Noosa is the ideal destination for an activity-filled holiday. There is a host of adventures to be had – ranging from self-guided or guided discovery tours of beaches, rivers, hinterland areas and national parks. For nature lovers Noosa is the perfect destination with excellent surfing, fishing, diving and snorkelling. Pristine beaches, stunning national parks and many other outdoor activities and adventures await.
Noosa has a wide range of water and outdoor activities, things for kids to do, you can explore the Noosa Northshore and Fraser Coast, and maybe a bit of shopping.
Noosa Beaches, Surfing and Water Activities
Main Beach is very popular with families, being a patrolled beach just out in front of the surf club. Main Beach and the iconic First Point is home to the Noosa International Surf Festival held in March each year.
North of Main Beach is the Spit which is also a very popular swimming and surf beach. A rocky groin provides good sand banks for waves, making The Groin a top spot for the local surf schools.
Beaches east of Main Beach, along the national park coastal walk, are little jewels set amongst the forest in this sub-tropical paradise.
Little Cove Beach (known by surfers as Johnsons Beach) is a short walk to the east between Main Beach and the national park. Little Cove Beach is an idyllic location to surf, swim or snorkel.
Tea Tree Bay, so named because of the mature tea trees that shade the area is a great spot to take a refreshing dip before continuing onto the coastal walk.
Granite Bay is popular with surfers and swimmers alike and well worth the effort.
Heading past Hell’s Gate you’ll come to beautiful Alexandria Bay. Leave 3 hours as a round trip from the national park entrance to ‘A-Bay’ to fully enjoy all of the views and stop-offs along the way.
Noosa’s ‘eastern beaches’ including Sunshine Beach, Marcus Beach and Peregian Beach are great options and often less populated than Main Beach.
Surfing In Noosa
Noosa has been named a National Surfing Reserve for good reason. In most seasons the point breaks are ideal for accomplished surfers while other more sheltered areas are ideal for beginners and surf schools.
With a multitude of breaks stretching from First Point on Noosa’s Main Beach, across the national park headland, to Sunshine Beach there is usually something happening on the waves in and around Noosa.
The Noosa International Festival of surfing is held in March each year and offers both amateur and professional surfing events, and a massive line up of complimentary activities and entertainment. Find out more about the festival here.
The Noosa River is ideal for canoeing or kayaking and is the destination for a number of scenic tours. Boat hire is also a popular option to access the river.
If you like more active water sports, Noosa is the ideal place to learn to surf or paddle board and there are plenty of outlets that hire all the equipment you’ll need.
Hire a boat and explore the Noosa River and surrounding canals at your leisure. No licence is required for many of the pontoons and fishing boats. We recommend checking out O Boat Hire , they also have kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and jet skis available.
Kayak Noosa at Noosaville also make it easy for you to explore the Noosa River at your own pace with their range of hire kayaks, skis and stand-up-paddle boards. Guided tours are also available. With our beautiful Queensland weather, it’s always a good time for guests to get out and enjoy the beautiful Noosa River.
The Noosa Everglades are a beautiful freshwater ecosystem upstream from the Noosa River mouth.
The Noosa Everglades offer spectacular scenery including the wildlife-rich salt-water lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba, on the way to the fresh water reaches of the Everglades.
The Discovery Group operates daily tours, cruising up the Noosa River and through many points of interest along the way, including Richard Branson’s heart-shaped Makepeace Island retreat.
Kanu Kapers offers the chance to explore Lake Cootharaba and the Noosa River Everglades with the “Queen of Kayak” Australian Champion, Vivienne Golding.
Noosa National Park
Noosa North Shore and Fraser Coast
Noosa is a great launch pad to explore World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and the Coloured Sands. You can travel along the spectacular Seventy-Five Mile Beach to explore the magnificent wilderness with a walk through the rainforest.
Fraser’s natural beauty is mesmerising with locations such as Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen, both absolutely divine for refreshing freshwater swims. Central station and its crystal clear creek surrounded by vast rainforest trees growing on pure white sand is an incredible experience.
You can take the journey via the Cooloola National Park where you’ll see the splendour of the Teewah and Rainbow Beach coloured sands.
The Discovery Group offers tours of Fraser Island from Noosa in purpose- built 4WD vehicles specially designed and engineered to be tough and comfortable at the same time for your memorable Fraser adventure.
Click here for more information on Fraser Island.
There are a number of exceptionally spacious beaches around Noosa and a day trip up the Cooloola Coast to Rainbow Beach will showcase surely one of our country’s best.
