Noosa's spectacular natural environment has cultivated a vibrant and rich arts scene with a wide range of unique artworks available by local artisans including photographers, painters, sculptors and glass blowers whose work can be found in many of the local businesses, cafes and galleries.
Noosa's relaxing atmosphere and stunning beachside location offers the perfect environment to relax in and what better way to relax than with the huge range of indulgent day spas and health retreats scattered throughout Noosa, Hastings Street and the Noosa Hinterland.
Renowned as a 'foodies' paradise, Noosa is home to a huge range of dining options, from its fresh seafood and gourmet local produce to the world class cuisine of Hastings Street. Wherever you visit in Noosa there is a diverse range of eats and treats for you to enjoy and maybe even bring home.
Noosa is the shopping capital of the Sunshine Coast and is renowned for its wide range of local markets, speciality stores, designer boutiques and retail outlets in Noosa Junction, Noosaville, Noosa Marina, the Eumundi Markets and, most notably, Hastings Street.
Located on a headland, Noosa enjoys some excellent surfing conditions and trumps the Gold Coast when it comes to point breaks. Beginning at Sunshine Beach, Noosa's best surfing spots follow the coastline for 12km all the way past the National Park and to the North Shore.
Each year from August to November, Noosa and the Fraser Coast are home to an incredible natural event. In Platypus Bay, in the protected waters off Hervey Bay, pods of humpback whales enjoy a break from their long annual migration journey and can be seen frolicking and swimming in these waters.
Famous as a shopping mecca, not all of Noosa’s best bargains are found in the boutiques of Hastings Street or in the local retail outlets. In fact, there are a number of excellent local markets held in and around Noosa which are ideal for picking up fresh local produce, arts and crafts and variety of knick knacks for all tastes and budgets.
The blue water, sandy beaches, wonderful swimming spots and shy yet curious wildlife make the Noosa River one of the loveliest in Australia. The best way to enjoy the river and all its pleasures is to head out on a boat. There are leisurely river cruises available as well as windsurfers and boats for hire.
Famous as a ‘foodies’ paradise, Noosa offers cooking classes at a number of restaurants in the area with internationally acclaimed chefs. Take a little bit of Noosa home with you and learn to prepare some of your favourite dishes including unique fusion cuisine which blends Asian and Mediterranean flavours with modern Australian dishes.
From film festivals to sporting events and everything in between, Noosa is lucky enough to be the preferred location for a number of annual festivals throughout the year. Combining a relaxed beachside holiday destination with a number of special interests, the huge range of Noosa festivals offer something for everyone all year.
If you chase the thrill and sense of achievement that can only come from reaching the summit, there are a number of challenging hiking opportunities in the hills surrounding Noosa. Offering stunning views, Mt Cooroy, Mt Coolum, Mt Pomona and the Glass House Mountains all offer good walking tracks for a variety of ability levels.
The beautiful beachside holiday destination of Noosa offers the ideal backdrop for a variety of sports. From the extreme to the sedate and everything in between, there are a range of Noosa sports designed to suit all skill levels. Whether you’re a pro athlete or a weekend warrior, Noosa sports are a great way to enjoy a bit of activity in the great outdoors.
Noosa enjoys mild weather and beautiful scenery, ideal for running along the riverfront. Some of the most popular running spots include the Noosa National Park 9km loop, the Noosa 8km loop and the Noosaville to Noosa Heads track. Whether you want to immerse yourself in nature or stop for refreshments, there are plenty of great running opportunities in Noosa.
There are a wide range of attractions located within an hour’s drive of Noosa including the Big Pineapple, Ginger Factory and Underwater World. Closer to Noosa, there are also a great range of local activities and attractions including boating, 4WDing, national parks, everglades, tours, sports and festivals and events.