Travel Destinations Australia
Noosa Travel Guide
Noosa is situated on the northern end of Queenslands scenically beautiful Sunshine Coast. Just 2 hours drive north of Brisbane, the idyllic coastal resort town of Noosa Heads offers a wide range of quality activities to suit all types of traveller.
Noosa is from the Aboriginal word “Noothera” meaning “shaded place”. Noosa is a place of natural beauty, a cosmopolitan village of restaurants, shopping boutiques and sidewalk cafes. It is minutes from some of the best of Australia’s un spoilt environment: beaches, rainforest. bush land, everglades and lakes – couple that with world class food, at some of Australia’s best restaurants, shopping and accommodation – there is nothing like it.
Wander the relaxing coves and beaches of Noosa Heads and Noosa Heads National Park, and enjoy swimming or surfing in the clear and safe warm waters of Noosa Heads, year round. Hastings Street is a famous stop for visitors to Noosa Heads and provides excellent world class shopping, restaurants and outdoor cafes with on street dining. Noosa Sound is just around the corner from Noosa Heads and if your in the mood is an easy walk or bicycle ride in the warm sunny weather of Noosa. Visitors love walking the recently constructed boardwalk from Hastings Street to beautiful Noosa Heads National Park. Stroll past peaceful coves, spectacular cliffs and natural heath land to the secluded beaches of Alexandria Bay. Many make a morning or afternoon of it and continue through the Park to Sunshine Beach. The forests and wetlands of the Noosa region provide a natural habitat for a diverse range of native wildlife – koalas, kangaroos, and a huge variety of bird species.
Noosa Sound is great for a family holiday with the Noosa River the focus of the area. Enjoy swimming, sailing, fishing kayaking or take a tour on the Riverboat cruise. There is a great campground for caravans, tents and cabins on the river. Try a peaceful houseboat holiday meandering up the river to Lake Cooroibah and Lake Cootharaba. The Noosa River is a hive of excitement with catamarans, sailboards, jet-skis and “tinnies”, whilst the fishing is sensational.
Another destination near Noosa Heads, away from the bustle, is the magnificent Great Sandy National Park (Cooloola Section) which is accessed by four wheel drives from Tewantin. This gem of the coast provides visitors with excellent fishing, surfing, nature experiences, camping and wonderful seascapes. You can visit the coloured sands on Teewah Beach, have a bbq at rainbow bay, or climb to the lighthouse at Double Island point for endless views of the Sunshine Coast coastline. This area of the Noosa region is the perfect getaway for friends and family.
Also close to Noosa Heads is the famous Eumundi Markets. With over 300 stalls offering a range of local produce, including artworks, craft, food, fresh organic fruit and vegetables, rides for the kids and the friendly charm of a country town atmosphere. Inland are the towns of Cooroy, Cooran, Kin Kin, Pomona and Boreen Point. These peaceful hamlets with old-fashioned pubs and marketplaces, are a world away from high-rise jungles, pollution and traffic jams.
Byron Bay. Holiday North Coast. New South Wales
Byron Bay is a wonderful destination, situated just over 1 hours drive south of Coolongatta on the Gold Coast.
So beautiful, you just want to roll around in it and get it all over you, Byron Bay is another classic Australian destination.
Located on the northern end of New South Wales-on the Holiday Coast, Byron Bay is a unique beach that makes you feel like you have just been massaged – it is so relaxing…
Byron Bay is loaded with attractions for families and young travellers to delight in. Perfect waves for surfers, rain forest walks, the most easterly point lighthouse at Cape Byron. It is also a great place to go Whale Watching and in the early mornings you will enjoy seeing the dolphins play in the local waves.
Byron Bay has many quality and alternative lifestyle and therapies shops. It is a town that really prospered in the 60’s and 70’s, with hippies looking for a great place to live in peace and tranquility… You get this feeling from the low density development and colorfully painted shops, restaurants and art houses in the region.
