Noosa is a spectacular coastal resort town that is blessed with some of Australia’s best beaches.
Noosa holidays with kids are so much fun as Noosa offers the perfect balance of things to do for all ages.
If you’re looking for a sophisticated seaside break where you can enjoy being in a bustling town one minute and immerse yourself in unspoilt scenery and nature the next, Noosa is your dream holiday destination!
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Noosa, Queensland travel information
If you’re considering checking out Noosa holiday accommodation for an upcoming trip, this post will give you the lowdown on planning your Noosa holiday.
Where is Noosa and why visit Noosa?
Noosa is an Australian beach resort on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
If you’re looking for surf beaches, a picturesque national park, Instagram worthy fairy pools, pristine subtropical rainforests with wild koalas, a unique everglade ecosystem, pink hazy sunsets that are the perfect backdrop for cocktail hour, luxury day spas, incredible shopping and delicious food and drink then you’ve found your perfect holiday hotspot!
When is the best time to visit Noosa?
Noosa weather is glorious all year round which means the best time to visit Noosa is pretty much any time you like!
Noosa temperatures can be between 21 – 30 degrees during summer months. Things cool down in winter (June – August), but the days are still mild and are usually filled with blue skies and sunshine.
Noosa water temperatures range from 19 degrees in winter to a balmy 25 degrees in summer.
Time in Noosa
Noosa is on Australian Eastern Standard Time (GMT + 10 hours). Remember, daylight saving isn’t observed in Queensland, so for half of the year Queensland is on a different time zone to New South Wales.
Getting to Noosa
If you’re wondering how to get to Noosa, you’ll be happy to know this little slice of paradise is well connected with the rest of Australia. The drive time from Brisbane to Noosa is about two hours which makes it perfect for short breaks and weekends away from Queensland’s capital.
The Sunshine Coast Airport is less than 40 minutes away, and you can fly to Noosa directly from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. As the airport continues to expand, it will only get easier to fly to Noosa.
Planning a trip to Noosa
Find out everything you need to know for your Noosa holiday.
Where to stay on your Noosa getaway
The ideal base for your Noosa stay is Hastings Street. This buzzing street is filled with shops, restaurants and pavement cafes. The trees are draped with fairy lights which makes it feel magical at night.
From your resort on Hastings Street, Noosa, you can make the most of the shops, beaches and Noosa National Park without needing to get in your car.
Noosa is a compact town and everything is within easy reach. If you want to explore a little further, you can hop on board the Noosa Ferry to visit the historic riverside suburb of Tewantin or to check out the pretty waterways of Noosaville.
Stay Noosa: What to look for in your Noosa accommodation
Things to consider when deciding where to stay in Noosa are:
Parking – Parking in Noosa, especially around Hastings Street, can be difficult. It gets really busy at weekends and during school holidays with lots of people driving around waiting for parking spaces. Be sure to look for a resort that is centrally located and has secure parking so you don’t have to worry about finding a space.
Cooking facilities – being able to cater for yourself for some of your meals makes your Noosa trip really flexible. Eating out with the tribe can get expensive and sometimes it’s more relaxing to eat in or grab a take away and take it back to your apartment.
Laundry facilities – you’ll be at the beach every day during your Noosa stay, so it’s handy to be able to wash your swim wear and towels.
Space – choosing an apartment over a hotel in Noosa will give your family more room to relax and unwind. Hotel rooms can feel cramped for a holiday, especially when you’re travelling to Noosa with kids. An apartment with a balcony gives you plenty of room to spread out.
A pool – Yes, Noosa Main Beach is on your doorstep, but it’s nice to be able to take a dip in a resort pool some of the time. There’s nothing quite like taking a night time swim in a pool and looking up at the stars.
The Sebel Noosa offers stylish apartments with kitchen facilities and balconies that are perfect for families looking for a Noosa holiday. With free undercover parking and two outdoor pools, The Sebel Noosa makes a great base for your stay on Hastings Street, Noosa. >> Book your Noosa holiday here <<
Where to eat in Noosa
There are so many incredible places to eat during your stay in Noosa. Here are some of my favourite picks…
For ice cream in Noosa, be sure to check out Massimo’s Gelateria for some creamy and delicious icy treats.
