If you’re planning a visit to Noosa, you may be delighted to learn there is even more things to do in and around Noosa than you originally thought. Spend your days eating your way through the many restaurants, exploring the markets and discovering the beautiful and quaint Noosa hinterlands.
Suggested read: The Ultimate Noosa Foodie Guide: The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Noosa.
Once you start looking for things to do in Noosa, you’ll just keep finding more and more. But here are 22 things to do in Noosa to get you started.
1. Relax on Main Beach
It’s famous for a reason, Main Beach in Noosa is picturesque and the definition of holiday paradise. Take a quick stroll along the beach boardwalk, jump in for a surf or relax on the sand. When you get hungry, the many restaurants and bars of Hasting Street are only a few steps away.
2. Go shopping on Hastings Street
Take advantage of a famous shopping street, located right in the centre of Noosa. Hastings Street is a picturesque street, filled to the brim with boutique shops, restaurants, bars and ultimate holiday vibes.
3. Noosa Coastal Walk in Noosa National Park
Located only a quick 5 minute drive from Hastings Street, the Noosa Coastal Walk is a popular activity for those living and visiting Noosa Heads. Walk along the easy pathways, take in the ocean views (keep your eyes out for whales during whale watching season!) and stop by at the many beaches and hidden coves along the way. This area looks especially beautiful at the sunrise and sunset golden hours.
4. Wander through the Eumundi Markets
If you’re in the area on Saturdays and Wednesdays, rejoice for wandering through the Eumundi Markets is one of the best ways to spend a few hours in the region. With delicious local produce, live music and copious amounts of art to take home with you, there is always something going on here.
5. Walk along the Noosa River
If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Hastings Street, head towards Noosaville where a river esplanade stretches along and makes for a great (and relaxing) walking track along the river. While you’re here, keep your eye out for the many water sports that dock along the river. It’s also a great spot to see the sunset across the river.
6. Discover the Noosa Fairy Pools
It’s famous for a reason, the Noosa Fairy Pools in the the National Park are little picturesque ocean pools found along the coastline. Find out how to get to this spot here: How to get to Noosa Fairy Pools and be careful with tides and weather conditions while you’re here.
7. Taste your way through the Noosa Farmers Market
If you want to shop where the locals do, then look no further than the Noosa Farmers Market. In operation every Sunday, you can wander through the fruit and veg stalls and also treat yourself to a tasty breakfast at one of the many food and drink stalls along the way.
8. Take a scenic trip on the Noosa Ferry
Want to explore the river without the exercise? Noosa Ferry has you covered with scenic ferry cruises between the Tewantin Marina and Hastings Street running 7 days a week. You can sit back and take in the view or tune into the commentary to learn a bit about the region as you sail along. If you want to treat yourself a little bit more, you can also enjoy a sunset cruise along the river.
9. Take in the view from Mt Tinbeerwah
If you want the views without the hiking you don’t have to look much further than Mt Tinbeerwah. Situated a 13 minute drive inland from Tewantin, you can save yourself the sweat and drive almost the entire way up to the top. Finish the last part of journey on foot on a (500m return) paved pathway before reaching the lookout and enjoying a 360 degree view of the surrounding area.
10. Relax at the Bonsai Brewhouse in Cooran
Tucked away in Cooran, north-west of Noosa, Bonsai Brewhouse is an excellent spot for a relaxing drink and cheese platter to nibble your way through.
11. Pick-Your-Own Strawberries
It’s a fact that strawberries that you’ve picked yourself taste better. And you can enjoy your own freshly picked strawberries at Cooloola Berries. This strawberry farm is also a cafe and is known for their delicious strawberry ice-creams.
12. Take in the view from a scenic flight
Noosa and the surrounding area is absolutely stunning and one of the best ways to take it in is by scenic flight. There are many operators offering scenic flights across the area (and some that include flying above the nearby K’gari (Fraser Island) as well!).
13. Visit the quaint village of Montville
If you’re looking to venture a little further out, a less than an hour drive will take you to the quaint village of Montville. This beautiful town is full of craft shops and is built for tourists and travellers passing through. My top tip is to go and check out The Clock Shop while you’re here.
14. Go whale watching
Whale watching is one of the best things to do in winter here. Most whale watching tours run between July and November during the whales annual migration along the Queensland coast. An additional bonus of a whale watching tour is that you may also spot other animals like dolphins while you’re out there!
15. Explore the Noosa Everglades
Did you know that one of only two everglades exists in this holiday town? The Everglades are an incredible water system, also referred to as the river of mirrors. You can kayak and canoe down these water systems and immerse yourself in the natural (and lesser known) surroundings of the Sunshine Coast.
16. Eat out to your heart’s content
There are so many places to eat out in Noosa with a large range of cuisines available. You can read about the best places to eat and drink in Noosa in this specially written blog: The Ultimate Noosa Foodie Guide: The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Noosa.
17. Stay at MakePeace Island
If you can, let me know, because I’ll join you. MakePeace Island is a heart shaped island found on the Noosa River and owned by Brett Godfrey and Sir Richard Branson. MakePeace Island refers to themselves as a private island escape, and you can book the entire island for exclusive use for $18,000 a night!
18. Ride a horse on the beach
Explore the beach in a relatively unique fashion – horseback. Places like Equathon offer beach (and beach and bush) rides that are suitable for experienced to beginner riders.
19. Stay at Mayan Farm
Treat yourself to a weekend of hinterland luxury at Mayan Farm. Found only 3 minutes drive outside of Kin Kin, the splendour begins as you drive up towards your accommodation with incredible views across the Noosa hinterland. Take in the view throughout your stay from the spa, outdoor bath or hammock. Time to let the worries of the world pass you by?
20. Take in the view at Laguna Lookout
Take in the view from a lookout not far from Hastings Street. Laguna Lookout is a small lookout that surveys the surrounding area and is a popular spot to watch the sunset over the town and river.
21. Stop by Kin Kin General Store
It might sound odd as a recommendation for things to do in Noosa, but Kin Kin General Store will not disappoint. While you can pick up your local produce from here, the store is also home to Black Ant Gourmet cafe, which has some of the tastiest food I’ve had in this area. Plus, there is the cutest community library (pictured below) found just next door!
22. Visit the cows at Thirlestane Farm
Just look at the picture below and tell me if you need anything more to convince you. Situated on a 23 acreage property, Thirlestane Farm is a charming farm cottage turned into holiday home. Relax by the fire, take in the wholesome green views of the valleys surrounding you and don’t forget to stop by to meet the adorable cows on site.
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