When people think of Noosa, it’s very likely that the first image that comes to mind is one of Main Beach. As the name suggests, this is the focal point of Noosa Heads: the nexus from which most of the township’s hospitality, recreation and accommodation emanates. It’s easy to see why this is one of Australia’s most popular beaches. There’s something for every kind of beachgoer.

Laguna Bay, the portion closest to town, is the best spot for swimmers and families. With the bustle of Hastings Street just behind, a swim here is postcard Noosa.

The western section of the beach, north of the rock groyne, is where the surfing happens (though swimming is still allowed.) Advanced surfers should probably head towards the Boiling Pot and Tea Tree Bay, but surfers of all levels can have a nice time here. The gentle beach breaks are ideal for beginners, and plenty of surf-schools throng the shore offering lessons. There’s a fun and consistent right-hander with an easy paddle-out, so it’s well worth renting a board. In winter the swell usually flattens considerably, making it the perfect time for stand-up paddle boarding and other watersports.

Dogs are a no-go at Main Beach, but canine companions are free to go off-leash in many sections of nearby beaches including Castaways, Sunshine and Peregian. (Dog Beach, right near Main Beach in the Noosa Spit Recreation Reserve, is an understandable favourite of local pooches).

Parking can be a bit of a free-for-all, but it’s a short walk to the beach from almost anywhere in town. And thanks to ample changing facilities and the fact that the beach is patrolled every day of the year, Main Beach is a rightful favourite for families.

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Updated: October 9th, 2023

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