A Families Guide: Things to Do in Noosa

Noosa is the place that has it all
and then some …


“the deeper you go the more likely it will be that you discover something of value”

Bruce Mau

Expected (but awesome)

Yes, Noosa has beautiful white sandy beaches that stretch around lush forests, flanking hinterland hills seeped in wildlife and historical wonder, rivers that boast the most incredible sunsets, and tours, adventures and activities for all travelling styles and ages.

Not only is the natural setting of Noosa remarkable but it is also home to some of the most stylish and trendy restaurants and fashion stores in Australia.

Hastings Street is the place to be for fine dining or delectable ice creams after a fun day at the beach. Pick up on-trend fashion pieces or get happily lost in the many art and boutique homeware stores.

Not Expected

Nature:noosa national park koalas

The Noosa National park is one of those places you leave a piece of your heart in. It is so exquisite that even locals never tire of visiting it. You can begin your journey at Noosa Main beach and walk the well maintained path all the way to Alexandra Headland. There are many little beach coves to stop at along the way or you can just take in the breathtaking views of the sparkling ocean and spot pods of dolphins, turtles and even whales at certain times of the year.

A favourite little beach to stop at is called Tea Tree Bay. Surfing here is perfection. A nice little right hand wave peels down the point and it is great for beginners on the right tide. There are also some epic rock pools here that are crystal clear and deep enough to fully immerse yourself in. The kids will love swimming around in the pools and spotting little fish and collecting beautiful seashells.

There are toilets and a great café at the National Park carpark and composting toilets at Tea Tree Bay. The walkway is pushchair friendly up until Hells gate which is the lookout before the path that heads down to Alexandra Headland.

Other Beaches to visit:

Dog beach

dog-on-the-beach-1457116405t5xWhere dog dreams come true. So much off leash fun to be had!

Sunshine beach

Great shops and Cafes here too with a stunning patrolled beach which the local surf club offers exquisite views of and also serves up delicious food. There is a rad kid’s play space here too!

Peregian beach

A gorgeous little village filled with trendy shops, cafes, a shaded playground, Skate Park and beautiful patrolled beach to swim at.

Another highlight is the Noosa River

The river itself is calm and enticing with its shallow warm waters, it is perfect for the little ones to splash about in. There is a fantastic well paved walkway that follows alongside the sandy beach of the river and all the way down are grassy lawns dotted with picnic and BBQ areas. Kids, adults and dogs can race up and down seeking many different adventures. Most often families end up at the infamous Pirate Park. Kids dart between the newly upgraded playground and splashing about in the river. There is plenty of shade here, taps for filling up water bottles and public toilets.

Check out more information on Things to Do based on where you stay.

River in NoosaSome things to do along the river:

  • Hire a kayak or Jet Ski
  • Go stand up paddle boarding
  • Book in a Sunset Cruise
  • Hire a boat with BBQ facilities on board
  • Ride the Ferry from Noosaville to Tewantin
  • Eat out at one of the many amazing cafes and restaurants

Beyond the upmarket restaurants and exclusive boutiques, it’s near impossible to be bored in Noosa with the many adventures and tours on offer.

Whether you are a thrill seeker, wildlife lover or fashionista – Noosa has it covered.

Here are some of the top activities to check out:

The Eumundi Markets

An absolute must do! Scurry your eyes over stalls filled with art, crafts, clothing, fresh produce, crystals galore and some of the tastiest dishes you have ever feasted on. There’s even a large shaded park right next door so mum and dad can take turns paying with the kids and being treated to a massage in one of the many natural therapy stalls.

Noosa, Peregian and Tewantin all hold gorgeous markets too filled with local and often organic produce and delectable cuisines.

Australia Zoo

Embark on the best wildlife and conservation adventure ever! Crocodiles, giraffes, tigers and Rhinos are just some of the 1200 native and exotic animals that live on the 100 acres of natural Australian bushland.

Horse riding

Horse Riding Noosa North Gallop down the Noosa North Shore with Equathon Horse riding. Whether you are experienced or a mere beginner, you will find utter riding bliss as you ride exceptionally trained stock horses along the magical beaches of the North Shore.

Fraser Island

The largest sand island in the world at 200 km it is protected, World Heritage listed and beyond awesome. Book a tour and head to the postcard worthy beach of Fraser Island. There’s waking tracks to be explored, 4WD drive adventures to be had and some of the best fishing happens here.

Laguna Lookout

Pick up some dinner for the whole family and head up to the Laguna Lookout for breathtaking views of the Noosa region and watch the incredible sunset. It is located just above the Noosa Junction and is a free activity that the whole family will enjoy.

Best Eats:

Sushi Ya Man

Here you and the kids can watch all the sushi being prepared and then served up on a cute little sushi train that kids will love to watch and enjoy picking their own healthy morsels off. They have a great kids table, chairs, books and toys outside to make it enjoyable and relaxed for everyone.

Café Envy

Kid and pet friendly, this organic and colourful café situated in the Sunshine Beach shops has it all. Fresh juices, heavenly coffee and a tree outside for the kids to play around makes this hip and healthy café a fun and delicious experience.

Bistro C

This up market yet totally kid friendly restaurant sits almost on the sand at Noosa Main beach. Enjoy the finest cocktails and gourmet menu at sunset while you watch the kids building sand castles right at arm’s reach.

Sunspace Café

Channel your inner green thumb and visit this unique café situated in the stylish yet beautifully natural Doonan area. There is a large field for the kids to play in which sits neatly beside the Cafes very own organic and Biodynamic gardens. The food here caters for children and pets are welcomed. The menu is filled with wholesome, nourishing and carefully thought out dishes. There is a little shop too which sells handcrafted wooden toys, local artists crafts and lots of other handmade and eco-friendly treasures.

Wet Weather fun:


Library at noosaNoosaville has a great library for kids and there’s always a shady spot to leave your pet outside with some water. The library is a free activity that is always hosting fun holiday activities and story and rhyme times.

Underwater World

An interactive experience with some of Australia’s most interesting marine life. Located a little south in Mooloolaba, Underwater World offers up amazing seal shows, a glass tunnel walkway where you can spot all sorts of creatures including sharks swimming beside you and fun installations that the kids can really get involved in and learn all about Australia’s Marine life.

Ten pin bowling

Strike some pins and have some good old family fun at the Noosaville Ten Pin bowling alley.

Noosa Arts Theatre

Take the whole family to see a live stage show that will be bursting with comedy, drama and captivating costumes and actors that all ages will love.