Noosa Heads is one of Australia's favourite tourist destinations, with large summer and holiday crowds filling the town and its main beach. The town is located at the mouth of the Noosa River and in lee of 2 km long Noosa Head, with much of the head now forming a national park. Immediately north of the river is the more extensive Cooloola National Park. Today Noosa boasts a thriving tourist industry, with major resorts and a wide range of accommodation and facilities. Noosa has long been a popular summer destination, with a surf lifesaving reel placed on the beach in 1915 and the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club founded in 1927.The main beach (1532) runs from the base of the heads to the mouth of the river. The river is now trained with an entrance wall that forms the northern end of the 1.2 km long beach. In addition, to combat beach erosion and maintain some of the sand dumped on the beach, a rock groyne has been built across the middle of the beach and a seawall constructed along the southern half of the beach.The beach faces almost due north, and receives low waves which have to pass around Noosa Heads. They average between 0.5 and 1 m high at the beach, where they usually form a continuous bar that is cut by rips during and following higher waves. Waves are higher and rips more prevalent at, and north of, the groyne.
Trinity Beach is a popular, well developed beach located 2 km east of the Cook Highway, approximately 15 km north of Cairns. The 1.5 km long beach faces north-east and is bounded by 215 m high Earl Hill to the south and 60 m high Taylor Point to the north. Trinity Beach shopping centre is located behind the centre of the southern half of the beach. In addition, facilities for both locals and tourists are available along the beachfront, which includes a continuous foreshore reserve, parking and backing road.The beach is composed of coarse sand that produces a steep, narrow beach at high tide with little surf (Fig. 2.14a), and a wider, lower gradient, exposed, 40 m wide bar at low tide, with a wider surf. Waves average 0.5 m, picking up during strong south-easterly winds. Lifeguards patrol the central beach area where the stinger enclosure is located.
Sapphire Beach trends south-southwest from Green Bluff for 2.3 km to 30 m high White Bluff, which is backed by the Sapphire Beach settlement. The beach faces southeast, but has slightly lower waves than adjacent Moonee, owing to the presence of Split Solitary Island, lying 2.5 km off White Bluff. The beach however still has a double bar system, with up to ten rips cutting across the inner bar, with the outer bar at times attaching to the inner producing stronger rips. Access is from Moonee Beach in the north, and a beachfront caravan park in the south, where a small parking area with picnic facilities is provided below the Sapphire Beach residential area.