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How to Spend 1 Day in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast

How to Spend 1 Day in Noosa and the Sunshine Coast

The town of Noosa Heads, aka Noosa, offers plenty to fill up a day, with an enviable location two hours north of Brisbane on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and surrounded by beaches, lakes, and national parks. Here are a few ways to spend 24 hours in this idyllic Australian resort town.

 

Morning: Nearby Attractions

Spend the morning visiting a popular wildlife site or other attraction outside Noosa. Explore Noosa National Park, just outside of town; see tigers, giraffes, and other animals at the Australia Zoo, home of the late Steve Irwin (known as “The Crocodile Hunter”); explore marine life at SEA LIFE® Sunshine Coast Aquarium; or go shopping for locally made jewelry, ceramics, art, and more at the Eumundi Markets. Avoid waiting in lines for admission by purchasing tickets in advance where possible. Round-trip transportation from Noosa may be available.

 

Afternoon: Outdoor Activities

Blessed by Mother Nature, Noosa offers a wealth of recreational opportunities on the water and the sand. Live like a local for a couple of hours with a surfing lesson on the beach, or opt for a stand-up paddleboard or water-bike adventure for an easier experience. If you’d rather relax, take a cruise on the Noosa Everglades or the Noosa River, which runs through town connecting the Pacific Ocean to Lake Cootharaba. Alternatively, take to the skies on a seaplane flight for bird’s-eye views of the coastline and the turquoise waters of the Sunshine Coast.

 

Night: Sunset Views

Running parallel to Main Beach, Hastings Street is Noosa’s main drag, lined with eateries and chic boutiques. Head here after your action-packed day for drinks, a sunset stroll along the beachfront Parade, and dinner at one of the many restaurants and cafés, some of which provide oceanside seating or views. You also can head out to sea on an evening cruise to watch the sunset from the water before returning to Hastings Street to enjoy the rest of your night.

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Serenity Cruise to Australia's Everglades
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Serenity Cruise to Australia's Everglades

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Enjoy an afternoon cruise in the Noosa Everglades for another perspective on the Sunshine Coast. See Australian wildlife as you glide across Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba to reach the Noosa River, situated within Great Sandy National Park's Cooloola Recreation Area. Learn from informative commentary supplied by your captain as you sit back and relax in this unique natural environment. After your Noosa Everglades cruise, you'll enjoy an anipasto platter while overlooking Lake Cootharaba.
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Seaplane Adventure Flight over Maroochydore for 2 with Photobook

Seaplane Adventure Flight over Maroochydore for 2 with Photobook

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Swoop over the dramatic landscapes of Australia’s Sunshine Coast on this exhilarating 10-minute seaplane flight from Maroochydore. Enjoy stunning aerial views as you fly over the golden sands of Mooloolaba Beach, swoop low over the Maroochy River and glide over Point Cartright. Best of all: with numbers limited to just three passengers, you’re guaranteed a window seat, ensuring magnificent bird’s eye views.
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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium Entrance Ticket

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium Entrance Ticket

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Enjoy a full day of family fun at the SEA LIFE aquarium on Australia’s Sunshine Coast. Explore the 11 underwater exhibit zones, get up close to sharks, stingrays and turtles in the underwater tunnel and spot a rainbow of tropical fish. That’s not all: watch animal presentations such as seal and jelly fish kingdom talks, ray talk and feeding, take an ocean tunnel tour, explore the new interactive Finding Dory and Friends exhibit and see unique creatures such as lion fish and much more.
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Merrick's Noosa Learn to Surf: 2 Hour group surfing lesson

Merrick's Noosa Learn to Surf: 2 Hour group surfing lesson

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Don't miss the chance to learn how to surf when you're in Noosa during this 2-hour lesson. Whether you're a beginner or advanced surfer, you'll enjoy a structured class on the shores Australia's Pacific coast. Group classes have a 1:8 coaching ratio and follow a specially designed 1-2-3 teaching method that results in most students standing on the board during their first lessons. Minimum age is seven years.
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2hr Self Guided Water Bike Tour of the Noosa River

2hr Self Guided Water Bike Tour of the Noosa River

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Our Nauticycle Water Bike tour is a fun and eco friendly self guided tour, that lets you get into nature and away from the crowds. The bikes glide easily and silently through the water allowing amazing opportunities for wildlife watching. The scenery is beautiful and the water is clear, match this with a secluded stop and it makes for a sensational day on the water. This is the best way to get out and explore Noosa River. Our self guided tour comes complete with a dry bag, map and suggested itineraries, or alternatively, you can hire the bikes and head out and choose your own adventure. It's easy to do, even if you can't ride a bike you can ride one of these. If you love cycling, even better, this is cycling on water, without the stress of the road. They're agile and efficient and will surprise everyone on just how much fun they are. So join us for an amazing, sustainable, eco experience.
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Relaxing Eco Friendly Electric Picnic Boat Cruise on the Noosa River

Relaxing Eco Friendly Electric Picnic Boat Cruise on the Noosa River

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Take a scenic cruise along the Noosa River in one of our eco friendly, electric picnic boats. These stylish little craft are the perfect option for a day on the water, with comfortable seating for up to 8 people and a large canopy providing shade for everyone. They are quiet and fume free, allowing you to relax and enjoy the perfect cheese platter and great conversation with family or friends. Guests can choose to cruise up river following the Great Sandy National Park towards Lake Cooroibah, or head down river toward the stunning Noosa River mouth where they can drop anchor and take a swim in the crystal clear waters. Either direction, there is sure to be something special along the way to enjoy. Our electric boats are a low impact, sustainable way to explore the river that provide a truely pleasurable boating experience.
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