If you don’t have a vehicle there are day tour options (as above) that will take you to Fraser Island via Rainbow Beach and the Coloured Sands, depending on the tide times.
If you have your own 4WD, then your Rainbow Beach adventure will need a full day from Noosa. You can travel the inland route and call into Tin Can Bay to hand-feed rare Indo Pacific dolphins.
Alternatively, with a 4WD, you can head up to Noosa’s North shore, along Teewah Beach, around Double Island Point to Rainbow Beach and across to Fraser Island by barge.
Click here for more information on Rainbow Beach and the coloured sands.
Activities For Kids
Are the kids getting a bit restless? If you are running out of ideas, check out Noosa Indoor Rock Climbing at the Noosa Leisure Centre. Climbing is open to children over 5 years of age on Monday nights from 5pm – 9pm and features a variety of climbs from easy to hard.
Alternatively, you can try the Noosa’s Ten Pin Bowling centre for a reasonably priced activity, guaranteed fun for the whole family. Located on Bartlett Road, just 10 minutes from Hasting Street.
Cinemas are also popular for kids and rainy days at Noosa Junction.
If you are feeling active, we recommend hiring out bikes and exploring the many sights of Noosa. It’s easier to immerse yourselves amid the natural delights of Noosa’s outdoors on a good old bicycle. It’s fun for kids and a great way to stay in shape during your holidays.
Australia Zoo is a popular day trip for many guests when visiting Noosa. It’s a great way to spend the day learning about the vast range of animal species from Australia and internationally.
Shopping & Other Destinations
If you really believe that no holiday is complete without a little retail therapy, then the exclusive Hastings Street Noosa is the ideal starting point for you.
Boutique stores offering stunning fashions from local designers are nestled right alongside exclusive designer outlets, galleries and jewellery stores. You can also browse for homewares and beauty products.
At Noosa Junction is the Noosa Fair Shopping Centre and a range of other outlets including Source Wholefoods, The Cooking Company homewares and delicatessen, local seafood, retail stores, fashion, gifts, beauty therapy and more.
Noosa Farmers Markets are held every Sunday at the Noosa Australian Football Club on Weyba Road, Noosaville between 7am-12pm. The farmer’s markets offer some of the finest produce in the region and organic skincare products. The markets are a great way to experience Noosa’s culture.
The Noosa Marina markets operate every Sunday from 8am-2pm and offer local art, craft and local produce in an idyllic setting on the deck overlooking the Noosa River. It’s a great trip on the Noosa River Ferry to the Noosa Marina (which picks up on the river outside the Sheraton hotel).
The Noosa Junction Twilight Markets are held at Arcadia Street on the third Friday of every month. These fabulous little markets are worth the effort with live entertainment, food stalls, and artisan market stalls.
The famous Eumundi Markets are located in the hinterland town of Eumundi a 20-minute drive from Noosaville. The Eumundi Markets are held Wednesday 8am-1:30pm and Saturday 7am-2pm selling unique and original, handmade goods and lots of fresh food and produce.
Hastings Street – Hastings Street is easily one of Australia’s most recognised addresses. Located just a few short steps off Noosa’s Main Beach, Hastings Street is the central hub of the region. Here you will find the Information Centre, the Surf Club, fine dining restaurants, bars and cafes, food court, day spas and galleries, and all of the local amenities of this popular tourist destination.
With so much action happening around iconic Hastings Street, it’s easy just to stick to this central business area. But doing so would mean missing out on some top local spots well worth exploring.
Noosaville – Noosaville is colloquially known as ‘where the locals eat’, with a plethora of fine-dining and child-friendly, affordable restaurants along Thomas Street. Thomas Street is flanked by the Noosa River with a generous strip of parks and gardens ideal for a picnic or quiet couple of drinks watching the sunset. Here you’ll find most of the water-based tours and hire companies operating to help you get out and about on the waterways.
Noosa Junction – Noosa Junction houses the main transit centre and is a vibrant little hub of activity including one of the areas main shopping precincts, movie cinemas and boutique bars, restaurants and cafes. It is the home of the ‘J’, Noosa’s arts and entertainment precinct.
Sunshine Beach and eastern beaches – Sunshine Beach is a destination in its own right just a few kilometres east of Noosa Heads. Home to the rich and famous with spectacular homes and even more spectacular ocean views, Sunshine Beach is a great holiday option or a day trip from Noosa. The beach is patrolled and is great for surfing and swimming and often less busy than Main Beach. Eastern suburbs include Sunrise, Marcus Beach and Peregian are all worth exploring.