Noosa, Sunshine Coast has it all
If the Sunshine Coast is one of Queensland’s coastal treasure troves, then Noosa, on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast is where you will strike it rich. Noosa has it all. Luxury and sophistication combine with a laid back beach lifestyle in a natural setting that leaves nothing to be desired.
Queensland’s Gold Coast has its attractions. There’s no denying that. However, the highrises, traffic and urban atmosphere of the Gold Coast aren’t to everybody’s liking. When they hear that just a couple of hours up the road is a quieter resort town that still has everything you could possibly want, they take their first trip to Noosa. Sometimes, they think they will just spend a couple of days there, but usually they’re wrong. Once you arrive in Noosa, you relax. Leaving is not an option because it is just too beautiful.
Your first day in Noosa might be spent on Hastings Street in Noosa Heads. This short road runs parallel to Noosa Beach and it’s not hard to find a wonderful spot to dine alfresco at a wonderful café on the beach side of the road. After a refreshing meal, you will be ready to do some serious shopping in the upscale Hastings Street boutiques, galleries and gift shops.
The following day is a good day to get outside and get some exercise. This is easily done in Noosa. Noosa and Noosa Heads are divided by the beautiful Noosa National Park. The main walking trail in the park is suitable for all levels of fitness and the overhanging branches of the trees means that you will be enjoying your walk in the cool of the shade. If you want to, though, you can take a detour and bask in the sun and take a dip in the azure waters in one of the sheltered coves along the way.
You will still have all afternoon to continue to get to know Noosa and environs. Nearby Noosaville is nestled next to the Noosa River and is a great place to explore. Relax and enjoy the scenery as you take a river tour aboard a river boat or houseboat and spend some time at beautiful Pelican Beach.
If all of this sounds too sedate for your adventurous spirit, then there are plenty of adventures awaiting you in Noosa – on land or at sea. How does a camelback safari sound to you? If you’re a keen surfer, you shouldn’t have to be told about the legendary waves in and around Noosa. Right out in front of the National Park parking area is one of the best point breaks in the world. Further afield, towards Cooloola National Park, are some secret spots that on their day rank with some of the world’s best.
If you’re looking for highrises and mega-developments, then Noosa may disappoint you. If you’re looking for luxurious boutique hotels, resorts and spas, though, then you will absolutely love it. Even the inexpensive backpackers lodges in Noosa are a cut above the rest. When you stay in Noosa, your Noosa accommodation will be something special, no matter what your budget is or preferences are. Next time you’re in Queensland, step away from the pack and get to know Noosa. You’ll love it.