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Noosa and Sunshine Coast
Noosa and Noosa Heads are towns and beaches at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, a beautiful stretch of coastline north of Brisbane. It encompasses many different towns, beaches, and nature areas each with their own temptations. This northern area of the Sunshine Coast is one of the more popular destinations long the coast and has something for everyone.
If you enjoy shopping there are markets including the city’s Farmers’ Markets on Sunday mornings, as well as the massive Eumundi Markets held every Wednesday and Saturday.
As with the rest of Australia, the Sunshine Coast loves 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 so check the local surf report before going out.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.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.
The Botanical Gardens are also 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.
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.
For those of you who like big things, 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 Sunshine Coast or this Sunshine page for more about this beautiful part of the world.