Noosa Heads is one of the most beautiful places in Australia and provides a gateway to explore so many other areas. To the north are some of the most stunning beaches in Australia, extending all the way up to Rainbow Beach and Fraser Island.
You can actually drive your 4WD along the beach all the way to the Sandy Cape of Fraser Island, starting your day trip just across the river from Noosa Heads at Tewantin. If you don’t have your own 4WD there are numerous tours that pick up from Noosa.
To the south you have the entire Sunshine Coast to explore all the way down to Coloundra. Heading inland to the west you will find the beautiful Hinterland and if you head East onto the water, unlimited water sports are available to you. Noosa Heads really is the perfect home away from home to base your holiday.
Nature tours and day trips from Noosa Heads.
1. Fraser Island Day Tour
To access Fraser Island and really explore the area you need to travel by 4WD. Noosa is spoilt for choice with a number of tour companies offering 4WD tours from Noosa Heads to Fraser Island.
Fraser Island itself is a wonderful destination with unspoilt rainforest, beautiful inland lakes and beaches that stretch for kilometres. Many people use Hervey Bay as their gateway to Fraser Island and don’t realise that by doing this they are missing out on some of the most stunning scenery Queensland has to offer.
The drive along the beach from Tewantin to Rainbow Beach is stunning and the coloured sands of Teewah Beach are absolutely beautiful. By using Noosa Heads as your departure point for Fraser Island you will enjoy the beautiful Teewah Beach, Rainbow Beach, double Island Point and Fraser Island all in the one tour. All areas are part of The Great Sandy National Park.
2. Walk through Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park encompasses an area of more than 4,000 hectares, including sections surrounding Lake Weyba, Peregian and Coolum. Noosa National Park is extremely important for nature conservation and is home to several rare and threatened species. Noosa National Park is a popular attraction loved by locals and tourists alike.
Noosa National Park is one of the easiest to access by foot from local areas. Explore kilometres of walking tracks of all grades from wheelchair accessible, easy walking to medium level sandy tracks. No trip to Noosa is complete without a sightseeing trip to Noosa National Park for a day.
3. Sunset Cruise on Noosa River
A popular activity in Noosa Heads is a cruise along the Noosa River with its hidden waterways and canals. A sunset cruise is particularly special as you watch the river come to life, listening to the sounds of nature and the water lapping at your feet. Add into the mix a relaxing drink and a few nibbles and you have the recipe for a perfect evening. A sunset river cruise in Noosa Heads is an idyllic finish to your sightseeing day.
4. Everglades Cruise
Another very popular day trip from Noosa Heads is an everglades cruise. Travelling up the Noosa River and then into the attraction of the everglades themselves, visitors will enjoy the variety of flora and fauna and abundance of bird life on offer. The whole area is a lush wilderness and a photographers dream. Tours to the everglades usually include a stop at Harry’s Hut, a BBQ lunch or afternoon tea and the option to go canoeing into the more intricate waterways. The reflections and tannins in the water are beautiful. This wetland area is easily accessed from Noosa Heads and is the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature.
5. Hire a car up to the Sunshine Coast Hinterland – Maleny / Montville /Mapleton
The perfect day trip just a short drive inland from Noosa Heads will lead you up into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Here you will find the delightful villages of Maleny, Montville and Mapleton. As you wind your way through the hinterland you will most likely find yourself feeling naturally rejuvenated, calm and content as the charm of the forests and laneways embrace you. There are many scenic walking tracks for you to explore the natural beauty of the hinterland.
There’s a natural appeal about Maleny that will captivate you when you come for a day visit. Gorgeous green, rolling hills are blended with pockets of remnant rainforest alongside breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains, creating an exceptionally pretty holiday destination and spectacular sightseeing.
Montville shares elements of its surrounding hinterland villages, like Maleny and Mapleton, but has a character all its own, with its quaint European architecture. First settled in 1887, it has grown into a thriving shopping village with a wonderful array of quality art galleries, stylish cafes and restaurants, gift shops and beautiful fashion stores, set in the picturesque surroundings of a shady tree-lined street with incredible views all the way down to the coast.
Mapleton is a small and sweet hinterland village with soaring views stretching across the coastal plains and down to the ocean on one side, and dense subtropical rainforest blanketing the other. In Mapleton Forest Reserve and Mapleton Falls National Park, you’ll feel lost inside a land before time, as you walk among lush piccabeen palm groves, grandiose bunya pines and tall blackbutt forests. This is a true paradise for hikers, mountain bikers and birdwatchers.
If you don’t have your own car it is very easy to Hire a car in Noosa heads and take a day trip up to the very popular attraction of The Sunshine Coast Hinterland.