8.5 out of 10

Noosa Heads

Ranked 20th best suburb in Sunshine Coast
-26.391918090645 153.100638244225
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Gym & Fitness
  • Safe & Sound
  • Neighbourly Spirit
Not great for
  • Parking
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Who lives here?
  • Retirees
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Tourists

Reviews

1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 1/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Eating Out 2/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 1/5
Apr 27, 2016

"plenty of nicer beaches north or south of this place"

Don't even visit the place .. too pricey .. too hard to get around .. ordinary restaurant scene .. this list could go on and on
Pros
  • national parks
Cons
  • shopping
  • dining
Recommended for
  • Retirees
MeganF1
MeganF1 Hi JohnoM,

Can you please give a bit more information about where is nicer? I am looking to move to the Sunshine Coast and am looking for somewhere that has a bit of money as it will support my trade that I plan to work in when I get up there, but is also pretty, relaxed and beachy. I am thinking either Mooloolabar or Noosa but have concerns as people have told me that they're extremely budget concious in Maloolabar and those areas. Is the food really average in Noosa or did you just not like paying the prices? We're the people friendly? Let me know what you think.

Thanks
Jun 22, 2016
JohnoM
JohnoM Noosa is the pits .. mooloolaba is great coolum beach is nice too ... though both are pricey . I lived in noosa for 20 years and feel i can pass judgment clearly. Caloundra has lots of nice beaches and is more price friendly..... though if your looking for a beautiful place , Rainbow beach trumps them all . About an hour north of noosa (just far enough away) it has evertyhing .
Jun 23, 2016
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Love this place"

I love living in Noosa. The lifestyle is relaxed, the people friendly, the community really engaged in maintaining what makes Noosa special to the locals. Just some words that come to mind when I think about Noosa...
early morning fitness
very social
community minded
sustainable and green
family and friends
dining, dining, dining
beaches and river
national park and conservation areas
koalas
Pros
  • dining
  • beaches
  • community
  • national parks
  • walks
  • boating
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Beach Lovers
4/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
2yrs+

"A beautiful place to live - a great lifestyle"

I work in Noosa and live near by and I love how beautiful and relaxing Noosa is. There is so much to enjoy in the area, including walks through the national park, swimming at the clean beaches, and dining and shopping along Hastings St and Noosa Junction. I've lived on the Northern Beaches and near the Eastern Beaches of Sydney and Noosa is a far better environment and climate.
Pros
  • national parks
  • walks
Cons
  • shopping
Recommended for
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
AndrewM4
AndrewM4 Dear David - very interested in your comment. I recently lived on the northern beaches and would like to move to noosa but am a little weary of the job prospects. Would you be so kind as to let me know the best links to see jobs in noosa? I am a CA and previously a business broker. Thanks much. Andrew
2yrs+
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5/5
2yrs+

"A great place to holiday and a great place to live if you keep away from holiday resorts and the canals"

