Is there anything more Aussie than a boardie-clad Santa riding a wave? A bucket of prawns overlooking the water? Days spent lazing around on the beach until the sun sets and the fairy lights come on? This is Christmas on the beach in Noosa and the best news is that it doesn’t cost a sackful of the latest toys to enjoy!

During the Christmas period, the Noosa Council provides free rides to anyone choosing the buses as their preferred method of travel. For our guests, this is excellent news! At the end of a long day spent playing in the water and on the beach, the walk back up the hill from Hastings St to the Noosa Heads Motel can seem a little hard. Just jump on a bus for the easiest ride back to your accommodation ever. This is particularly useful if you’ve stopped off at the Surf Club for a sundowner. The free buses also make heading over to Sunshine Beach Surf Club, the restaurant strip along the river at Gympie Terrace or over to some of the breweries in Noosaville particularly easy, giving even the most dedicated designated driver a chance to blow the froth off some local brews.

Self-caterers can also rejoice in Noosa this Christmas, with an excellent network of free barbecues and shady picnic areas in abundance. This makes those Christmas gatherings so much easier and lighter on your back pocket. A favourite with locals is the Lions Park, located just at the bottom of Noosa Hill on a bend in the river. With a playground, plenty of open space, free barbies and lots of undercover tables, this is a wonderful spot to perch up for the day if the wind’s blowing, you’re keen to test out your Stand-Up Paddleboard or just want to get out of the waves for the day. There’s also plenty of tables and BBQs along Gympie Terrace, along Claude Batten Drive in Noosa Woods (at the river mouth end of Hastings St) and over at Sunshine Beach. Snags and a few cold beverages are all you really need for an awesome day out here.

If you’re after some truly festive spirit, taking a walk along the beautifully lit thoroughfares of Hastings St or just down the hill at Noosa Junction will put you in the Jingle Bells mood. Thousands of fairy lights and Christmas decorations line the streets, and will delight both big and small kids.

For a truly Aussie Christmas experience though, grab a kilogram of prawns from Noosa Seafood Market in the Junction, a couple of beverages from your favourite Noosa brewery (we love Heads of Noosa’s Japanese Lager) and picnic under an umbrella down on Main Beach for the day. Nothing says Christmas more than seafood, sand, salt and sun!

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