Heads, part of the Noosa district, is a small,
wealthy, coastal settlement, located about 100
minutes' drive north of Brisbane. It is known
for its beautiful beaches and nearby rocky headlands
covered in lush forest. The Noosa River forms
one boundary of the town, the headlands of the
Noosa National Park another. Behind is Noosaville
and Noosa Junction (these urban areas run into
Heads is the tourist heart of Noosa district,
with many restaurants and hotels. The main street
is Hastings Street, which lies directly behind
the seashore. The shire's tourism exponentially
grew shortly after the second world war, when
gold miners from Gympie took vacation in the Noosa
Shire. Evidently, roads around Noosa are named
after Gympie landmarks. Such roads include Gympie
Terrace and Mary Street. By the mid-1990s, Noosa
Heads had flourished into a well-known tourist
destination, marked both by domestic and international
expanding network of roads have a growing number
of roundabouts. These traffic alternatives to
traffic lights have become a well-known trademark
in the Noosa Shire. There are only three sets
of traffic lights in Noosa and the Shire Council
stands by its roundabout policy to minimise urbanism.
Another course of action taken by the Shire Council,
to minimise the possibility of an urban Noosa,
is building restrictions. With the exception of
the Sheraton Hotel, no building in the Noosa shire
is to be built with four floors or more. On top
of this, a population cap has been endorsed to
slow down Noosa's growing shire.
Heads' main attraction is its beaches. Its main
beach and its small bays around the headland are
common surfing locations which are known on world
surfing circuits. One of its major surfing contests
involves the Noosa Festival of Surfing. This festival
attracts large numbers of longboarders.
major events throughout the year include the Noosa
Festival of Surfing, Rock'n Tewantin, Noosa Long
Weekend, Noosa Triathlon and Pomona's King of
the Mountain. The Noosa 'Long Weekend' actually
runs for ten days where several cultural activities
are celebrated throughout the ten days. Such drawn-out
festivals give Noosa a laid-back atmosphere and
is also a product of it being a holiday destination.
The people of Noosa are commonly regarded as relaxed
when compared to neighbouring shires. It is said
that new citizens of Noosa take a long time to
adjust to Noosa's efficiency in doing anything.
Heads hosts a population of koalas, which are
often seen in and around Noosa National Park.
Koalas are present all year around.
Heads is the main centre in the Noosa district.
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson's Noosa island
hideaway conversion begins, by Glenis Green -
27th January 2008
years after buying Noosa's only privately owned
island, Virgin Group chief Sir Richard Branson
has started building his dream Balinese-style
in a broad stretch of the Noosa River just upstream
from Tewantin on the Sunshine Coast, the leafy
9.2 ha Makepeace Island is accessible only by
Shire forced the Virgin boss to rein in ambitious
plans for the island, which included camping grounds
approved plan, Noosa council land use manager
Shane Adamson says, is for an original Queenslander
house to serve as the nucleus for a wholesale
rebuilding project, with a main long house, pavilion-style
bedroom wings, boat house, tennis court and lagoon-style
original house had been the home of artist Brian
Spencer and his wife, Beverley, since 1980 before
they listed it for sale in 1997.
Blue executives Brett Godfrey and Rob Sherrard
bought the island for about $3 million five years
ago before selling it to Branson.
was first owned by Mr and Mrs Charles Nicholas,
who built the Queenslander in 1924.