People move here for the same reason as they holiday there, great climate, great beaches.Shopping has improved for locals over the last few years with a new shopping complex and Noosa Junction is undergoing a renovation. Houses are expensive but look where the locals go, Coloola Hill behind Noosa Junction and Tewantin has some nice housing. Not much work for young people but that is improving as the population increases.
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  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
LiveTheHoliday
LiveTheHoliday Hi. I've lived in the Noosa region since 1994 and have lived in a holiday resort complex for the last 5 years. We are a couple with a school aged child. Apartment living isn't for everyone, but it's the best move we have made. We scrapped the mortgage with downsizing from a house, have a very cool apartment, heated pool, sauna and spas, and all just a stones throw from Hastings St and Main Beach. We get really quiet periods throughout the year where we almost have the whole resort to ourselves. And at other times when it's busy it's great to see people having fun on holidays. Noise isn't an issue with good on-site managers and we don't have to worry about anything when we want to go away. If you're thinking of downsizing but want a great lifestyle near all the cafes and the beach, give it a go!
2yrs+
vincentreardon
vincentreardon I am moving to Noosa at the end of Feb.2012 and would love to know how to find a 3 bed apartment like yours . Sounds ideal to me.
2yrs+
georges8
georges8 What's wrong with the canals?
Oct 12, 2016
mitchl
mitchl Don't do what we did. We've loved Noosa for many years and have always made a beeline here for our holidays, long weekends and so on. A few years ago we moved up to Noosa to 'live the dream' and found a great villa in a large quiet (or so we thought) resort. We thought we had a great deal and bought the place. Living in a resort was fantastic for the first few months when the resort was fairly quiet and peaceful. But then the school holidays started and it became bedlam. Noise in the pools from 7am till 9pm, inconsiderate holiday makers who have no concern for others, leave beer bottles around, and drink and smoke outside their units till the small hours. If you ask them to be more considerate they may well oblige, but then you've got new neighbours again in a few days and the problems start afresh. It's very stressful. We've met other people who had also bought in resorts and had the same experience we'd had. After while you don't want to go outside your door and we left the blinds down most of the time we were there. It was a bit like living in a prison cell. The worst thing is when we finally bit the bullet and sold, we ended up losing quite a bit of money. But we're still glad we're out of there. Don't get me wrong, Noosa is a great place, but don't think living in a resort is like being on holiday in one.
Dec 01, 2016
percy-eugene-cartwright-jnrp
percy-eugene-cartwright-jnrp my wife and I who are over 60, are contemplating in buying a 3 BR house up there. Which is the best suburb for retirees? and do Pensioners enoy
water, elect and council rate rebates?
Sep 21, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Idyllic"

Absolutely the most fantastic place I have ever lived .
Pros
  • walks
  • national parks
  • boating
Cons
  • beaches
  • shopping
  • dining
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Trendy & Stylish
  • Beach Lovers
PureKrome
PureKrome I was just there last week .. and it still kicks ass :) I walked along the beach every morning - was so nice.
2yrs+
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 3/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Noosa Top Spot"

Noosa Heads a great place for a holiday, plenty to do and see, nice beaches, good walking tracks and if you don't mind the crowds shopping's great if you're into that sort of thing. Noosa Heads is a town by the seaside and has plenty of activities that involve the water, skiing, fishing, boating, hire a BBQ boat and take a trip on the river, best BBQ ever.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
5/5
2yrs+
2/5
2yrs+

"Noosa is totally overrated."

I have been to Noosa once on a holiday and was dissapointed in what it had to offer as oppsed to a somewhere else like the Gold Coast (was looking at starting business and maybe moving). Yes sure Retirees with lots of money that can afford expensive Noosa mansions and have nice retirement.

For young people it is my opinion there is just not enough work and desire to motivate younger people and even families to move to Sunshine Coast unless in an industry such as mining etc. Even then you would not be able to truly enjoy the bliss environment and beautiful naturistic lifestyle Noosa has to offer.

I would rate alot higher just too pricey and not for everyone.
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  • Retirees
PureKrome
PureKrome Shame you've had such a bad experience with Noosa. My parents live here and I've visted it plenty of times. Sure, it's got the Retirees living in their million / multi-million dollar palaces .. but there's also plenty to do for tourists and backpackers. It's probably one of the prettiest places in Queensland. With the Sunshine Coast near by offering more affordable living, eating and services or Eumundi (now overrun by hundreds of shoppers) Noosa has great things too offer - beach, shops, food, no traffic (unless it's Schoolies Leavers .. but that's everywhere), relaxed atmosphere. Now, if you prefer the Gold Coast as a place to start a business - sure .. more people, more customers. To live? bleh! It's so fake. So touristy. So cheesy. But each to their own.It's definately pricey - i give u that. In fact, it's WAY overpriced. Worst thing is that if u need a tradesman .. and they hear the job is in Noosa .. bang! up goes the price. There's so many ugly places along Queensland. Cheap and ugly houses or just massive number of people in a tiny area. Sunshine Coast and Noosa Heads are the nicest places to live in the S.E. part of Queensland. Maybe give it another go. Or maybe you just need to go there with a local to show u the tricks of the place?
2yrs+
MeganF1
MeganF1 My work is with the multi million dollar homes, so the more the better. That is why I plan to either move to Mooloolaba or Noosa. I am not concerned about living costs as to live in many of the main hubs on the Sunshine Coast will cost me as much as the suburbs I would choose as a preference in Brisbane. I am not an outer suburb person. As a 40 year old with my partner overseas and no children and none planned, it's a bit hard to work out weather Noosa or Mooloolaba will be best for me. Noosa is sounding good though, I like the sound of the social aspect pre mentioned.
Jul 02, 2016
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5/5
2yrs+

