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Top 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

 

Are you heading for a Noosa long weekend or just looking for things to do in Noosa with kids over a short family holiday – than look no further!!!  We have put together our top 10 things to do in Noosa with kids.

 

Click here for the top 20 Noosa holiday apartments for families.

 

Noosa for Kids

 

Noosa with kids is a perfect family holiday.  Located 90 minutes’ drive north of Brisbane on the Sunshine Coast, Noosa is home to some of the best beaches in Queensland.  In 2017 Noosa was rated in the top three beaches in the South Pacific by the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards.  These postcard perfect beaches are ideal for families with their blue, transparent, calm waters and perfect white soft sand.

 

Top 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

 

Families will enjoy exploring the numerous swimming spots located on the beaches, canals and rivers.  With so many options for swimming, no one spot is over crowed.

 

Noosa has a laid back vibe with low rise apartment buildings all within an easy walk from one of the many beaches.

 

In addition to its beaches, Noosa also offers fantastic walking paths through the Noosa National Park where you might just spot a koala or some of Australia exotic birds. If you are lucky you can even spot whales, dolphins and turtles in the waters hugging the coastline.

 

So next time you have a Noosa family holiday– check out our top ten things to do in Noosa – all these activities can easily be achieved in Noosa long weekend or taken a bit slower over a few days.

 

Top 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

 

Things to do Noosa

 

1. Have fish and chips along the Noosa River.

 

One of the best Noosa family activities would have to be to grabbing some fish and chips at one of the eateries along the Noosa River and heading over to the parklands along the river for a picnic. There are plenty of picnic benches, or bring your own picnic rug.

 

2. Swimming in the Noosa River

 

The Noosa River has numerous sandy spots to enter the calm waters of the Noosa River. Unlike most Rivers, given this is close to the ocean, the water here is more like the ocean, lovely and clear, perfect for swimming.  There is plenty of sand for the littlies to build sand castles too.

 

Top 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

3. Hire a kayak

 

Hire a kayak and take the family to explore the Noosa River a bit closer.  There are plenty of places along the river that you can hire a kayaks starting at around $20 per hour. You can hire single, doubles or three seater kayaks.

 

Take the kayaks out to one of the several sand bar islands located around the Spit and enjoy a swim in the beautiful waters only accessible by boat or kayak.

 

The water is calm and not difficult to navigate at all making this a fantastic family friendly activity.

 

We hired a triple kayak from T Boat Hire which the three of us easily fitted into.

 

Looking for more ideas for weekends away with the kids? Click here to read about our weekend at Big 4 Tweed Heads

 

4. Explore the beaches scattered around the National Park like Little Cove

 

Of course one of the best things to do around Noosa is to explore the stunning beaches. One of my favourite beaches in Noosa is Little Cove; the water here is still visible at 1.5 metres. There are gentle waves here perfect for boogie boarding or even for those trying to learn to surf.

 

There are little rock pools for the kids to explore as well as plenty of fish.

 

It is a bit of a hike (depending upon where you can park) to get to get to Little Cove, there is no dedicated parking, so best to arrive early to snag a park in the side streets.

 

Top 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

 

5. Visit one of the playgrounds along the Noosa River.

 

Take the kids to one of the playgrounds along the parklands of the Noosa River.  The kids will enjoy having their picture snapped with the big Pelican

 

6. Have a family BBQ at one of the several parks around Noosa or in your family friendly accommodation by the pool.

 

There is plenty of great accommodation for the perfect Noosa family holiday. With the various canals and inlets, you are never far from a place to enter the beautiful water.

 

After a busy day exploring Noosa, stop at a supermarket and buy everything you need for a family BBQ.

 

Whilst the kids are swimming in the pool cook up a feast and eat poolside.

 

Top 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

7. Hire a boat for a few hours to explore Noosa River

 

Top 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

 

With so much to explore on the water, the best way to do it is by boat.  Don’t have a boat?  Don’t worry you can hire one, you don’t even need a boat license– they show you exactly how to operate the boat.

