Unlike many other beaches on Australia’s eastern coast, Noosa Main Beach faces north—thereby protected from the surf. Granted, this is still the famous Sunshine Coast, the sandy mecca for surfers, and Noosa Main Beach still gets waves that are perfect for taking a surf lesson, but not the powerful, dangerous waves that pummel the nearby headlands. The gently rolling waves aside, Noosa Main Beach is also patrolled by a year-round team of lifeguards, and backed by a wooden, exceptionally clean boardwalk just steps from the Hastings Street shops. Hire an umbrella and relax in the shade, your toes in the sugary white sand, and cool off in cerulean waters that gently lap at the coast. Noosa Main Beach has repeatedly been voted as one of the best in Australia, which is easy to see from the moment you first lay eyes on the white stretch of sand.
Insider Tip: To stretch your legs, follow the boardwalk to the western end of the beach for a walk through the recreation reserve.
Parking can be difficult by Noosa Main Beach, so take a free shuttle offered by the resort if you happen to be staying nearby. If not, it’s a short walk from most hotels in town, and there are parking garages located within a 10-minute walk from the beach. The water is warm for swimming year round.