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The Best Things to do in Noosa: Where to Eat, Drink, Stay and Play

A slice of coastal paradise awaits with this edit of the best things to do in Noosa.

Ahh, Noosa. It doesn't matter how many places you visit around the world, there's always one destination your heart will long for. And for many of us, that place is Noosa. 

Known for its breathtaking natural beauty, stunning beaches and laid-back lifestyle, Noosa is a highly sought-after destination. With its lush hinterland, crystal clear waters, pristine shorelines, amazing foodie scene and an amazing offering of local shops and boutiques, Noosa has something for every kind of holidaymaker. 

So if you're longing for another visit, or it's still on your bucket list, keep reading as we break down the best things to do in Noosa. 

The Best Things to do in Noosa: Eat

Noosa's foodie scene is bursting with quality and variety, offering visitors a true taste of the region's fresh produce and culinary creativity. The area is home to a range of dining options, from fine dining restaurants featuring world-class cuisine, to casual cafes and beachside bistros serving up delicious bites. 

Two people seated at a table under an umbrella are reading the menu, the beach is in the background
Bistro C

Bistro C

This perfectly polished beachside restaurant and bar is an iconic venue to visit on your next trip to Noosa. Enjoy their award-winning menu that heroes regional flavours and local produce as you gaze out over Laguna Bay. Which, by the way, sounds like the setting of a television series… so be the main character and dine in style on your next visit to Noosa. You can expect plenty of locally caught seafood, seared steaks, oysters and other fun and fresh dishes. 

On The Beach, 49 Hastings Street, Noosa

Locale Noosa

Located on bustling Hastings Street, Locale is a much-loved fine dining destination in Noosa. Traditional Italian antipasti, handmade pasta and an extensive beverage list are just a few things that make Locale one of Noosa’s best restaurants. Their Squid ink Tagliatelle is to die for, plated with Fraser Isle spanner crab, basil, chilli, butter and lemon pangrattato. Is anyone else’s mouth watering? Pass the chianti, please. 

62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads 

A hand dips triangle shaped prawn toast into an orange sauce
Sum Yung Guys

Sum Yung Guys

Housed in a curated space that pays homage to their love and passion for Asian culture and cuisine Sum Yung Guys is a must-try. Prepare to transport your tastebuds with the innovative and incredible menu of modern Asian Fusion fare. With 14 Chefs Hats under their belt, this popular restaurant is owned by MasterChef’s Matt Sinclair and Dylan Campbell. It’s a gluten-free lover’s dream with most of the menu items marked as “GF”, but if you’re struggling to make up your mind on what to order, the banquet does all the hard work for you. We recommend trying the wok-tossed baby squid and finishing with the caramelised sticky rice!

1/205 Weyba Road, Noosaville 

Ricky's
Ricky's

Ricky’s 

Ricky’s River Bar & Restaurant is one of Noosa’s best restaurants and with good reason. Their seasonal menus highlight the best local produce in the region and the water views are unparalleled, making the dining experience that little bit extra special. The chic yet laidback energy of Noosa is captured in the crisp, white decor and the natural light that pours in. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience one of Noosa’s most popular dining destinations on your next visit to the Sunshine Coast!

2 Quamby Place, Noosa Heads

Interior dining area, featuring seafoam green upholstery and neutral tones.
Noosa Beach House

Noosa Beach House 

For a laidback luxe dining destination, visit Noosa Beach House, located right in the centre of Hastings Street! It will feel like summer all year long with succulent seafood, icy oysters and expertly handcrafted cocktails. Regularly hosting events that showcase the handiwork of Executive Chef Bret Cameron, there’s never a shortage of new experiences here. Chef Bret is passionate about a producer-to-plate approach with a lens on local, small-scale Queensland farmers and producers which he weaves throughout his menus.

