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Noosa is a premium Australian Holiday destination and is quite developed but nothing like the level of development of resorts of Europe. It is part of the Noosa Shire which is also comprised of other small scenic beachside and hinterland communities.
Just a few kms south of Peregian is Coolum, a lovely small beachside town also surrounded by National Park and canefields. This is where Noosa National Park meets Mt Coolum National Park. Both these towns still have camp grounds and caravan parks with Coolum's being right on the dunes in the middle of town. Bliss! Sunhine Beach is located just south of Noosa ( nth of Peregian) and is also a small beachside community. The beaches of these 3 towns link to form a long strech of open beach sometimes referred to by Noosaites as the Eastern beaches. They are popular for surfing and fishing and whale watching in the pristine waters. Accommodation is available in all these places and local real estate agents can assist with holiday units or apartments and houses. Their catalogues are usually available on line.
Main beach at Noosa is located in a bay - Laguna Bay, and is more protected. Small coves are located nearby as part of the national Park. The Noosa spit is a sandy prominance at the Noosa river mouth and was the location of a caravan park and camping ground beside the river until recent times. Apparently, the surf club was a tent on the beach in the 1920's. See http://www.noosaeguide.com/noosa_info... and www. noosa.com.au
Noosa can be very crowded during the long Christmas holidays and at Easter and parking difficult because of its location on a sandy prominence but during peak school holiday times, Noosa Council runs free buses from nearby areas such as Sunshine Beach to help relieve traffic congestion.
There are great restaurants, boutique shopping, markets (Farmer, Peregian, Eumundi - see Eumundi market website) hotels and often cultural events - one of Australia's great playwrights- David Williamson lives here and Noosa is now often the venue for his world premieres. Noosa is also within striking distance of lovely hinterland villages with restaurants, hotels and art galleries. It is about an hour and half drive south on the highway to Queensland's capital, Brisbane and about 2-3 hours from the Gold Coast and beautiful northern New South Wales coastal communities. It is also about 2 hours drive north to Rainbow Beach and its coloured sands, to Hervey Bay famous as a playground for the annual migration of the southern humpback whales and World Heritage listed Fraser Island, the largest sand island in the world. So Noosa is in the centre of it all!