The hotel in Byron Bay is another great place to relax and while away your time in the perfect climate and atmosphere of Byron Bay. If you like to eat healthy – no shortage of healthy alternatives in Byron Bay. For entertainment, Byron Bay has many productions, theatres and festivals to keep all who visit excited and amused.
Byron Bay, is another destination that international travellers and backpackers visit in the thousands each year, as it is on the Australian Tourist Icon trail. So if you are interested in holidaying in the Byron Bay region, we would recommend booking accommodation in Byron Bay well in advance.
Come and relax in Byron Bay… it won’t be the first time.
Fraser Island . Sunshine Coast. Queensland
Fraser Island is situated in Great Sandy National Park, of Queenslands beautiful Sunshine Coast region. 3 hours drive north of Brisbane. Accessible by barge ferry from either Rainbow Beach or Hervey Bay.
Fraser Island, the world’s largest sand island, is a nature based holiday destination which offers spectacular white beaches, coloured sand cliffs, dunes, creeks, lakes, wildflower heath land and rainforest. Protected within Great Sandy National Park, the island is home to a variety of wildlife including migratory birds and rare animals such as the ground parrot and Illidge’s ant blue butterfly.
Roaming around on the island is what is thought to be the purest strain of dingoes in eastern Australia. Fraser Island’s east coast, also its surf coast, has an alluring list of attractions. Seventy Five Mile Beach, The Cathedrals; 15 metre sheer cliffs composed of different coloured sands; the wreck of the Maheno, a trans Tasman luxury liner, and Eli Creek, a freshwater creek filtered through the dunes where visitors can float beneath the pandanus trees.
Camping, fishing, swimming, and bushwalking are some of the more popular recreational activities in the area. Vehicle and camping permits are required.
Fraser is best explored by four-wheel drive or on foot. Please note that care should be taken around the island’s dingo population. Stay with children, walk in groups, never feed or coax the dingoes and keep all food and rubbish in vehicles or campground lockers
Uluru KataTjuta – Red Centre. Northern Territory
Kata Tjuta National Park: 280 miles (450km) southwest of Alice Springs. Ayers Rock/ Uluru, the world’s largest monolith and an Aboriginal sacred site is Australia’s most famous natural landmark. Visitors may wish to make the tough 1.6km ascent to the top or take a walking tour around the rock with an aboriginal guide , learning about its fascinating with the Uluru people and its importance in dreamtime legend.
Uluru is Australia’s most identifiable natural icon and the largest monolith in the world. It is a massive, red rounded monolith rising 348 metres above the plain and 863 metres above sea level, and reaching 6 kilometres below the earth’s surface.
Uluru features stunning Aboriginal rock art sites that can be viewed on guided walks and tours around the base. The spectacular changing colours of Uluru at sunrise and sunset are visions not to be missed.
Uluru and Kata Tjuta and the surrounding land became a national park in 1958 and lies in the territory of the Anangu people.
Kata Tjuta, also more commonly known as the Olgas, is Uluru’s sister formation, meaning “many heads”, and comprises 36 magnificently domed and coloured shapes covering about 35 sq km. Take the 3 hour Valley of the Winds walk which winds through the crevices and gorges of this magnificent rock system, with spectacular views and a variety of flora and fauna.
Also in this enormous park are many Aboriginal sacred sites, spectacular scenery and famous rock formations. Visit the Olgas/ Kata Tjuta, a dramatic series of 36 dome-like rock formations which stand up to 1,701ft (546m) high and cover an area of 35km and like Uluru, produce an incredible light show at sunset, with crimsons turning to rusts, and pinks to mauves.
Kakadu & Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Three hours drive east of Darwin is the famed, World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park – a spectacular collection of woodlands, forests, the majestic Arnhem Land escarpment, Waterways and floodplains, all home to an incredible array of wildlife.
