Oceania >> Australia >>  Noosa
By astridgodess
Mon, 18 May 2009

With a laidback vibe and no buildings higher than the trees, the sub-tropical paradise of Noosa is a place where you can really relax. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do here. Noosa brings international resort glamour to its pristine beaches, national park and lush hinterland.

Wherever you stay in Noosa - just 90 minutes drive north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast – you’ll be close to nature. See koalas and exotic birdlife in the trees near your accommodation, fish from the beaches, rivers and canals or swim, surf and hike in Noosa National Park, the most visited in Queensland. Its many walking trails wind through the bush and along the coast, offering breathtaking views.

It sounds remote, but the national park is just over the hill from the elegant boutiques, restaurants, bistros, nightclubs and beachfront apartments of Hastings Street. This is the place to people watch, dine out, shop up a storm, pamper yourself with a spa treatment or spend an idle hour in a café. Stroll this strip of sophistication before relaxing on famous Main Beach or the scenic spot of Noosa Woods.

Good food and holiday relaxation go hand in hand, and Noosa’s gourmet scene is world renown. Savour the sub-tropical flavours and produce on a cooking course, bought fresh from a local farmers’ markets or at a restaurant table with a view.

If you’re into water-sports, there’s fishing, jet-skiing, water-skiing, surfing, sailing, and some amazing diving and snorkelling once you’ve digested. Bring your own boat or hire one along the river. Discover a virtually unexplored reef system just beyond Noosa Heads or dive the wreck of the HMAS Brisbane.

Just outside of Noosa, don’t miss the picturesque villages with their open-air markets, art galleries, gourmet restaurants and friendly pubs. Check out the famous Eumundi markets - open Wednesday and Saturday – selling clothes, furniture, jewelry and local foods and wines. Welcome to Noosa, where you can swap city stress for beachside glamour and all-natural relaxation.