Noosa is full of awesome surprises. The first is the location.

Many visitors who only get to spend a day or two only think of Noosa as the little strip of beautiful beach with Hastings Street running beside it – book-ended by rainforest.

ABP_9783-Edit_PRINTLonely planet describes it as, “a swanky resort town with a stunning natural landscape of crystalline beaches and tropical rainforests.”
But that is just the Heads.

You will soon discover that Noosa encompases a far bigger area with many suburbs actually beachside and little villages filled with cafes, restaurants, markets, BBQ areas, parks, playgrounds and dog friendly beaches dotted throughout.

Also check out our Guide for Families for more information on your stay.

Noosa Main Beach

Patrolled: Daily all year

Dog friendly: Dogs are not permitted on Main Beach but very nearby, at the end of hastings street (Called Noosa Woods), on the opposite side from Main Beach is “Dog Beach” which is awesome for kids to swim as well as it is protected from the open ocean.

Amenities: Toilets and showers underneath the SLSC and at the other end of Hastings St tucked in the bush near the “learn to surf” trailer.

Family Activities: Beach goers can enjoy the boardwalk, walking trails, picnic tables, surfboard rentals and the Surf Life Saving Club.

The Junction

Moving away from Hastings St, just over the hill is “The Junction” which although not quite as swanky as Hastings St, is a great place to get things done while you get amongst the locals and grab something for the BBQ and bottle shop. Like Hastings St, Noosa Junction also has some great retail therapy, restaurants and cafes – with hairdressers, more surf shops, bike shops, a fresh seafood shop, a fruit shop, florist, post office a couple supermarkets and the cinema.

The River

Driving a few minutes up river or 20min on foot, and you will come to “The River”. This is where the locals go and more than a few in-the-know visitors. This is where family fun and relaxation can easily flow. Taking advantage of this protected piece of paradise are tours, boat rentals, SUP rentals, bicycle rentals and BBQs on the water side with a long pathway to connect them all. The swimming here is very safe and child-friendly. Across the road you will find restaurants and cafes till the heart’s content.

Continuing south from “The Junction” (and just on the other side of the National Park follow the signs and you will quickly arrive at Sunshine Beach. Here you will find a village atmosphere where locals mix with visitors swim, play, dine and browse the numerous real estate windows. Don’t miss the award winning SLSC even if only for its views and Thursday nights kids eat for free.

Sunshine Beach

Patrolled: 365 days a year.

Dog friendly: Dogs are not permitted on the beach, however, there is a specific off leash area north of the beach.

Amenities: Toilets and showers.

Recreation: Barbecues, picnic tables, a swing set and a Surf Life Saving Club are available to beach goers. The beach is also a popular surfing spot with swimming between the flags.
From Sunshine Beach, the south following David Low Way connects all the beach communities and, catching both ocean views and national park views, is nothing short of spectacular.
First up is Sunrise Beach followed by Marcus Beach and finally Peregian Beach.

Check out our Sunshine Beach Guide for Visitors

Sunrise Beach

Sunrise Beach is a lovely quiet family-friendly residential suburb with most places being walkable to the beach. Sunrise is also home to the Noosa Aquatic Centre – a great place for a swim where there is also a creche available for the children.

Patrolled: Weekends from September to April, and seven days a week during the September, Easter and Christmas school holidays.

Dog friendly: Dogs on leashes are permitted outside the flagged areas.

Amenities: Toilets and showers available.
Recreation: The beach offers picnic tables and is a popular spot for hang gliding.

Marcus Beach

Marcus is a a small and friendly suburb with all houses walkable to the beach. Marcus is quiet and tucked beautifully into the National Park and is supremely dog friendly, having the most well-known off leash beach area other than “Dog Beach” at the end of Hasting St.

Peregian Beach

Peregian Beach has it own wonderfully relaxed village atmosphere – great restaurants, cafes, shopping, play areas for the kids like a skate park, swings and grassed areas to kick a ball right next to the patrolled beach.

Peregian also has a practical side: along with a new supermarket, bottle shop and some basic services like pharmacy, doctors offices, post office, so it’s a great place to keep the holiday vibe and get some supplies. Peregian is also home to the Peregian Originals on the 2nd Sunday of the month and a fantastic market each 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month.

Patrolled: The beach is patrolled seven days a week during the September, Easter and Christmas school holidays and on weekends from September to April
Dog friendly: Dogs on leashes are permitted outside the flagged areas.

Amenities: Toilets and showers off the beach.

Recreation: Barbecues, a playground, covered picnic tables, skate park and numerous cafe’s are available to beach goers. The beach is also a popular surf spot.

Note: North Peregian (Access 50) is also a patrolled area during school holidays and has toilets and showers.