Australia is famous for its dreamy sandy beaches and breath-taking nature. Today I’m going to introduce you to a real hidden gem and my new favourite holiday destination, Noosa, the Pearl of the Sunshine Coast. If you’ve been here once, you’ll never want to leave this paradise!

Noosa is just two hours from Brisbane. It’s a paradise on the Sunshine Coast in tropical Queensland. Regardless of whether you simply want to relax in the sun with a cocktail in your hand or jump straight into another adventure, you’ll find what you’re looking for here! Nowhere else is the relaxed and cheerful mood of the Australians more obvious than here. I promise you this – their good humour is contagious!

Noosa, Australia

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Getting to the Sunshine Coast

To get to the Sunshine Coast, you either need to book a flight to Brisbane or to the Sunshine Coast Airport. However, flights to this airport are limited. It is best to book a rental car in Brisbane so you can be flexible. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle bus to Noosa. The journey lasts about two hours.

Accommodation in Noosa

Although Noosa is generally a little more expensive, you’ll find good value deals as well as luxury hotels. On Airbnb, for example, there are properties right on Sunshine Beach with a spectacular sea view! I’ve found this wonderful property in Noosa for you. You’ll get itchy feet just looking at the pictures! Hostels are another alternative. Halse Lodge is the best one. From the hostel, you’re two minutes from the beach and Hastings Street – it doesn’t get much better than this! Here, there’s also a cosy restaurant and a cool bar where a colourful mix of locals, backpackers and holidaymakers gather together to start the evening.

Photo: airbnb

Things to do in Noosa

Noosa isn’t a sleepy hidden gem anymore. This jewel is far too beautiful to stay a secret forever. Countless festivals and events, like Eumandi Market, Noosa Farmers’ Market, Ultraman Australia and much more, attract curious visitors to the Sunshine Coast.

  • At the Noosa Festival of Surfing, the best surfers show off their talent. There is even a dog surfing competition.
  • If you love to buy really tasty fresh fruit and veg, you should visit one of the colourful markets. Passion fruit, mangos and avocados taste even better when you buy them fresh from a market!
  • Mount Coolum is a great day trip for explorers. The journey to the top of the mountain takes about 30 to 40 minutes. It’s worth it for the gorgeous view of the Sunshine Coast.
  • You don’t want to leave the beach? No problem! Rent a paddle board and paddle along the river past the multi-million dollar villas.
  • Do you want lots of action? Book a jet ski tour and glide over the open sea and jump over the waves. Fun is guaranteed.
  • Explore the Everglades in a canoe. Go on a camping trip with friends and have your own adventure.
  • Find your favourite beach in the National Park and watch dolphins.
  • End your day with a Sunset River Tour. Travel along the river into the spectacular sunset. Drinks are expressly allowed on board. Who wouldn’t want to toast on such a beautiful day?
Noosa beach

The beaches of your dreams

What would Noosa be without a beach? Only half as beautiful! The crystal clear, shimmering turquoise water makes for a perfect snapshot. You’re completely spoilt for choice on the hunt for your favourite beach. Now, I’m going to introduce you to the most beautiful ones in more detail. Daydreaming is allowed!

Noosa Main Beach

From Noosa Heads, you can walk unhurriedly to Noosa Main Beach, which you can reach from the famous Hastings Street. There, you can see the surf club, which prepares culinary delicacies in the restaurant but also acts as the lifeguard. On Main Beach, you can look forward to good supervision. You can also rent surfboards and paddle boards here in peak season. Another advantage is that the beach isn’t far from ice cream parlours and cafes.

The National Park: Little Cove and Tee Tree Bay

If you like it a little quieter and want to find your favourite beach, you should make your way to Noosa National Park. This is an absolute must for every beach lover! You can choose your discovery tour from the different routes, which mostly take you along the coast. The beaches and bays are picturesque and invite you to take a dip. Little Cove and Tee Tree Bay especially are hot beach tips. Plan a stop at the Fairy Pools on your walk so you can enjoy a refreshing splash around in the naturally created pools.

Fairy Pools in the National Park Noosa

If you can’t decide which beach you’d like to visit in Noosa National Park, you should keep your eyes open as there is so much more to the national park than heavenly beaches. With some luck, you’ll be able to spot a koala munching on eucalyptus leaves!

If you want, you can also go and watch tanned surfers on the hunt for the best waves at First Point or you can walk further to Hells Gate. The name might sound terrifying but a gate to hell doesn’t actually await you there. You’re more likely to find a spectacular view of the wide ocean. Many visitors come here to watch the passing whales, dolphins and turtles. From here you can also see another beach called Alexandria Bay. It’s a nudist beach. If you want to enjoy the sun with no clothes on at all to avoid tan lines, you’re in the right place here.

Koala bear.

Sunshine Beach

Just four kilometres from Hastings Street, on Sunshine Beach, you can find cosy cafes, restaurants and bars with a view of the beach. Locals and families particularly like to spend the afternoon here and let their minds wander from the stress of everyday life. The beach seems endless and stretches 20 kilometres to the town of Coolum Beach. The waves are probably higher than in Main Beach and the protected national park. Surfers love the challenge here.

Coolum at dawn

More tips for your stay in Noosa

To make your holiday even more unforgettable, I have a few more good tips for you. It’s best to avoid Christmas and Easter holidays when planning your trip. At these times of the year, Noosa is just too overcrowded. The prices in the restaurants are also more expensive during the Australian school holidays. Because Noosa is in tropical northern Australia, I can recommend a holiday there at any time of the year. The months from October to March guarantee optimal holiday conditions with temperatures of 30 degrees and lots of sun. Noosa is luckily spared from the tropical rainy season.

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