Discover Noosa on Australia´s Sunshine Coast
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During time in Australia I was able to visit a lot of great cities. One city that often falls from the backpackers radar is Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. I was unable to take the typical backpacker trip up the coast and Noosa was one of the three main cities I visited, maybe this is why it stood out a bit more for me.
Noosa is a tiny little town on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland. It is known mostly for its surf beaches and its wild turkeys and koalas. It has too main parts; Noosaville and Noosa Heads.
Where to stay in Noosa
There are four areas of Noosa; Noosa Heads, Noosa Junction, Noosaville and Noosa River. However they can be more directly separated into two sections; Noosaville (including the river) and Noosa Heads (including the Junction).
Noosaville is situated along the river and full of lazy-looking condos and boat rental shacks. Here there are many great restaurants to choose from. Noosaville gives off a bit more of that hometown feeling, a plus if you are looking to see how the locals live.
Noosa Heads harbors the major surf beaches, the beach shops and the massive Noosa National Park. There are bars along the beach as well as pizza places and swim shops. You can never get away from nature here, there is a bundle of walking paths along the coast and through the National Park.
I didn’t stay in a hostel while I was here but the majority of hostels are in this area, around the Junction and main supermarkets and shops. Don’t be fooled though, there are also hostels available in Noosaville if that’s more your style. Since it is such a small town, choose where you want to stay based on which appeals to you and the price and vicinity to what you want to see. In the end, you can walk just about anywhere.
What to do in Noosa
As I mentioned before, Noosa is a small town; one of those one stoplight kind of towns. Depending on what kind of vacation you want to take; I would recommend three days to one week there.
There are a number of activities you can do in Noosa that are fairly easy on the wallet and also a number of excursion that use Noosa as a starting point. Hiking in the National Park is a must. It’s about a forty minute hike to Hell’s Gates. The walk is filled with beautiful scenery and coastline views and there is a likely chance you will be able to snap some shots of wild koalas along the way!
Noosa is also known for its major surf beaches along the coast and including the main Noosa beach, it would be a great place to learn to surf. If surfing isn’t your thing then sit back and enjoy the sun with a great view.
The river ferry offers it’s very own “sunset cruise” for just under AUD 20. It was a beautiful cruise, we bought a bottle of wine and some snacks and were welcomed on-board by a captain who had seen this a few times. He joked and laughed and invited us to sit back and enjoy the view. It cost only the price of the bottle and a return ticket on the ferry and you get a private view of all of Noosa, as well as some humorous commentary, courtesy of the ferry captain. If you go outside of the summer season, however, bring a jacket! It can get quite breezy alone the river.
There are a number of outside excursions you can take as well, we opted for the Fraser Island Day Tour. If you have the time and money I would suggest making Fraser Island a separate camping excursion, as is popular among backpackers. However, it was enjoyable and all booked through our accommodation, we even got a deal! Skydiving in Rainbow Beach is a very popular activity as well. Your accommodation will have a selection of brochures to choose from.
No matter where you are in Australia there is a wide selection of excursions you can take. Do some research before hand about what you want to see and then ask your hostel or hotel staff about it. There are some beaches and cities that are known for certain activities, so it’s always and experience to do those things in the suggested places; like skydiving in Cairns. So get out there and explore the options. While you enjoy Australia, give the little guys a chance too.
Note about this Author
Annie is a young nomad currently living in Florence, Italy and discovering the humor in living with a Florentine. She came to Italy to teach English but has truly discovered her passion for travel writing and all things travel. She has just launched her new travel blog Wayward Traveller and when she is not trying to communicate with the Italians she can be found reading inspiring posts and writing some posts of her own. Follow her on Twitter or Facebook!