brian Yap | Flickr.com - Big Shell Tewantin
For those of you who like big things, folk art like the Big Pineapple, the Big Shell in Tewantin is a must see attraction. It has been in the area for over 30 years and is accompanied by a gift store that sells a wide range of beach inspired products. Visit our page on the Sunshine Coast for more about this beautiful part of the world.