Australia has so many fabulous holiday options for travelling with the family but visiting Noosa with kids HAS to be right up there. The gorgeous weather, the absolute plethora of things to see and do and the relaxed, calm vibe make this the perfect retreat for any sun-seeking tribe.
There are a million-and-one great things to do when you’re visiting Noosa with kids. A lot of family decisions will differ based on budget and need, yet one thing will remain the same – you are absolutely guaranteed to have a fantastic time.
Just find the best suited family-friendly Noosa hotel and book a fantastic getaway for you and the little ones.
Your holiday awaits! Here are the best things to do in Noosa with kids!
Beaches, Rivers and Swimming
Noosa is truly God’s country. There are lazy lakes and lagoons to kayak through, dreamy beaches that look fresh out of an Instagram photo shoot and fairy rock pools to explore. It’s great to have a lot of activities that are free for the kids and Noosa is packed with them.
Noosa National Park is a highly recommended place to visit. Gentle bushwalks will lead you towards fairy rock pools in the clearest water you’ve ever seen. You can also (if you’re feeling quite fit!) hire a kayak and spend a day-trip paddling up and down the network of rivers.
If you’re after a beach, the most iconic is Main Beach, directly opposite the shopping precinct of Hastings Street. This is an interesting one, as after you wade out just a little, there are a series of sandbanks and drop offs that create almost ‘false shores’ in stops and starts along the coastline. You’ll even see fish swimming about in the clear surf! Divine.
If big waves are more your thing when staying in Noosa with kids, Little Cove is a great place to get the board in. The surf is not out of control by any means, it’s just a fantastic place to let kids learn how to deal with waves. Truly gorgeous territory.
This is a cute one. There’s a real-life PIRATE PARK in Noosa! Head to 139-141 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville to get down and dirty with the pirates. There’s a great playground and big open green spaces. Super cool, me hearties!
It’s not officially in Noosa but no trip to this neck of the woods is complete without a visit to Sea Life (previously known as Underwater World). Located in Mooloolaba (about a 40-minute drive south of Noosa) is the family-friendly underwater experience of your dreams.
There are heaps of educational displays, interactive exhibits, seal shows, the famous underwater walkway and an amazing kids’ playground! Once you’re done with Sea Life (enjoy at least two hours for the full experience) you can head to any number of fantastic speciality shops and restaurants that share the wharf. Or just a short walk around the corner you will find the Mooloolaba Esplanade filled with beachfront restaurants, cafes, ice-cream shops and more.
It’s fashion, darling.
Hastings Street is iconic. It’s the Parisian strip of Queensland. Fashion, fashion, fashion. From boutique wares to high-end homewares to fabulous art and design stores, you’ll want to ensure that you brought an extra suitcase with you to lug it all home in.
Hastings Street is also home to a myriad of excellent restaurants, cafes and bars. Drop the kids (and husband) off at any number of great family-friendly cafes and get some much-needed time to yourself. There are also a number of spas and beauty salons along this strip to really spoil yourself with!
To Market, To Market
The best markets to be found on the Sunshine Coast are the Eumundi Markets. They’re a fantastic mix of art, jewellery, food and drink, fashion and fresh produce. The best time to visit is early on a Saturday morning before the crowds descend. Bliss!
Tip: Get some cash out so you are prepared for shopping. This not only helps the sellers, but it also helps you to budget your spend when you’re around so many bargains.
Where to Stay
There are some fantastic family-friendly Noosa hotels available to choose from and families don’t necessarily have to pay top dollar to stay somewhere nice. There is a vast mix of resorts and hotels but one thing they have in common is they are centrally located and provide all the essentials your family will need.
Decide whether you and the family want to chill by the pool for the day or by the beach. These hotels all have the ‘IT’ factor and allow you to relax and enjoy your holiday in one of the most chilled places in Australia.
Tip: Book your accommodation in the area that you will spend the most amount of time. This will make travel and outings much more convenient for not just you but also those feet that won’t be able to keep up all day.
What A View!
Topping off your trip to Noosa with kids has to be a jaunt up to visit the Laguna Lookout. Located in Noosa Heads, this outlook offers a panoramic view for would-be photographers. It’ll provide the perfect backdrop to that gorgeous holiday shot.
Things to Do in Noosa with Kids for Free!
If you’re looking for other great ideas for things to do with kids in Noosa, visit our friends over at Families Magazine. They’ve got the extensive list that’s exhausting just to look at. Phew!
There are also a lot of free things to do in Noosa with kids that are well-worth trying out.
- A walk along the river with family at dusk. Spread out the picnic rug and eat fresh fish and chips while watching the sun sink below the horizon. That’s the kind of memorable moment that lasts a lifetime.
- Find key vantage points in winter/spring and you can enjoy the whale watching season. Try to spot the tell-tale spouts out in the ocean.
- People watching along Hastings Street while nursing a milkshake at a café.
This is THE best place to take the family on holidays.
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