150 km’s from Brisbane, and yet feeling like a world away – Noosa is one of the biggest draws on the Sunshine coast. Yet for a sea side town which bills itself as one of the Sunshines Coast’s biggest tourist destination, it all feels rather peaceful, and quiet.
Whether you are looking for a weekend escape from Brisbane, a beach holiday, or a pleasant stop on an East coast Queensland road trip, Noosa certainly has plenty to offer.
Where Is Noosa?
Located 150 km’s from Brisbane, Noosa is a term which refers to several distinct areas. Noosa heads is the main resort and beach area, which also includes access to Noosa National Park. Noosa junction is the main business area, and Noosaville is a quieter resort and suburban area located further along the river.
Noosa is one of the main towns on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast – known by locals as the nicer coast when compared to the more heavily visit Gold Coast in the South. The Sunshine Coast may not have the big flashy theme parks of the Gold Coast to boast, but it has some amazing unspoilt sea side beauty – which is often rare to find so close to a large city.
How To Get To Noosa
Noosa is most easily accessed via car or Greyhound bus. From Brisbane by car, Noosa is about a two hour drive. Four direct busses depart from Brisbane Coach Terminal daily, and take about 2.5 hours to reach Noosa. I used my mini traveller pass from Brisbane to Cairns which included a hop off option at Noosa (among many other destinations).
The bus terminal is not located particularly close to any of the budget accommodation options, but pretty much every hostel in town had a mini bus offering a free shuttle service to their hostel waiting in the parking lot.
What To Do In Noosa
Noosa National Park – For a relaxing two hour easy hike with some good potential Koala spotting, head out to Noosa National park. Located near the main beach in Noosa heads, the park is easily accessible via a board walk from the beach. There are several trails available, but the most scenic and least physically demanding is to start out along the coastal path, and then return via the Tanglewood track. The coastal track offers stunning vistas of the ocean and beach, while the Tanglewood track offers an easy shady stroll with easy terrain.
Noosa heads beach – This beach which backs onto Hastings street is a great place to catch some sun and have a swim, and Hastings street is full of cafe’s and restaurants to take a break in later.
Fishing – Fishing is great at Noosa all year round, and the good fishing grounds are not far from Noosa, making travel time less. For those without their own boat, or not wanting to charter one or sign up for a tour will be glad to hear that beach fishing and river fishing in Noosa are also very good.
Water activities – There is no shortage of places in Noosa willing to rent you paddle boards, paddle boats, kayaks, or any other form of water sport equipment.
How Many Days Should You Spend In Noosa?
Daniel and I spent two days in Noosa. The first day we spent exploring the area around Noosaville, walking along the river, and dining at some of the laid back cafes. On our second day in Noosa, we spent most of our time at Noosa National Park and on the main beach off Hastings street.
If you are into relaxing on the beach, then it would be easy to spend quite a few days in Noosa. Or alternatively if you are into fishing or other water sports which Noosa is famous for. However for the casual traveller, two days is probably enough time to explore the region and the National Park before heading to your next destination.
From Noosa, I hopped back on the Greyhound bus, and went up to Rainbow beach. Stay tuned for my destination guide to Rainbow beach!
My mini traveller pass from Brisbane – Cairns was provided complimentary by Greyhound Australia, but all opinions remain my own.