Pictures: Fraser Island, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Cairns
is a quietly affluent, low-rise town focused on water and loaded with
excellent beaches and parks. Water comes in two forms, the salty stuff
with consistent waves that makes Noosa a popular place to learn surfing
and the freshwater stuff wiggling its way down to the sea via the
Noosa River and a couple of creeks that has created a labyrinth of
twisting waterways and a mecca for charming, hideously expensive waterfront
a great place to live, Noosa is also a pretty terrific place to visit,
with around 300 days of sunshine a year, national parks all around,
consistently warm water, good surf and some of the best surf schools
in the country, direct access north to Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island
and Brisbane just an hour south and the Gold Coast just spitting distance
Apart from surfing, walking in the endless scenic parks and kayaking
the waterways are popular activities.
view of Main Beach with Noosa National Park on the left and Hastings
Street to the right.
Noosas are scattered in the vicinity but Noosa Heads is where the
buses stop and as close to the action as you can get in the form of
Hastings Street, running beside Main Beach pictured above. Hastings
Street is the place to stay though there is very limited backpacker
accommodation available there so book well in advance. Alternatively,
just stay as near to Hastings as possible - Noosa Parade is loaded
with good places 15 minutes walk away.
Both beach pictures we have are of Main Beach, which sports great
soft sand and moderate surf but is neither the best beach in the area
- that's nudie Alexandria beach, nor the best surf beach - that's
Sunshine Corner at the north of Sunshine Beach. Lessons happen at
Noosa spit at the other end of the beach pictured above.
of the very pricey properties in freshwater Noosa Sound, close to
Hastings Street. Brisbane.
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