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Highlights List of Noosa

Blog time again…. What a good time of year it is….back to routines, school, work and trying to get back into fitness again. This is the best time of year to plan and book in your holidays for the year ahead to help you get through these stressfully busy days. For those of you who don’t have kids in school, this is the best time to travel to Noosa. February is the quietest time, you get low season rates, but also still get the warm days to fully enjoy the pool or beach. So what are you waiting for? Book a last minute trip! To get you inspired for a trip to Noosa, here is The Highlights List, which I always give to my guests.


Noosa National Park


Noosa is famous for Noosa National Park but getting there is also now a highlight. This is especially since the new boardwalk and lookouts were built about 2½ years ago. So, park at Hastings Street (local’s tip: park just next to Hastings Street where you can score a 3 or 4 hour parking spot). Walk up and over Hastings Street to the Main beach and head east, (which is right if you're looking at the beach). Next, follow the path onto the boardwalk, where you’ll walk beside the coastline and can admire all the surfers enjoying the World Surfing Reserve stretch, which was made official in 2000. Then, enter the National Park and take the Coastal Track up to Hell’s Gate or Dolphin Point. You may spot a koala or two, or some whales or dolphins.




Another must-do track in the National Park is the walk to Alexandria Bay, a quiet nudist beach. It’s best entered through the steep steps at Northern end of Sunshine Beach. Take in the views of the Eastern Beaches and then follow the trail around to Alexandria Bay.



Hastings Street


I can’t talk about Noosa without mentioning the most famous street, Hastings Street. Hastings Street is the street that runs behind the beach. It’s the best place for shopping, eating, and people watching when you have had too much sun at the beach. Remember to check it out at night as well as the pretty fairy lights make it magical all year round.


Lookout


Take a drive up to Laguna Lookout. This is the best place to get a snapshot of Noosa and have a better understanding of all the waterways. Located: 5 Viewland Drive, Noosa.



Noosa Main Beach


Now that your exercise, shopping, eating, and views have been taken care of, it’s time to relax and unwind and enjoy the amazing rare, north facing beach at Noosa Main Beach, aka Laguna Bay. Its crystal clear waters, perfect waves are enticing, and sometimes the sea is so calm it is perfect for beginner SUP boarders. So go on, hire a coolcabana so you can stay all day, or bring your own and enjoy sunbaking and swimming on repeat.



Noosaville


Take a stroll along Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. It’s the main street in Noosaville. It’s flat, and right next to the Noosa River. It’s the best place to catch a romantic sunset as it looks out to the west. It’s known for fishing, bike riding, the biggest playground, swimming in the river and of course, shopping and eating. While there, why not try boating or kayaking? It is the perfect way to fully appreciate a unique aspect of Noosa and its waterways. An hour’s boat rental won’t be long enough to enjoy fishing (most boat hire includes fishing rods and bait), but it’s definitely enough to take in a ‘highlights’ tour. You can hire a boat or kayak from the many hire places on Gympie Terrace. My recommendation is Pelican Boat Hire.



So go on, book that last-minute trip. There’s no better time to escape the hot summer sun by being on holidays and keeping cool by swimming in the pool or ocean. See you in Noosa soon.



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