Kakadu is one of only 22 World Heritage sites listed for both its natural and cultural heritage. The wide ranging habitats, from arid sandstone hills, savannah woodlands and monsoon forests to freshwater flood plains and tidal mudflats, support an immense variety of wildlife, some rare or endangered. There are over 50 species of mammal, including kangaroos, wallabies, quolls, bandicoots, bats and dugong. More than 120 reptile species include saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, goannas and turtles. A quarter of the country’s freshwater fish species inhabit the park’s river systems. The park is home to over one-third of Australia’s bird species, including more than two million migratory birds such as magpie geese and whistling ducks. Rare bird species include the hooded parrot and the Gouldian finch, the chestnut-quilled rock pigeon and white-throated grass wren are endemic to Kakadu and Arnhem Land.
It is Australia’s largest national park, but it isn’t just the size that astounds visitors – it is the sense of something very old and grand. Creation of the 500 km escarpment began 2,000 million years ago, when layers of sandstone built up a plateau to later be carved into an escarpment and scoured by gorges. Today those gorges are brimming with rainforests, washed by waterfalls.
One thousand species of flora, 30 mammals, 75 reptiles, 1500 butterflies and moths, 50 freshwater fish and 25 species of frog have been discovered in Kakadu. During the lush green season Kakadu’s flora puts on its most brilliant face. Between December and March visitors will see plants respond to the monsoonal showers with riotous growth.
Over thousands of years, Aboriginal people have left behind some extraordinary galleries of Aboriginal art, with rock sites dating back 25,000 years. More than 1,000 sites have been recorded.
Hunter Valley, NSW Australia
Just over 1 half hour’s drive north of Sydney is one of Australia’s premier winery destinations – Hunter Valley region.
Hunter Valley has much more of interest to offer travellers to the Hunter Valley region, than 100+ famous winery’s and Cellar Door tours…
World Heritage listed – Barrington Tops National Park, high on the Great Dividing Range, offers excitement to walkers, campers and climbers.
The Scone-Singleton area of the Hunter Valley region is well known thoroughbred horse breeding Mecca- some of the world’s best racehorses have been bred in this golden triangle of horse racing.
Newcastle is Australia’s second oldest city and was originally founded at a prison colony in 1804. Today it offers travellers great surfing beaches, mine tours, historical sites and a range of fine eateries for travellers.
But above all, the Hunter Valley region is best recognised as being Australia’s premier wine travel destinations. There are over 130 wineries in the Hunter Valley and it has proven to be an excellent travel destination for couples wanting a romantic weekend getaway or for families wanting a country holiday with the kids. There are many historical sites of interest, fine food restaurants and various entertainments.
If you are interested in a weekend or longer in the Hunter Valley, it is advisable to book your Hunter Valley accommodation or Cellar Door Winery tours well in advance of your arrival, as this region is a very popular travel destination.
Theme Parks of the Gold Coast. Queensland
For the best theme park experience, with family friendly attractions, extreme water slides, rides, and thrills for all ages, visit Australia’s favourite theme parks, Dreamworld and neighbouring WhiteWater World on the beautiful Gold Coast. Dreamworld offers fun, excitement and adventure for the whole family with rides to suit every taste. From the terrifying, heart stopping thrill rides to a stack of family rides that everyone can enjoy. Try any one of the 6 big thrill rides, like The Cyclone, The Claw, The Tower of Terror, The Giant Drop, Wipeout or Mick Doohan’s Motorcoaster. Or for the slightly less adventurous and the younger members of the family you could try one of the many family rides available. Try a little whitewater rafting on the Thunder River Rapids Ride or the Rocky Hollow Log ride. Spin, swirl and float away on the Stingray or take a leisurely drive in one of the Avis Vintage cars, or spend a moment relaxing aboard the Dreamworld Railway.
Warner Bros. Movie World, the only Australian movie related theme park, with all the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, is another of the Gold Coasts family friendly attractions offering an exciting array of magical and exciting adventures for the whole family. Meet your favourite stars, enjoy behind the scenes action, comedy stunts, rides, shows and a multitude of attractions. From adrenaline pumping thrill rides like Lethal Weapon or the Batwing Spaceshot, to the more gentle children’s rides in Loony Tunes Village, Warner Bros. Movie World has something for everyone.
