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'''Noosa''' [http://www.noosa.com.au/] is a city on Queensland's [[Sunshine Coast (Queensland)|Sunshine Coast]]. Of the major settlements along that coast, Noosa is generally the most expensive and touristy, catering increasingly for an upmarket and well-heeled clientele.
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'''Noosa''' [http://www.noosa.com.au/] is a city on [[Queensland]]'s [[Sunshine Coast (Queensland)|Sunshine Coast]]. Of the major settlements along that coast, Noosa is generally the most expensive and touristy, increasingly catering for an upmarket and well-heeled clientele.
 
==Understand==
 
==Understand==
 
==Geography==
 
==Geography==
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===By plane===
 
===By plane===
Fly to Sunshine Coast airport at Maroochydoore, 30km to the south.  From the airport, take a taxi, a regular bus, or rent a car.
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Fly to Sunshine Coast airport at [[Maroochydoore]], 30km to the south.  From the airport, take a taxi, a regular bus, or rent a car.
  
Fly to Brisbane airport. The best way to reach Noosa is to use one of the transfer services. They will meet you at the baggage carousel for domestic arrivals and in the arrivals hall for international arrivals. Pre-booking is important. Taxis to Noosa from Brisbane airport are expensive.
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Fly to [[Brisbane]] airport. The best way to reach Noosa is to use one of the transfer services. They will meet you at the baggage carousel for domestic arrivals and in the arrivals hall for international arrivals. Pre-booking is important. Taxis to Noosa from Brisbane airport are expensive.
  
 
===By train===
 
===By train===
The nearest stations to Noosa are at Nambour and Maryborough, with a connecting bus or taxi required.
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The nearest stations to Noosa are at [[Nambour]] and [[Maryborough]], with a connecting bus or taxi required.
  
 
===By car===
 
===By car===
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The stunning unspoiled scenery that surrounds Noosa provides opportunities for a number of wildlife and eco tours. Most eco tours usa a 4WD and provide a soft adventure that will give wonderful memories of your time in Noosa.  
 
The stunning unspoiled scenery that surrounds Noosa provides opportunities for a number of wildlife and eco tours. Most eco tours usa a 4WD and provide a soft adventure that will give wonderful memories of your time in Noosa.  
  
The hinterland behind Noosa has some wonderful villages and scenic spots. Most usually involve a trip to Montville and may continue south to the Glasshouse Mountains. Some of the tours combine the hinterland trip with visits to some of the main attractions that include the Ginger Factory or the Big Pineapple. A popular one day tour is to the Australia Zoo which is offered as one tour or maybe in combination with a hinterland tour.
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The hinterland behind Noosa has some wonderful villages and scenic spots. Most usually involve a trip to Montville and may continue south to the [[Glasshouse Mountains]]. Some of the tours combine the hinterland trip with visits to some of the main attractions that include the Ginger Factory at [[Yandina]] or the Big Pineapple. A popular one day tour is to the Australia Zoo which is offered as one tour or maybe in combination with a hinterland tour.
  
 
*[http://www.visitnoosa.com.au/index.cfm/search/show/sights-activites/guided-tours Guided Tours] for your holiday at Noosa.
 
*[http://www.visitnoosa.com.au/index.cfm/search/show/sights-activites/guided-tours Guided Tours] for your holiday at Noosa.
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Cruise along Noosa River to the Everglades. Tours travel the full length of the Noosa River taking in Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba and the Everglades which are part of the Great Sandy National Park. The dark still waters of the upper Noosa River provide stunning mirrored reflections. Most tours involve a BBQ or tea break at Harry’s Hut. All tours are led by enthusiastic guides who will bring to life all the varied wildlife and birds that will be seen. The tour is best done as a day trip but can be done as a half day tour.
 
