Noosa has all of the services and infrastructure to make your visit a safe and comfortable one. There are banks where you can get international currency exchanged and shopping centres offering a variety of goods services.
The area code for Noosa is (07). International diallers need to dial the international access code for the country they are in, then 617 followed by the local number. Services include an international direct dial, Internet, Voice/Data/Facsimile and Operator, International Toll-Free, and payphones. The basic 'local-loop' telephone service (POTS, PSTN) is provided to almost every location by Telstra. Most telephone connections are the standard RJ11 ("modular") plugs, however, there is a proprietary Telstra connector (TAS) that is also used on some circuits. You can pick up a converter at most electronics stores.
240 volts AC, 50 cycles (50Hz), three (sometimes two) flat pin plug.
Australian currency is used with bank notes for five, ten, twenty, fifty and one hundred dollars. The cost of the Australian dollar (AUD) does fluctuate. You can use this currency converter to get a more accurate conversion from 180 different currencies.
Exchange facilities are available for all incoming and outgoing flights at the Sydney & Brisbane International Airport. Changing foreign currency can be done quickly and efficiently at most banks and at Bureau de Change outlets.
As a rule, tipping is not expected in Noosa Heads, however, it is customary so if you are happy with someone who has tried that little bit harder and gone the extra mile, then a tip is in order and always appreciated. Giving a small tip (10% of the bill) in a restaurant is in order if the service is good.
A taxi service is available in Noosa Heads and there is a taxi rank in the centre of town and you can usually flag one down along the street - you can also book a cab in advance. There are limited public bus services operating in Noosaville.
Cars drive on the left hand side of the road. If you're not used to it, take care when crossing the road - you should always use a "zebra crossing" to cross safely. Visitors driving in Queensland must observe the licence requirements for visitors. Drive at or below the posted speed limit. The general speed limit in cities and towns is 60 km/h but many local and suburban roads have a 50 km/h speed limit.
The temperature in Noosa Heads, on average, ranges from 17 to 28°C in the height of Summer and 7 to 22°C in Winter.
Smoking is not permitted in most public buildings areas including restaurants, pubs, in busses, taxis or on any domestic flights. Smoking is permitted in some outdoor areas of some licensed premises.
In a life threatening emergency dial 000 for the Ambulance, Police & Fire Emergency Services.
Non-emergencies and General Enquiries
The nearest public hospital is at 111 Goodchap St, Noosaville (5 minutes from Hastings St) and there is an after hours local medical centre at 197 Weyba Rd. The hospital can be contacted on 5455 9200 and the medical centre can be contacted on 5442 4444.