Drivers in Noosa Shire should be aware of the local parking rules. Parking in Noosa Shire is regulated by local law parking, subordinate local law parking and the Transport Operations Road Use Management Act . It is the driver's responsibility to know and comply with these rules.
Unless otherwise signed, you must park your vehicle parallel to and as close to the left side of the road as possible.
The following offences apply to parking. Contact council's customer service centre to have a parking officer attend to any issues regarding:
- parking on footpaths, footpath ramps or across driveways
- vehicles parked straddling kerbs causing an obstruction
- vehicles parked contrary to signs in an area that is regulated.
Please note: Vehicles parked on a street or road reserve (footpath) for extended periods may be in breach of the local law.
Parking Regulations FAQs
Traffic signage in the Noosa Shire conforms with the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (Queensland), within the meaning of the Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Act 1995. The manual contains the design and methods, standards and procedures relating to every sign installed on Noosa Shire roads. This includes:
- signs and signals
- lights and devices.
Contact Council's customer service centre for missing, faded or illegible signage.
You must not park or stand a vehicle that is for sale or hire on land or a road under council's control. Council officers may issue fines to vehicle owners breaching this rule.
Under the Transport Operations Road User Management ACT 1995 Section 200 - stopping on roads:
- The driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road that is not in a built-up area, except on the shoulder of the road.
- Subject to subsections (2A) and (2B), the driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, must not stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour, unless the driver is permitted to stop on the length of road for longer than 1 hour by information on or with a traffic control device.
- The driver of a heavy vehicle, or long vehicle, may stop on a length of road in a built-up area for longer than 1 hour if the driver is engaged in dropping off or picking up goods for all of the period when the vehicle is stopped.
- Subsections (2) and (2a) apply unless a local law otherwise provides.
- In this section:
- heavy vehicle means a vehicle with a GVM of 4.5t or more
- road does not include a road-related area, but includes any shoulder of a road.
Complaints regarding long vehicles (measuring 7.5 metres or longer) which do not exceed 4.5 tonne, standing on a road in a traffic area for more than 1 hour, are to be referred to Queensland Police (under Section 200 of Transport Operations (Road Use Management - Road Rules) Regulation 2009 on the Queensland Transport website.
To help keep our residential streets accessible, restrictions apply to long term truck and heavy or long vehicle parking. Please see the attached Truck Factsheet for further information.
Noosa Council offers several car parks specifically catering to cars with boat trailers attached. These parks are located at the boat ramps along Gympie Terrace, Noosaville and at the Tewantin marina.
Whilst parking a registered boat trailer on local streets is lawful, long-term parking on busy arterial roads is discouraged. Long-term parking of boat trailers in high traffic areas limits parking opportunities for residents and visitors, reduces business activity and can create a hazard for pedestrians and cyclists.
If you are a visitor to Noosa we recommend checking with your accommodation provider for boat storage options.
If you require long-term storage for your boat trailer there are a number of alternatives to on-street parking. The Noosa Sea Scouts offer boat trailer parking at their campground, conveniently located near the Noosa River.
In addition, a number of local Noosa storage facilities also provide boat trailer parking for short and long-term stays.
Whilst parking a registered caravan on local streets is lawful, long-term parking is discouraged. Long-term parking of caravans limits short term parking opportunities for residents and visitors and reduces business activity.
It is the responsibility of the property owner or tenant to choose a property that appropriately caters for parking of all private vehicles within the property boundaries. Public on-street parking is a shared community resource and Council may change parking restrictions and limitations at any time to address growing congestion issues or for operational reasons such as providing for safe passage or manoeuvring of larger/heavy vehicles (including emergency services and garbage trucks).
If you require long-term storage for your caravan or other private vehicles, there are storage providers available within the region to cater for your storage needs.
Many popular areas of the Noosa Shire have marked parking bays that are time limited. You should not leave your vehicle for longer than the time displayed.
You must not park your vehicle so that it restricts the lane to less than three metres. This will restrict emergency vehicle access.
Call the Queensland Police if a vehicle is parked:
- on a street restricting the through lane to less than three (3) metres
- for more than one hour without an exemption.
Unless otherwise signed, the following rules apply at intersections and bus stops:
- Park at least 10 metres from an intersection without traffic lights.
- Park at least 20 metres from an intersection with traffic lights.
- Park at least 20 metres behind, or at least 10 metres in front of a bus stop.
Council does not issue residential parking permits. Council advises residents who live in high traffic areas, i.e. tourist areas, to ensure they have sufficient parking within their private property for all vehicles. This includes cars, caravans, bikes, boats and trailers. If there is insufficient parking on the property the emphasis is on the vehicle owner to find suitable alternative parking. The onus is on the property owner or tenant to choose a property that is appropriate for their needs.
Public on-street parking is a shared community resource and Council may change parking restrictions and limitations at any time to address growing congestion issues or for operational reasons such as providing for a safe passage or maneuvering of larger/heavy vehicles (including emergency services and garbage trucks).
Built-up area - in relation to a length of road, means an area in which either of the following is present for a distance of at least 500m or, if the length of road is shorter than 500m, for the whole road:
- Buildings, not over 100m apart, on land next to the road
- Street lights not over 100m apart.
Exempt vehicles include:
- vehicles carrying out emergency work
- trucks that have broken down. Exemption applies only for the minimum time necessary to effect minor repairs sufficient to permit removal to a place where it may be lawfully parked
- vehicles delivering goods or providing services to the area.