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6 Best Things to do in Noosa Heads

Just a quick two hour drive north of Brisbane lies Noosa Heads, a hotspot for everyone from backpackers to vacationing families to early rising surfers. I traveled the east coast of Australia for almost two months and Noosa was one of my favorites stops. It’s the perfect spot to escape the city and enjoy the sun for a while. I have one top tip for visiting Noosa; unless absolutely necessary do NOT go to Noosa during school holidays. School holidays or not Noosa is absolutely amazing and completely worth it but if you coordinate better than me it will definitely make your trip easier and cheaper! I spent five days exploring Noosa and these were my favorite things we got up to!

Hit the beach! There’s a lot of beaches to go to in Noosa but our favorite was Sunshine Beach. It was not as crowded as Noosa Heads Main Beach and we found it easier to find parking. If you’re looking for a nice dinner spot after the beach definitely try Haru Korean BBQ near Sunshine Beach!

Explore Noosa National Park. I recommend getting here early as the parking lot is small and it’s a popular surf spot. We got there by 8:30am and even that was too late. The coastal walk is absolutely beautiful with lots of stops to enjoy along the way. Bring extra water and sunscreen as parts of the park are very sunny. My favorite stops on the walk were Dolphin Point and the Fairy Pools. We didn’t see any dolphins at Dolphin Point but it was a beautiful view. We were in Noosa in September and got to see plenty of whales when we stopped at Fairy Pools so make sure you’re paying attention!

Go for a walk and enjoy some window shopping on Hastings Street. I say window shop because most the shops are above my tax bracket but nevertheless it’s busy with beachgoers enjoying the sun, cafes and shops that Hastings Street has to offer. There’s limited parking here so if you go at peak time be patient and you will find a spot after a few minutes. Make sure to stop at Noosa Heads Main Beach while you’re close by!

Experience the Noosa Everglades. There’s only two everglades in the world, one in Florida and one in Noosa, so we decided while we’re here we had to experience it! We did a 6 hour self guided kayak tour and although I enjoyed the Everglades I wouldn’t recommend doing the 6 hour tour we did. You can rent kayaks and do a day trip or there’s campsites throughout the Everglades to spend the night. Bring lots of water and sunscreen because depending on where you start it can be very sunny.

Head to Mt. Tinbeerwah for sunset. Mt. Tinbeerwah is about 20 minutes out of Noosa but there’s plenty of parking so there’s no reason to rush to get there for sunset. The parking lot is close to the top so you have a quick and easy 10 minute walk to get the rest of the way up. The walk is all paved so you won’t have a problem if you’re just wearing flip flops.

Eat your way through the Eumundi Market. A quick 30 minute drive from Noosa is the town of Eumundi and every Wednesday and Saturday they have a huge market to enjoy. They have everything from fresh fruits and veggies to homemade fudge to handmade jewelry and clothing. We spent the morning shopping and trying so many different foods and I couldn’t recommend it more! You might have to get creative with where you park because it’s so popular.

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