THINGS TO DO
Noosa Main Beach: One of the few beaches along Australia's coastline that faces north. This beach is the best option for families or those who are not confident in the surf, as it is protected by the headland, has gentle waves and is patrolled year-round by surf lifesavers. This is also the best place to take a surf lesson if you're a beginner. With moderate waves and safe for swimming all year round, Main Beach is only steps away from famous Hastings Street shopping, accommodation, restaurants and bars - take a seat at a beachfront table at one of the many restaurants that line the Main Beach boardwalk and enjoy the view.
Noosa National Park beaches: Walk the beautiful coastal boardwalk from Hastings Street to the Noosa National Park entrance (about 10 minutes), then continue along the track to secluded beaches including Tea Tree Bay, Alexandria Bay and Granite Bay that are lapped by the clear waters of Laguna Bay. Stop at lookouts along the way for stunning views across to Noosa North Shore. The points are popular with surfers but the beaches are not patrolled, and not recommended for swimming.
SUNSHINE BEACH On the south-eastern side of the Noosa National Park headland, and just minutes from Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach is the start of Noosa's 'eastern beaches', with 15 kilometres of open beach. Swim at the patrolled section in front of Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club, then take a walk through the village, with restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques. Sunshine Beach is also very popular with surfers, particularly towards the headland.
Sunrise Beach: A few minutes south on the coastal highway, Sunrise Beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers on summer weekends and during peak school holiday seasons. This open beach is also great for fishing and surfing, and has beautiful viewing spots.
Peregian Beach: About 10 kilometres south of Sunshine Beach, heading down the coast road, you'll find Peregian, another patrolled surf beach. Peregian Beach has a great village feel and plenty of shops and cafes when you've had enough of the sand.
Surf Spots in Noosa: Noosa National Park is known for its sensational right hand, peeling breaks that attract surfers the world over. First Point has a perfect longboard break and on a medium sized swell it's perfect for beginners. Further round the headland you will come across Tea Tree Bay and Granite Bay, local favourites that provide good surfing in the right conditions. Further around the headland is beautiful Alexandria Bay, not patrolled beach, but a favourite of surfers and fishermen. Sunrise Beach, Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach are just minutes from Noosa. Sunrise Beach is patrolled on summer weekends and during peak school holiday seasons. Castaways Beach has easy access and is popular with local surfers.