Nine amazing things to see and do in Noosa.
We might be a tad biased, but Noosa is one of the best places in the world. It’s utterly beautiful and one of the most popular holiday destinations in Australia. Expect knock out beaches, crystal clear water, plenty of breweries and world class restaurants.
Everyone knows the best insider advice is from locals, and we’ve got nine top tips for things to see and do in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast surrounds. Hey, you might love it so much that you decide to move here. In which case Paul has got you covered on that front too.
Hike to hell and back
Hit the beach
Enjoy a schooner at a local brewery
Shop ‘till you drop on Hastings Street
Dance to a DJ set aboard the MV Catalina
Dine at Lucio’s Marina
Laze away your Sunday at the Eumundi Markets
Take in a show at The J Noosa
Discover a hidden gem
We know where you should go when you visit Noosa.
Tip 1 – Hike to hell and back
Visiting Noosa and not making the time for Noosa National Park is like going to Sydney without checking out the Opera House. It’s a must do, particularly for the beautiful trails. The most famous is the Coastal Walk – a 4-hour hike that traces the stunning coastline all the way to Hells Gates.
Keep your eyes peeled for birdlife and potential koalas in the treetops. You might even be lucky enough to spot some turtles or dolphins at Dolphin Point. Then if you really want to witness an epic view, push on to Hells Gates to be rewarded with crashing waves and big sweeping views over Alexandria Bay.
Tip 2 – Hit the beach
Surf’s up, surfy. Noosa is renowned for its stretches of white and golden sands and sparkling blue water. Our top beach pick is perhaps the area’s most popular – Noosa Heads Main Beach. It enjoys gentle waters, making it a great place to relax for the day with the family. Plus Hasting Street’s restaurants and bars are only footsteps away.
Or if you prefer to kick it like a local and see how Noosa residents spend their time under the Queensland sun, head to Peregian or Sunshine Beach.
Tip 3 – Enjoy a schooner at a local brewery
Noosa is no longer just a haven for retirees, with the area experiencing a strong influx of younger families over the last ten years. This has led to the emergence of many hip new cafes, restaurants, and of course breweries.
There are 21 Sunshine Coast breweries to sink a cold schooner of locally brewed craft beer, but our top five would have to be:
- Boiling Pot
- Land & Sea
- Heads of Noosa
- Habitat Noosa
- Copperhead Brewery
Tip 4 – Shop ‘till you drop on Hastings Street
Loved for its vibrant mix of beachside luxury and laidback holiday vibes, Hastings Street is the beating heart of Noosa Heads. Take a leisurely stroll down one of Australia’s most famous shopping strips and you’ll be rewarded with a mix of resorts, cafes, restaurants, gift shops, surf stores, day spas and galleries.
Our top boutique pick: Palm Noosa – a local Sunshine Coast label of contemporary resort wear in luxury linen, silk and cottons.
Tip 5 – Dance to a DJ set aboard the MV Catalina
Wanna kick it with the cool kids? MV Catalina is Noosa’s only floating premium event space with unrivalled access to the pristine Noosa River and the preferred boogie destination for locals. They host regular weekly events including the Friday Night Social and Saltwater Sundays, which sees DJs spinning house music and bartenders shaking up delicious cocktails.
Tip 6 – Dine at Lucio’s Marina
If you like your Italian food paired with beautiful river scenery, book a table at Lucio’s Marina – just one of the many new exciting restaurants to pop up in Noosa the last few years. A former Sydney institution for 40 years, the original Lucio’s closed its doors in 2021. But the story continues with the next-generation of the Galletto family making a seachange and opening a waterfront trattoria on Noosa River.
Expect delicious, rustic Italian food made for sharing. You’ll be spoilt for choice with mouth-watering dishes, but our pick has to be their famous tagliolini – fine green noodles served with Fraser Island spanner crab in a tomato passata. Dee-lish.
Tip 7 – Laze away your Sunday at the Eumundi Markets
Just a little further afield from Noosa is where you’ll find the cute town of Eumundi – best known for its infamous craft market that attracts hundreds of locals and thousands of visitors every Wednesday and Saturday. It’s an epic spot to discover local artisan treasures, including clothing, jewellery, furniture, homeware, artwork, and ceramics.
But if you ask us, the real treasure of the market is the street food. Gozleme, German bratwurst and gourmet tacos…enough said.
Tip 8 – Take in a show at The J Noosa
From comedy gigs, to rocking live music, live theatre and film festivals, iconic venue The J is Noosa’s premier entertainment venue and the perfect spot to get your local culture fix. If you’re heading to The J Noosa for a show, we suggest you make a night of it and enjoy dinner beforehand at one of Noosa Junction’s nearby restaurants.
Tip 9 – Discover a hidden gem
Never heard of Double Island Point? That’s because it’s one of Noosa’s hidden gems. Escape the crowds and jump on a 4×4 tour to this beautiful part of the Great Sandy National Park. You’ll see an abundance of marine life including rays and turtles. Or you can search for dolphins on a kayaking tour.
QUESTIONS ABOUT NOOSA PROPERTY PRICES?
For advice about buying, selling or investing in Noosa real estate, contact Paul for helpful assistance. Paul is a local Tewantin real estate agent and has assisted dozens of people to realise their dream of owning a slice of real estate in the Noosa local area.