There are beautiful walks in the Noosa National Park between Noosa and Sunshine Beach which are definitely worth doing, lots of gorgeous bays for swimming along the way and great views. You might even see whales or dolphins at this time of year;
Eumundi is pretty inland village/town (probably 20 mins away) that has great markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Lovely and shady, a nice place to wonder about (i can personally recommend lunch at Claude's food at the Market, delicious) ;
We also had a really nice meal at Fratellini's at Sunshine Beach (about 5 mins away)
There's a lot to see and do in this area whether you want to stick to the beaches and relax or head into the hinterland and explore their villages (Malayney, Mapleton etc) almost 8 years ago
Lucky you! Noosa is a truly beautiful part of the Sunshine Coast - the river is brilliant for kayaking, boating, swimming, the beaches terrific for swimming or surfing.
Try http://www.kayaknoosa.com/ for wonderful kayaking tours. Also along the Noosa River at Noosaville there are SO many good restaurants. Just go for a walk and one will soon take your eye.
In Noosa itself, or Noosa Heads, again - SO many good restaurants that any walk along the beach or Hastings Street will ensure that you see somewhere wonderful to eat. If you want an ocean view there are plenty available. I've had a nice meal at Catos too, which is part of the Sheraton. A walk in the National Park is also a delight.
Do take a drive up to the Hinterland - from Eumundi - and yes the markets are a Saturday must, very early like around 7.00 am before they are packed out - have your breakfast there :-) - and also drive along the range - from Nambour up to Mapleton, then Flaxton, Montville and Maleny - terrific shopping, art galleries, restaurants and amazing views over the coastal plain to the ocean. If you want a picnic try Mary Cairncross Park just out of Maleny. A terrific walk there too.
If you're fit and into that sort of thing, get yourself to Mt Coolum and climb it, it's only maybe 15 km from Noosa. It's not super difficult. A bit further away find the shopping at Maroochydore (especially at the Sunshine Plaza) and Australia Zoo is probably about an hour from Noosa.
Of course you could just lounge on the beach with an occasional expedition for ice-cream :-)
Have an amazing holiday :-) almost 8 years ago
Check out the Australia Zoo. Buses depart daily from Noosa and it's the best Zoo I've ever been to. It's owned and operated by Steve Irwins family and its very, very interactive and you have numerous chances to interact with the animals.
In Noosa we rented scooters right in town and zipped off down the coast and inland a bit for the afternoon. The electric ones don't require a license and it's affordable and fun. A wonderful way to see the beautiful area around Noosa.
I would head to Peterpan's Travel agency in Noosa and check in with them. They will help you find things to do while you are in Noosa and can help you plan,book and research things. Please ask for Penny and tell her Chris says hello :) almost 8 years ago