Noosa Heads travel guide

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You're Going to Love Noosa Heads

A sparkling gem on Australia's famed Sunshine Coast, this resort town offers something for lovers of the sea, sun, and shopping. Travelers from all over the world stream in to Noosa for its beautiful protected beach and river habitats as well as its upscale dining scene.

Offering something for visitors keen on adventuring to islands and mountains as well as those hoping to relax their way through their vacation, Noosa caters to just about every appetite.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Noosa Heads

1. Fantastic Eco Tours

Many visitors come to Noosa each year to take advantage of wonderful tours that take travelers into mountain villages and stunning environments far from the city.

2. River Cruises

There's nothing like cruising along the full length of the Noosa River and enjoying the sights and sounds of the Everglades from on deck.

3. Great Fishing Spots

Those hoping to fish in beach, river, and open ocean environments don't have far to travel: all three are easily accessible from town.

4. Surfing

Both surfing and kite surfing are popular pastimes in Noosa, with great waves and wind providing propulsion for both.

5. Fresh Seafood

As one might expect from a beach town, Noosa has plenty of great seafood, freshly caught and prepared in all sorts of ways.

Where to Eat in Noosa Heads

Noosa has restaurants and cafes for every budget. The Global Bar and Cafe is a local, value option with a relaxed atmosphere. More upscale restaurants include and Cafe Le Monde. Prices at a low-key restaurant can easily total AU$20 for one person.

When to visit Noosa Heads

Noosa Heads in February
Estimated hotel price
$265
1 night at 3-star hotel
Noosa Heads in February
Estimated hotel price
$265
1 night at 3-star hotel

Noosa enjoys a moderate climate and the water is relatively warm year-round. Summer temperatures peak at around 90, and in winter it can dip down to about 50 at times. March, April, and May usually enjoy the best weather with relatively sunny days.

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How to Get to Noosa Heads

Plane

The Sunshine Coast Airport (MCY) in Maroochydore is only 15 miles away, and a bus, the 622, runs to Noosa Junction.

Train

There is no local train station; the closest lies in Nambour but you'll need a connecting bus to reach town.

Car

The M1 terminates in Noosa, making it easy to drive north from Brisbane, just over 90 miles away.

Bus

Greyhound buses from Cairns and Brisbane stop in Noosa several times a day. One-way tickets from Brisbane cost AU$37.

Airports near Noosa Heads

Airlines serving Noosa Heads

United Airlines
Good (2,287 reviews)
Lufthansa
Good (1,020 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,742 reviews)
KLM
Good (258 reviews)
Air France
Good (264 reviews)
British Airways
Good (732 reviews)
Turkish Airlines
Good (915 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (832 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (281 reviews)
Iberia
Good (519 reviews)
Air Canada
Good (435 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (559 reviews)
Scandinavian Airlines
Good (249 reviews)
Finnair
Good (331 reviews)
Alaska Airlines
Excellent (1,583 reviews)
LOT
Good (207 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (173 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (548 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (114 reviews)
Ethiopian Air
Excellent (120 reviews)
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Where to stay in Noosa Heads

The full range of hotel price points can be found in Noosa. The Nomads Noosa Backpackers Hostel is popular with backpackers, while families often opt for the Wolngarin Holiday Resort. Luxury hotels abound and include Lookout Resort Noosa.

Popular neighbourhoods in Noosa Heads

Main Beach - located in Noosa Heads, this is the most popular area of Noosa.

Noosaville - home to Keyser Island Conservation Park, this suburb is a calm and quiet part of Noosa.

Noosa North Shore - a bit removed from town, the North Shore offers secluded resorts and hiking.

Where to stay in popular areas of Noosa Heads

Most booked hotels in Noosa Heads

The Cove Noosa
Excellent (8.6, Excellent reviews)
$98+
Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas
Excellent (8.3, Excellent reviews)
$316+
The Sebel Noosa
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
$361+
Mantra French Quarter Noosa
Good (7.9, Good reviews)
$335+
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How to Get Around Noosa Heads

Public Transportation

Translink runs buses in Noosa, with routes that extend to the Noosa National Park.

Taxi

There are several taxi services in town, with fares averaging just over AU$5 a mile.

Car

It is very easy to drive in Noosa. You'll find Avis, Budget, and Thrifty outlets around town, with prices starting at around AU$25 per day.

The Cost of Living in Noosa Heads

Shopping Streets

Noosa is known for its upscale shopping. Hastings Street is home to all sorts of boutique and luxury stores, and prices can be quite high. One pair of jeans can easily cross AU$100.

Groceries and Other

Noosa has several grocers. Food is not too expensive in town, with a dozen eggs running AU$4.46 and a loaf of fresh bread costing AU$3.20.

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