For a laid-back dinner or a relaxed lunch, visit Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club. It’s right on the beach and has the most amazing views.
If you’re looking for fine dining, you must visit Noosa Boathouse at Noosaville (take a taxi so you can enjoy a cocktail with your meal) – the food is just divine and it has a stunning waterfront location where you can watch the pelicans on the water while you eat.
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Tomorrow we are wagging school to take the kids to the zoo as a belated birthday treat for our boys as hubby has a rare day off. So technically that makes tonight my Friday night. If only I had this margarita from @noosaboathouse to celebrate the start of my weekend! #cocktails #weekend #celebrate #lifeinaustralia #cheers
If you don’t feel like straying far from your resort on Hastings Street, Boardwalk Bistro overlooks Main Beach and is a great spot to enjoy a glass of bubbles and dinner.
Break up your beach day with a spot of lunch at Betty’s Burgers and Concrete Co. It’s a Noosa institution. Queues can be long around peak times but they move fast. Make sure you save room to try their homemade concrete (frozen custard) as it’s soooo good!
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Dinner at @bettys_burgers. Classic burger followed by their amazing chocolate concrete with honeycomb and salted caramel. Divine! Not sure I’ll be able to move after this trip! Thanks for looking after us, Jamie. #visitnoosa #bettysburgers #foodie #famil #travelwriter #australiaandnewzealandmagazine #thisisqueensland #movetoaustralia #lifestyledownunder #everydaylifeinaustralia
Things to do near Hastings Street, Noosa
There are so many things to do in Noosa.
Shop in Noosa
Noosa may be small but it is perfectly formed! It’s one of my favourite places to spend an afternoon shopping. There are so many unique stores – you won’t find Kmart, Target or any big chains. Instead you’ll find plenty of quaint little boutiques selling clothes, homewares, swimwear and gifts.
Tip: Wear flat shoes and bring a bottle of water so you can stay hydrated while you shop. Don’t forget to bring canvas bags to carry your shopping in.
Visit the beaches in Noosa
The beach is where it’s at in Noosa. Main Beach is so pretty and there are plenty of others to explore if you want to get off the beaten track. Whether you choose to sit back and enjoy the view or you prefer to be in the water riding the waves, you will want to spend a lot of your Noosa holiday on the beach.
Tip: Don’t forget to pack your beach essentials: a sun shelter, hats, sunscreen, body boards and buckets and spades. If it’s whale watching season (June – October), bring binoculars as you might get lucky and see some from the beach like I did during my last visit.
Hike in Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park is a stone’s throw from the bustling Hastings Street – in just a few steps you can go from luxury shops to unspoilt paradise! You can hike 15km of trails, spot wild koalas in the trees, watch dolphins frolicking in the turquoise water and lose yourself in the wilderness. The National Park is also home to the Noosa Fairy Pools – they’re a bit of a scramble down a steep slope but are so worth the effort.
Tip: Remember to take lots of water, a hat, and wear plenty of sunscreen and wear a shirt as protection from the sun. Avoid walking during the hottest part of the day – early morning is the best time to hike. Don’t forget to wear your swimmers under your clothes and to take a towel so you can take a dip – the pristine bays are way too inviting!
Visit Noosa markets
If you’re visiting over a weekend, Noosa Farmers’ Market is a fun place to amble on a Sunday morning. Pick up some organic fruit and, if you’re self-catering, pick up some treats for supper.
Tip: Remember to bring your own canvas bags to carry it all back. If you plan to buy meat for a BBQ, bring a freezer bag and some ice blocks.
There are always lots of fun events happening in Noosa. Check out Visit Noosa to find out what’s on this weekend in Noosa or to plan your stay in more detail.
Planning your stay: Noosa is the perfect seaside retreat
Noosa has so much to offer families looking for a seaside holiday. Parents can enjoy the shops, spas and fine dining. The kids can enjoy the beach, nature and wildlife. It ticks all of the boxes! What’s not to love?!