The Top Things to do in Noosa

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Looking for all the best things to do in Noosa, Queensland? The Sunshine Coast's premier, upmarket seaside suburb has long been a go-to destination for those looking for a clean yet trendy getaway spot that blends together the best of a stunning beachfront environment with a huge range of premier accommodation options, as well as easy access to a host of man-made and natural things to see and do. The region's popularity is not unjustified, as it checks a wide range of boxes that most seek when it comes to travel.

Want one of the country's most pristine beaches? Check. Keen to do a spot of high-profile shopping? Noosa has it in spades. Looking for some balanced nature to explore? National parks and its Everglades river system await. Add in its characteristically fantastic weather, and it's no secret as to why Noosa has long served as the flagship "face" of the Sunshine Coast - and continues to draw crowds from all over the country to this day. Check out our range of the top things to do in and around Noosa below to ensure you get the most out of your visit to this picturesque holiday hotspot.

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Top 10 Things to do in - Noosa and surrounds

Noosa Main Beach
Surf Lessons
Dolphin Kayak
Jet Boating
Horse Riding
Noosa National Park
Noosa Everglades Cruise
The Cooking School Noosa
Noosa Farmer's Market
Laguna Lookout

1. Relax on Noosa Main Beach

Location:Noosa Heads

One of the most popular family-friendly beaches in Noosa and even the greater Sunshine Coast region, Noosa Main Beach is ideal for visitors looking to kick back, relax and enjoy the beautiful beach. The fully patrolled beach is a great and safe option for visitors with young children who aren’t too confident in the surf. With lifesavers on guard every day of the year, no matter when you visit you’re sure to feel safe as you wade into the water.

2. Learn to surf

Location:Beach access 14, Claude Batten Drive, Noosa Heads

If you’ve dreamed of riding a wave on the picturesque Sunshine Coast, then head to Noosa and grab a board. Go Ride A Wave is one of the most popular and trusted surf schools in the region and will teach you all you need to know to stand up in the surf. The experienced instructors will teach you their unique 1-2-3 method which guarantees you’ll finish the lesson have stood up at least once. The 2-hour lessons cater for groups of up to 8 and individuals twice a day; from 10 am and 2 pm.

3. Kayak with wild dolphins

Location:Double Island Point, Great Sandy National Park

Get up close to pods of wild dolphins with Epic Ocean Adventures’ dolphin kayaking adventure. Despite this activity not technically being in Noosa, it does depart from the Noosa region. Travelling to Double Island Point along the scenic Great Beach Drive with an adventurous 4WD ride, you’ll be treated to an experience of a lifetime, encountering bottlenose dolphins as they feed and play in the area.

4. Go jet boating

Location:Jetty 17, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

Combine sightseeing in the Noosa region with an adrenaline pumping adventure on the water and you have an exciting jet boating ride. This one hour journey will take you around the Noosa Jetty, to the river mouth and out into the open ocean for an experience sure to get you screaming, smiling and soaking wet.

5. Ride a horse on the beach with Equathon

Location:Esplanade, Noosa North Shore

An award-winning operator on the Sunshine Coast, Equathon offers scenic and romantic horse back tours around the Noosa region. Choose from a 1 or 2-hour private beach tour, an overnight package, wedding proposal package or 7 days Australia Bush and Beach riding tour.

6. Explore Noosa National Park

Location:Noosa National Park, Park Road, Noosa Heads

Tighten your walking shoes and set out with some friends to explore the beautiful Noosa National Park. The Park features some of South East Queensland’s most picturesque coastlines with a wide range of endangered wildlife. The walking tracks vary in difficulty from Class 2; quite easy, suited to all fitness levels, to Class 4; possibly narrow, steep inclinations, loose surfaces for those with a moderate level of fitness. There are five guided tracks in total each showcasing different surroundings and suited to different fitness levels.

7. Cruise along the Noosa Everglades

Location:Discovery Centre Jetty, Gympie Tce, Noosaville

Contrasting the sights of the golden sandy beaches and crashing waves the Sunshine Coast is renowned for, the Noosa Everglades is another beautiful side to the Noosa region. Enjoy a cruise along the everglades through the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park passing forested dunes, multicoloured cliffs and picturesque headlands.

8. Learn to cook with The Cooking School Noosa

Location:2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads

Combining impressive views with culinary excellence, The Cooking School Noosa offers some of the most comprehensive and enjoyable cooking lessons on the Sunshine Coast. Created by the talented team behind the award-winning Wasabi Restaurant & Bar, The Cooking School Noosa conducts classes with some of Wasabi’s top chefs as well as guest chefs from around Australia. Classes centre around four different cuisines; Japanese, French, South East Asian and Patisserie, however, whichever class you choose you’re sure to walk away with some new skills in the kitchen and a belly full of delicious food.

9. Shop at Noosa Farmer's Market

Location:155 Weyba Rd, Noosaville

Foodies visiting the Sunshine Coast should be sure to include a visit to the excellent Noosa Farmers Market. Taking place every Sunday from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm, these markets offer multiple kinds of goods with the main focus on eating. There are numerous types of cuisines to sample that are freshly baked, fried, grilled or simply served as-is on the spot. Fresh food is definitely the name of the game here, with an extensive amount of fresh produce available for purchase.

10. Drive up to Laguna Lookout

Location:Noosa Heads

The ultimate panorama of Noosa is just a short drive away from the town’s bustling hub of Hastings Street. The site of Laguna Lookout itself is fairly simple however, there’s no denying it’s the perfect spot for a photo shoot of Noosa’s picturesque environment. The lookout is especially gorgeous to visit at sunset, as the colours play with the already pretty terrain to create something truly special. Alternatively, more energetic travellers can walk up a well-maintained path and stairs (around 1.3km in total).