Noosa Heads

Population 3658

Noosa Heads, commonly known as Noosa, is a coastal resort town on Laguna Bay on the Sunshine Coast. The relaxed lifestyle, the weather and the safe year-round swimming make this a popular holiday destination. Cosmopolitan Hastings Street offers a relaxed cafe lifestyle, and within walking distance are the natural attractions of superb coastal scenery and the protected coves, surfing beaches and seascapes of Noosa National Park.

Visitor Information

61 Hastings St; (07) 5430 5020

www.visitnoosa.com.au

Nearby national parks

  • Noosa National Park

    The natural delights of Noosa National Park include spectacular coastal scenery, wildlife and wildflowers. Rocky headlands protect quiet...more

  • Great Sandy National Park

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  • Kondalilla National Park

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In Town

Noosa Main Beach: safe family swimming; beginners’ surfing lessons available; 0418 787 577.

Boutique shopping:browse clothing stores, gift shops and art galleries on stylish Hastings St.

Adventure sports: on spectacular coastal waters of the Coral Sea and inland waterways. Activities include kite surfing, high-speed boating, surfing lessons and kayaking; book at the visitor centre.

Camel and horse safaris: beach and bushland safari on Noosa's North Shore; book at visitor centre.

Scenic flights: contact visitor centre for details.

Nearby

Noosa National Park, Headland section This largely untouched rocky coastline park offers walks of varying length through rainforest and heathland. Escape the summer crowds of Noosa by taking the Tanglewood Track across the headland to Hells Gate, a popular lookout and whale-viewing spot. Return via the coastal track for scenic ocean views. Access the park via Park Rd in Noosa Heads, the coastal boardwalk from Hastings St, or Sunshine Beach; info and maps from the visitor centre.

Great Sandy National Park, Cooloola section This park has stunning coloured sands, beaches, lakes, forests and sand dunes, all of which are protected. Many rare and threatened species call it home. There are walks for all ranges of fitness and stamina from short circuit walks to overnight hikes. For the serious walker, there is the 2- to 4-day Cooloola Wilderness Trail with bush camping. For less strenuous activity, picnic in the rainforest at Bymien or see the Teewah Coloured Sands, which rise in 40 000-year-old cliffs. It is thought that oxidisation or decaying vegetation has caused the colouring; Aboriginal legend attributes it to the slaying of a rainbow serpent. The park is separated from Noosa by the Noosa River and is accessed via vehicle ferry from Tewantin. Access from the north is via Rainbow Beach; 4WD recommended. (07) 5449 7792; 14 km N. Tours combining the coastline  sights with the mirrored waterways of the Noosa Everglades are operated by Noosa Everglades Discovery; (07) 5449 0393.

Laguna Lookout: views of Noosa River, lakes and hinterland; on Noosa Hill, access via Viewland Dr.

Sunshine Beach: golden beach popular for surfing; 3 km SE.

Noosaville: family-style area with Noosa River as focal point; departure point for river cruises; 5 km SW.

Peregian Beach: beachside village with alfresco cafes, restaurants and boutique shops; 13 km S.

Lake Cooroibah: ideal for boating, sailing and windsurfing; access by car or boat from Noosaville.

Tewantin: Noosa Marina in Parkyn Court has restaurants, boat hire and cruises. The Big Shell and the House of Bottles are nearby; 7 km W.

Tewantin State Forest: hilly rainforest and eucalypt forest reserve with 10 min walk to Mt Tinbeerwah Lookout offering a panoramic view over Noosa River, lakes and hinterland; 10 km W via Tewantin.

Noosa River and the Everglades: the river extends over 40 km north into Great Sandy National Park. Take a cruise into the mirrowed Everglades and to Harry's Hut, a relic of timber-cutting days. Kayak and canoe hire on offer, as well as camping facilities; contact visitor centre for details. 

Gondolas of Noosa: cruise the Noosa River in the style and comfort of a traditional European gondola; 3 km NW

Eumundi: famed markets; Wed 8am–1.30pm and Sat 6.30am–2pm (also Thurs evening Dec/Jan); see Yandina; (07) 5442 7106; 21 km SW.

