Free things to do in Noosa

11 of the best things to do in Noosa

In the heart of Queensland’s Sunshine Coast lies a place that getaway dreams are made of. Noosa is filled to the brim with an abundance of natural beauty, unique experiences, and locals passionate about keeping this wonderful part of the world clean and green.

If you’re heading there for the day, a weekend, or longer, this list will help you decide what activities to get up to while you’re away.

Here are 11 things to do in Noosa.

1. Noosa National Park

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Exploring Noosa’s National Park is a must-do when visiting this side of the Sunshine Coast. With all types of nature on show (water, sand, rainforest, rocks, and clifftops) there’s so much beauty to discover.

Pick from one of the many walking tracks, which generally start and end at Noosa headland’s day-use area. Then, soak up your stunning surroundings—making sure to keep an eye out for koalas and black cockatoos in the treetops.

When you’re done exploring, pick a spot to have a picnic or barbecue and enjoy the picturesque views.

2. Noosa Farmers Market

If you’re in Noosa on a Sunday, a visit to the Noosa Farmers Market is a must. Just a five-minute drive from Noosa Heads, the markets are the perfect place to sample some of the beautiful local produce.

There are countless stalls to check out, so it’s best to arrive bright and early when the market opens at 6am. Sip on a freshly squeezed lime drink or some of the region’s best coffee while browsing —you’ll find everything from organic fruit and vegetables, freshly baked bread, gourmet condiments, nuts and seeds, and seafood straight out of the local waters.

In addition to being lots of fun, you can feel good about your trip to the markets as well. The Noosa Farmers Market is proud to be Participatory Guarantee System (P.G.S) accredited, which means they’re all about striving for sustainable agriculture, empowering farmers and local communities, and making organic food available and accessible.

3. Go stand-up paddle boarding

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If you love the water but not getting wet, grab a paddle board and take to the stunning Noosa River. Noosa Stand Up Paddle is where to go for all your equipment and to sign up for a lesson or guided tour with some of the most qualified coaches in Australia.

Noosa Stand Up Paddle promotes a holistic approach to health and fitness by offering a calming and soothing activity that doubles as a great workout (strengthening your core and improving your balance). Named as the best Stand Up Paddle Boarding school in the business by the Australian Weekender, this is one of the great things to do in Noosa.

4. Visit Noosa Main Beach

Noosa Main Beach is a hot spot for sand and sunshine. Uniquely, it’s one of the few Australian beaches that face north.

Patrolled every day of the year by surf lifesavers, you can have tonnes of fun swimming in and surfing on the waves. Luckily, the waves are gentle at Main Beach so it’s the perfect spot for beginners.

5. Dine at Noosa Boathouse

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For tasty food and waterfront views, head over to Noosa Boathouse. Located right on Noosa River, this three-level bistro, bar and events hub offers a modern Australian menu in a relaxed dining setting.

Serving up fresh local seafood and seasonal produce is Noosa Boathouse’s speciality. Try the chilled Mooloolaba king prawns with a punchy cocktail sauce, or the fish of the day paired with crunchy chips, slaw and lemon aioli. Wash it down with one of their signature cocktails, the Noosa River Sling, a cocktail featuring the fruity flavours of blackberry, pineapple, cranberry and lime.

Hungry? Here are a few other spots to dine while you’re here.

6. Cruise on the water

There’s no better way to experience Noosa than out on the water. Noosa Ferry & Cruise Company offers a variety of ferry rides, which will give you a front-row view of Noosa in all its glory.

The Ferry Cruise will take you along the Noosa River, stopping at seven key locations. Or you can experience the beauty of Noosa at dusk on The Sunset Cruise, which departs between 4pm and 5:45pm. If you’re after a bit more education with your cruising, the Eco Cruise is an insightful two-and-a-half-hour trip that will teach you about the local flora, fauna and wildlife. Operating only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, bookings are essential. 

7. Equathon Horse Riding Adventures

Want to experience the bushland and beaches of the Sunshine Coast in a unique way? Go on horseback! Equathon Horse Riding Adventures offer a range of packages, including hourly, overnight or week-long adventures, which can be done privately or in groups.

There’s a ride to suit all skill levels, so it doesn’t matter if you’re a total beginner or a seasoned pro. 

8. Take a stroll through Hastings Street

Arguably the best main street in Australia, Hastings Street is the beating heart of Noosa and an absolutely essential stop over. Filled with an eclectic mix of cafes, restaurants, bars, boutiques, spas, and galleries (and the beach across the road) Hastings Street is your one-stop shop.

Grab a coffee in the morning or treat yourself to a sunset cocktail after a long day at the beach. And if you’re visiting at night time, take a walk along the fairy-light-covered boardwalk while listening to the crashing waves.

9. Noosa Everglades – Kanu Kapers

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 A canoe ride through the Noosa Everglades with Kanu Kapers is an experience you don’t want to miss. One of just two everglades in the world, Noosa Everglades is a wilderness bursting with beauty and rare birds and plants.

Once inhabited by the Kabi Aboriginal people, visiting this special land is one of the most breathtaking things to do here. Kanu Kapers will guide you through this natural wonder on kayaks, or you can opt for a fully equipped self-guided tour.

10. Double Island Point

A day trip to Double Island Point should be squarely on your list of things to do in Noosa. A two-and-a-half hour drive from Noosa Main Beach will take you to this scenic headland. While here, check out the Double Island Point lighthouse, spot old telegraph posts still standing among the blackbutt trees, then have a dip in the lagoon. 

11. Go skydiving

If you want to see the Sunshine Coast from new heights, skydiving from 15,000 feet in the air with Skydive Noosa is one way to do it! This adrenalin-pumping activity is perfect for thrillseekers; you’ll jump from the plane and experience a 60-second freefall, before slowly making your way to the ground in a five-to-seven minute float.

The Skydive Noosa team have years of skydives under their belts and are passionate about giving people an exciting, but safe, experience like no other.