On our recent holiday in Australia we were lucky enough to spend a long weekend in Noosaville with Dan’s family. Even though it was winter (by Queensland standards) and we found it too cold to swim every day, the Noosa region still has an amazing number of activities for everyone to enjoy.
It is a very special spot for Dan and his family as they have spent many enjoyable family holidays here for many years.
Check out his video (above) of our most recent Noosa holiday!
Where is Noosa?
The beautiful region of Noosa lies 130 kilometres (81 mi) north of Brisbane in the Sunshine Coast region of South East Queensland.
Getting to know the region
Noosa Heads is one of the most popular tourist spots in the region. The accommodation here is slightly more expensive and the vibe is slightly busier, but for good reason. Noosa Heads boasts an array of boutique shopping experiences along the renowned Hastings Street, a patrolled Main Beach, a newly renovated Surf Life Saving Club, and a number of secluded sandy beaches that can only be accessed via bush tracks through the Noosa National Park.
Only a 6 minute drive away, Noosaville is slightly less busy and has a more relaxed vibe about it. Situated along the Noosa River, Noosaville offers an array of self contained apartments and holiday houses that help you feel at home in this laid-back river-side town. Running alongside the picturesque river, Gympie Terrace is the perfect place to find bait and tackle, meet the lovely locals, pick up some fish and chips and hire a boat for the afternoon. The Noosa BoatHouse and Noosa Marina are both perfect locations to enjoy a drink and the local fare as the sun sets over the water.
Further up the Noosa River is the slightly smaller settlement of Tewantin. This small and historic town is the gateway and launching point for the vehicluar ferry to Noosa North Shore, the Great Sandy National Park and Fraser Island. Tewantin has a lot to offer, including the pedestrian-friendly Poinciana Avenue with a range of shops, banks and restaurants, Tewantin National Park, with picnic areas, walking and bike-riding tracks, horse-riding trails and an easily accessible track to the top of Mt Tinbeerwah, with magnificent ocean, lake and hinterland views.
What to see and do in Noosa:
- Relax on the white sandy beaches and enjoy a swim in the beautiful crystal blue waters. Always slip, slop, slap (protect yourself from the harsh sun) and swim between the flags!
- Go on a shopping spree in Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
- Visit the Noosa Marina located between Noosaville and Tewantin. The 40-berth marina has specialty shops, art galleries, Sunday markets and docking for deep sea and river fishing charters, cruise and tour boats, self-drive hire boats, the Noosa Ferry and houseboats. They can all be booked on location at the Visitor Information Centre in the marina.
- Catch the Noosa Ferry. The Noosa Ferry offers a classic cruise which operates along the beautiful waterways between Noosa Heads and Tewantin, every day of the week. An all day pass is valid for all 7 stops on the 90 minute round trip and will set you back about $20 per adult, $16 per senior and $6 per child. They also offer a Sunset Cruise (Tuesday – Sunday) and an Eco Cruise (Tuesday & Thursday). Tickets can be purchased on board.
- Visit Noosa National Park or Tewantin National Park for picnic areas, easily accessible walking, hiking and bike-riding tracks, and horse-riding trails.
- Visit the Boathouse, Noosaville, for award winning fine dining and cocktails on the scenic Noosa River.
- Go fishing. There are numerous bait and tackle shops that are full of lovely locals who will help you get set up for a spot of fishing. If you are extra nice to them, they might even give away some of their secret fishing locations. Some hire boats will also offer fishing gear.
- Hire a boat. There are numerous boat hire companies at the marina and along Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, that can help you with any small sized boat for personal use. Prices vary depending on the type/speed of the boat and whether you hire by the hour or by the day.
What’s on in Noosa?
It doesn’t matte what time of the year it is, there is something always happening in Noosa.
March: Noosa Festival of Surfing
April: Noosa Ultimate Sports Fest
May: Australian Body Art Carnival
May: Noosa International Food & Wine Festival
July: Noosa Long Weekend Festival
September: Noosa Jazz Festival
October: Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival
November – March: summer activities!
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