14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

Light Years

Having originated in Byron Bay, Light Years now has four restaurants scattered across the East Coast of Australia. The relaxed, modern eatery is popular for a reason with flavour-packed Asian-inspired share plates, inventive cocktails and jazzy interiors. With dumplings, bao, curries and larger plates all up for grabs, it's best to opt into one of the 'feed me' menus for a sample of Light Years' punchy offering. Think Prawn Toast Donuts, Wagyu Beef Rendang and Twice Cooked Crispy Skin Chicken. 

1 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Heads 

The Best Things to do in Noosa: Stay

From French-inspired five-star hotels to villas tucked in the canopies, Noosa has all your luxe accommodation options sorted. 

Sofitel
Sofitel

Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

If five-star luxury is your love language, set a date with Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort. Blending coastal chic and Parisian elegance, there’s no shortage of fun events, seasonal menu updates and luxurious treatments to indulge in at the Aqua Day Spa. If you’re looking for a White Lotus-inspired experience, book in some time at the poolside cabanas, or make the most of the swim-up bar.

From $494 per night

14-16 Hastings Street (vehicular entrance off Noosa Parade), Noosa

Tingirana
Tingirana

Tingirana

Tingirana is your little piece of heaven, tucked into the centre of Noosa. Situated between Hastings Street and Noosa Beach, you’re also a short walk from the bars, cafes, restaurants, and boutique shopping that the area has to offer. If you’re keen on a nature walk, you’ll only be a quick drive from the National Park. With a Hamptons-style aesthetic and feel, you’ll be comfortable, relaxed and carefree with each blissful minute that passes by on your next luxury stay in Noosa. 

From $505 per night

25 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads QLD 

On The Beach
On The Beach

On The Beach 

Location, location! On The Beach offers up the best that Noosa has to offer, positioned just off bustling Hastings Street and overlooking Main Beach. Close to the best restaurants in Noosa as well as the best shopping destinations, you’ll delight in private and well-appointed apartments and penthouses, boasting benefits such as direct beach access. Enjoy drinks on the balcony from your spa or lilo, soaking up the rays and experiencing total, blissful relaxation. 

From $838 per night

49 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

Netanya 

If you're heading to Noosa, we guarantee scoring yourself some accommodation with direct beach access will elevate your experience. And if laid-back luxe is your chosen vibe, head straight to Netanya. Located ideally on Noosa Main Beach and a short walk from the eateries of the ever-popular Hastings Street, you'll be in the thick of the action yet a world away. Choose from one-bedroom studios to spacious three-bedroom apartments, all with access to the sparkling beachfront pool. 

From $814 per night 

71 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads

The Best Things to do in Noosa: Drink

A moody bar, with charcuterie meats and cheeses served on the corner with a glass of red wine
Apero

Apéro

Apéro Noosa is an ode to the European tradition of meeting a friend for an aperitif and a bite to eat. Whilst we wouldn’t quite put this one down as a restaurant, it’s a venue not to be missed! Why not stop in for a light supper of upscale bites ranging from peckish (bread, olives, anchovies) to more substantial meals (Mafadine pasta or wagyu beef sirloin). Sip on classic cocktails or choose from the extensive wine list. Hurry now, the oysters and champagne await you!

203 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

Moonstruck 

Cafe by day, gin-slinging bar by night, Moonstruck is a delight always. After a long day at the beach, it's the perfect place to wind down with seating sprawling out across the pavement. Enjoy the curated Australian small-batch gin collection (go for a gin flight!) and a cheeseboard and soak up the last of the day before repeating it all again tomorrow. A trip to Moonstruck is easily bound to be one of the best things you do in Noosa. 

5 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads 

Miss Moneypenny's
Miss Moneypenny's

Miss Moneypenny’s 

With a relaxed atmosphere on stylish Hastings Street, Miss Moneypenny’s is the perfect place to stop by to sip on cocktails that look as good as they taste. Be sure to stay a little longer and indulge in artfully constructed meals like the Chargrilled Ora King Salmon Stick, local scallops served in a half shell or the Slipper Lobster Linguine. 