Fishing spots near town

Mooloolaba 33 km

It’s 6am on the Mooloolaba waterfront behind Kawana Waters Hotel. The temperature is mild enough to be wearing shorts and a shirt. All is quiet amid the moored boats except for the eager anglers sitting around the... Find out more


Eco-friendly activities around town

Cycling the Sunshine Coast and hinterland 47 km

Join a half-day or longer guided bike tour with Bicycle Tours of Queensland, particularly the popular Sunshine Coast ride or Maleny to Glass House Mountains. A back-up bus is included if it all gets too much.... Find out more


Golf courses around town

Noosa Springs Resort 3 km

Laid out across 50 hectares of bushland on the shore of beautiful Lake Weyba, Noosa Springs takes you on a gently rolling journey between rainforest pockets, along the edges of lakes and through bloodwood forest,... Find out more


Palmer Coolum Resort 18 km

Resort courses are sometimes labelled, perhaps unfairly, as all being similar to one another: wide fairways, big undulating greens, large bunker schemes, the obligatory drinks cart. Some might even say a round of golf... Find out more


Twin Waters Golf Club 26 km

By the end of the 1980s, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast had a handful of good member clubs. In the ’90s, as the region became home to Australia’s fastest growing population, more golf courses and more... Find out more


Pelican Waters Golf Club 49 km

It took 54 years for his dream to be realised, but when Pelican Waters Golf Club finally opened for play in 2000, not even the visionary behind the original idea could have imagined it would turn out as good as it... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Berardo’s Bistro 
on the Beach

Jim Berardo and Greg O’Brien say the style of this bistro, a separate operation to Berardo’s Restaurant and Bar, is inspired by the French Riviera’s traditional le bistro du coin (‘the cafe at the... Find out more


Ricky's River Bar and Restaurant

Located on the riverfront, Ricky's epitomises Noosa's laid-back, luxurious lifestyle. Stunning water views can be observed through the dining room's large windows which, weather permitting, can be opened to... Find out more


Sails

Follow the beach boardwalk to the Little Cove end of Hastings Street and join the locals to enjoy fine seasonal food, including plenty of fresh fish. Begin at the bar and take some time to check out the amazing wine list... Find out more


Wasabi

Chef Hajime Horiguchi knows his fish as only a Japanese chef can. After training extensively in his home country, he moved to Australia in 2007. His restaurant’s reputation owes much to the relationships he has... Find out more


Nearby breweries

Sunshine Coast Brewery 31 km

Queensland’s longest-running microbrewery has been operating from an industrial estate on the outskirts of Maroochydore since 1998. It was established by Jim Robinson and Queensland craft-beer pioneer Graham Howard... Find out more


Campsites around town

Fig Tree Point camping area 20 km

This campground beside Lake Cootharaba in the Cooloola section has basic facilities and a maximum capacity of 25 campers. It can be reached by boat or canoe from the Noosa River, 2 km north of Kinaba, or by a 10 km walk... Find out more


Harrys camping area 23 km

This is the only campground in the Cooloola section with vehicle (4WD only) and Upper Noosa River access. It is 10 km east of Cooloola Way on Harrys Hut Rd. Campers should be aware that goannas and brush turkeys often... Find out more


Noosa River camping area – no. 1 (boat-based camping) 26 km

Take a paddle down the Noosa River in the Cooloola section to this remote campsite, accessible only by small boat or canoe (jetty provided). It caters for a maximum of 8 campers and offers few facilities. Boil or treat... Find out more


Teewah Beach camping area 26 km

You can camp on Teewah Beach in the 15 km zone between Noosa Shire boundary and Little Freshwater Creek in the Cooloola section, but there are no facilities provided. Access is 4WD only, with room for off-road caravans... Find out more


Noosa River camping area – no. 4 (boat-based camping) 27 km

This campsite, just to the north of camping area no. 3 on the Noosa River in the Cooloola section, is the first of a series of isolated bush camps for self-sufficient campers. Accessible only by canoe (no motorised... Find out more


Wandi Waterhole camping area (bush camping) 31 km

Wandi has clearings for bush camping suitable for self-sufficient hikers, around 12.5 km south of Neebs Waterhole in the Cooloola section. Access is walk-in only from the Cooloola Wilderness Trail. Carry in drinking... Find out more


Gheerulla camping area 36 km

The Gheerulla creekside camping area is 8 km north-east of Kenilworth, accessed 6 km north-east of Kenilworth along the Eumundi–Kenilworth Rd (4WD only). It is illegal to collect firewood from the forest, so bring... Find out more


Neebs Waterhole camping area (walk-in camping) 39 km

Bush camping for self-sufficient hikers is permitted at Neebs Waterhole, 8.1 km (3 hr walk) south of Mullens carpark on Rainbow Beach Rd in the Cooloola section. It is around 12.5 km north of the Wandi Waterhole camping... Find out more


