When it comes to things to do in Noosa, the onus is on relaxing, so most people flop about in Noosaville. For a little more exertion, the best way to see Fraser Island is by hiring a 4WD, and depending on who is driving, it can be an exhilarating ride. Make sure you park up occasionally though to swim in the fresh lakes and to go walking in the rainforest.
Situated at the end of Main Beach, the lush surrounds of Noosa National Park are a joy for nature enthusiasts. Featuring many well worn paths, bush walking or hiking remains a popular pastime. Along the way, you can discover hidden beaches and lookouts offering glorious views. Many native animals live here, so keep your eyes peeled for koalas, birds and even marine life such as whales and dolphins swimming up and down the coastline. At the end of Park Road, you can enjoy a picnic overlooking the pristine Laguna Bay.
The main shopping strip in Noosa, Hastings Street is a hub of activity. The town’s main thoroughfare, you will find a bounty of trendy restaurants, modern bars, stylish boutiques and an assortment of resort-style accommodation. Wander the strip and browse the high end fashion stores, pick up new beachwear and admire the local handcrafted creations. There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to enjoy, from ice cream parlours to beachfront bistros or hang out at the Noosa Surf Club. For ease of access to Main Beach and Noosa National Park, choose to stay at one of the hotels or resorts along Hastings Street.
Noosa boasts a variety of quality markets worth exploring. The Noosa Farmers Markets are on every Sunday morning at the AFL Grounds on Weyba Road in Noosaville. Locals flock to the markets to grab the freshest local produce with an assortment of stall holders. From organic produce and sumptuous seafood to tasty tapenade and gourmet condiments, the market is brimming with epicurean delights. There’s also the Noosa Marine Markets which pop up on Sundays overlooking the Noosa River. Here you will find a variety of locally made craft items, fresh fruits and vegetables along with live music and entertainment.
Noosa Main Beach is the biggest drawcard of the region, boasting golden sand and gentle waves. One of the few Australian beaches to face north, it is patrolled 365 days a year and is known for its moderate waves and safe swimming conditions. Spend your days, sunbaking on the pristine shores or swimming in the turquoise waters. Main Beach is also the perfect spot to enjoy a surfing lesson. For more water activities, consider jumping on the Ocean rider for a thrilling speed boat ride along the spectacular Noosa coastline.
Join a half day or full day tour and discover the incredible natural beauty of the Noosa Everglades. The pristine wilderness is one of Australia’s best kept secrets. Cruise through the magnificent wetlands or jump into a canoe and weave your way through the tranquil waters. The region plays hosts to an astonishing variety of flora and fauna. Many tours will complete your expedition with an Aussie barbecue lunch.