DreamWorld : So many worlds in one, Dreamworld is home to The Big 6 Thrill Rides including the Mick Doohan Motocoaster and one of the tallest free-fall rides in the world, The Giant Drop. Experience Nickelodeon Central, Wiggles World, Tiger Island, The Australian Wildlife Experience, and Australia’s first and only stationary wave FlowRider.
Whitewater World : Slide in for the ride of your life at the Gold Coast’s coolest water park, WhiteWater World! Just a hop, skip and a splash from Dreamworld, combining adrenaline pumping thrills with family style fun in the ultimate Aussie beach paradise. It’s water like you’ve never experienced before!(all photo’s courtesy of Tourism Queensland)
Gold Coast – Queensland
The Gold Coast is a city in the southeast corner of Queensland, to the south of Brisbane, and is famous for its sunny subtropical climate, a sweeping 70km coastline offers a stretch of patrolled surf beaches that are among the best in the world.
Extensive waterway and canal systems, a skyline dominated by high-rise apartment buildings, a peaceful rainforest hinterland in the west of the city, active nightlife and its wide variety of tourist attractions. The beachfront esplanades of these vibrant centres extend a warm welcome to visitors to sit back and relax, soak up the fun and taste the excitement of Australia’s most popular holiday playground.
The subtropical climate is ideal for taking advantage of the myriad of leisure activities all year round. The Gold Coast boasts fantastic shopping and many tourist attractions such as the observation deck of its tallest building, the Q1, in Surfers Paradise. Other popular tourist attractions include internationally renowned surf beaches, a well known heaven for surfers, welcoming the Quicksilver Pro every summer and theme parks including, Dreamworld, Warner Bros. Movie World, Sea World, WhiteWater World, Wet’n’Wild Water World, and Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary.
Snowy Mountains. Southern Highlands – New South Wales
The Snowy Mountains are the highest Australian mountain range and contain the Australian mainland’s highest mountain, Mount Kosciuszko. This is mainland Australia’s only true Alpine region with large natural snowfalls every winter.
Nestled in the mountains are world-class ski resorts that attract hundreds of thousands of skiers each winter. Although Australia’s snow season is quite short by international standards – June to October, the facilities available in the main centres of Thredbo, Perisher- Blue Cow and others cater for all tastes and levels of expertise.
In spring and summer brilliant wildflowers cover the fields with a patchwork of colour, mountain streams run full with melting snow, and bushwalkers, campers, anglers, white-water rafters and mountain-bike riders arrive to savour the warm weather delights of this diverse and spectacular region of Australia. Another notable attraction of the region are the lakes, dams and hydro power stations, Australia’s largest engineering works to date, created as part of the Snowy River Hydro Electric project developed during the 1950’s.
The Daintree National Park – Far North Queensland
As national parks go, this far north region of Australia has one of the best, with the Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation . Where the lush rainforest meets the beautiful sandy beaches of Cape Tribulation. This is the only place where two World Heritage regions meet – Cape Tribulation and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Daintree wilderness includes lush rainforest and mountain ranges, which rise sharply from sandy beaches below. The Daintree National Park protects some of the world’s oldest rainforests and endangered species of flora and fauna. With it’s coastal waters, rainforests and creeks the Daintree National Park provided for the local aboriginals – the Kuku Yalanji people. They fished, and hunted in the creeks, rivers and lush rainforest.
There are many rare animals that call the Daintree National Park home, including the Lumholtz’s tree kangaroo and the Bennett’s tree kangaroo, which is only found in the canopy of the rainforest feeding on leaves and figs. The brilliant blue Ulysses butterfly lives in harmony of the rainforest, along with Australia’s largest butterfly who has a wingspan up to 150mm. The waterways also have many native animals, like platypus and jungle perch.
Camping is available at Noah Beach – 8km south of Cape Tripulation. Under the canopy of the forest, there are 17 protected campsites, only 50 mts from the beach. Campers can only stay 7 nights maximum. No fires allowed.
If you would like a holiday in the tropics, and enjoy your nature experiences, you would not find a fuller adventure than a stay in the jungle of the Daintree National Park