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Australia’s best seachange towns No.1: Noosa Heads

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If you love the outdoor lifestyle and the gorgeous natural scenery that comes with it, you would be well suited to life in Noosa Heads.

Approximately an hour-and-a-half drive from Brisbane, the coastal town is situated on the relaxed Sunshine Coast.

It is a beautiful resort town with breathtaking natural surroundings, famous for its beaches, national park and the nearby hinterland.

noosa heads trading places 2016 at a glanceNoosa Heads is a perfect location for people looking for a laid-back lifestyle and the tight-knit community atmosphere is ideal for raising families.

“We’ve seen quite a lot of places around Australia and maybe I’m biased but I think it’s definitely the nicest beach resort type area. It has everything you need,” Noosa local Brian Wilkinson says.

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Unlike other coastal areas, you will not find skyscrapers along the esplanade in Noosa Heads. In 1990, Noosa Shire Council announced a four-storey limit on buildings, which the locals say is partly why Noosa is still so picturesque.

The town’s natural beauty, which was given a perfect score of 5 by The New Daily‘s researchers, brings in people from all over the globe.

Rory White, owner/manager of FOMO café on Sunshine Beach, says this is one of the best parts of his job.

“You get all sorts of people from all around the world visiting … It’s great to be able to cross paths with people from all over the world,” he said.

“I just think it’s one of the best places in the world to live really.”

There are endless things to see and do in this bustling town. A stroll along Noosa Main Beach is a very popular pastime of the locals and tourists alike. There are also neighboring beaches that are great for surfing.

If calmer waters are more your thing, you can cruise along the Noosa River, throw in a line and catch some fresh seafood for dinner.

There are lots of markets in Noosa that the locals love. Two favourites are the Original Eumundi Markets on a Wednesday and Saturday and the Farmers Market that runs every Sunday.

Noosa has been awarded with international Biosphere Reserve status. This title recognises Noosa’s glorious natural environment and its commitment to sustainable living.

It is not surprising, then, that walking through Noosa National Park is a wonderful experience for all ages. Admire the scenery as it changes from rainforest to coastal bush and if you look up, you may spot some koalas and other native animals.

If you hate the city stress and peak hour traffic, then Noosa Heads may be the place for you.

Local travel agent Sky Gander has lived in Noosa her entire life and says the lifestyle is one of its best assets.

“I don’t think anyone wears black or grey up here. My solicitor, he walks around in his Hawaiian T-shirt and shorts. It’s very relaxed,” she says.

“We are also quite sophisticated at the same time with our taste. We have some amazing restaurants. We want for nothing up here. We have it all.”

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Reporting: Katie Wong Hoy