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The Ultimate Noosa Backpacking Guide

20 Oct 2021

If you’re planning on backpacking in Australia or if you just need a break away from reality, be sure to make Noosa your next backpacking holiday destination! Read on to find out about all that Noosa has to offer, from backpacking and share accommodation, to outdoor adventure experiences and tours.

Where to Stay

First things first, you’ll need somewhere to stay and rejuvenate at the end of fun filled day!

Bounce Noosa is the perfect home away from home, and the ideal shared or private Noosa accommodation. A luxury paradise in the heart of Noosa, located just one block back from the bustling Noosa River Foreshore and with interior courtyard featuring an Insta-worthy glass sided swimming pool and poolside bar. This Noosaville accommodation is the ideal spot for backpackers or couples visiting Noosa!

Nomads Noosa: Set in the vibrant Noosa Junction is Nomads Noosa, a youth resort, restaurant, bar and has a host of amenities. Nomads offers a range of facilities and is set in an incredible location, perfect for travellers just passing through or for those staying a while. This is a great place to base yourself while you explore the beauty of all that Noosa has to offer.

Flashpackers: Enjoy stylish and comfortable accommodation at a fraction of the price. Purpose built in 2010 and refurbished in 2019, the guests continue to be impressed by the quality of the rooms and facilities. Flashpackers is recognised as one of the top 3 hostels in Australia and it has definitely earned that title!

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Grab Rock… Literally!! Take in the amazing views from Noosa’s Mount Tinbeerwah before you unleash your adventurous side and abseil down the rock face. The sunsets from here are particularly special!

Epic Ocean Adventures – Dolphin Kayak Tours, Surfing, Stand-up Paddle and Kitesurfing lessons – They do it all!! Enjoy the crystal-clear warm water all year round, wide empty beaches and an abundance of wildlife. Daily departures from Noosa and Rainbow (Return trip or HOT TIP: – You can use this tour as a free transfer as you head up or down the East Coast on your journey)

Skydive Noosa – Experience the ultimate high! Exit the plane from up to 15,000ft for an insane 60 second of life-changing freefall. Float under canopy for 5-7 minutes, soaking up the views of Noosa Country towns and the famous beaches below, before a nice soft beach landing at Coolum.

Thrill Rides – Get a taste of Noosa from the water and enjoy the fast-paced speeds that the Oceanrider and the Thriller have to offer. Take in the spectacular scenery of the Noosa National Park Headland and keep your eyes peeled for dolphins and whales!

Free Diving – Explore the underwater world with Freediving Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast has some of the best diving sites in the world including the Ex-HMAS Brisbane Warship which if filled with amazing sea life and reef just waiting to be explored.

The Coastal Lifestyle

Surf Lessons with world champion Merrick Davis. Hit the waves with Noosa Learn to Surf for a 2-hour lesson. These lessons occur twice daily (9am and 1 pm – pick up from your accommodation).

Dolphin Kayak Tours – Experience the beauty of Noosa with a Dolphin kayak tours around the National Park. Launch your kayak straight off Noosa Main Beach and take in the beautiful, natural scenery of the Noosa Biosphere.

Camel Rides – Tick this one off your bucket list and ride a camel on the beach with Noosa Camel Ride! Enjoy the cool breezes, soft sand and the gentle sway of the camel’s easy gait. This is one unique way to experience Noosa.

Ecotekk – Another way to explore Noosa’s beautiful beaches is by Ecotekk Noosa’s electric bikes! Whether exporing for yourself on a hire bike or joining a guided tour, turn a great holiday into an epic adventure. You can hire from half a day to over a week and there are great discount for longer hires!

Bike On – Hire a bike and cruise along the Noosa River or hire a mountain bike and head out to Wooroi trails in Tewantin (World class mountain biking tracks). This is an incredible way to see more of Noosa’s beautiful natural environment.

We like to party

When it’s time to party, there’s plenty of nightlife with fun and friendly backpacker bars, live music, breweries, surf clubs, festivals and more. Nomads is a fantastic youth resort, restaurant and bar all in one! If you feel like sitting by the pool with friends while you sip on delicious cocktails, you will love Nomads! Some of our other favourites include:

Funky Bars & Night Clubs

Breweries with Live Music

Events - Noosa boats a diverse social and event calendar that is sure to keep you busy. Noosa events celebrate the Noosa lifestyle with fresh food, natural backdrops and passion-fuelled arts and culture throughout the year.

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Markets

A holiday in Noosa would not be complete without a visit to one of the colourful markets that take place each week around the region. They boast everything from specialised and local produce to artisans and live music. Our favourites are:

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Noosa is the gateway to K’Gari (Fraser) Island

Travelling is better with friends and when you book a Fraser Island 4wd adventure – you’ll be sure to make plenty of new besties as you explore this beautiful and unique island. Hire a 4WD or book onto a tour to visit the largest sand island in the world! Check out:

Noosa Everglades

This could be one of Queensland’s best kept secrets – one of only two everglades systems in the world, right here in Noosa. It’s a place of serene natural beauty, bursting with more than 44% of Australia’s bird life and 1,365 species of plants.

Kanu KapersGlide silently along this stunning waterway as you pause to take in the ambience. You can choose a guided or self-guided tour with Kanu Kapers as you explore the natural beauty of the Noosa Everglades.

Habitat Noosaawarded ‘Australia’s best New Tourism Business’ is located just 25 minutes from Noosa and is set amongst 65 acres of National Park, perched on the side of stunning Lake Cootharaba. The onsite activity centre boast a number of waterfront activities from stand up paddle boards, Canadian style canoes, wave skis, kayaks and more!

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