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Noosa Main Beach

Noosa Main Beach

Richard Greenwood

Noosa Heads is located approximately 2 hours north of Brisbane, or about 90 minutes from Brisbane International Airport.  It is well known throughout Australia as a 'dream' holiday destination, and has in recent years seen a significantly increased flow of international tourists.  In recent years an English Language school was opened, and this has seen an increase in longer term international visitors.

Through stringent planning guidelines, Noosa has maintained a near unique balance between nature and development. It is built largely around a series of stunning national parks, and is borderd by the Pacific Ocean and Noosa River.

Renowned as a surfing location, Noosa was selected by Longboarder magazine as one of the world's top 4 surfing destinations. There is a strong surf culture in the town, but little of the aggression that can be found in other places on the Australian Coast.

Whole Main Beach is covered with hotels or other forms of holiday accommodation. Cheapest way to sleep is at the beaches or if you are traveling with a van, you can practically park it anywhere you like. Next best thing is YHA hostel, Halse Lodge, with dorms starting from 25AUD/night.

You can visit the national park and find a nudist beach from Alexandria Bay at the end of one track.  Only real nightclubs are The Rolling Rock in the middle of the Hastings street and The Villa in Noosaville, but if you are backpacking, you might want to see Koala Bars weekend parties. The Thursday night student night at the Koala Bar is particularly well attended.  There are a series of smaller lounges and bars, and no end of world-class restaurants.  Many feel that it is becomming increasingly difficult to find a cheap meal in Noosa, and travellers may want to try the newly opened Noosa Civic shopping centre, or some of the cheaper restaurants along Weyba Drive.

Noosa is not a location for tourists needing massive stimulation - and regular visitors and locals work hard to keep it that way.  Rather than the location for theme parks and all-night clubs, Noosa is laid-back, friendly and a genuinely pleasant place to pass an idle day, a couple of weeks or a long term sabbatical.

Noosa Heads is a good place to meet travellers, and the locals are warm and welcoming to tourists.  This is not always the case (try Byron Bay for the coldest welcome anywhere!) and adds to the significant charms of Noosa.

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