Best ways to enjoy Noosa Main Beach

Located in the heart of Noosa Heads, and one of the most recognisable and well-loved beaches in all of Australia, the iconic Noosa Main Beach is often the first port of call for visitors to Noosa, and for good reason!

With calm, sheltered waters, Noosa Main Beach is one of few north-facing beaches in Australia, meaning that conditions are often beautifully calm, clear and flat. Bordered by the stunning green expanse of the Noosa National Park on one side, the long sandy stretch of the Noosa North Shore on the other, and with distant hinterland views providing the perfect backdrop for epic early-evening sunset views, it’s little wonder that Noosa Main Beach is so beloved.

Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or you’ve thrown down a towel on this sandy stretch of paradise many times before, there’s always a new way to enjoy this idyllic little cove. Read our guide to the best ways to enjoy Noosa Main Beach.

1. Plunge into the sheltered waters of Laguna Bay

Take a dip at Noosa’s most famous beach, nestled behind the Noosa National Park, with sheltered waters, and long stretches of golden sand. The sheltered Laguna Bay is the perfect swimming spot for little people, and you’ll always find the beach lined with holidaying and local families. If distance swimming is more your thing, tackle the open waters from the shore all the way around the headland to the National Park Headquarters.

2. Dine beachfront

Settle in for an early bird breakfast, an extra-long lunch, afternoon cocktails as the sun sets, or a dreamy evening dinner, with unbeatable ocean views and incredible food and drinks, at one of the world-class beachside dining establishments dotted along the boardwalk.

3. Stay with front-row ocean views

Noosa Main Beach is lined with five-star stay options, all offering incredible ocean views and beautiful facilities. Check out Tingirana Noosa, Seahaven, Netanya Noosa, On the Beach, Maison Noosa, Sandcastles to find your perfect Noosa beachfront stay.

4. Surf the points

A designated world surfing reserve, Noosa is an original surf town, and still draws surfers from all over when the waves are breaking – and especially for the iconic Noosa Festival of Surf each May. Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned surfer, you’ll find the perfect wave to suit along the stretch of ocean between National, First Point, and Noosa Main Beach. When the waves are breaking, don’t miss the chance to catch a few at Noosa’s iconic ‘5-points’, the long, sandy point breaks that Noosa is famous for.

5. Learn to surf

If you’re a total beginner to the world of surfing, you’re in the right place. Head to Main Beach West, where surf schools run daily learn to surf sessions for all ages, at this sheltered and beginner-friendly stretch of ocean.

6. Hire a SUP

When Noosa throws up one of those clear and perfectly flat days (winter is the perfect time for this), grab a stand-up paddle from the legends at Noosa Surf Hire (located in front of Noosa Heads Surf Club) and explore the waters and nearby coves, look out for fish and turtles below the surface.

7. Beach yoga

Noosa is an ideal wellness destination, with stunning natural surrounds and the ideal climate to get outdoors and unplug. Stretch it out and find true balance and relaxation with an early-morning beach yoga session, right on the sand of Noosa Main Beach.

8. Wander the boardwalk and explore the Noosa National Park

Take a moment to wander the full length of the boardwalk that lines Noosa Main Beach, around the headland at First Point, past the stunning Little Cove, all the way to the start of the iconic Noosa National Park. If time permits, take a wander through the undulating trails, and check out the sandy National Park coves, for a truly unforgettable experience.