Adventure lovers, sun worshippers and golfers love Noosa, a small town in Queensland, Australia, two hours north of Brisbane. Visitors can surf, spa, shop and even swim with humpback whales in the upmarket coastal area surrounded by steamy rainforests, white-sand beaches, lakes and the beautiful Noosa National Park. Stay close to the restaurants and bars, with a hotel near the glamorous town centre, or choose from budget and self-catering options to suit your needs, and book your stay now with Culture Trip.
Location is everything at this luxury French resort, smack bang on Hastings Street, with Noosa Main Beach within just a few sandy steps. Anyone craving chic city living won’t be disappointed either, with the best boutiques, cafes and restaurants Noosa has to offer right outside the hotel’s front door. The pampering continues inside, with a top-notch spa, a swim-up bar, a restaurant from celebrity chef Peter Kuruvita and elegant rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows and private balconies for sundowners with a view.
Take it easy at this laid-back hotel, moments from all the restaurants and shops in Noosa but with a little extra space to encourage guests to relax without going anywhere. Every self-contained one- or two-bedroom apartment within the hotel has its own well-equipped kitchen and laundry facilities, making it a great base for families, groups of friends and dedicated beach lovers who want to keep sand-free. For days away from the beach, the hotel has its own heated outdoor swimming pool, manicured subtropical gardens and a guest barbecue area. The reception will even provide buckets and spades for children to make the most of the kids’ wading pool while you take it easy.
Stunning views are thrown in for free at this spacious hotel in Noosa Heads, located high on Noosa Hill and overlooking the Noosa River and Laguna Bay below. Guests can also enjoy a full-size floodlit tennis court, two swimming pools, a sauna, a hot tub and 5 acres (2ha) of landscaped gardens with private rainforest access by the riverbank. It’s a short walk via a rainforest boardwalk to the restaurants and alfresco cafes of Hastings Street, but it’s easy to dine at home, too. Every self-contained apartment has between one and four bedrooms and comes with a Nespresso machine, air conditioning, secure parking and a fully equipped kitchen for meals when it suits you.
Get a little closer to nature at this secluded hilltop hotel in Noosa Heads, overlooking Laguna Bay. Hastings Street is still within walking distance, yet these self-contained apartments are surrounded by subtropical gardens, with the banks of Weyba Creek only a stroll away. Apartments have between one and three bedrooms, so are a great option for travellers who prefer a little more space, and come with kitchens, generously sized balconies, laundry facilities and spacious living areas. An outdoor pool and barbecue area will guarantee you make the most of Queensland’s tropical temperatures.
Bed down with a clear conscience at this expansive resort within Noosa National Park – but only 300 metres (984ft) from Hastings Street. This sustainably minded hotel in Noosa Heads uses solar energy and rainwater irrigation, leading the way locally for its eco credentials. Guests can stay in apartments and penthouses, but the luxury split-level villas really bring the wow factor, with private entrances, garages and open-plan kitchen and living areas. There are also an onsite restaurant, a gymnasium, a cocktail bar and a free-form central pool, plus one of the largest conference centres in the region for those visiting on business.
If it’s a holiday with maximum time on the beach you’re after, this blissful resort is a must-visit. Guests at the apartments and penthouses have direct access to Noosa Main Beach from the hotel or can gaze seawards from the three heated pools, a gym and a large beachside barbecue area. Real water babies can even take advantage of a half-price discount on surfboard hire or just pull up a free beach chair to watch the waves.
Don’t fancy a hotel or apartment? This holiday park is a great alternative when visiting Noosa, with sites for caravans, RVs and tents on the banks of the Noosa River. Just 2.5km (1.6mi) from Hastings Street, the park offers bike hire, a coin-operated laundry area, a camp kitchen with gas barbecues and upgraded amenity blocks, including a family bathroom. Staff are also happy to help with directions and tour information, while dining and shopping opportunities at Gympie Terrace are on the doorstep.
Channelling Hamptons glamour, but with a distinctly laid-back Aussie feel, Tingirana offers luxury apartment accommodation overlooking Laguna Bay and Main Beach in Noosa. All have home comforts as standard, including bathrobes, cable TV, luxe fabrics and surround sound, while the beachfront apartments have sweeping ocean views from their balconies. Restaurants are only a stroll away, but, for a special treat, guests should book the hotel’s gondola for a private trip to the riverfront Ricky’s restaurant, one of the must-visit dining spots in town.
Step away from Noosa’s busy town centre, at this tranquil two-storey walk-up with 20 self-contained one- and two-bedroom apartments. This intimate resort sits on a quiet side street, but it is still only 50m (164ft) from the white sands of the Noosa River, with watersports, shops and cafes all close by. All apartments are individually decorated and come with private balconies, fully equipped kitchens, separate laundry facilities and reverse-cycle air conditioning, so you can just check in and chill.
It’s worth booking this luxury B&B just to try the fantastic, locally sourced breakfasts, piled high with homemade sourdough bread, fresh fruit and organic eggs of every kind. You won’t be disappointed away from the breakfast room either. Two suites have private open patios overlooking the grounds, while a third separate suite is close to the communal 19-metre (62ft) lap pool, and all have in-room spa baths and plush furnishings. Guests can also spot wildlife on the 45-acre (18ha) grounds or visit the attractions that await in Noosa, just 15 minutes away.
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