Noosa Location and Attractions
Noosa Heads needs no introduction. Since the 1980s, Noosa has been considered Australia’s most cosmopolitan seaside village, with international-class restaurants, cafes, and shopping boutiques, just metres from the sands of Laguna Bay. The Rise is only a short walk to this dynamic Hastings Street culture hub.
From you doorstep at The Rise, you can explore the myriad of trails around Noosa. There are the spectacular coastal walks of Noosa National Park and the charming pathways of Noosa Woods. Of course, there’s always the beach itself, just perfect for a sunset amble.
Another area well worth exploring, and just a 5 minute drive from The Rise, is the Noosa River precinct around Noosaville. This is rapidly becoming Noosa’s new hot spot, with a burgeoning restaurant scene evolving riverside, allowing diners to look out over the broad stretches of sunlit estuary. When Hastings Street becomes too busy, this is the place to go.
Noosa is also home to a thriving cultural scene of live music, eco-markets and local artisans with most events within a 20 minute drive from The Rise. There are also numerous day trips available including:
The popular Eumundi market has become one of the Sunshine Coast’s leading tourist attractions and Australia’s premier artisan market. Visit on a Wednesday and Saturday morning to see this sleepy town transform into a showcase of local talent with over 600 stalls selling a wide range of handmade art, jewellery, homewares, furniture, skincare as well as local produce.
The ideal place to browse, find the perfect gift or accessory, sample food and coffee or just sit back and enjoy the lively vibe and outdoor entertainment. You will find something for everyone at the Eumundi Market.
The World-Heritage listed Fraser Island is a playground for those who enjoy exceptional natural beauty and outdoor activities and is easily accessible from Noosa with a number of day tours departing daily.
The world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island is accessible by 4WD contains over 100 freshwater lakes ringed by white sandy beaches, ancient rainforests, sand blows and crystal clear creeks. See Lake MacKenzie, Lake Birrabeen, the Cherry Venture and the Teewah Coloured Sands.
Be mesmerized by the beauty of this stunning sand island as you learn more about the flora, fauna and history on one of the many guided tours that leave from Noosa.
Noosa River and National Parks
Natural beauty, tranquil, reflective waters and abundant birdlife are features of a trip along the Noosa River, through the lakes and wetlands to the Everglades. Many tours take in a stop at historic Harry’s Hut where you may enjoy a BBQ or picnic lunch surrounded by nature.
Hire your own boat, kayak, stand up paddle board or jump on a ferry to explore the beautiful Noosa River from Hastings St to Tewantin. Swim, fish, or take in a stunning Noosa River sunset, it is all available from your Noosa accommodation.
Explore the Noosa National Park with its diversity of flora and fauna. A short walk from Hastings St via the coastal boardwalk where you will enjoy the scenic rocky coastline. Discover hidden bays and secluded coves perfect for a quick dip. Take in stunning scenery as you pass Tea Tree Bay, Granite Bay to Hells Gates or swim at Alexandria Bay and take in the views from the Devils Kitchen.
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland
The country towns of the Sunshine Coast hinterland including Montville, Maleny and Mapleton are home to national parks, rainforests and waterfalls. This area of the Sunshine Coast is a nature lover’s paradise with pristine rainforest that is home to a wide diversity of flora and fauna.
A scenic drive along the beautiful Blackall Ranges affords spectacular views back to the coast and over the Glasshouse Mountains. Dubbed the creative soul of the Sunshine Coast you will discover a myriad of art galleries, pottery studios, art galleries and restaurants. The Sunshine Coast hinterland region is well worth a visit on your next Sunshine Coast holiday.