6 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads 

The Best Things to do in Noosa: Explore

Whether you’re an avid shopper, keen for a bit of pampering or more of an outdoorsy type, Noosa delivers on all fronts. The main shopping area of Hastings Street is a must-visit for those looking for high-end fashion, jewellery, and gifts. Meanwhile, the weekly farmers' markets showcase the best of the region's produce, including fresh fruit and vegetables, artisan bread, and handcrafted goods. 

Outdoor activities here are rife; the sub-tropical climate makes it a breeze for nature-loving locals and holidaymakers alike, who come in search of local wildlife and scenic adventure. There are infinite coastlines to be explored and trails to be tramped, whether by foot, by kayak or boat.

Noosa Beach
Noosa Beach

Explore Noosa's Stunning Coastline

Undoubtedly the single biggest drawcard of the region is Noosa’s stretch of beautiful coastline and the bounty of beaches that reel in international surfers and beach lovers alike. Whilst scattered surf breaks host festivals and competitions year-round, the calm, patrolled Laguna Bay comes teeming with young and old beachgoers, who come in search of a refreshing dip and soft sand underfoot. 

Noosa Ferry
Noosa Ferry

Hop Aboard the Noosa Ferry 

If you're truly hunting out the best things to do in Noosa, no trip is complete without a cruise on the Noosa Ferry. The ferry departs from Hastings Street and cruises to Tewantin with multiple stops along the Noosa River. Trips depart approximately every 45 minutes so there's no need to book ahead. You can score a hop and hop off day pass for $28 which gives you the freedom to explore the river at your own pace. Fancy a sunset cruise? They can sort you out for one of those, too! 

Noosa Marina, 2 Parkyn Court, Tewantin 

Shop Up A Storm On Hastings Street

Alongside a host of national favourites, Noosa Heads is home to a bevy of designer boutiques loved by tourists and locals alike. Think chic, minimalist homewares and boho fashion galore. Central Hastings Street is the perfect place for a spot of mid-day shopping with plenty of options for a long lunch and mimosa (or two). 

Eumundi Markets
Eumundi Markets

Eumundi Markets

A visit to Noosa isn't complete without a stop by the iconic Eumundi Markets. Dubbed one of Australia's best markets, they are open every Wednesday and Saturday as well as the Eumundi Farmer's Markets which run on Sundays. 

Just 15 minutes from Noosa Heads, the markets are buzzing as locals and visitors alike explore an array of locally produced goods including fresh produce, artisan goods and every weird and wonderful thing in between.

80 Memorial Drive, Eumundi 

Hell's Gate (photo credit: All Trails)
Hell's Gate (photo credit: All Trails)

Enjoy a Coastal Walk

Noosa is renowned for its stunning coastline and breathtaking scenery, and there are so many incredible coastal walks that offer visitors the chance to experience its natural beauty. Whatever your fitness level, here's our top picks:

Noosa National Park Coastal Track:  This one is a biggy - about four hours as you work your way through the headland section of Noosa National Park. But it will be so worth it! Enjoy the lush forests along the rugged coastline of Noosa National Park, plus incredible views of the ocean and the surrounding landscape.

Hell's Gate Walk: Snaking through from the rugged cliffs of Hell's Gates to the tranquil waters of Tea Tree Bay, showcasing the diverse and spectacular beauty of Noosa's coastline, this is a stroll you won't be forgetting anytime soon. It takes about one hour and 15 minutes so snacks are a must! 

Noosa Main Beach to Sunshine Beach: This scenic walk takes about three hours and will bring you along the soft sand of Noosa Main Beach and into the charming village of Sunshine Beach, offering gorgeous views of the ocean and the surrounding hills.

Beautiful one day, perfect the next. There's so much to love about little old Noosa. If you loved our edit of the best things to do in Noosa and are looking for more travel inspo you might also like our guide to the top Aussie destinations to visit in 2023 or Australia's coolest motels for luxury on a budget.

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