Beaches

Take in 50 shades of relaxing blue in Noosa’s beautiful waters. Noosa's beaches have something for everyone - from the safe, calm waters of Laguna Bay that lap Noosa's Main Beach and are hugged by the Noosa National Park on one side and Noosa North Shore on the other, to the expansive open beaches on the eastern seaboard.

The Noosa region is the 10th World Surfing Reserve, recognising decades of best practice in coastal management and protection, and surfers come from around the world to surf Noosa's breaks, especially during the Noosa Festival of Surfing, held in March each year.

There are beaches for swimming, surfing, stand-up paddling, boating, fishing, kite-surfing, snorkelling, walking, exploring - there are even beaches for dogs to run off-leash.

Things to do

Noosa Main Beach: One of the few beaches along Australia's coastline that faces north. This beach is the best option for families or those who are not confident in the surf, as it is protected by the headland, has gentle waves and is patrolled year-round by surf lifesavers. This is also the best place to take a surf lesson if you're a beginner. With moderate waves and safe for swimming all year round, Main Beach is only steps away from famous Hastings Street shopping, accommodation, restaurants and bars - take a seat at a beachfront table at one of the many restaurants that line the Main Beach boardwalk and enjoy the view.

Noosa Groyne:  To the west of Noosa Main Beach, this is the perfect spot to learn to surf - call the Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA for information on surf lessons.

Noosa Spit: At the mouth of the Noosa River, where the river meets the sea, this is a dedicated off-leash dog beach and is popular for picnics (especially at sunset), and for boats to pull up for a spot of fishing.

Noosa National Park beaches: Walk the beautiful coastal boardwalk from Hastings Street to the Noosa National Park entrance (about 10 minutes), then continue along the track to secluded beaches including Tea Tree Bay, Alexandria Bay and Granite Bay that are lapped by the clear waters of Laguna Bay. Stop at lookouts along the way for stunning views across to Noosa North Shore. The points are popular with surfers but the beaches are not patrolled, and not recommended for swimming. Image by Paul Smith Images.

Noosa World Surfing Reserve:
Noosa was named the 10th World Surfing Reserve in 2017, with 4km of stunning point and beach breaks from Sunshine Beach and Noosa National Park headland to the Noosa River mouth. The acknowledgement by World Surfing Reserves, a division of the US-based Save The Waves Coalition, recognises the surfing, environmental and cultural significance of the area to the Noosa community.

Sunshine Beach:(Pictured right) On the south-eastern side of the Noosa National Park headland, and just minutes from Noosa Heads, Sunshine Beach is the start of Noosa's 'eastern beaches', with 15 kilometres of open beach. Swim at the patrolled section in front of Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club, then take a walk through the village, with restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques. Sunshine Beach is also very popular with surfers, particularly towards the headland.

Sunrise Beach:
A few minutes south on the coastal highway, Sunrise Beach is patrolled by surf lifesavers on summer weekends and during peak school holiday seasons. This open beach is also great for fishing and surfing, and has beautiful viewing spots.

Castaways Beach: Easy access from the coastal highway south of Noosa Heads, and popular with local surfers. An area between Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach is a dedicated off-leash dog area. The beach isn't patrolled by surf lifesavers, so swimming is not recommended.

Marcus Beach: Close to Peregian, and while there is no patrolled swimming area, it has popular surfing breaks and is excellent for beach fishing. Off-leash at all times dog area.

Peregian Beach: About 10 kilometres south of Sunshine Beach, heading down the coast road, you'll find Peregian, another patrolled surf beach. Peregian Beach has a great village feel and plenty of shops and cafes when you've had enough of the sand.

Coolum Beach: A beautiful beachside boardwalk follows the coastline for many kilometres. Coolum is perfectly positioned for fabulous views up and down the Coast and is one of the best land-based whale watching spots on the Sunshine Coast. The beach is patrolled year-round.

Eastern beaches: The long stretch between Sunshine Beach and Peregian Beach includes Sunrise Beach, Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach. This is a beautiful place for a long walk or bike ride on the sand. The stretch around Castaways and Marcus is also a designated dog walking beach, where you can let them off the lead, and is popular with kitesurfers and anglers.

Noosa North Shore: (Pictured right) Cross the Noosa River via car ferry from Tewantin to the northern side of the Noosa River, then drive or ride your bike along Noosa North Shore, past coloured sand cliffs and through the Great Sandy National Park. Popular for camping, fishing, surfing and horse riding.

Surf Spots in Noosa: Noosa National Park is known for its sensational right hand, peeling breaks that attract surfers the world over. First Point has a perfect longboard break and on a medium sized swell it's perfect for beginners. Further round the headland you will come across Tea Tree Bay and Granite Bay, local favourites that provide good surfing in the right conditions. Further around the headland is beautiful Alexandria Bay, not patrolled beach, but a favourite of surfers and fishermen. Sunrise Beach, Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach are just minutes from Noosa. Sunrise Beach is patrolled on summer weekends and during peak school holiday seasons. Castaways Beach has easy access and is popular with local surfers.

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Highlights

  • Enjoy the miles of quiet, pristine coastline – walk from one beach to the next if you’re feeling energetic
  • Try your luck with some beach fishing – you may even catch dinner
  • Surf the quieter local breaks
  • Ride a bike along the path that follows the coastline

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