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6 of the Best Beaches in Noosa To Visit

Noosa is renowned for its pristine beaches and crowned a coastal jewel of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast. From the Noosa River, to the Noosa National Park that meets the Pacific Ocean, there are plenty of secluded tropical beaches, bays and coves to explore. In 2017, Noosa received the accolade of being the tenth World Surfing Reserve and also a recognised UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.


In Noosa you will discover breathtaking beaches nestled alongside paradisiacal surrounds, local fauna with a vibrant marine ecosystem. All of this makes Noosa a true nirvana for beachgoers, nature lovers and water sports enthusiasts. If you want to know where the best beaches in Noosa are then you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax and soak up the sun, or you’re looking for an adrenaline-pumping surfing or kitesurfing spot, in Noosa there is something for everyone.


1.Noosa Main Beach


Running parallel to the bar, boutique, hotel and restaurant-lined Hastings Street, Noosa Main Beach is the busiest beach in the area. It’s one of the country’s few north-facing beaches, and is protected from winds by the headland of Noosa National Park.  The crystal-clear waters are a delight for families with year-round lifeguards, while the rolling waves attract all levels of surfers. The annual Noosa Festival of Surfing is also located at the Noosa Main Beach.


2.Tea Tree Bay Beach


Another popular beach is reachable by following the Coastal Walk from the park entrance to Tea Tree Bay. Scattered with boulders and backed by lush bush vegetation, the bay evokes images of a tropical island. This is a favourite spot among local surfers, although visitors should be aware that there are no lifeguards. Keep an eye out for koalas perched in the treetops.


3.Alexandria Bay Beach


Return to the park’s coastal and headland trails and continue until you reach sweeping Alexandria Bay. It’s a long walk but the reward is a bay of fine golden sand that is all-but devoid of beachgoers. If the spectacular setting isn’t enough to tempt then respite from the Noosa crowds surely will. This is unofficially a clothing-optional beach so expect to run into a naturist or two.


4.Sunshine Beach


Starting from the southern base of the national park, Sunshine Beach is the beginning of 15 kilometres of glorious sandy coastline. Enjoy long walks, bike rides and powerful surf breaks. Bring your board along or sit and watch the experts strut their stuff. When the swell drops at Noosa Main Beach, Sunshine becomes the venue for the Noosa Longboard Open. Beneath a backdrop of greenery behind the beach, you’ll find an eclectic collection of bars, cafés and restaurants.


5.Castaways Beach & Peregian Beach


These two beaches are part of the continuation of Sunshine Beach. Both are dog-friendly so let your pooch off the lead and allow them to frolic in the sand and waves. Castaways is well-known among Noosa surfers, but with no lifeguard patrol. Inexperienced riders might be better off watching from the beach. Peregian epitomises the blissed-out surf vibe and has a village home to laidback dining options. Don’t miss Lake Weyba for birding, canoeing, horse-riding and kitesurfing.


6.Noosa North Shore


Make your way across the Noosa River to discover the 80 kilometres of wilderness coastline of Noosa North Shore. With opportunities for camping, fishing, horse-riding and surfing, this is a paradise for adventuresome travellers. Check out Teewah Beach, which is accessible by 4WD, bike and foot only. It’s a gateway to the Great Sandy National Park, from where the Cooloola Great Walk connects to Rainbow Beach.


With a climate characterised by hot summers, balmy winters and constant sunshine, Noosa is a destination for all seasons. Our Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort on Hastings Street brings you up close to all the action.


Noosa Main Beach, One of Noosa's Best Beaches

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