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17 things to do in Noosa for families

From beach holidays with the family to weekend getaways with mates, Noosa is the spot for sun and adventure.

The Sunshine Coast is a magnet for holidaymakers and sun worshippers and one of the most idyllic towns for every traveller in the area is Noosa. Beach, cliff face, lakes, rivers and national parks, whichever calls to you, Noosa has it within reach.

Need some inspiration to fill your travel itinerary? Read on to see what you and your lot can get up to during your stay. If you're on a budget, check out our top free things to do while in Noosa.


Top 10 tours and experiences in Noosa


Top things to do in Noosa for families

Double Island Surf or Play Adventure from finder.com.au

Epic Ocean Adventures

Highlights:
  • Take a 4WD along the Great Beach Drive to the stunning Double Island Point on this day trip.
  • Board hire is available on the beach if you’re game enough to try and surf Australia’s longest wave at Double Island Point.
  • National Park entry as well as light snacks and refreshments are included in your tour.
From AUD

$99.00 per person

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Learn to Surf at Noosa from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Learn to surf in Noosa with this 2-hour introductory course at Noosa Heads.
  • All necessary equipment will be provided for your lesson including a board and long-sleeved rashie or wetsuit.
  • Lessons are available for all ages and several sessions take place throughout the day.
From AUD

$69.00 (adult) or $59.00 (child)

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Sunshine Coast UnderWater World Sea Life from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Spend a day at the Sunshine Coast’s UnderWater World and get up close and personal with marine life such as sharks, turtles and stingrays.
  • Explore 11 unique zones and spy thousands of colourful marine life in their natural environment
  • Starfish touch pools are ideal for little ones to interact with the aquarium’s marine life.
From AUD

$35.00 (adult) or $26.00 (child)

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Australia Zoo 1 or 2 Day Admission Ticket from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Visit the home of the Crocodile Hunter at the world-famous Australia Zoo.
  • See over 1,200 animals including 10 of the world’s most venomous snakes.
  • One- or two-day passes are available.
From AUD

$59.00 (adult) or $35.00 (child)

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Dolphin View Kayak Great Beach Drive Adventure Noosa Day Tour from finder.com.au

Epic Ocean Adventures

Highlights:
  • Spot dolphins, whales, turtles, manta rays, migrating birds and soldier crabs on this kayak adventure.
  • Equipment hire, guided kayak and wildlife tour, National Park fees and light refreshments and snacks are included.
  • Tours depart daily and run for approximately 5 hours.
From AUD

$120.00 per person

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Noosa Everglades BBQ Cruise from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • For a change of scenery, cruise down the Noosa River through the enchanting everglades.
  • This tour includes a break to let you stroll through the rainforest and dip into the river.
  • A typical Aussie barbecue at Harry’s Hut is included in your day.
From AUD

$110.00 (adult) or $79.00 (child)

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Fraser Island 4WD Tour from Noosa or Rainbow Beach from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Explore the largest sand island in the world by 4WD in this adventurous tour.
  • During your drive, you’ll stop at white sand beaches, lakes and sand cliffs to take photos and soak up the natural beauty of the island.
  • This tour includes the opportunity to swim in Lake McKenzie and to wander through Pile Valley Rainforest.
From AUD

$179.00 (adult) or $125.00 (child)

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Eumundi Markets Round Trip Shuttle from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Enjoy a stress-free trip to the famous Eumundi Markets and back with this door-to-door shuttle service.
  • Spend four hours exploring the stalls and grabbing lunch at the markets.
  • Child and family discounts are available with a full-paying adult.
From AUD

$22.00 (adult) or $16.00 (child)

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Whale Watching Cruise from Redcliffe from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Get up close and personal with migrating whales on this 5-hour cruise.
  • This cruise travels around Moreton Bay and includes a buffet lunch.
  • This tour is only available during the whale migration season between June and November.
From AUD

$135.00 (adult) $95.00 (child)

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Snorkelling Tangalooma Wrecks from finder.com.au

Subsurface Scuba

Highlights:
  • Head underwater to discover a world of shipwrecks and marine life in this snorkelling adventure off Moreton Island.
  • Spot tropical fish, kingfish, yellowtail, sea urchins, coral reefs and wobbegongs during your dive.
  • This snorkelling experience is available for all ages and abilities and snorkel hire and flotation assistance will be provided if required.
From AUD

$199.00 per person

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3 Hour Hire Alto from finder.com.au

Ecotekk: Noosa Electric Bikes

Highlights:
  • Hire an electric bike for a few hours and take a self tour of Noosa’s beaches and hinterland region.
  • Various bikes and rental period options available.
  • There are many marked cycling tracks around the area, making it an easy commute for amateur riders and families.
From AUD

$45.00 per bike

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Top 6 things to do for free in Noosa

  •  Spend a family fun day at the beach. Choose between Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Groyne, Noosa Spit, Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach, Castaways Beach, Marcus Beach and Coolum Beach – to name a few!
  • Walk through Noosa National Park. The park consists of five tracks of varying difficulties and includes coastal tracks where you can spot dolphins and whales.
  • Catch a sunset over Laguna Lookout. It’s a 15-minute walk from Viewland Drive in Noosa Heads and offers stellar views of Noosa.
  • Stroll down the main Hastings Street to soak up the local atmosphere and grab a bite in between activities.
  • Shop the local farmers market for fresh produce to serve with your barbecue lunch (see below).
  • Go fishing and then have a barbecue on the beach with your catch of the day!

What to do in Noosa during wet season

Raining in Noosa? Don’t let it dampen your holiday. While a beach break will probably be off the table when the rain comes down, these activities won’t be:

  • Go art gallery jumping.
  • Pay a visit to Australia Zoo. The zoo never closes and there are heaps of indoor enclosures to gaze on.
  • Go to the movies, ten pin bowling, roller skating or laser tagging. Wherever you are, these fun family activities are always winners in a kids’ eyes.
  • Hit up UnderWater World. Might sound ironic considering it’s raining out there but the marine life in the water don’t know that!
  • Have a playdate at Top Shots Fun Park. It has mini golf, bump boats, a climbing wall and the largest video arcade on the Sunshine Coast.
  • Go on a cruise along the Noosa Everglades and spot wildlife as it thrives in the wet weather.
  • Have a barbecue on the beach. No, seriously. The barbecue area is covered so you can still cook up a storm even when a storm is brewing outside.
  • Go on a coach tour. Stay nice and toasty in your coach while still enjoying full commentary of your surroundings.
  • Go fishing. Rain is one of the best ways to draw fish out of the water so whack on that raincoat and get out there!

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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