Just two hours north of Brisbane, on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, lies a historic town that's just as picturesque now as it was in the 1800s when travelers first frequented it.
Noosa is an oceanside city that's known for its fun surf, its unique National Park, world-class dining, and more.
From zoos to everglade adventures, delicious cafes to gondola rides, there's truly something here for everyone. Keep reading to learn 10 reasons why you should plan a trip to Noosa.
1. Visit One of the World's Only Everglades
While it may not be as famous as it's North American counterpart, the Noosa Everglades are no less beautiful or unique.
Located in the Great Sandy National Park, the Noosa Everglades is one of only two everglade systems in the world. This system of waterways stretches more than 60 kilometers and is filled to the brim to with plant and animal life.
The Noosa Everglades are home to 44 percent of all bird life in Australia. You may also spot some of the more than 700 species of animals and over 1,000 species of plants found here.
There are plenty of different ways to explore the park and the waterways. If you're up for an adventure, rent a canoe or paddleboards and get an up-close-and-personal look. If you're pressed for time or don't want to put in a lot of leg work, you can also take a tour on a powerboat.
2. Take a Stroll Through Noosa Woods
If watersports aren't your thing, you can still enjoy the natural beauty of the region with a stroll through Noosa Woods.
This small recreation area, located adjacent to Noosa National Park, is a popular spot for walking and picnicking. It features native bushlands that are great for exploring, as well as beautiful beaches to sunbathe or swim upon.
3. Relax on Warm, Sandy Beaches
New visitors to Australia often arrive expecting to enjoy tropical weather and warm ocean water. But if they visit a southern-coast beach, they'll find chilly temperatures that most swimmers won't be able to tolerate.
Antartica might be the closest neighbor to Aussie's south, but the northern beaches enjoy much warmer temps both in the water and out.
Noosa's beaches are north-facing. This means that they experience a warm, tropical climate that remains idyllic all year long. Even the water temperatures remain stable throughout the year, which means you'll be able to take a dip no matter when you choose to visit.
4. Spot a Rare Koala
While they may be rare, there aren't a lot of places in the world where you can go searching for the elusive, adorable koala.
You'll need to venture into the Noosa National Park to find one. Koalas were once a popular attraction for visitors to Noosa. Now, deforestation and disease have caused their numbers to dwindle. Still, if you're lucky, you may come across one in the park.
5. Journey Back in Time
A visit to Noosa isn't just a great way to enjoy all that the city has to offer; there are also plenty of day trips that offer everything from hiking to shopping and lots in between.
One great day trip is Montville. Located more than 400 meters above sea level om the Blackall Range of mountains, this 19th-century town is part tourist-attraction, part charming village. You can take a hike in the surrounding mountains or even just wander the quaint, thinly populated town.
6. Take a Gondola Ride
While you might be thousands of miles from the canals of Venice, you'll find a little taste of Italy right here in Noosa.
Hop aboard a gondola and take a relaxing cruise along the Noosa River or down one of the canals of Noosa Sound. This is a great way to see the city by water. It's the perfect fun activity for families looking for a unique experience, or a romantic way to end your day!
If gondolas aren't your thing, you can find more boat cruise ideas and other fun things you can do in Noosa here.
7. Day Trip to the Australia Zoo
If you ever had the joy of watching Steve Irwin talk about his love for animals, and particularly crocs, you'll want to plan this day trip during your stay.
A short drive from Noosa is the Australia Zoo, the Irwin family's famous home; literally, because they live in a 3 bedroom home in the heart of the property. The zoo is actually owned by Steve's wife, Terri Irwin. If you're lucky, you might even get the chance to meet the Irwin family during a meet-and-greet.
But even if they aren't around during your visit, you'll still enjoy wandering the 1,000-acre property that's brimming with exotic and local wildlife, interactive exhibits, shows, and more.
8. Hang Ten
You are in Australia, after all. Enjoy the warm waters and beautiful beaches from a different angle while you hit the waves and surf.
If you aren't already a seasoned pro, don't fret. There are plenty of places to rent equipment and take classes.
9. Enjoy World-class Dining
From quirky cafes to the freshest smoothies to white-tie affairs, Noosa is brimming with dining options.
Check out 10 Hastings Street Cafe for a fun, fresh lunch or breakfast at a reasonable price. Or for a true Australian vibe, head to the Noosa Surf Club for laid-back meals and stunning oceanside views.
10. Take in a Sunset
The perfect end to a wonderful vacation, there's no better way to finish a day of exploring than by watching the sunset. While you can easily enjoy it from any beach, or anywhere in the city for that matter, climbing a bit higher up is worth it.
Head to Laguna Lookout or Mt. Tinbeerwah for a sight you'll never forget.
Planning Your Noosa Getaway
With so much to see and do, Noosa can be tough to complete in just a day or two. But whether you've got a week to spare or just need to do a quick highlights trip, you're guaranteed to enjoy good food, stunning scenery, and a fun, laid-back vibe. Start planning your own Noosa getaway today!
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