- Beach / Seaside Resort
- Nature Reserve / Wildlife Observation / Safari
- Park and garden
Situated at the river's mouth and blending in perfectly with the surrounding tropical vegetation, I found this adorable, little coastal town to be pretty and full of life. Noosa's beach is magnificent and a great surfing spot., Every March, a surfng festival is held on Main Beach.
As seen by the villas, this holiday destination is wealthy and prices can be high.
The Noosa National Park, which you can reach from Hastings, is quite small, but superb nonetheless. There are numerous hikes from which you'll get great views of the ocean and coastline. If you keep your eyes peeled, you may spot koalas and rare birds including glossy black cockatoos and eastern ground parrots.
The Noosa River is a good place for kayaking or stand-up paddling. A word of warning: swimming in the canal is discouraged, as it's apparently shark infested!
Situated between the city and the ocean, Noosa National Park is a haven of peace for nature lovers. This park has a large number of walks, of varying distances, available for all levels. You can obtain a map of the national park at the Noosa visitor information centre; the paths are very well marked out. The place is clean and there are toilets located at different points in the park.
The coastal path borders the ocean for several kilometres and crosses some beaches, allowing you to admire whales, dolphins and sea turtles—according to the season—that migrate north or south. The landscape is truly magnificent with the blue horizon in the distance, the turquoise ocean and the beautiful beaches of white sand. However, make sure you protect yourself from the sun. Sun exposure is significant at the hottest hours of the day.
Other paths through the forest allow you to make the most of the coolness and the shade offered by the trees while discovering interesting wild fauna and flora. With a bit of luck, you may even see koalas having a nap in the treetops.