Noosa Heads - Holiday Destination
Noosa Heads is the coastal cosmopolitan town situated on the southern shore of Laguna Bay and on the far western side of Noosa headland. With a population close to 50,000, tourism is the foundation of the local economy with over 250 000 holiday makers each year.
Hastings Street is a hive of activity with inumerable places to stay and eat. Clothing and souvenir shops line the street offering a haven from the midday sun. Noosa Heads and Main Beach offers a safe environment for swimmers, whilst, to the north past the groyne the surf is suitable for beginner and experienced surfers. The Noosa National Park boasts a beautiful walk up through the park onto the headland stopping at Hells Kitchen. Walkers can enjoy views of the ocean, surfers, dolphins and turtles.
The Noosa headlands is situated at the northern end of Alexandria Bay, forming the north eastern most tip of the Noosa National Park. The Noosa River, which once flowed through to the Coral Sea at the north western end of Main Beach is now limited by a groyne that was built in 1978. The town is 160kms north of Brisbane and 20kms east of the Bruce Highway.
Noosa Heads Accommodation
Noosa Heads is a stylish address and offers visitors prime locations overlooking Main Beach, Hastings Street and the National Park. Here you will find luxury hotel and resorts, 2 to 3 bedroom self contained apartments, studio rooms and holiday houses. The is also a camping ground nearby which is the only moderately priced accommodation in the area.
For more information about accommodation in Noosa Heads and to book your accommodation online, check out the Noosa accommodation page.
Things to Do in Noosa Heads
It's not so much about jam packing your days visiting attractions and partaking in activities when in Noosa Heads. It is hard to drag oneself from the white sandy beach or from one of the gorgeous beachside cafes.
However, if you do manage to tear yourself away wander up and down Hastings Street and shop at one of the boutiques selling Australian and International fashions, artwork, jewellery, homewares and lots of other delights.
If you do like to keep busy than Main Beach makes for a great place to learn to surf. Spend your holidays learning to surf the beginner waves at Main Beach and you might graduate to the surf beach by the end of them.
For the truly active the National Park walk is a great way to get your legs pumping as you climb through the forest overlooking the beach and to the point for a spot of turtle watching. The walk finishes up on the steps of one of the best ice cream shops in Australia and if not the world, Massimo's.
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Noosa Heads Restaurants
The great thing about dining out in Noosa is that it comes with a view. Whether you sit overlooking Laguna Bay, the calm waters of the rippling Noosa River or the passing parade going down Hastings St, the sights will keep you occupied throughout your meal. In Noosa Head's there's a great mix of stylish restaurants, take away joints, relaxed cafes and ice cream stores. You can also stock up before heading to the beach and have a picnic under the shady pines on the boardwalk.
Not many restaurants sit on absolute beachfront but Bistro C is one of them as they sit overlooking Laguna Bay. The restaurant is open from breakfast through to dinner with a cocktail menu for you to enjoy as the sun dips down. Bistro C creates an amazing mix that is stylish yet relaxed, with award winning food sourced from the finest local ingredients.
Wasabi Restaurat and Bar offers diners a tradtional Japanese eating experience while still keeping a contemporary sensibility. The restaurant has been recognised by Gourmet Traveller in their top 100 restaurant list and is a favourite with locals and tourists. The restaurant has a view of the Noosa River and is a great place for a long lazy lunch on the tatami mats or at one of the more western dining suites.
Rickys River Bar & Restaurant is a Noosa Heads institution. Ask anyone in the know where to go when you visit Noosa and you can be assured that Rickys Restaurant will be mentioned. The dining experience here is quintessential Noosa and embodies the essence of Noosa lifestyle. The elegant yet relaxed resturant and delicious food is perfect for a long lunch, romantic dinner, special night out or just cocktails and tapas.
See some more Noosa Restaurants to choose from.
Weather & Climate
Residents and visitors can enjoy a sub-tropical climate tempered by the ocean - therefore, it is never blazingly hot and rarely freezingly cold. Tropical lightning storms are common in the summer months.
The temperature ranges from 21°C to 28°C in the height of summer and 10°C to 20°C in winter. Visit the Weather page for more information about the Sunshine Coast climate and current weather conditions.
Getting to Noosa Heads
Noosa Heads is 160km from Brisbane and 250km from the Gold Coast, travelling time is 1.5 hours and 3 hours respectively. The Bruce Highway will take drivers to Cooroy from here, there is a 20km (15 minute) drive east to the coastal town. Visit our Getting to the Sunshine Coast and Getting Around the Sunshine Coast pages for transport options.