Considered a prime location for longboarding, Noosa Heads in the Queensland state of Australia is a world class accommodation for noseriding as well as other alternative board options. A destination where waves are rarely life-threatening but instead is perfected by its sandy-bouldery bottom which grace any of the areas pristine five right-hand point breaks.
Mid-day session at Tea Tree- Photo: Mike Ito
These breaks are also part of the Noosa Wildlife Sanctuary which was recently declared the 10th World Surfing Reserve (third in Australia) by Save The Waves Coalition, a California-based non-profit organization partnering with local communities, governments, business, and surfers to help protect its surfing ecosystem. According to Noosa local and former World Longboard Champion Josh Constable from an article from the World Surf league,” Knowing that the beauty and perfection of this place will continue for my kids and their kids feel amazing. Competing at home with all of my friends and family watching is exciting, plus we get to show off the beauty of our home to the world,” says the 2006 ASP World Longboard Champ.
The breaks of the Noosa shire run from First Point which is sits on the North end of the park while the farthest point, A-Bay, sits on the south end and is the furthest from the National park and about a 45-min walk from the entrance to the reserve. The waves vary from point to point where A-Bay is susceptible to most swell but is more of an open beach break with rip currents with bigger size compared, followed by Granite Bay and the groomed points like Tea Tree or First Point. The most popular and pristine breaks along the little stretch of coast consists of First Point where the majority of the Noosa Festival of Surfing events are held and the infamous Tea Tree, the more consistent wave magnet with groomed sand point and a warm-up walk of about 10-15 minutes. Tucked away in between the points are Little Cove, Nationals, and the most hollow also most fickle, Boiling Pot. With world class waves gracing the oceanside of the park, the pristine National Reserve is 4,000 hectares of Eucalyptus forest, Melaleuca Wetlands, and pockets of dense rainforest. These areas have been known to spot local wildlife including, in my short time while in Noosa, I have seen Koalas, Snakes, Wallabies, and the oh so present Gweela (Australian Brush Turkey).
Australian Brush Turkey (Gweela)-Photo: Mike Ito
A Koala Bear above the Noosa National Park foot path- Photo: Keoki
Noosa is one travel destination that is very much worth stopping by if you are in East Australia. The vibe in the little town is very accepting to tourists and the locals like to share a wave or two, in a respectable manner of course. If you want to visit the area and the waves aren't your thing, the little town of Noosa consists of boutique shops, great dining, and world-class coffee. The feeling when you leave this place in one with nature that tends to draw you back with a little more time spent with each trip.