Noosa is a beach town with plenty of style and luxury.  Yet just steps away from the boutiques of Hastings Street, this area retains its laid back Queensland charm and is surrounded in natural beauty.  Here are some of our favourite activities for a family holiday in Noosa:

  1. Head down to the jetty behind the Sheraton Resort on Hastings St and jump on board the Noosa Ferry for a round trip River Cruise, or stop off at one of the 6 other river stops to play in the local parks, check out the riverfront cafes, or visit the Tewantin Marina.  The ferry is pram friendly and the staff are sure to give you a helping hand getting on and off the boat.

Noosa River

  1. Take an evening stroll down Hastings Street to dine at the beachfront Bistro C where highchairs and storybooks are provided and the kids menu offers much more than just nuggets and chips.  Miss 1 loved the kids Chicken Fried Rice and Superhero Mocktails and we adored the daily special – Ika Maka – a tropical ceviche with coconut milk, lime, mango and chilli.
  2. Pick up a hire car (we used Avis who have a depot just off Hasting St) and visit to the Eumundi Markets.  A huge, bustling market open Wednesdays and Saturdays and has kids activities running during the school holidays.
  3. Hire your own boat by the hour and cruise around the Noosa waterways checking out the luxury riverfront houses, or head up the river, getting a glimpse of Richard Bransons Makepeace Island, whilst you motor past the gorgeous coastal bushland of Noosas North Shore.
  4. For mums and dads looking for a stylish cocktail or boutique beer, drop in at the Noosa Beach House.  Relax on the couches and grab some bites from the bar menu while the kids fill up with the all day Childrens Menu, which has fresh tasty food and plenty of variety.  The Passionfruit Mojito is unmissable.

Noosa Beach House

  1. For an early dinner, try Aromas with their Parisian style open air dining from 5pm, and a courtyard space with a water fountain where the kids run around and make friends or dance to the street buskers.
  2. Don’t miss one (or all!) of the many gelati shops on the main street.  Massimo’s is well worth an after dinner visit.
  3. Head down past the Eastern end of Hastings Street and visit the stunning beach at Little Cove. There a platform at the top of the stairs where you could park a pram whilst you pop down for a swim.

Little Cove

  1. Alternatively, keep walking past the western end of Hastings, and you will reach the parklands and the Noosa river mouth where there are plenty of play areas and local fishermen to watch.
  2. Pop the kids in the pram at nap time and visit Maisies Restaurant on the riverfront for their incredible lunchtime Seafood Platter – only $55 and seriously part of the reason we keep coming back to Noosa!
  3. For surfers or SUPers in the family, drop into Noosa Longboards to hire your ride.  They also have some great kids surfwear and lovely staff.

Noosa SUP

  1. Pick your next meal as it rides on by at the Bar Sushi Noosa Sushi Train, at the Ocean Breeze Resort.  A must try is the sashimi platter which you order from the a la carte menu.
  2. Take a walk along the boardwalk at Noosa Main beach and find your perfect spot for a play in the sun.

Noosa Main Beach

 Images courtesy of Tourism Noosa.

13 Noosa activities with kids

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