Surrounded by white-sand beaches, lakes, lush national parks and sprawling hinterland, it’s no surprise Noosa is one of the most popular beachside holiday destinations across the country. With plenty to entertain thrill-seeking adventurers and oodles of opportunity to simply relax by the water with a cocktail in hand, Noosa has something for everyone. A thriving local culture keeps Noosa “happening” with the latest and greatest restaurants, cafes, boutiques and community offerings peppered throughout the suburb.
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Median apartment price
Median apartment rental value
$460 per week
Median house price
Median house rental value
$650 per week
Buses and the Noosa River Ferry.
Things we love…
- Hastings Street is one of Queensland’s most luxurious shopping destinations, all set against the backdrop of Noosa Main Beach.
- Noosa National Park and the surrounding hinterland provide a beautiful escape to nature, right on your doorstep. Your morning or afternoon walks will never be boring.
But remember that…
- Properties with beach, lake or hinterland views are highly sought after and are likely to sell like hotcakes and for a very high price.
- Noosa’s popularity with tourists means the area is very busy every day, not only on the weekends. Day-trippers also mean the roads in and out of Noosa get very congested.
Location & Transport
The locality of Noosa consists of the suburbs of Noosa Heads and Noosaville, as well as Noosa North Shore. The Shire of Noosa includes many more settlements in the area, which stretches an area of 869 square kilometres, extended from Como to Peregian Beach and back to Ridgewood and Cooran. As this large area encompasses 14 suburbs and 15 residential localities/towns, we will instead just focus on Noosa Heads, Noosaville and Noosa North Shore for clarity as well as accuracy.
Noosa is located approximately 135 kilometres north of Brisbane, which equates to around an hour and 50-minute drive. The area sits right along the coastline, approximately 20 minutes drive from the closest M1 Motorway exit. The Sunshine Coast Airport in Marcoola is located around half an hour away from Noosa, with domestic flights around Australia leaving daily.
Only two main roads lead in and out of the Noosa area: Eenie Creek Road and Gympie Terrace. These roads frequently get congested with day-trippers and tourists coming and going.
In terms of public transport throughout Noosa Heads and Noosaville, many bus routes depart from Noosa Heads Bus Station with stops throughout the suburb. For those looking to get to Brisbane, the closest train station is located at Cooroy, which is approximately 20 minutes drive from Noosa. There is also a river ferry which runs between neighbouring Tewantin and Noosa Heads, making several stops along the way. The Noosa River Ferry also provides the only access between Noosa Heads and Noosa North Shore.
While the Noosa area is fairly tightly held, there are currently two off the plan projects currently under development in Noosa. The largest, Parkridge Noosa, is a master-planned development overlooking Lake Weyba. Offering two, three and four-bedroom apartments, townhouses and villas, this development offers something for everyone from downsizers, to young families, to investors seeking a holiday home. In total, there are 138 apartments and 28 townhomes and villas. Stage 2 is now selling with prices starting from $670,000. The second development currently underway in Noosa is Lumina Residence, located within the master-planned Settler’s Cove. With only 22 house-sized apartments, these offer the ultimate in luxury with prices starting at $1.8 million.
In terms of infrastructure, there are currently no plans a road bridge or alternative access route to Noosa North Shore. To maintain this area as a wilderness area, there are also quite strict legislation and restrictions surrounding new developments within the Noosa North Shore area.
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Within the areas of Noosa Heads and Noosaville, the closest high school is Sunshine Beach State High School, situated just outside of Noosa off Ben Lexcen Drive. For children from Prep to Year 6, there are also plenty of local options including Sunshine Beach State School, Noosaville State School and Tewantin State School. For those looking for private catholic education, St Thomas More Primary School is located just outside Noosa Heads in Sunshine Beach. There are also plenty of childcare centres peppered throughout the Noosa area, as well as preschools and kindergartens for those with younger children.
In terms of tertiary education, the Central Queensland University Noosa Campus is located Goodchap Street in Noosaville. The campus currently enrols 600 students but is expecting this to double over the next four years as both the campus and the degree offers are expanded. The second closest university is the University of the Sunshine Coast, located in Sippy Downs, approximately 40 minutes drive from Noosa. Mooloolaba is also home to a TAFE Queensland campus and provides another option for those interested in further study while living on the Sunshine Coast.
Noosa offers a perfect middle ground between luxurious beachside living and low-key coastal chill. With the hustle and bustle centred around Hasting Street, this area offers everything local one-of-a-kind boutique shopping and quaint cafes to high-end designer stores and the Sunshine Coast’s most Instagrammable bars and restaurants. You’ll never run out of places to eat, sip or shop along Hastings Street and the surrounding area.
Just 5-minutes drive from Noosa Heads, Noosaville offers residents plenty of local barbecue areas, parks, playgrounds and walking tracks, as well as the opportunity for jet skiing, boating, kayaking and even, stand up paddleboarding on the Noosa River, making this area great for those who love to spend time on the water.
For those looking for a little bit of wilderness right on their doorstep, Noosa National Park provides a vast array of walking trails and lookouts. Take your time to explore the area, as it makes for a great morning or afternoon walk. Keep your eyes peeled for many different species of birds that call the national park home and look out to the ocean to spot dolphins, turtles, rays and even humpback whales from August to November each year.
The area of Noosa North Shore encompasses part of the Great Sandy National Park and provides a great spot to get away from it all. 4WD can access the much quieter beach here, with camping spots available at designated spots up the long stretch of beach.