Last Updated: 7th Jun 2012

<p>Noosa may well be the one of the most perfect beach-side towns in the world. A claim that is not only made by its super-rich residents, but also by many of the thousands of people who visit this picturesque Sunshine Coast town on the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/east-coast">East Coast</a>.</p> <p>The main street of the town, Hastings Street, is as cosmopolitan as beach resorts can get with a great mix of shopping, restaurants, cafes, art galleries and luxury hotels.</p> <p>One of the key elements that has puts Noosa&#8217;s sensational beach areas in total contrast to the <a href="/contikipedia/articles/gold-coast-and-surfers-paradise">Gold Coast</a> is a population cap of 50,000 and local laws that forbid high rise development. All this has protected Noosa but has also created some of the most beautiful and sought-after (not to mention, expensive) property in the country.</p> <p>The beach is safe and great for a swim with waves only really picking up during strong winds. The area is also home to a National Park that is easily accessible worth a stroll down to. Noosa also has loads of awesome ice cream shops lining the streets behind the beach.</p> <p>Noosa is a lunch stop with time for a swim, sightseeing and shopping on many Contiki Tours heading north from our <a href="/contikipedia/articles/farmstay">Farmstay</a> or south from <a href="/contikipedia/articles/fraser-island">Fraser Island</a>.</p>