Travel Budget for Noosa Heads

Queensland, Australia

How much does it cost to travel to Noosa Heads?

How much money will you need in Noosa Heads? AU$135 ($108) is the average daily price for traveling in Noosa Heads. The average price of food for one day is AU$41 ($33). The average price of a hotel for a couple is AU$143 ($114). Additional pricing is in the table below. These average travel prices have been collected from other travelers to help you plan your own travel budget.

  • Average Daily Cost Per person, per day
    AU$135
  • One Week Per person
    AU$945
  • 2 Weeks Per person
    AU$1,891
  • One Month Per person
    AU$4,052
  • One Week For a couple
    AU$1,891
  • 2 Weeks For a couple
    AU$3,782
  • One Month For a couple
    AU$8,104
How expensive is Noosa Heads?
  • Accommodation1 Hotel or hostel for one person
    AU$71
  • Food2 Meals for one day
    AU$41
  • Local Transportation1 Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    AU$21
  • Entertainment1 Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    AU$49
  • Alcohol2 Drinks for one day
    AU$13
How much money do I need for Noosa Heads?
  • Surf Lesson
    AU$65
  • Sea Kayak Tour (for 2)
    AU$130
  • Sunset Cruise (for 2)
    AU$20
Noosa Heads flights, hotels, and rental cars
Noosa Heads On a Budget
A town and suburb located on Queensland, Australia's Sunshine Coast, Noosa is best known as a destination of pleasant weather, beautiful beachside scenery, shopping, dining, and outdoor adventure. Some of the top attractions of the area include Noosa National Park and Sunshine Beach.
Sights
Noosa National Park covers about 4,000 hectares of beaches, walking tracks, and a thriving habitat of local wildlife and vegetation. There are a total of five walking tracks - some of which include one leading to the highest point in the park at Noosa Hill, and another leading to Hell's Gate, one of the park's headlands. While on these trails, visitors might come across pockets of rainforest as well as areas of open eucalypt forest, wallum heaths, pandanus palms, and grasslands. Within these habitats are a population of koalas and other mammals as well as bird species like the eastern ground parrot, glossy black cockatoo, and eastern yellow robin. From the headlands in the park, visitors are sometimes able to watch migrating humpback whales. The park is divided into four sections: Headland Section, Peregian Section, Emu Mountain Section and the East Weyba Section.

Just south of the National Park is Sunshine Beach - a stretch where golden sands meet turquoise waters. While beach itself offers a laid-back atmosphere for surf and relaxation, it is also just a short walk away from the boutiques, cafes, and restaurants that line Duke Street just inland from the shore.

Noosa's Main Beach, to the west of the park is another prime location for seaside activities. It runs along Hastings Street which is lined with amenities including cafes, restaurants, shops, and a visitor information center, amongst other things.
Neighborhoods
The name Noosa is applied to the areas including Noosa Heads, Noosa Junction, Noosaville, and Noosa Civic. Noosa Heads is the resort area that contains Hastings Street and the main tourist area behind Hastings Street. Noosa's Main Beach runs parallel to Hastings Street. Noosaville is located alongside the river, and is a bit quieter, while Noosa Junction is the business area. On the western end of Hastings Street are the Noosa Woods and Noosa Spit (a recreation area and home to the Noosa Botanic Gardens), while Noosa National Park is on the eastern end, and Noosa Lions Park is just to the south. Noosa Lions Park is an open, grassy area which is often used as a staging area for several large community events which include the Noosa Triathlon, Noosa Food and Wine Festival, Noosa Winter Festival, and Noosa Classic Car Show.

Activities
Noosa is a home base for a number of great tours including wildlife and eco tours of the immediate area as well as organized tours to Fraser Island just north of Noosa. Walking the trails of Noosa National Park is also popular for enjoying its lush scenery, spotting koalas, or taking an ocean dip at one of its many beaches. Fishing from Noosa is great year round with seasonal changes in species, while boating is also available with opportunities to hire a sail or motor boat along the Noosa River. Other common activities include scuba diving, kite surfing, surfing (and surf lessons), as well as shopping, dining, or taking a local cruise.
Food and Dining
Noosa Heads is a place renowned for its cuisine as much as its pleasant weather. For the foodies, Noosa is especially thriving during its annual Food & Wine Festival (held in May) when Australian and international chefs take over the town to give cooking classes, present gala dinners, and guide visitors on local food trails. As a seaside location, Noosa also has a number of restaurants serving fresh fish and seafood. Options from the sea are available from fine dining entrees to fast food like fish and chips. For those seeking some iconic Australian foods, Vegemite is a vitamin-rich, somewhat bitter yeast spread which is often thinly spread on buttered toast. Other unique items include a kind of chocolate biscuit called Tim Tams, fairy bread which is basically white bread buttered with sprinkles, a chocolate covered sponge cake called lamington, and macadamia nuts. Noosa also has dining options to satisfy international flavors from European to Mediterranean to Japanese and more. Most dining options can be easily found along Hastings Street and Duke Street.
Transportation
By plane, the nearest airport is the Sunshine Coast Airport, located about 30 kilometers south of Noosa Heads. From the airport, visitors can take the 622 bus to Noosa Junction, rent a car, or hire a taxi (usually around $80 to Noosa).

Another option is to fly to Brisbane Airport (about 135 kilometers south). From here, the best way to reach Noosa Heads is to pre-book a transfer service, as a taxi from Brisbane to Noosa can be over $400.

By train, the nearest stations to Noosa are at Eumundi, Cooroy, Nambour, and Pomona with a connecting bus or taxi required.

By car, drive north from Brisbane along the Bruce Highway. Greyhound buses also serve Noosa on a route between Cairns and Brisbane.
1 Categories averaged on a per-item basis.
2 Categories averaged on a per-day basis.
For example, the Food2 daily average is for all meals for an entire day, while Entertainment1 is for each individual purchase.
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Travel Tips

Fishing at Noosa

By backpackguru in Entertainment
You can fish at Noosa any time of the year, but the species do change. It's easy to reach the reef and bait grounds making it very convenient. Alternatively, you could also fish from the beach or the river. Look into Noosa's Laguna Charters which are at Sheraton Jetty Noosa Heads. They can accommodate anybody from a complete beginner to an expert. You can go out for half a day, three quarters of a day, or for a full day.