Noosa Day Trip from Brisbane: Searching for Fairy Pools in Noosa

Noosa is Queensland’s most popular beach town on the Sunshine Coast in Australia. The town has some of the best beaches on the east coast which you can’t find anywhere else. And it has a national park with amazing hiking trails, scenic viewpoints, and rock pools.

Noosa is the perfect spot for a Brisbane day trip with a relaxing and laidback beach vibe. Plus, one of the highlights is the famous Fairy Pools in Noosa. These natural rock pools can be found in Noosa National Park. Want to know more about this natural phenomenon? Keep reading!

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Before you search for Fairy Pools Noosa

Before searching for fairy pools in Noosa Heads, look at my list of 17 things you need to know before travelling to Australia. I included information about Australia, including applying for ETA, transportation, money and accommodation.

Here is some more information to keep in mind when you search for the Noosa pools:

  • Noosa Heads is a favourite holiday destination for locals, especially for families. It is one of the safest and family-friendly travel destinations.
  • But the resort town is also popular with backpackers and solo travellers because of many great surf spots, gorgeous beaches, scenic hiking trails and laidback vibes.

How to travel from Brisbane to Noosa

1. Road Trip from Brisbane to Noosa

Driving to Noosa from Brisbane is the easiest way, but only if you have a vehicle already. The journey is over 140km and will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes.

However, driving may not be the best option financially for a solo traveller since it can be quite costly for car rental and fuel. But if you do drive to Noosa, there is plenty of parking in Noosa Heads and Noosa National Park.

2. Brisbane to Noosa long-distance bus

For a solo traveller, the easiest way to travel from Brisbane to Noosa is by taking a Greyhound Australia bus.

Greyhound Australia is Australia’s long-distance bus operator. The bus has recline seats, USB chargers, and free wifi.

There are five direct buses from Brisbane Coach Terminal (at Roma Station) to Noosa Junction Bus Station each day. The bus ride takes about 2 hours and 20 minutes and the cost starts at $22AUD.

Catch the first bus at 7:30 am and you will arrive in Noosa by 9:50 am. By taking the first bus to Noosa, you can visit all the attractions mentioned in this blog on the same day.

Purchase your ticket online to secure a seat. The route from Brisbane to Noosa is very popular as the same bus goes to the Australia Zoo.

How to get around Noosa

1. Walk

Walking is one of the best ways to see Noosa. The distances between all the attractions mentioned in this blog are between 10 to 30 minutes.

And you can only explore Noosa National Park on foot. While the entire coastal trail in the park is 11km roundtrip, the entire trail is very scenic and enjoyable.

2. Public Transportation in Noosa

The public bus is also a great way to travel around Noosa and explore other Sunshine Coast parts.

If you haven’t already purchased one in Brisbane, buy a Go Card, a rechargeable electronic card to take public transportation in Queensland. It makes taking public transportation so much easier.

You can buy and top-up a Go Card online, at the station or at convenience stores like 7-Eleven. Initially, you have to purchase the card for $10AUD but you get the deposit back when you return your card.

You can check the bus schedule by entering the start and end locations here.

What to Bring for your fairy pools day trip in Noosa

Exploring Noosa as a day trip is super fun! Here are some tips on what you should bring for a fun day of exploring some of the best Noosa attractions:

  • Small backpack for all your belongings
  • Pair of sensible shoes that is ideal for walking on the rocky path to the tide pools
  • Bathing suit just in case you want to jump into Noosa rock pools
  • Small towel to dry off
  • Plenty of water and snacks for the coastal hike around Noosa National Park
  • Lots of sunscreen to block all the UV rays while you are meandering through Noosa National Park
  • Hat and sunglasses to further block any sun rays

How to find Fairy Pools, Noosa’s best attraction

The Fairy Pools in Noosa are two natural rock pools, or tide pools, along the coastline of Noosa National Park.

Rockpools are pools of water formed by the sea. Strong ocean currents create natural pools of water over time, creating these magnificent natural pools in Noosa and other coastal areas in Australia including New South Wales, Victoria and other parts of Queensland.

During high tide, strong waves crash on the rocky shores, which make it challenging to get into the rock pool. And the lower pool is not visible during high tide.

While at low tide, the seawater is calmer, making it possible to dip in both Noosa rock pools.

Best time to visit Noosa and Noosa Fairy Pools

The best time to visit Fairy Pool in Noosa is during low tide because it is the only time the lower pool is exposed, and the strong waves are not crashing into the pools.

I went during high tide, so I can only see the upper rock pool (see the main photo). As you can see, the waves are quite strong, and only one person is brave enough to sit by the Fairy Pools. Look closely; he’s sitting on the left of the upper rock pool.

If possible, check the tide level before planning your Noosa trip.

Weekends and holidays are especially busy. If you can go at other times and during cooler months, you may get the Instagram photo of your dreams.

How to find Fairy Pools in Noosa Heads

There are no signs in Noosa National Park indicating the location of these natural rock pools.

But if you enter “Fairy Pools Noosa Heads” in Google Map, the app will show you exactly how to get there.

From the Noosa Junction Bus Station, walk towards Noosa Heads, pass Noosa Heads Main Beach and follow the path into Noosa National Park. Google Maps will take you to the tide pools.

While you are on the coastal path closest to the Fairy Pool pin in Google Maps, look towards the water and see the natural tide pools. It may not seem like there are rock pools there because you have to walk further into them.

At this point, keep following the path and walk to the right of the fence, where there is an opening. Then walk towards the edge of the water. This is where your sensible shoes come in handy because the path is very rocky. There isn’t a specific path; you just have to keep walking until you reach the pools by the edge of the coastline.

The journey from the bus stop to Noosa Fairy Pools will take just an hour. But there are many things to see along the way, and the walk is quite enjoyable.

Are you going to search for the fairy pools in Noosa during your day trip from Brisbane?

I went to Australia 15 years ago and travelled along the east coast. I stayed in other parts of the Sunshine Coast but missed Noosa. So glad I decided to visit Noosa this time around because Noosa is one of the best towns on the East Coast of Australia.

If you are in Brisbane and want a quick get-away, definitely make a trip north and search for Fairy Pool in Noosa!

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Hi, my name is Queenie, and I've been a solo traveller for 18+ years and currently based in Hong Kong. Follow me on my adventures through Instagram and my blog!


  • soumya
    April 19, 2022 at 1:42 pm

    this blog was really helpful and gave me somewhere to start with. thank you

    • queenie mak
      May 5, 2022 at 6:28 pm

      Hi Soumya, not sure why but I decided to check my post but realized my response wasn’t uploaded. I’m so sorry! I really hope you found this blog post useful – where are you planning to go in Australia?


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