Cruise along Noosa River to the Everglades. Tours travel the full length of the Noosa River taking in Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba and the Everglades which are part of the Great Sandy National Park. The dark still waters of the upper Noosa River provide stunning mirrored reflections. Most tours involve a BBQ or tea break at Harry’s Hut. All tours are led by enthusiastic guides who will bring to life all the varied wildlife and birds that will be seen. The tour is best done as a day trip but can be done as a half day tour.
* Noosa Cruising Restaurant [http://Noosacruisingrestaurant.com.au] If you like food, good company , and enjoy a cruise on the river you can do all these by having a breakfast , lunch, or a sunset dinner on-board.  The food is cooked freshly on board
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* Noosa Cruising Restaurant [http://Noosacruisingrestaurant.com.au] If you like food, good company , and enjoy a cruise on the river you can do all these by having a breakfast , lunch, or a sunset dinner on-board.  The food is cooked freshly on board.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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Noosa is famous for its upmarket and luxury hotels.  
 
Noosa is famous for its upmarket and luxury hotels.  
 
*'''Noosa Sheraton''', part of the global chain and with everything you would expect from a Sheraton hotel.
 
*'''Noosa Sheraton''', part of the global chain and with everything you would expect from a Sheraton hotel.
*[http://www.noosariviera.com.au/noosaville-accommodation-2.html NoosaRiviera] Noosa Riviera is a small boutique resort located near the beach, Hastings Street, and Gympie TCE.
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*[http://www.noosariviera.com.au/noosaville-accommodation-2.html NoosaRiviera] Noosa Riviera is a small boutique resort located near the beach, Hastings Street, and [[Gympie]] TCE.
  
 
==Contact==
 
==Contact==
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==Stay safe==
 
==Stay safe==
Only swim between the red and yellow flags which mark the safest and patrolled part of the beach.
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Only swim between the red and yellow flags which mark the safest and patrolled part of the beach. Be aware of beach conditions including beach drop offs, weather and jellyfish warnings (located on a small blackboard near lifesaver vehicles).
  
 
Don't leave valuables unattended on the beach when swimming.
 
Don't leave valuables unattended on the beach when swimming.
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[[Wikipedia:Noosa]]

Revision as of 07:35, 1 January 2009

Noosa [1] is a city on Queensland's Sunshine Coast. Of the major settlements along that coast, Noosa is generally the most expensive and touristy, increasingly catering for an upmarket and well-heeled clientele.

Contents

Understand

Geography

  • Noosa Heads is the resort area that contains Hastings Street and the main tourist area behind Hastings Street. The main beach fronts onto Hastings Street. At the end of Hastings Street are the Noosa Woods and Noosa Spit. At the eastern end of Hastings Street is the Noosa National Park.
  • Noosaville is alongside the river, a bit quieter.
  • Noosa Junction the business area.

Get in

By plane

Fly to Sunshine Coast airport at Maroochydoore, 30km to the south. From the airport, take a taxi, a regular bus, or rent a car.

Fly to Brisbane airport. The best way to reach Noosa is to use one of the transfer services. They will meet you at the baggage carousel for domestic arrivals and in the arrivals hall for international arrivals. Pre-booking is important. Taxis to Noosa from Brisbane airport are expensive.

By train

The nearest stations to Noosa are at Nambour and Maryborough, with a connecting bus or taxi required.

By car

Drive north from Brisbane along the Bruce Highway for approximately 150km.

Get around

Discover Noosa’s natural environment. Watch whales, enjoy pristine beaches, explore the dramatic hinterland landscape, and visit the world’s largest sand island.

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Looking for a secluded spot with a great outlook and the perfect place for weddings and honeymoons? A host of professionals on hand to create the perfect experience.

See

Tours

There are some excellent organised tours originating in Noosa. Most tour operators will pick you up from your accommodation.

The stunning unspoiled scenery that surrounds Noosa provides opportunities for a number of wildlife and eco tours. Most eco tours usa a 4WD and provide a soft adventure that will give wonderful memories of your time in Noosa.

The hinterland behind Noosa has some wonderful villages and scenic spots. Most usually involve a trip to Montville and may continue south to the Glasshouse Mountains. Some of the tours combine the hinterland trip with visits to some of the main attractions that include the Ginger Factory at Yandina or the Big Pineapple. A popular one day tour is to the Australia Zoo which is offered as one tour or maybe in combination with a hinterland tour.