Freshwater Campground 44 km

Accessible by 4WD only, this campground with 59 sites is 8 km south of Double Island Point off Teewah Beach in Great Sandy’s Cooloola section. The camping area is 500 m from the beach in scribbly gum woodland.... Find out more


Poverty Point camping area 48 km

This simple campground overlooking Tin Can Bay is 13 km south of Rainbow Beach off Rainbow Beach Rd in the Cooloola section. Follow the 4WD access road a further 6 km to reach the site. Bring your own water and firewoood... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

BIG4 Noosa Bougainvillia Holiday Park 8 km

With good facilities, this is a quality park opposite the Noosa golf course. It is very popular year-round and a great base for spending a holiday in the Noosa area. Bookings are required in peak periods and a... Find out more


Coolum Beach Caravan Park 15 km

This is a popular beachfront holiday park just across the road from the centre of Coolum. Walk to the shops and restaurants, swim at the patrolled beach or soak up the sunshine, or do all three! Bookings are required in... Find out more


Mudjimba Beach Caravan Park 25 km

A quality council-operated establishment, this is a neat and well-laid out park in a quieter area just a short stroll from the beach. Bookings are required in peak periods and a minimum-length stay applies.... Find out more


Big4 Maroochy Palms Holiday Village 28 km

Across the road from the Maroochy River, this very good quality park has much to offer. Book in here and enjoy the facilities, including the kids club, tennis court and pool, or relax and enjoy a cappuccino from the park... Find out more


Cotton Tree Holiday Park 29 km

Located along the waters edge at the mouth of the Maroochy River, this large council park has more than 400 tourist sites. It has a selection of eateries and shops immediately opposite the park entrance and is within... Find out more


Mooloolaba Beach Holiday Park 32 km

This park is split over two locations. The main section is in Parkyn Parade, while the smaller section is at Mooloolaba Beach. We think the beachside section has the best outlook of any park in Australia: it overlooks... Find out more


BIG4 Forest Glen Holiday Resort 34 km

This award-winning park is set on over 19 ha of parkland. There is a large pool, tennis court, squash court, minigolf and a licensed restaurant. The Bruce Highway is close by and the Sunshine Coast beaches are just 15... Find out more


Dicky Beach Family Holiday Park 43 km

This is a popular beachside park adjoining a busy patrolled swimming beach. The park is across the road from a small shopping strip and a few minutes from the centre of Caloundra. For us, this is a great beachside base... Find out more


Ocean View Caravan Park 47 km

High above the coastal plain with views to the sea, this park is being improved and further developed. Situated midway between Maleny and Landsborough, it is well located for those exploring the hinterland. Bookings are... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town


Eumarella Shores

These two-bedroom traditional Queensland-style cottages are right beside Lake Weyba, 4 kilometres south of Noosaville, with private lake access and beach platform. They can accommodate up to seven people so are suitable... Find out more


Lake Weyba Cottages

Cottages and pavilions are set on 8 hectares beside the southern reaches of Lake Weyba. You can order in-house dinners served in your cottage from an interesting à la carte menu, self-cater using the kitchen... Find out more


Netanya Noosa

Netanya was one of the first five-star boutique hotels in Noosa and it’s still one of the best. Its design makes the most of its location right on the beach, particularly with the penthouse suites with private... Find out more


Sheraton Noosa 
Resort & Spa

This elegant yet relaxed five-star full-service holiday hotel provides the ultimate seaside break, with seven spa studios, 29 suites and 175 large rooms, a luxurious day spa and a swim-up pool bar. Its location is a... Find out more


Villa Alba

This ideal couples retreat with four luxury villas is set in 1.5 hectares of subtropical gardens and native rainforest. Located just south-west of Noosaville, Hastings Street and Noosaville restaurants are within a... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Landsborough park area 42 km

T/O 83km N of Brisbane (L) or 85km S of Gympie (R)

Under shady trees 500m off the highway via the Landsborough exit.


Six Mile Creek rest area 43 km

162km N of Brisbane (L) or 6km S of Gympie (R)

Just off the highway on the banks of the creek.


What's on around town

Farmers' market: Sun 7am–12pm; AFL ground, Weyba Rd, Noosaville.

Festival of Surfing: Mar.

 Noosa Mardi Gras Recovery Week: a week-long festival following the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras; Mar. 

Mayfiesta: food and wine on the Noosa River; May.

Food and Wine Festival: May.

Winter Festival: sporting carnival; May.

Noosa Longweekend: arts festival; June.

Jazz Festival: Sept.

Beach Car Classic: Sept.

Triathlon Multi Sport Festival: Oct/Nov.

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