Noosa Heads is one of three distinct zones of the Noosa region, located on Australia’s popular Sunshine Coast. The area is in Queensland, located 136 kilometres north of Brisbane, the state capital. Noosa Heads encompasses Laguna Bay and Hastings Street. The second zone, Noosaville lies along the Noosa River. The third zone, Noosa Junction houses the administrative centre.
Noosa has been called the “jewel in the crown of the Sunshine Coast” because of its beautiful scenery and year around warm climate. Golden beaches bordered by lush hinterland, bays and coves create a picturesque setting. Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine Beach and Alexandria Beach are the main beaches. All three are excellent beaches for swimming, surfing and basking in the sun. High standard restaurants and shops, friendly accommodations and fun activities carry a charm that attracts visitors to this popular vacation destination.
Places to stay
Unlike other major tourist centres, Noosa has no high rise architecture. Many of the accommodations are apartment-style and offer a home-away-from-home feel. Apartments are spacious and nicely furnished. Enjoy your Noosa vacation in a holiday home, motel, resort, budget hotel or a cozy bed and breakfast inn.
Hotels throughout the area are varied, ranging from basic to five-star. All afford easy access to the beach and are an easy drive to nearby attractions.
Hotel Laguna, located on the wooded end of Hastings Street is a great value for the price of the rooms. It is in the midst of fabulous boutiques and gourmet restaurants, and is in close proximity to Main Beach and Noosa National Park, the country’s most popular national park. Room configurations include studio, one bedroom and two bedroom. Rooms are clean and comfortable with modern private baths. River front views are available. A solar heated pool is on the premises. A minimum stay is only required on school holidays.
Things to do in Noosa
Explore almost 500 hectares of forests, coves, beaches, cliffs and heathland on easy walking trails at nearby Noosa National Park. Afterwards, come back to civilization in a grand way with shopping and dining in the designer boutiques, gourmet restaurants and trendy cafes and bars on Hastings Street, one of the most stylish shopping strips in Australia.
The stunning beaches are the main attraction, and there are several to visit. Small, uncrowded beaches include Sunrise Beach, Sunshine Beach, Peregian Beach and Coolum Beach. All are great for surfing, swimming or just relaxing in paradise. Nearby Coolum has a top-ranking golf course, and there is a live out door music event once a month at Peregian.
For a day trip
A five minute drive or a ferry ride up the river leads to Noosaville and its riverfront activities. Enjoy walking tracks, barbecue areas, fishing platforms and playgrounds for the children. There are also a growing number of shops and restaurants here.
Other places to see that are only minutes away include Cooloola National Park, Noosa River Everglades and Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island. Laguna Lookout is at the top of Noosa Hill where one can see Teewah beach with its fascinating coloured sand dunes.
Woombye, a 42 minute drive form Noosa Heads is home to the famed Big Pineapple. The 16-metre high pineapple marks the 162-hectare plantation that once housed a macadamia nut factory. An iconic Australian tourist attraction, visitors can ride a train on tours throughout the plantation. The property features a small zoo and a small animal farm.