Want to know how to spend three days in Noosa Australia for an awesome get-away? Check out how best to spend time in this resort region on the Sunshine Coast known for great coastal trails, strong ocean waves for surfing, water activities, Noosa Everglades, outdoor markets, boutique shops, restaurants and nearby wine tasting.
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Best Time to Go to Noosa Heads
Early October is the end of winter, launching into to spring time in Australia, which makes this shoulder season the best time to travel to Noosa Heads (“Noosa”) to avoid higher costs and tourists, while enjoying some amazing weather as I mention in my Australia travel guide.
Noosa’s October weather, not to mention terrain and scenery, reminded me much of California: warm, sunny, no humidity, and nice breezes. Day temperatures ranged from the high 70’s/low 80’s F (25 – 28 C), with fair evenings in the 60’s F (16 – 18 C).
However, two days before we left the weatherman was calling for a heatwave of 91 F (33 C). I’m glad we missed that.
Getting Around in Noosa
Depending on where you are staying, much of Noosa can be done without renting a car. However, if you want to try some of the fun things to do Noosa I mention, I would recommend having a vehicle for getting around Noosa.
It can be hard to find parking in the Downtown Noosa area, so being flexible and mixing up your transportation in Noosa, like walking, biking, or Ubering can be part of fun in enjoying your stay in Noosa.
I love to promote public transportation because it is budget-friendly, not to mention environmentally-friendly. I recommend using the Noosa TRANSLink bus system, which is easy and inexpensive in addition to being eco-friendly.
Where to Stay in Noosa
If you want to be in the center of the Noosa action, stay in the Hastings Street area.
If you want something quieter, I recommend staying West of downtown along the river.
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How to Spend Three Days in Noosa
My three days in Noosa were full yet relaxing, so I highly recommend checking out these seven amazing, and sometimes free, things to do in Noosa Australia for your perfect three day Noosa itinerary.
1 – Noosa National Park
Nothing can make you truly appreciate the beauty of this area than walking the trails of Noosa National Park – a must do in Noosa.
Very easy to access, take a right on Park Avenue at the downtown roundabout and follow the seaside walking path to the park trailhead. Entrance to the park is free.
There are some hills, but the walk is easy. Do as little or as much as you like. Picnic areas and beach shower heads are available.
Work your way to Laguna Lookout for a scenic coastal view of the Noosa Laguna before ending your park experience.
2 – Sunbathe on the Noosa Beaches
Working your way back from Lagoona Lookout, take a break on the Coastal Walk and sunbathe on Noosa’s white, sandy beaches. The park provides some more secluded, smaller beaches, like Tea Tree Bay or Little Cove Beach.
If you want to be closer to town, head out of the park to town and absorb the sun on the Noosa Main Beach. Noosa Main Beach can get crowded in higher tourist seasons, so if you visit Noosa at that time, you may want to get there early.
Heck, you could spend three days in Noosa, Australia on the beaches alone, so why not mix up the beach scene? All of the beaches are public and the beaches are known to be safe for swimming all year round.
3 – Hastings Street
Hastings Street, a short, tree-lined street offering open air restaurants and shops. The area can be touristy and get crowded so eating here or elsewhere is up to you. If shopping is your thing, stroll down the street to see what the town has to offer.
I would also try to avoid driving here as parking can be hard to find, so walking or other transportation to downtown Noosa is recommended.
4 – Paddle Boarding Noosa
Noosa is fabulous for outdoor and water activities, and stand-up paddle boarding on Noosa River is very popular here. This is fun for anyone to do, novice or experienced. I had never done it before but found it very easy. It’s also inexpensive.
You can find many rental shops, like Noosa Watersports, renting paddle boards by the half hour or hour. For the best experience, paddle board the Noosa River in the morning when the water is calmer (and the sun not so hot).
5 – Kayaking Noosa
Kayaking the Noosa Everglades in the Great Sandy National Park is another great outdoor activity providing a chance to see one of only two everglades systems in the world and 40% of the country’s bird species.
However, if you can’t make your way to the everglades, don’t worry because kayaking is also available on the Noosa River – same rental costs as the paddle boards. If you have never tried kayaking, I highly recommend it.
6 – Eumundi Market
Want a day out of Noosa, why not check out the Eumundi Market? A half hour drive southwest of Noosa, the expansive, outdoor Eumundi Market happens every Wednesday (8am – 1:30pm) and Saturday (7am – 2pm) and is one of the not-to-be-missed things to do on a Noosa trip.
You’ll enjoy an array of food and produce vendors as well as local artist tents ranging from jewelry and clothing to handcrafted furniture.
This market is great for “window” shopping, buying those unique Australia gifts to bring back to friends and family, or just sinful snacking.
7 – Wine Tasting
Love to go wine tasting? The Sunshine Coast has that, too. After you’ve filled up at the Eumundi Market, drive just a half hour North to Dingo Creek Vineyard in Traveston (or 45 minutes from Noosa).
Dingo Creek offers lovely whites, reds, bubbly and port. Five tastings include a Dingo Creek wine glass for your wine glass collection.
Lounge on their covered porch or soak in the sun on the gravel path. I highly enjoyed their wine selection. I even purchased a bottle of bubbly. Dingo Creek is definitely worth the visit.
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Have more time for wine? Try Flame Hill Vineyard, a 50-minute drive from Dingo Creek Vineyard (same distance from Noosa). Also nice in quality, but with a slightly larger selection, wines range between whites, rosé’s and reds.
Flame Hill sits high on a hill offering stunning views of the hills and ocean in the distance. You can also lounge on their outdoor patio with a bottle of wine or stop into their restaurant.
Have More Than Three Days in Noosa?
If you have more than three days, there are many more things to do in Noosa Heads, especially ecotourism activities. Take a dolphin viewing kayaking tour, go humpback whale watching, visit the Noosa Botanical Gardens, or even take surfing lessons.
Being bored is unlikely when visiting Noosa with all it has to offer.
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