Noosa isn’t all just good looks, this stunning seaside region has an incredible cultural and shopping scene to boot.
A classic seaside sojourn Sun-drenched beaches, national parks and lush countryside, a cosmopolitan lifestyle and climate that invites year-round swimming – what more do you want from a beautiful seaside break?
From the idyllic beaches of Peregian, Sunshine and Noosa Heads to the Noosa River that winds through Noosaville and Tewantin, to nearby towns of Cooroy, Kin Kin and Pomona, there’s an array of stunning locations for holidaymakers.
The region offers endless outdoor adventure, a delicious food and dining scene, a creative community, fabulous shopping, and a lively calendar of events, which all add up to an unforgettable holiday escape.
More than window shopping
Noosa is a haven for those who enjoy a little retail therapy along with their pina coladas.
Behind the beachfront is Noosa’s fashion strip, Hastings Street, specialising in high-end designs and local labels. Be sure to check out Bow & Arrow, Local Labels, and eclectic vintage and gift store, Lamington.
Further afield, relaxed Noosaville has a host of boutiques including stunning florist Evie Blue Flowers, The River Read Bookstore and Cafe, and luxe homewares stores Pandanus Culture and Coco & Bliss.
At the southern end of the region, Peregian Beach bustles with interior designers, clothing and book stores – be sure to stop in at Annie’s Books, Evolve and General Officer, where you can get a hair cut along with a coffee and some threads.
All that shopping has no doubt worked up an appetite, so lucky there’s a banquet of dining options to choose from.
Stay right in town for a meal with a sea view, with a number of beachfront restaurants such as Sails Noosa, Season and Bistro C serving delicious cuisine featuring local produce.
Head to Betty’s Burgers, a classic burger shack, then to Village Bicycle Noosa, a local bar with a relaxed, cool vibe and just-as-cool beer.
Noosaville has some lovely options with river views, including Thomas Corner Eatery, Noosa Boathouse and Jimmy Fox for tacos, burgers and salads.
On a health-kick? GoVegan Deli and Belmondos Organic Market are your pick. For award-winning Japanese, Wasabi is a must, with stunning views over the Noosa River.
Or if you are looking for fresh, local produce, try Noosa’s Farmers’ Market on Sundays and the famous, diverse offerings of the Eumundi Markets, held Wednesdays and Sundays.
Events for your diary
From sport to music to food, glorious food, Noosa has a calendar full of exciting events. Here are our top five picks.
1. Runaway Noosa Marathon, May
Escape to Noosa for a premium running experience and weekend getaway, with five race distances from a fun run through to the full Marathon.
2. Noosa Food & Wine Festival, May
Celebrate great Australian food, wine and lifestyle in one of Australia’s leading food destinations, Noosa, with some of Australia’s favourite chefs, foodies and winemakers.
3. NOOSA alive!, July
Australia’s premier regional arts and culture festival, with performances in dance, music, literature, food, theatre, a Festival of Thought, visual arts, film, cabaret and more.
4. Noosa International Film Festival, October
See new release Australian and international feature length films and high quality short films, along with inspirational workshops and talks with leading industry experts in Noosa.
5. Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival, October/November
Celebrate healthy lifestyles and fitness in Noosa’s beautiful surrounds over five days with running, swimming and cycling events, culminating in the Noosa Tri, the world’s largest triathlon event.
6. Noosa Summer Swim, February
A huge weekend of sun, surf and ocean swims, with events and a range of distances for every ability.
How to get there
Sunshine Coast Airport is 30 minutes’ drive from Noosa and has direct flights from Sydney and Melbourne with most major airlines, along with seasonal flights to and from New Zealand.