Quite simply, Sunshine Beach is as glorious a stretch of pristine beach that you will find in Australia. The beach is both patrolled in sections in front of the surf club, and is spectacularly un-populated compared to many other SEQ destinations.
From the southern end of the Noosa National Park, Sunshine Beach stretches south to form a continuous beachline all the way through Sunrise Beach, Marcus Beach and to Peregian Beach, all of which have patrolled areas and great surf breaks.
Popular Main Beach at Noosa is very popular with families being a patrolled beach just out in front of the surf club. Main Beach and the iconic first point is home to the Noosa International Surf Festival held in March each year.
North of Main Beach is the Spit which is also a very popular swimming and surf beach. A rocky groin provides good sand banks for waves making The Groin a top spot for the local surf schools.
Beaches east of Main Beach along the national park coastal walk are little jewels set amongst the forest in this sub-tropical paradise.
Little Cove Beach (known by surfers as Johnsons Beach) is a short walk to the east between Main Beach and the national park. Little Cove Beach is an idyllic location to surf, swim or snorkel.
Tea Tree Bay, so named because of the mature tea trees that shade the area. Tea Tree Bay is a great spot to take a refreshing dip before continuing onto the coastal walk.
Granite Bay is popular with surfers and swimmers alike and well worth the effort.
Heading from the northern end of Sunshine Beach into the national park, you’ll come to beautiful Alexandria Bay. Be mindful that the Southern end of Alexandria Bay is a popular nudist beach while the northern end is popular with all visitors to the National Park.
Noosa has been named a National Surfing Reserve for good reason. In most seasons the point breaks as ideal for accomplished surfers while in other more sheltered areas are ideal for beginners and surf schools.
With a multitude of breaks stretching from First Point on Noosa’s Main Beach, across the national park headland, to Sunshine Beach there is usually always something happening on the waves in and around Noosa.
The Noosa International Festival of surfing is held in March each year and offers both amateur and professional surfing events and a massive line up of complimentary activities and entertainment.
The Noosa River is ideal for canoeing or kayaking and is the destination for a number of scenic tours. Boat hire is also a popular option to access the river.
If you like more active water sports, Noosa is the ideal place to learn to surf or paddleboard and there are plenty of outlets that hire all the equipment you’ll need.
Hire a boat and explore the Noosa River and surrounding canals at your leisure. No licence is required for many of the pontoons and fishing boats. We recommend checking out O Boat Hire as they offer a Guest Reward offer. They also have kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and jet skis available for hire too.
Kayak Noosa at Noosaville also make it easy for you to explore the Noosa River at your own pace with their range of hire Kayaks, skis and stand-up-paddle boards. Guided tours are also available. Kayak Noosa are also part of our Guest Reward program offering an incentive for guests to get out and enjoy the beautiful Noosa River.
The Noosa Everglades are a beautiful freshwater ecosystem upstream from the Noosa River mouth.
The Noosa Everglades offer spectacular scenery including the wildlife-rich salt-water lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba, on the way to the fresh water reaches of the Everglades.
The Discovery Group operates daily tours to the Noosa Everglades, cruising up the Noosa River and through many points of interest along the way, including Richard Branson’s heart-shaped Makepeace Island retreat.
Kanu Kapers offers the chance to explore Lake Cootharaba and the Noosa River Everglades with the “Queen of Kayak” Australian Champion, Vivienne Golding.
Visit our Guest Rewards for more information and offers on Noosa Everglade tours.
Outdoor Activities + Day Trips
The Noosa National park is a miraculous natural wonderland and a variety of walking tracks can be explored. Various stop-off and look outs are located throughout the park including the ‘Boiling Point’ and ‘Hell’s Gate’.
You’ll often see groups of people straining their necks gazing at koalas in the eucalypts along the boardwalks. Dolphin and turtle sightings are also common and the sweeping coastal views are great for spotting whales in the season.
A plethora of animals make the park their home including goannas, bandicoots and possums and a phenomenal array of birdlife.
Popular swimming and surfing beaches are easily accessible via the coastal track. The National Park is accessible directly from the northern end of Sunshine Beach.
Northshore + Surrounds
Sunshine Beach is a great launch pad to explore World Heritage Listed Fraser Island and the Coloured Sands and these can be visited via a day trip option. You can travel along the spectacular Seventy-Five Mile Beach to explore the magnificent wilderness with a walk through the rainforest.
Fraser’s natural beauty is mesmerising with locations such as Lake McKenzie and Lake Birrabeen, both absolutely divine for refreshing freshwater swims. Central station and its crystal clear creek surrounded by vast rainforest trees growing on pure white sand is an incredible experience.
You can take the journey via the Cooloola National Park where you’ll see the splendour of the Teewah and Rainbow Beach coloured sands.
The Discovery Group offers tours of Fraser Island from Noosa in purpose- built 4WD vehicles specially designed and engineered to be tough and comfortable at the same time for your memorable Fraser adventure.
There are a number of exceptionally spacious beaches around Noosa and a day trip up the Cooloola Coast to Rainbow Beach will showcase surely one of our country’s best.
If you don’t have a vehicle there are day tour options (as above) that will take you to Fraser Island via Rainbow Beach and the Coloured Sands, depending on the tide times.
If you are self-drive then your Rainbow Beach adventure will need a full day from Noosa. You can travel the inland route and call into Tin Can Bay to hand-feed rare Indo Pacific dolphins.
Alternatively, with a 4WD you can head up to Noosa’s North shore, along Tewar Beach around Double Island Point to Rainbow Beach and across to Fraser Island by barge.
Galleries + Culture
Noosa has long been famous for its gallery scene that is mostly conveniently concentrated in Hastings Street. The gallery scene caters to varied budgets and tastes with galleries advising and guiding investors and showcasing local and national artists, both emerging and established.
Popular galleries on Hastings Street include Nissarana Galleries showcasing the photography works of co-owner Visuddhacara Philip Ayres along with other artists and jewelers.
Jive Contemporary Art also on Hastings Street is also popular – specialising in bold abstract paintings, original jewelry and glassworks. The gallery also represents a select group of collectible and emerging Aboriginal artists.
With Noosa’s galleries all having a welcoming open-door policy and so much creative diversity, it’s worth calling in to say hello on your next visit – you never know what inspirations you might find.
Are the kids getting a bit restless? If you are running out of ideas, check out Noosa Indoor Rock Climbing at the Noosa Leisure Centre. Climbing is open to children over 5 years of age on Monday nights from 5pm – 9pm and features a variety of climbs from easy to hard.
Alternatively, you can try the Noosa’s Ten Pin Bowling centre for a reasonably priced activity, guaranteed fun for the whole family. Located on Bartlett Road, just 10 minutes from Hasting Street.
Cinemas are also popular for kids and rainy days at Noosa Junction.
If you are feeling active, we recommend hiring out bikes and exploring the many sights of Noosa. It’s easier to immerse yourselves amid the natural delights of Noosa’s outdoors on a good old bicycle. It’s fun for kids and a great way to stay in shape during your holidays. Visit our Guest Rewards pages for more information and deals on local bike hire.
Australia Zoo is a popular day trip for many guests when visiting Noosa. It’s a great way to spend the day learning about the vast range of animal species from Australia and internationally.