Noosa might just be the perfect travel destination. With something for everyone, from holidaying families who enjoy the white sand beaches and kiddie-friendly play areas along the Noosa River, to adventure seekers and backpackers who want to try surfing, kite surfing, stand up paddle boarding, fishing or kayaking.

Or maybe you just want to chill out? Laid back Noosa is also the perfect holiday spot for hedonists who crave nothing more than pure rest and relaxation. If your idea of a vacation is to get a massage or spend the morning at a spa before a long lunch over-looking the ocean and a spot of shopping, Noosa delivers. The Noosa area boasts a number of spas where you'll be pampered in style and Hastings Street, which runs behind Noosa main beach and links Noosa National Park with Noosa Woods and the Noosa River mouth, offers a wide variety of shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and boutiques to suit every budget.

Derived from the local Aboriginal word meaning shady place, Noosa was home to indigenous tribes for 40,000 years before Europeans discovered it. Thanks to the low-rise zoning laws and huge areas of national park, the landscape and abundance the original owners of Noosa enjoyed is still very much intact.

Today Noosa has grown to be one of Australia's favourite holiday destinations thanks to that unique environment ~ when you get here you'll see why. Blessed with stunning natural beauty including pristine beaches, a sparking river and its lush national park, people travel to Noosa from around the globe to enjoy the scenery and wildlife. Koalas and dolphins can often be spotted in Noosa National Park. With its innovative approach to conservation and sustainable development, Noosa was declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in 2007 ensuring its beauty will be preserved for future generations of all species.

Although still popular with surfers looking for the perfect wave, Noosa has shed its hippy roots and become a sophisticated travel destination with fine dining, world class hotels and plenty of accommodation for holiday-makers and travellers. Only in Noosa do well-heeled executives on a city break rub shoulders with bare foot surfers who hurry past them to catch the last waves as the sun sets on Laguna Bay.

Conveniently situated about a two hour drive north of Brisbane, Noosa has everything you need for the perfect holiday and makes the ideal base for day trips to Noosa North Shore, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, the Glass House Mountains, Australia Zoo, the Eumundi markets and even Fraser Island.

Visit Noosa this year for a holiday you'll remember for life.