"Noosa -Great place to live or holiday"

Noosa is the most northerly part of the Sunshine Coast and a Mecca for not only tourists but a great place to live or retire. Noosa has a laid back beach style and has a sub tropical climate. There are beaches to suit all with a lagoon type beach for families and surf beaches for those wanting to ride the waves. There are numerous shopping facilities as well as many cafes and restaurants. There is accommodation to suit all budgets including caravan parks, motels and resorts. Due to the locations and the great atmosphere Noosa has become a very popular place to live and retire which has forced home prices up. Definitely not in the price range for a first home buyer.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Glorious Noosa - I would live here in a second!"

Noosa has it all - the balmy Queensland climate, stunning coastline and sandy beaches, lots of dining options and all of the essential services.

Noosa is situated just 130 kilometres north of Brisbane in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. The area is a tourist hot-spot, and Hastings Street can often be at a standstill as the shops and icecream parlours are inundated by the crowds.

Noosa offers some glorious living options, whether it is a beachside villa (look out for the price tag!), a rainforest hideaway, a riverfront property or a sprawling home in the suburbs.

There is so much to do here - golf courses, surf beaches and rainforest walks. Or you can do nothing at all and just unwind on your own secluded beach.
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  • Professionals
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Thank god for Noosa"

Noosa is one of those rare places that everybody you talk to loves to visit. While it's only an hour north of Brisbane it feels like a different world. Kids, families, surfy grommits and old people alike flock to Noosa. Excellent and award winning restaurants, cafes and hotels line Hastings Street which backs directly onto the beach. Sarongs are the uniform d'jour and sandy hair and bare feet are the usual. The beach itself has enough swell to interest board riders but has enough protection to still be suitable for little people swimming. Accommodation is many and varied and if you crank up the jack johnson you are sure to have a great and relaxing time.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Quietly Tucked Away"

Just a short walk from the busy Hastings Street in Noosa, past the surf club is area known as Little Cove. Very popular with holidaymakers with lots of holiday flats, it is a more secluded part of town where quiet picnics are possible without the hustle and bustle. By following Park Road, you will come to the entrance to the National Park and its great waterfront walk.
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5/5
2yrs+

"Ideal Sea Change"

It’s interesting that most of the people who live in Noosa, don’t come from there. And that’s because so many people from the southern states have chosen it as their sea change destination. Noosa is blessed with beautiful beaches, great facilities and a desirable lifestyle. The homes range from waterfront mansions to townhouses. Shopping in Hastings Street reveals designer fashion stores and trendy cafes and high priced restaurants. In Noosa Junction though things are a little more low-key, supermarkets, specialty stores, and a small cinema complex.
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  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5
2yrs+

"Very expensive place to live."

Noosa Heads is predominently a holiday destination and the real estate is very expensive. Most of the residential accommodation is situated in the hills at the back of Noosa Heads and most have absolutely stunning views.

Because of the main part of Noosa Heads being a holiday destination some new residents have found it diffiuclt to settle in and make friends. There tends to be such a high transient population even amonst the locals.

In fact, most residents live just behind the hills of Noosa Heads in Sunshine Beach or further south in the residential areas leading down to Coolum.

Fabulous surf beaches are within easy access and this is one of the reasons so many people gravitate to this area.

The other reason is the quality international restaurants that abound along the main street, some overlooking the ocean and some not.
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  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees