Noosa

There was a time not long ago when Noosa, at the northern end of Queensland's Sunshine Coast, was a sleepy village surrounded by tropical rainforests and nestled beside the Pacific Ocean. Those days are long gone.

Noosa is today a glitzy high-end resort town, where up-market shops, outdoor cafes, restaurants and beauty salons line its iconic main thoroughfare - Hastings Street - and five star resorts line the beachfront, however the rainforests and sandy beaches are still there.

In the late 1960s, developers, looking to create a more up-market alterative to the Gold Coast on the Sunshine Coast, saw the potential of Noosa and began transforming it into the iconic tourist destination it is today. And while the older locals bemoan the changes to their beloved Noosa, the idyllic location that attracted the developers here in the first place remains intact and is as much a drawcard for visitors as the glitz and glamour that characterises the resort town today.

Noosa Heads

The name given to the town situated on the southern shore of Luguna Bay and on the far western side of Noosa Headland. Noosa Heads is 160 kms north of Brisbane, 1,100 kms north of Sydney and 20 km east of the Bruce Highway.

Noosaville

A suburb of Noosa, Noosaville has its own distinct village character and is located close to essential modern conveniences such as supermarkets and shopping centres. The Thomas Street area of Noosaville is fast becoming the boutique restaurant centre of Noosa, offering a wide variety of international cuisines.

Tewantin

The original settlement in the Noosa region, Tewantin is today one of its three major centres. Tewantin was originally a timber town. In 1869, it was the river port for the Noosa area.

The House of Bottles, located in Myles St, Tewantin, is a fascinating building constructed from more than 35,000 bottles and includes a bottle museum with over 10,000 bottles ranging from 2,000 year old antiquities to recent ones.


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Noosa National Park

Occupying the headland at Noosa, the National Park encompasses a rocky wild coastline dotted with sheltered beaches and coves. A series of tracks through the National Park offer visitors a chance to explore tranquil rainforest, open forest, Wallum headlands, scrubland and grass lands. The park entrance is located a short distance from Noosa town centre, which explains why it is one of Australia's most visited national parks.

Brief history

It was Noosa's golden ribbon of beach, or more particularly, the legendary break at First Point that first attracted outsiders to Noosa. Hayden Kenny, the father of former Ironman, surf lifesaver, canoer and successful businessman, Grant Kenny, is credited with being the first surfer to discover Noosa. Kenny told his surfing mates and the rest is tourism history.

More than 1.7million tourists visit Noosa annually. Plenty still arrive in Kombi vans with not much more than a longboard and boardies on board but the Lexus four-wheel-drives far outnumber them these days. In March 2009, Kenny was inducted into the hall of fame at the annual Noosa Festival of Surfing, an event held to celebrate the surfing lifestyle that first took shape in Noosa.

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