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13 (almost) free things to do in Noosa

Written by Bella Quaid from

Tourism and Events Queensland

Whether you get paid weekly, fortnightly or monthly, it’s a fact of life that for the first half of each pay period you live like a king, and as you limp towards payday… not so much.

While it’s tempting to turn to trusty ol’ faithfuls Netflix and two-minute mi goreng to tide you over, we’re here to let you know it doesn’t have to be that way. So, we’ve done the hard work for you and narrowed it down to our picks of the best (almost) free things to do in the beauty that is Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.

1. HIT THE OPEN ROAD

Got your attention yet?

Up your Noosa stay game just 20 minutes from Noosa’s hub and find yourself here, enjoy sweet scenic vibes, amongst dreamy Noosa Hinterland country-scapes.

Noosa Country Drive – we’re coming for you!

2. CATCH THE SUNSET

If you’re the kind of sunset chaser that prefers minimal effort for maximum reward, Noosa is the perfect spot for you.

Our pick? Noosa Hinterland from Mt Tinbeerwah; a short 15-min drive from Noosa Heads, you’ll find an even shorter paved pathway that leads to 360-degree sweeping views from the hinterland around to the coast.

3. CALM YOUR FARM

Skip the store the next time you’re craving fresh produce and go straight to the source; the Sunshine Coast has some of the best pick-your-own fruit farms in the country and they’re (quite literally) ripe for the taking.

Hungry for more? Check out Cooloola Berries

4. BREAK A SWEAT

Popular amongst local fitness fanatics, you’ll find these infamous stairs on the northern end of Sunshine Beach at the entrance to the Noosa National Park.

Once you’ve finished your workout, cool off with a dip in the ocean and indulge in a little refuelling stop at one of the popular cafes that line the village’s main hub, Duke St.

5. BEACH, PLEASE

Oh, Noosa you sub-tropical beauty.

Dreaming of white sandy beaches and crystal clear bays? Consider this as your official wake up call to visit Main Beach.

6. STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES (LITERALLY)

Whoever said money can buy you happiness, clearly hasn’t been to Noosa Botanic Gardens.

The gardens cover over eight hectares of native and exotic plant species, water views of Lake Macdonald and make for a great day out enjoying leisurely strolls or a picnic.

Photo @Marissa Knight Photography

7. GO TO NEW HEIGHTS

Have you conquered Mt Cooroora yet?

This incredible mountain, found in the hinterland village of Pomona, rewards climbers with sweeping 360-degree views of country vistas, coastal lakes and sand dunes

8. SAY WAS’SUP

Is this real life or just a fantasy?

Take on Noosa’s largest lake, Lake Cootharaba (just 25 minutes from Noosa Heads) paddle in hand and uncover the major of a new day dancing across calmer waters.

And the cherry on top? You can hire a SUP from Pelican Boat Hire for as little as $15 an hour.

9. HIT THE MARK(ET)

Nestled amongst the fragrant gum trees, every Sunday a hive of activity takes place.

The Noosa Farmers Market is packed with locally-produced seasonal produce that will make your mouth water.

10. TREAT YO SELF

When you’re in need of a retail fix, Peregian Beach has you covered. From boardshorts to Balmain and bargain vintage finds.

Photo @lumea_photo

11. BECOME A LOCAL

Stop in at Australia’s biggest and best art, craft and produce market, Eumundi Markets, held every Wednesday and Saturday of the year.

Oh and make sure you check out what’s on in Noosa with this free events guide.

Photo @maddymcauliffe

12. HANG TEN

Surf lessons on turquoise blue waters? There’s nothing quite like them in Noosa.

Make a B-line for Noosa’s World Surf Reserve and watch the masters do their thing from the shores or get amongst the action yourself.

13. TAKE A HIKE

With stunning views like this over Laguna Bay on our favourite walk from Hastings Street to the Noosa National Park, you’re sure to be feeling rich in gratitude.

Want even more free stuff? Check out Free things to do!

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