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Travel Information

Getting to Noosa

Located on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, travelling to Noosa from anywhere in Australia is easy. Once you’re here there are many ways to get around. See Noosa from the water, on two wheels or four, or climb on a local bus and let someone else do the driving. If you’re feeling more adventurous you can even charter an aircraft or helicopter - see our Play page for some great ideas and contact information.

AIR

Flights from most Australian capital cities arrive at and depart from Sunshine Coast Airport at Maroochydore, which is approximately 30 minutes’ drive south of Noosa. Virgin Blue, Jetstar and Tiger Airways all fly into Sunshine Coast Airport. Taxis and buses are available for transfers to Noosa from the airport.

Brisbane Airport is Queensland’s domestic and international gateway, with over 200 flights departing and arriving daily. There are a number of bus services to and from Brisbane Airport.

To find out more or to book a transfer from to or from Noosa, please call our Visitor Information Centres or ask your accommodation provider. Details for the information centres may be found by clicking on ‘contact’.

ROAD

Noosa is an easy 1 ½ hour drive north of Brisbane along the Bruce Highway. Take the turn-off at Eumundi and follow the signs along the Eumundi-Noosa Road. If you’re arriving from the North, Noosa is around 1 hour south of Gympie. Just continue on the Bruce Highway out of Gympie and turn off at Cooroy then follow the signs along the Cooroy Noosa Road until you reach Noosa.

Greyhound Australia operates an extensive bus network around Australia, with Noosa a popular stop for many travellers. For details on schedules and rates visit www.greyhound.com.au

Toll Roads:

Although there are no toll roads in Noosa* or the Sunshine Coast, there are five toll roads in and around Brisbane. If you travel on any of them on your way to and from Noosa, you can pay the toll online before you travel or up to 72 hours after travel – there are no toll booths or toll gates and the tolls are automatically calculated as your vehicle passes each toll point. Costs vary depending on the road and type of vehicle. Failure to pay incurs a fine.

Toll roads in and around Brisbane:

  • AirportlinkM7: Brisbane’s northern suburbs, connects to northern arterials
  • Clem Jones Tunnel (CLEM7): Use it to bypass Brisbane's CBD
  • Gateway Motorway: Main Brisbane bypass route from Sunshine Coast to Gold Coast, Ipswich and beyond. Access to Logan Motorway, Pacific Highway, Bruce Highway, Port of Brisbane, Brisbane Airport and Brisbane Entertainment Centre
  • Go Between Bridge: Accesses South Bank, West End, Caxton St and Park Rd, Brisbane
  • Logan Motorway: Connects Logan, Brisbane and Ipswich

Several payment options are available through Flowtoll and Go Via including toll accounts, passes and tags. Accounts can be used on any toll road in Australia and passes are valid for all toll roads in Queensland. Please contact them for the option that best suits you:

 Govia  P: 13 33 31  W: govia.com.au
 Flowtoll  P: 07 3046 4191  W: flowtoll.com.au

Tags issued by other Australian toll road operators can be used on Queensland toll roads

If you hire a vehicle, please check with the rental company about their tolling arrangements.

Many service stations and retailers also provide the option of paying tolls for the Gateway Motorway and Logan Motorway only with cash, including the BP service stations southbound and northbound on the Bruce Highway, Caboolture. For a full list, please CLICK HERE. You can also manually top-up your Go Via account at Australia Post (minimum manual top-up  amount is $25).
 
For more information on tolls, please CLICK HERE.

*This information does not apply to the vehicular ferry across Noosa River to Noosa North Shore. A fee applies each way for all vehicles travelling to and from Noosa North Shore via the Noosa North Shore Car Ferry – this fee is only payable by cash on board the ferry. See noosacarferries.com

RAIL

Trains from Brisbane stop at Nambour and Cooroy, where Sunbus collects passengers heading to Noosa. For rail and bus timetables visit www.translink.com.au

Beach Safety

Enjoy Noosa's beautiful beaches safely - swim between the flags on patrolled beaches and follow the instructions and advice of the surf lifesavers on duty.

Red and yellow flags are used to indicate the safest patrolled swimming area.

Sun Safety

Take care when you head out into the sun - cover up and protect yourself against harmful UV rays.  If you find yourself without sunscreen on the beach ask the surf lifesavers for some of their ready supply.

Climate

Noosa is famous for its mild climate. It has an average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celcius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). Water temperature ranges from 19 degrees in winter to 25 degrees in summer.

Holiday Seasons

Our holiday periods are based around seasons, climate and school holidays. Prices and availability fluctuate accordingly.

Low season: April - September (may exclude school holidays)
Shoulder season: October - December and February - March
High season or holiday season: December - January and March - April

Time zone

Australian Eastern Standard Time GMT plus 10 hours. Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland.

Currency

The currency throughout Australia is the Australian dollar. Banks offer Bureau de Change facilities.

Tipping and gratuities

Not required or expected in Australia. Gratuities are welcome after a particularly enjoyable meal or for exemplary service.

Voltage

50cyc AC240v. All 110v appliances require transformers. Most hotels in Noosa will have ACI 110 sockets.

Clothing

In keeping with the relaxed Noosa lifestyle, smart casual clothing is standard. A jacket or jumper may be required during winter, especially in the evenings.

Disabled services

Many public areas, shopping centres, Noosa hotels, apartments, attractions and restaurants provide disabled services and facilities.

Medical services

Public hospitals are located at Caloundra and Nambour. Private hospitals are located at Caloundra, Buderim, Noosa and Nambour. 24 hour medical centres are located throughout the Sunshine Coast and many hotels and resorts have doctors on call. Dialling 000 will reach emergency services.

Passports and Visas

All international visitors require a valid passport. All travellers to Australia, other than Australian and New Zealand citizens, are required to obtain a visa to travel to Australia.