Cruises

Cruise along Noosa River to the Everglades. Tours travel the full length of the Noosa River taking in Lakes Cooroibah and Cootharaba and the Everglades which are part of the Great Sandy National Park. The dark still waters of the upper Noosa River provide stunning mirrored reflections. Most tours involve a BBQ or tea break at Harry’s Hut. All tours are led by enthusiastic guides who will bring to life all the varied wildlife and birds that will be seen. The tour is best done as a day trip but can be done as a half day tour.

  • Noosa Cruising Restaurant [2] If you like food, good company , and enjoy a cruise on the river you can do all these by having a breakfast , lunch, or a sunset dinner on-board. The food is cooked freshly on board.

Do

Walking

There are some nice walks in the National Park at Noosa Heads. Pick up a trail map from the information center in the park. Probably the best is to start along the coastal path (keep your eyes peeled for Koalas) and then cut back along Tanglewood Track. This will take about 2 hours.

Fishing

Fishing from Noosa is great year round, with seasonal changes in species, so there is always something to fish for. The Reef and Bait Grounds off Noosa are close, so travel time is at a minimum. Beach Fishing, and river fishing is fantastic too.

Noosa's Laguna Charters can cater from the complete Novice, to expert. Fully Catered (By the Sheraton Noosa Resort) 1/2, 3/4 and Full day fishing trips are available. Noosa's Laguna Charters are the people to see for all river, and offshore fishing from Noosa.

Scuba Diving

For more details see Scuba diving in Australia Scuba Diving in Laguna bay.

Surf

Many surf schools operate in the area

  • Merrick's Learn to Surf 0418 787 577. Two hour lessons take place twice a day for $55. They get almost everyone standing up on the first lesson and are Noosa's only licensed surf school. Classes 9am and 1.30pm daily. Private lessons available at 11.15am for $140.
  • WaveSense Classes from 10 till 12 and 2 till 4 for $55

Kite Surfing

Noosa is one of the best Kite Surfing destinations in the world, as the prevailing wind directions are almost always favourable.

  • Noosa Kite Surfing Lessons Mike Burrell from Noosa Kiteboarding conducts one on one Kite surfing lessons, catering to all levels of experience.

Boating

Hire a sail or motor boat along the Noosa River.

  • U-Drive Boat Hire 256 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville 5449 9248
  • Noosa Beach Sailing Hire a catamaran to sail in Noosa's Laguna bay. Instruction available if neccessary.

Buy

Noosa's most famous shopping strip is Hastings Street, a veritable paradise for the shopaholic. Just be careful to spend within your limits, which is not always easy to do.

Eat

  • Jasper, Hastings Street 42, 07 5474 9600. 7/7 from 7.30am. Excellent fish on barbecue. Pleasant terrace.
  • Berardo's Restaurant and Bar, Hastings Street 07 5447 5666
  • Moondoggies in Noosaville is good for breakfast
  • Cafe Le Monde on Hastings Street is good for breakfast

Drink

Sleep

Budget

  • Sandy Court Holiday Units, 30 James Street Noosaville 07 5449 7225. Tucked down a quiet street, but still only a few minutes walk from the riverfront with its shops and restaurants. Has swimming pool. The owner is helpful. Quiet is enforced from 10pm till 7:30am. From $65 per night.
  • YHA Halse Lodge 2 Halse Lane, Noosa Heads. Very close to Hastings Street. Dorm beds from $26 per night with card.
  • Koala Backpackers in Noosa Junction
  • Resorts United Noosa Hotels provide you with quality accommodation at reasonable prices.
  • Noosa Holiday accommodation

Mid-range

Splurge

Noosa is famous for its upmarket and luxury hotels.

  • Noosa Sheraton, part of the global chain and with everything you would expect from a Sheraton hotel.
  • NoosaRiviera Noosa Riviera is a small boutique resort located near the beach, Hastings Street, and Gympie TCE.

Contact

  • Visit Noosa for information on what to see and Hotel bookings, [3] Tel. +61 7 5430 5000

Stay safe

Only swim between the red and yellow flags which mark the safest and patrolled part of the beach. Be aware of beach conditions including beach drop offs, weather and jellyfish warnings (located on a small blackboard near lifesaver vehicles).

Don't leave valuables unattended on the beach when swimming.

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