Everyone that arrives into Noosa will experience the same feeling. You are in paradise! Lately the place has become a more popular destination along the East Coast backpacker trail but it has still kept it's laid back, beach bum and relaxed atmosphere.
What makes Noosa so unique? It has a little something for everyone - Noosa River, Surf Beaches, Swimming Beaches and Noosa National Park. It is one of the last major surf destinations along the East Coast of Australia and a popular gateway to Fraser Island. The National Park is just stunning and the main beach is spectacular with amazing blue waters and white sands. There's no doubt that Noosa has got it all!
1. A little something for everyone
Noosa itself is made up of a number of different 'villages' scattered around Noosa River and Weyba River. Noosa Heads is in the centre of town (where Nomads is located) and where you will find Noosa Main Beach, the Supermarkets, Cinemas, Restaurants and the beginning of the walk way to Noosa National Park.
Noosaville is located west of Noosa Heads where Weyba Creek turns into the beautiful Noosa River. East of Noosa Heads sits Sunshine Beach - a little more chilled out than the town centre and home to a huge stretch of fantastic surf beach favoured among the locals. What does this mean? Noosa has a little something for everyone!
2. Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park begins just a short stroll from the centre of town and main beach. Go for a hike through the rainforest, check out the koalas chilling out in the trees, or soak up the rays on a little beach haven all to yourself! There are loads of hidden beaches throughout the park and it's not unlikely that you will stumble upon your own little touch of paradise! Some of our favourite places is Granite Bay, Dolphin Point and the beach front rock pools of the Fairy Pools.
Image: Granite Bay, Noosa National Park via instagram.com/visitnoosa
3. Walking Trails
There are several different hikes around the National Park that will allow you to enjoy this little slice of heaven and 'get away from it all.' A walk along Boiling Point towards Tea Tree Bay is a favourite of ours. Dolphin Point is also a must see. Depending on the season - as the name suggests - you may just catch a glimpse of the curious little sea creatures.
4. Fraser Island
Fraser Island is the largest sand island on the planet and has been voted the 5th sexiest island in the world by Forbes magazine. Experience the captivating sights such as Lake McKenzie, Indian Head, Eli Creek and the Champagne Pools - plenty of reasons why you should head to Fraser Island!
The Great Sandy National Park is home to some HUGE sand dunes, coloured sands and sights like nowhere else on this planet.
Noosa is for sure the perfect gateway to Fraser island. Nomads offers two spectacular trips departing out of Noosa. Check them out here! You gotta love Fraser.
Image: Lake McKenzie, Fraser Island via instagram.com/vitawellnessmassage
5. A huge stretch of surf beach
If you have a car or campervan, we definitely recommend exploring the coastline south of Sunshine Beach. This is one of the most beautiful stretches of surf beach along Australia's East Coast, and the best bit? You will be sure to find your own private little beach spot!
There are a number of companies in Noosa that offer surf lessons and if you are staying at Nomads free board hire is included. The waves can be a little rough so ensure that you are an experienced swimmer and find a beach that is patrolled by life guards.
If you're not too keen on a swim or a surf, the drive along the coast through Sunrise Beach, Marcus Beach and Peregian Beach is well worth it!
Noosa is the most popular base for backpackers to visit Steve Irwins Australia Zoo! Buses depart from Noosa Heads daily.
However, as Noosa sits within Beaches, Rivers and the National Park - it is likely that you will catch a glimpse of Aussie wildlife whilst exploring this little touch of paradise! Look out for Koalas when walking through the national park and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for dolphins.
Image: Noosa Main Beach via instagram.com/coastalvintage
7. One of only three places in the world where you can find The Everglades
Yes that's right! The shores of Noosa's surf beaches eventually turn into Noosa River which stems throughout Noosaville and turns into Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba. Kayaks can be hired (or you can book an organised tour), that give you the opportunity to explore the Noosa Everglades, the river and little banks and beaches along the way - amazing!
8. Cheap things to do
As Noosa is a nature delight, it doesn't cost too much to explore all that this slice of heaven has on offer. Surfboard Hire, Surf Lessons, Kite Surfing, Paddle Boarding, Walking Trails and a Ferry ride along Noosa River are all affordable options to get out and about in the sunny paradise.
Keen to explore Noosa?
Nomads Noosa is situated in the heart of Noosa Junction within walking distance to Main Beach and Noosa National Park. The rooms are newly renovated and have an ensuite bathroom. Enjoy the pool, the volleyball court, the amazing surrounding tropical garden and the world’s famous KB’s bar. Still not convinced of the awesomeness that is called Nomads Noosa? Every newbie to the hostel gets a free drink at the Meet & Greet on their first day, a great way to meet the other backpackers!
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