Published on February 12, 2016 | by Marie Nieves0
Noosa Travel Guide, the Hidden Gem of the Land Down-Under
Rising from the sub-tropical blue waters of the Pacific, nothing can prepare you for the glamorous, yet relaxing charm of Noosa, and the awesome experiences that lies ahead. Situated just north of Brisbane, a 90 minute drive separates you from Queensland’s crowning jewel, its blend of staggering natural wonders and action-packed adventures. From pristine sandy beaches, and lush rainforests, to the elegant towns and their lively cultural scene, as amazing as it sounds, Noosa has it all. Slip beyond the confines of your imagination, and discover what awaits you in this hidden gem of the Land Down-Under.
Heart of Noosa Biosphere Reserve
The heart of UNESCO’s world heritage Noosa Biosphere Reserve, the Noosa National Park is one of the four that adorn the biosphere, and the most visited one in Queensland. The best way to explore the park is on foot, along its winding, almost 5km long paths. Booming with life, the lush rainforest springs along these walkways, as you are overwhelmed by the bamboo groves, and fragrant eucalyptus forests. Ideal for koala spotting, these adorable creatures find refuge in the tree tops, munching, and sleeping throughout the day. Even when you step onto the plant-fringed Tea Tree Bay to enjoy the vistas of the Pacific, you are sure to stumble on a wondering bush turkey, or a turtle basking in the sun.
Amazingly, just as the flora of the park recedes it leads you directly to Noosa Main Beach. Just across the boardwalk, this low-key spread of pale, white sand is the perfect place to work on your tan, and enjoy the pristine swimming conditions. However, to experience the full Aussie action-adventure, you need to look towards the other side of Noosa, and the unparalleled beach extravaganza connecting no less than six separate beaches. From Sunshine Beach, to Coolum Beach in the south, the continuous stretch of sandy shore is a surfer’s paradise, home to some of the best waves on the planet. With amazing weather year-round, all Noosa’s beaches fuse with the natural environment, and provide a refreshing break from the usual towering beachside resorts.
Noosa Heads and Hastings Street
Just beyond the Main Beach is the fabulous Hastings Street, the gateway to the low-lined, green coastal town of Noosa Heads. A place to cool off, this street is where high-end dining (Australian-Asian fusion is a must try) meets breezy pubs, and a vegemite sandwich washed down with a cold beer. Overlooking it all from Hastings Roundabout is the memorial of its most famous resident – koala Harper. Away from the local designer shops, a stroll along the banks of the Noosa River into Noosa Woods might reveal an open-air theatre performance, or a great concert. With enough luck, it’s the perfect place to meet the super friendly locals, and get invited to an authentic Australian BBQ.
The Great Noosa Hinterland Escape
For a quiet escape, away from the turmoil of the main tourist destinations, go for a few days, on a trip into the heart of Noosa Hinterland. Embark on your journey from Lake Weybe, taking a ferry ride through Noosaville, and the mangrove forests of Noosa Everglades. The meandering water network will take you to Lake Cooroibah, where you can explore the legacy of the Gubbi Gubbi tribe. Once there, rent a 4WD and make your way to Kin Kin’s wellness retreats for a relaxing overnight stay. After a massage, and an organic breakfast the following morning, you will feel rejuvenated to continue your travels to Mt. Cooroora, for an incredible panoramic view of the landscape. Stop for lunch in the peaceful historic town of Cooroy, and make Noosa Botanical Gardens your desert. Ending your getaway, late in the day, among the figs of Eumundi, and a tour of its world-famous markets.
A Trip to Fraser Island
Noosa Heads is also the perfect starting point to ship across the waves to nearby, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Laze around on the hundreds of kilometers of pearly beaches, or delve into the lush rainforests to explore the world’s largest sand island. Adrenaline junkies will have a hard time resisting a buggy ride across sand dunes, while everyone will love dips into freshwater lakes, beneath the splashes of waterfalls. During your stay on the island, be sure to dive into a unique adventure, and explore the Noosa’s technicolored reef system. Once a part of the Great Barrier Reef, the isolated system has since become a treasure trove of marine life, a brimming sanctuary for dolphins, turtles, and brightly hued tropical fish, and an unforgettable underwater experience.
Beyond all these adventures, Noosa still holds much, much more left to be discovered. From charming towns and relaxing beaches, to magnificent natural wonders and friendly people, one thing is certain: the jewel of the Sunshine Coast will leave everyone breathless.