The northern region of the Sunshine Coast is an enticing mix of sophistication and natural beauty.
The hub of the region is Noosa, boasting one of Australia’s most elegant shopping strips. Noosa has been a holiday town since the 19th century, when nearby Gympie was a booming gold town and locals came to the coast in search of rest and relaxation. Today on Noosa's swish Hastings Street you'll find trendy cafes and bars, award-winning restaurants and designer fashion boutiques, all right next to the azure waters of Noosa Main Beach. From town you can access Noosa National Park for a spectacular walk around the headland to the wild beauty of Alexandria Bay. The Noosa headland was declared a reserve in 1879 and remains a rare and untouched example of ancient coastal forest.
Across the Noosa River is Noosa North Shore, a beautiful stretch of coastline with access to Fraser Island and Great Sandy National Park via car ferry seven days a week. A 20 minute motor cruise up the Noosa River from Gympie Terrace takes you to Lake Cootharaba and the start of the Noosa Everglades.
As well as Noosa, sun lovers have Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach, Marcus Beach, Peregian Beach and Coolum Beach to choose from, all uncrowded surf beaches. Coolum is also home to the best-ranked resort golf course in the country, while Peregian offers a friendly village vibe and is famous for its popular monthly outdoor live music event Peregian Originals.
Head inland and you'll find the town of Eumundi. Its twice-weekly market is a Queensland icon and the lifeblood of the town, offering a colourful array of designer and retro clothing, organic produce, arts and crafts and live music.