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Live In Noosa Heads

Living in Noosa Heads

Are you thinking of living in Noosa Heads? If you’re looking to relocate or purchase a Noosa Heads home or investment property, you need local knowledge about key suburbs and areas, to make the most informed decision that best suits your needs.

Noosa Heads is a coastal town at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, and a highly popular tourist destination during holiday seasons, particularly the warmer months and school holidays.

The suburb is bounded to the west by Weyba Creek and the Noosa River and to the north and east by the Coral Sea. The northeast of the locality is within the Noosa National Park. Noosa Heads, Noosaville and Tewantin form a continuous urban area at the northern end of the Sunshine Coast.

Living in Noosa Heads - suburb profile

Getting around Noosa Heads

In terms of public transport options, bus services are the main public transport available to get around Noosa Heads. Visit Translink’s website to see what services are available.

If you’re a cyclist or walker, there are also a range of dedicated bicycle and walking paths (as well as on-road bike lanes) around Noosa Heads.

Noosa Heads is unique in that it has no traffic lights, so if you’re getting around by car you will quickly become accustomed to the many (many!) roundabouts in our beautiful neighbourhood.

It is approximately:

  • 135 km to Brisbane (1 hr, 45 minute drive)
  • 45 km to Maroochydore (40 minute drive)
  • 40 km to Sunshine Coast Airport (35-40 minute drive)


As with the rest of the Sunshine Coast area, Noosa is renowned for its mild climate and amazing weather almost all year round. It has an average annual temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit). In winter, the temperature can drop to 10 degrees Celsius overnight but generally the daytimes are still warm.

Ocean water temperature ranges from 19 degrees in winter to 25 degrees in summer.  With this sort of climate, it’s no wonder it’s a very popular place for people wanting to visit or live.


Noosa Heads’ key shopping precincts include:

  • Hastings Street adjacent to Main Beach (boutique and high street apparel labels)
  • Noosa Junction (Coles, IGA, K Hub, boutique shops and cafes / restaurants, etc)
  • Noosa Civic (Big W, Woolworths, Cotton On, etc)

Adjacent suburbs to Noosa Heads include Noosaville, Sunshine Beach and Tewantin. They also each contain their own shopping precincts.

The Noosa Farmers’ Market takes place every Sunday at the AFL Football fields in Noosaville.

Activities and community support

There are around 300 community groups across Noosa as a whole and many of these are in Noosa Heads so whatever your interest – be it sport, recreation, art, hobbies, etc – there is likely to be a community of likeminded people for you to be part of!


Liveability means what a place is like to live in. Research was undertaken by Noosa Council in 2021 into what Noosa Heads community members valued most about their neighbourhood and rated about their neighbourhood (The Liveability Index).  Noosa Heads scored 74 / 100 on the liveability index (out of a national average of 68 / 100). Living in Noosa Heads - Liveability


  • Population – 4,495
  • Average age – 60+
  • Owner 70% / renter 30%
  • Family 51 % / Single 49%


Property in Noosa Heads

Buying Property in Noosa Heads

As a regional community, Noosa’s Council has worked hard over many years to keep Noosa unique with a village feel. So there are no high rise buildings beyond 2-3 stories, limited new land supply and development is also restricted compared with other Council areas.

Noosa Heads’ key residential neighbourhoods include:

  • Noosa Sound
  • Noosa Hill
  • Noosa Junction
  • Cooloola Estate
  • Noosa Springs / Park Ridge
  • Elysium
  • Weyba Park area
  • Little Cove

Each of these residential neighbourhoods within Noosa Heads have their own unique characteristics, demographics and benefits / disadvantages. So when looking to buy your Noosa Heads investment property or own home, it is worthwhile to find out from a local first about the specific neighbourhood you’re looking at and what it’s like living in Noosa Heads, before you buy.


Median property prices in Noosa Heads Buying Property in Noosa Heads - median house prices

**Currently very limited in supply in Noosa Heads. This is an estimate only.

As of January 2023, here are a sample of properties at selected median price ranges: Buying Property in Noosa Heads - median house example


















Buying property in Noosa Heads - entry level property example


Buying Property in Noosa Heads - unit median price example Properties in Noosa Sound and Little Cove are highly desirable. In particular, those with strong architectural design and finishes, walking distance proximity to Noosa Main Beach and Hastings St, water access, generally command premium prices. For example, 47 Mossman Court, Noosa Sound sold for $23.25 million in January 2023.

Buying a Noosa Heads property to short term let

If you’re buying an investment property in Noosa Heads to Airbnb, you need to be aware of Noosa Council’s Short Term Accommodation rules.

In February 2021, Noosa Council passed a new Local Law for Short Term Accommodation (STA) which affects investors who intend to Airbnb their property. The Council requires short stay and home hosted accommodation property owners to lodge an application for using residential properties for AIRBNB or short term rentals unless identified as exempt.

To determine if you can operate, or continue to operate short stay letting from the property you are planning to purchase you first need to determine in what town planning zone your property is located in. Further information is contained in the following links:

Noosa Local Law


Schools / Education in Noosa Heads

If you’re are a family with young / school aged children and looking to move to Noosa Heads, knowing which schools are best for you to look may be one of your first priorities.

Here are key schools around the Noosa Heads and Noosaville region to consider:

Moving to Noosa Heads - best schools in Noosa Heads

There are other public and private schools in suburbs such as Peregian Beach, Cooroy, Coolum, Buderim, etc. If you plan to move to Noosa Heads, be aware of the travel times to and from these areas. For example, Noosa Heads to:

  • Peregian Beach is 15 km which takes approximately 20-25 minutes each way on the busy Sunshine Motorway (100km per hour speed limit) / David Low Way (70km per hour speed limit)
  • Cooroy is 22 km which takes around 25-30 minutes each way via the Cooroy Noosa Road (80km per hour speed limit)
  • Eumundi is 20 km which takes around 20 – 25 minutes each way via Eumundi Noosa Road (80km per hour speed limit)
  • Buderim is 40 km which takes around 45-50 minutes each way via Sunshine Motorway

While these travel times don’t seem huge at the outset, locals living in Noosa Heads who do that commute back and forth twice per day along those busy roads to get their children to and from school (as well as after school activities, etc) do comment that it can become too time consuming and unsustainable.


If you would like further help purchasing a home or investment property in Noosa Heads or want to know more about living in Noosa Heads, get in touch with Home Scouts, your local trusted Noosa Heads Buyers Agent.

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