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.
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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 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, as you don’t have to contend with big surf. 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: This is the perfect spot where you can learn to surf with a world champion!! Noosa Learn To Surf have 2 sessions daily 9am and 1pm… just call the Visitor Information Centre for more Information 1 3000 NOOSA
Noosa Spit: This beach is a dedicated off-leash at all times dog beach and is also a popular locals picnic spot and for river boats to pull in to spend the day.
National Park beaches: There are several beaches in the headland section of the Noosa National Park, up the hill from Hastings Street, including Alexandria Bay. These beaches are gorgeous, and again popular with surfers, but they are not patrolled, so you need to go carefully.
Sunshine Beach: (Pictured right) Another patrolled beach, equally beautiful but with much bigger surf. The beach stretches for 15 kilometres and is very popular with surfers, particularly up towards the headland. Sunshine Beach is where a lot of Noosa’s many resident celebrities choose to live.
Sunrise Beach: is patrolled on summer weekends and during peak school holiday seasons. It’s also great for fishing and surfing.
Castaways Beach: has easy access and is popular with local surfers. An area between Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach is a dedicated off-leash dog area.
Marcus Beach: is 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: Coolum boasts one of the best beachside boardwalks on the Sunshine Coast, following 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. Why not try a surf lesson or hire a surfboard, boogie board or stand-up paddle board on the beach.
Eastern beaches: The long, long stretch between Sunshine Beach and Peregian Beach is divided into Sunrise Beach, Castaways Beach and Marcus Beach. These beaches are not patrolled but are the place to go if you want plenty of space or a long walk 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.
Noosa North Shore: (Pictured right) You can drive on this long stretch of beach on the northern side of Noosa (cross on the ferry at Tewantin), as well as fish, surf, camp and ride a horse. It’s known for its coloured sand cliffs and you feel like you’re miles away, even though it only takes about 10 minutes to get there.
Surf Spots in Noosa: The Noosa National Park has a number of 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, a local favourite, these smaller beaches provide good surfing in the right conditions. If you continue around the headland, you will come across beautiful Alexandria Bay. This is a non patrolled beach and is one of the quieter sandy beaches in Noosa – a favourite of surfers and fisherman. 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.