17 things to do in Noosa with kids
Got kids. Will travel. Now what?
Well if you’re headed to Noosa you’re in luck because this place is just bursting at the seams with kid-friendly activities that are worthy of memories to last a lifetime.
ON YOUR BIKE
Noosa is famous for its waterways and that adds up to scenic, easy bike paths for all ages. For one of the best rides, follow the river from Noosa Heads along Gympie Terrace to Noosaville and Tewantin. There’s also a kid-size dirt bike track at Cooroy’s Apex Park, off Maple Street.
For bike hire, try Bike On. Or take Ecotek’s electric bikes for a spin with littlies’ bike trailer or baby buggy seat available as add-ons.
SECRET NO MORE
Boreen Point is a secret only a local would know. Situated on the banks of Lake Cootharaba, it’s a family-friendly paradise including fishing, sailing, kayak, SUP, bike riding and playground.
Want to stay the night? Habitat Noosa is one of the best kid-friendly campgrounds on the coast with glamping tents for those who don’t want to pitch their own.
Put the historic, country-style Apollonian Hotel on your lunch radar with grassy grounds for run-arounds.
PARK IT UP
Where are the locals at? They’re at the best kid’s park this side of the Caribbean – Noosa’s Pirate Park. Afterwards, stroll the river path to the iconic Noosa Boathouse restaurant where you can grab casual fish and chips from the unique eatery floating on the river. The kids will love the resident pelicans!
Strike boredom off your list. If you’ve got young ones to entertain, then Noosa Tenpin and Laser Tag is right up your bowling alley. Open every day except Christmas.
Noosa River has both SUP and kayak hire and a sheltered waterway that’s hard to beat for young ones. Noosa Stand Up Paddle has hourly or daily hire from $20/hour and Kayak Noosa can get you sorted with equipment hire, a morning eco-tour or sunset session, with children able to join in from 12 years upwards.
Fix the “I’m hungry” cries with a visit to Noosa’s Farmers Markets each Sunday until noon. This is one of the region’s best markets, featuring local, seasonal produce and handmade products.
Little ones will love the plant stall where they can pot their own herbs, while you grab yourself a well-deserved coffee. Situated in the AFL grounds at 155 Weyba Rd, Noosa.
For something completely different, Equathon offers horseback rides on Noosa’s unending North Shore Beach. They welcome children from 10 years and over (unless they’re already an old hand), or seven years old for private beach rides.
Noosa Main Beach is as family friendly as you’ll find anywhere in the world, and is also patrolled all year round. Once you’ve taken your sandcastle building skills next level, explore the National Park via Park Road’s brand-new widened boardwalk, recently upgraded to include viewing platforms over Laguna Bay, resting stops for little legs and additional access points to the beach.
For your how-to guide to the Noosa National Park head here.
TAKE IT TO THE RIVER
One of the best ways to appreciate the area is via a cruise along the Noosa River, and it doesn’t have to break the holiday budget! Noosa Ferry Cruise Company runs from Tewantin to Noosa Sound with seven different stop-off points and family passes starting at $15.
If there’s more in the budget, enjoy their new eco-cruise on Tuesdays and Thursdays – a family pass is $135.
BACK IN TIME
Take your little history buffs for a walk back in time through the local museums. Noosa Museum includes a display of old toys, a telephone switchboard and an early schoolroom. They won’t believe their eyes! A: 29 Factory St, Pomona.
STAY COOL MUM
Put aside a few hours for Noosa Aquatic Centre with 25 and 50m pools, a toddler pool, heated bubble pool, crèche and café on site.
The giant inflatables come out in school holidays, but if that’s too “uncool, mum”, there’s a skate park right next door. Find it at 6 Girraween Court, Sunshine Beach.
Hastings Street might mean high-end shopping, hip restaurants and stylish resorts to anyone else, but to kids, it means only one thing… ice-cream.
Take your pick from these six or take them all on: Nitrogenie, Happy Pops, Gelatissimo, Ben & Jerry’s, Massimo’s Gelateria or Royal Copenhagen. You can ever treat yourself to one if you like!
Noosa’s got its very own magic mirror, and its deep inside the river of mirrors, the Everglades. It’s one of only two everglade systems in the world.
PACK IT UP
Pack a picnic; the family will be gone all day on this 4WD beach escape! Take the car ferry from Tewantin and then onto Noosa North Shore, then drive along Teewah Beach all the way to Double Island Point, about 45km.
This is real, unplugged family time where you can make your own adventure: from swimming to fishing, to exploring the Cooloola Recreation Area. Psst: permits are required for vehicle access and camping.
Kids love a BBQ as much as anyone, but they’ll love it even more pontoon style! Pontoons are self-drive BBQ boats, including shady overhead canopy and comfy lounge seating all around. No boat licence required!
Check out O Boat Hire who can also assist with fishing gear and eskies.
WHALE OVA TIME
If you’re visiting between August and November, treat the kids to some whale watching. A tour such as Noosa Bluewater Charters will get you close to all the action. If only they could take one home as a pet!
If you’re going to learn to surf, it may as well be from a pro, right? Managed by a two-time Australian and World Pro-Am Champion, Merrick Davis’s Noosa Learn to Surf will teach you the surfing ropes plus offers school holiday programs for children seven years and up.
Look for the red tent at Noosa Main Beach (beach access 14). Who’s got school bragging rights now?