Even though I have visited the area around Noosa in the last couple of years it is not since I was a child that I have stayed in the area. Noosaville is a suburb of Noosa and located around 130km north of Brisbane. Rather than sitting in the car for too long there were numerous stops throughout the morning on the way north and arrived mid-afternoon.
The hotel that I chose to stay in was the Noosa Sun Motel on Gympie Terrace. The location was great directly across the road from parklands on the banks of the Noosa River. There was a short walk of about 600m to reach cafes and shops, and about 1.3km walk to the supermarket.
Noosaville Shopping & Cafes
The shopping in this particular area along Gympie Terrace and Thomas Street is somewhat limited. You will find an abundance of cafes and restaurants, and mostly more the sort of shops in a resort area. There is also the expected sort of service business you find everywhere, but it is a nice spot to walk along and take a look.
The shops are spread out mostly along a 900m stretch of Gympie Terrace. However, if you wander down Thomas Street (pictured below) you will find a few more and a short distance along Mary Street (off Thomas Street) is Noosa Village Shopping Centre.
Now that I have covered the more practical aspects of the location, I want to share the more beautiful aspects. The majority of Gympie Terrace on the northern side is bordered by either parkland or the Noosa River. While the weather was not ideal with some rain showers while staying in Noosaville, they were thankfully not constant.
The river provides a beautiful spot to walk, which is something that I like to do. There are paths through the park and in some spots like the one below a small beach on the banks of the river.
The park is not that small either with plenty of space for picnics and BBQ’s. There were spots with play equipment for the children. Also if you were looking for fish and chips for dinner there were a few options right on the water’s edge as well.
One thing that I would have loved to do while in the area would have been to take a boat out on the river. Alas, there was not enough time for this, but it was this spot with the Big Pelican that did give me pause to consider it.
Noosa River Ferry
If you don’t want to walk or get in the car, you can consider using the Noosa River Ferry service to get around for the day. The Ferry travels between Tewantin and the Sofitel at Noosa Heads with seven stops in total. The ferry can be a great way to get around or see the area from a different perspective. They do offer a range of different pricing options along with a few special cruise options, so it is best to check out the Noosa Ferry Website for all the information.
Noosa itself is a very popular area to visit, but you can find that areas nearby such as Noosaville are just as good and don’t always come with the same price tag. While a visit to the area might be a bit of a stretch for a day trip from Brisbane, it is a nice spot to spend a few days or a week. Have you visited the area around Noosaville? Why not let me know what you think of the area in the comments below.