Sunshine Beach is a destination in its own right just a few kilometres east of Noosa Heads. Home to local families and the rich and famous alike, with spectacular homes and even more spectacular ocean views. The beach is patrolled and is great for surfing and swimming and often less busy than Main Beach. Other eastern suburbs south of Sunshine Beach include Sunrise, Marcus Beach and Peregian are all worth exploring.
Hastings Street is easily one of Australia’s most recognised addresses. Located just a few short steps off Noosa’s Main Beach, Hastings Street is the central hub of the region. Here you will find the Information Centre, the Surf Club, fine dining restaurants, bars and cafes, food court, day spas and galleries, and all of the local amenities of this popular tourist destination. With so much action happening around iconic Hastings Street, it’s easy just to stick to this central business area. But doing so would mean missing out on some top local spots well worth exploring.
Noosaville is colloquially known as ‘where the locals eat’, with a plethora of fine-dining and friendly-affordable restaurants and faces along Thomas Street. Thomas Street is flanked by the Noosa River with a generous strip of parks and gardens ideal for a picnic or quiet couple of drinks watching the sunset. Here you’ll find most of the water based tours and hire companies operating to help you get out and about on the water ways.
Noosa Junction houses the main transit centre and is a vibrant little hub of activity including one of the areas main shopping precincts, movie cinemas and boutique bars, restaurants and cafes. It is the home of the ‘J’, Noosa’s arts and entertainment precinct.
The Noosa hinterland is a veritable wonderland of day-trip options to explore during your stay.
We’ve listed just a few popular towns within a short drive with colonial villages, great eateries, boutique shopping, gallery trails, rainforest walks and adventure tourism on offer.
North of Noosa is Boreen Point, exquisitely located on Lake Cootharaba - Queensland’s largest natural saltwater lake. The shallow water is ideal for sailing, kayaking and fishing. Turn back time and lunch at the historical Apollonian Hotel.
Quant, friendly and creative all describe Kin Kin, west of Boreen Point and known for its great food, art, scenery and country hospitality.
Cooroy directly west of Noosa is home to the Noosa Botanic Gardens on the shores of Lake Macdonald. The restored Butter Factory Arts Centre showcases local artists and walking, biking, horse-riding are popular. Cooroy has access to four walks within the Noosa Walking Trail Network.
On the way to Cooroy stop at the Mt Tinbeerwah, an ancient 265 metre volcanic plug - now a lookout offering 360degree hinterland and ocean views.
Eumundi south of Cooroy is possibly the hinterland’s best-known historical village, famous for its expansive Eumundi Markets open every Saturday and Wednesday. Heritage listed fig trees; boutique stores and galleries line the streets. The Eumundi Imperial Hotel is an institution and Joe's Waterhole is a dedicated live music venue.
North of Cooroy, the historic Majestic Theatre at Pomona is the oldest continuously running silent movie cinema in the world. Pomona is also known for the annual King of the Mountain Race up Mt Coororora. The Noosa Museum at Pompona offers a glimpse into the lives of the Gubbi Gubbi people, the aboriginal inhabitants of the region.
Just north of Pomona is Cooran at the base of the Mothar Mountain State Forest with walking tracks, natural swimming holes and magnificent coastal views.
Whether you plan a trip or head out in search for discovery, the hinterland has much to explore and enjoy.