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Published November 11th 2012
A little piece of heaven
In need of a holiday? Well, how about Noosa?
Noosa is located about 130 kilometres north of Brisbane, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland and is an ideal, relaxing holiday destination for a weekend or even longer.
So, what is there to do in Noosa?
1. Go to the beach Noosa's main beach is aptly named 'Noosa Main Beach' and is a short walk from Hastings Street (the main street in Noosa). The beach is patrolled and the waves are generally less than 1 metre high.
There are so many nice cafes and restaurants in Noosa. How about enjoying a nice glass of wine while looking out to sea at 'Sails' restaurant or having a relaxing lunch whilst watching the world pass by at 'café le monde'.
3. Go shopping
Hastings Street is the main shopping street in Noosa and is packed with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. It's easy to while away an afternoon browsing from shop to shop.
Hiring a jet-ski is a fun way to spend an hour, pretending you're James Bond. There are many places to hire jet-skis along Noosa River, with the option of jet-skiing on the river or out in the ocean. It should set you back between $80 to $95 for half an hour.
5. Hire a kayak
Kayak's can be hired from Noosa Main Beach or from Noosa River and is a great way to explore Noosa River and its wildlife.
6. Take part in the triathlon
The Noosa Triathlon takes place every November. It is so popular that entries sell out within the first few minutes of entries opening, so get in their early.
It is an Olympic distance triathlon which involves:
Swim - 1500m. In a sheltered canal
Cycle - 40km. Undulating out and back course on the Noosa - Cooroy Road
• Run - 10km. Flat, one lap out and back course through Noosa Sound
Noosa Marina operates a market every Sunday from 8am – 2pm with a wide range of stalls from locally made craft items to the freshest of local produce.
The best way to get there is by taking the Noosa Ferry which starts from the Sheraton Resort Jetty, near Hastings Street.
Eumundi Markets are open every Wednesday from 8am – 1:30pm and Saturdays from 7am – 2pm. A strict policy of make it, bake it, design it, sew it or grow it ensures the very best of local items.
8. Go for a walk in the national park
Noosa National Park is located at the end of the boardwalk which leads away from Noosa Main Beach. The views across Laguna Bay are beautiful and if you are lucky, you may even spot a koala in the trees.
Australia Zoo makes a great day out for the young or old. It's your chance to cuddle a koala, watch some crocodile wrestling or see the amazing Aldabran Tortoises - the largest species of tortoise in the world!
The Zoo is $59 for adults, $35 for children or $172 for a family of four. Children under 3 years old can go for free.
Australia Zoo is located at 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, which is approximately an hour's drive from Noosa and 70 minutes from Brisbane.
10. Learn to surf
Noosa is a great place to learn how to surf, with some of the warmest waters in Australia. A two hour group lesson starts from around $60pp in Noosa Heads.
The lesson focusses on surf safety, surfboard design, how the surfboard works in the water, surfboard control, negotiating waves, paddling, catching waves and standing techniques.