The Noosa Festival of Surfing is the biggest surf event in the world (by competitor numbers) with more than 900 competitors from almost 20 countries and regions.
If you’re keen on adventure sports, Noosa is the place to be. With an age division for everyone and professional divisions attracting the best surfers from all over the world (first entries open in July), the Noosa Festival of Surfing is not to be missed!
The Noosa festival is known as the leading surf culture event in the world, also referred to as ‘8 Days of Pure Stoke’, with fun, thrills and entertainment for surfers and spectators alike. Regular events at the Noosa festival include specialist noseriding, teams events, a waterman challenge, and even surfing dogs. Yes, even our furry friends are hanging paw and surfing Noosa breaks with style.
Surfing at Noosa offers the perfect waves of Noosa’s famed First Point and events included at Noosa – live music, free movies, food and drink at the Noosa festival village right on the sand in front of the break, make this one of the world’s best surfing events.
Competition is fierce in the water, but on the sand, the Noosa surfing festival is all about bringing people together and the fun of finding kindred spirits in surf cultures from all over the world.
Ready to get stoked for this year? Check out the highlights from the Noosa Festival of Surfing 2018.
Where to View the Noosa Festival of Surfing
The Noosa festival grounds are open from dawn each day, on Noosa Main Beach, and has a market atmosphere with chill tents, a bar overlooking the event and local businesses showing their support. Once the sun sets expect awesome live music and entertainment into the night at various venues around Noosa Heads.
How to get around Noosa
Most things in Noosa are within walking distance. There is a good bus network (the bus stop is just opposite Halse Lodge) if you’re staying a little further out of Noosa, some accommodations also provide their own shuttle services. Failing that, there is a taxi rank just off the Hastings Street roundabout.
Driving to Noosa? Make sure your accommodation has its own parking, there is limited metered parking in and around Noosa but you’ll be hard pushed to find a park space if you’re not an early bird! Take public transport where possible.
Where to Stay for the Noosa Surf Festival
Noosa is a small town and accommodation books up fast! The two main hostels are Halse Lodge (YHA) and Nomads, starting from $20AUD per night. Rooms in motels and hotels start from around $100AUD per night. If you get stuck for accommodation look to the rest of the Sunshine Coast which is just a short drive away.
For the best hotel deals and Airbnb’s in Noosa head to the map below.
Things to do in and around Noosa
If you can tear yourself away from the beach and the festival of surfing events, there are heaps of things to do in Noosa. Most of Noosa itself is National Park and absolutely stunning! Our top picks of things to do in and around Noosa:
1. Take one of the Coastal Walks starting from Noosa Heads. You might even spot some Koalas in the wild!
2. Kayak the Noosa Everglades – No Alligators to worry about in this one! Cruise through the wetlands and mirrored lakes.
3. Visit Eumundi Markets – one of the best Artisan markets in Australia. Open on Saturdays and Wednesdays about 20kms from Noosa Heads with a public bus service.
Noosa is the perfect travel destination no matter your interests. The festival atmosphere on the sands paired with adrenalin in the water, plus the many things to see and do around the Sunshine Coast. Don’t believe us?
The next Noosa Festival of Surfing is being held 10-17th March 2018 in Noosa, Australia. Entries are now open for surfers.
Spending a while in Australia? View other adventure sports events in Australia here or more Noosa Festival information, head to noosafestivalofsurfing.com
Image credit: Jordan Spee surfing in the Old Mal division