The area of Noosa is spectacularly located at the northern tip of the Sunshine Coast and is marked by a beautiful headland, the mouth of the sinuous and diversity-rich Noosa River and a strip of white sandy beaches known around the world. The natural surroundings provide ample opportunities for visitors and Noosa locals alike to get out and enjoy all that the area has to offer; from fishing and surfing to bushwalking and birdwatching. Here are just a few of the things you can do in Noosa and the surrounding areas if you are feeling keen to reconnect with nature.
Under the Sea
Noosa boasts a variety of underwater landscapes and wildlife that are just waiting to be explored. Laguna Bay is a spectacular site to start with if planning an underwater snorkelling or scuba adventure, and there are many dive shops in town that are happy to get you started. The area has an amazing variety of reefs which hosts a large diversity of wildlife, so while you are down there don't be surprised if you see some manta rays, grey nurse sharks and even some turtles!
The beaches in the Noosa region from Coolum to North Shore are well known to people for their variety as well as the white sand and pristine water. There is something here for every type of beach-goer, from fabulous surfing beaches to beaches with calm surf if you just want to take a gentle dip. Take a walk along some of the beach trails in the area and keep a sharp eye for dolphins and whales that sometimes like to visit the waters in Noosa. Accommodation can be found very close to the beach, so you don't even have to try and beat the traffic to spend some quality time relaxing on the sand.
Right in the heart of Noosa Heads and within walking distance from the main road is Noosa National Park. It is worth having a look in this small coastal park as its mixture of rainforest and coastal heath supports a rich diversity of wildlife, including some rare and threatened species. Take a walk on one of the many trails and see if you can spot koalas, goannas, glossy black-cockatoos, ground parrots and the elusive wallum froglet. A short drive will also get you into Great Sandy National Park. Starting from just north of Noosa and continuing up into Fraser Island, this World Heritage listed park is famous for its unspoiled rain forests, extensive beaches and clear blue lagoons. Take some time to see all of these splendid natural areas by finding some accommodation in Noosa, from where you can base yourself as you explore.
Take some time to enjoy the beautiful aquatic corridor that is the Noosa River by renting some water craft or joining a tour. Starting at the Pacific Ocean, the river snakes through residential areas, passes by Lake Cooroibah and empties into the fresh waters of Lake Cootharaba before continuing north to Noosa Everglades and into Great Sandy National Park. Travelling along this impressive waterway will amaze you with unique scenery, golden beaches, mangrove forests, sand dunes and rocky headlands. Bring along your binoculars because you are bound to see some interesting wildlife, especially brightly coloured water birds. Whatever you decide to do during your stay in Noosa, there are plenty of options for the nature lover. So bring along your snorkel, hiking shoes and camera and enjoy your stay!