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
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
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.
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
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
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.