 

Top 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

 

This would have to be one of my all-time favourite Noosa family activities.  It’s great fun taking the family cruising the Noosa River and the various canals around Hastings Street.  Anchor the boat wherever you find a great swimming spot, maybe your own deserted beach. Why not pack a BBQ lunch and cook up a feast on your boat.

 

Prices to hire a boat start at $60 AUD for the first hour and $30 AUD for each hour after that.  We hired a boat from T Boat Hire and found their service great.

8. Try one of Mr Jones and me famous burgers

 

Mr Jones and Me is located in a quiet street off the Gympie Terrace along Noosa River.

 

Their burgers are absolutely to die for and are so big they will fulfill the largest appetite.  They also have a fantastic kid’s menu which includes a meal, drink and dessert.

 

Top 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

 

9. Take a hike through the National Park

 

Noosa National Park has a variety of tracks for every level of fitness.  Tracks range from 1 kilometre to 8 kilometres.

 

The tracks will take you past rocky shorelines and through rainforests to beautiful beaches and fantastic look outs.  The coastal track is even suitable for families who require strollers.

 

Remember it gets hot in South East Queensland so bring plenty of water, sunscreen and hat for your walk.

 

 

10. Shopping along Hastings Street.

 

Hastings Street, behind the Noosa beachfront is a high end fashion strip, home to international fashion designers as well as local labels.  Shoppers will love shopping here or maybe just window shopping if the wallet doesn’t stretch that far.

 

11. Book a day trip and visit the surrounding area

 

There are some fantastic day trips from Noosa.  If you ave your own car you can do some of these trips on your own or you can book an organised day trip.  Some places you might like to explore include:

Click for a full list of tours you can book from Noosa.

 

Best place to stay in Noosa with Kids

 

So now you know what to do in Noosa with kids, you’ll want to know the best place to stay in Noosa with kids.  I’d recommend staying in a self-contained apartment in Noosaville.  During our recent trip we stayed at Clearwater Noosa Holiday Apartments.

 

Here are my 5 top picks on where to stay in Noosa with kids or click here for my top 20 places to stay with kids in Noosa.

 

Terrapin ApartmentsTop 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

  • 2 bedroom fully self-contained apartments.
  • Pool, BBQs, parking, laundry, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi
  • Only 1-minute walk from the beach and 5 minutes’ drive from Noosa.
  • 99% of people who have reviewed this resort on TripAdvisor have rates it has very good or excellent.
  • Best price at the time of this article was booking.com for $175 AUD per night

 

Click here for the latest prices or click on the image to the left for the latest prices on Expedia.

Bermuda Villas

Top 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

  • 2 bedroom fully self-contained apartments.
  • Pool, spa, BBQs, parking, laundry, air-conditioning and Wi-Fi
  • Located right on the Noosa River and 5 minutes’ drive from Noosa.
  • 99% of people who have reviewed this resort on TripAdvisor have rates it has very good or excellent.
  • Best price at the time of this article was booking.com for $195 AUD per night

 

Click here for the latest prices or click on the image to the left for the latest prices on Expedia.

 

Noosa Keys ResortNoosa Keys Resort

  • 1 or 3 bedroom self-contained apartments.
  • Swimming pool, spa, BBQs, air-conditioning, parking, tennis court, laundry and Wi-Fi.
  • 5-minute walk from Noosa River and a 5-minute drive from Noosa.
  • 91% of people who have reviewed this resort on TripAdvisor have rates it has very good or excellent.
  • Best price at the time of this article was booking.com for $190 AUD per night

 

Click here for the latest prices or click on the image to the left for the latest prices on Expedia.

 

Clearwater Noosa Holiday ApartmentsTop 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

  • 1, 2 and 3 bedroom self-contained apartments.
  • 3 swimming pools, 2 BBQs, free Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, parking and laundry facilities.
  • 5 Minute walk from Noosa River and 5-minute drive from Noosa.
  • 79% of people who have reviewed this resort on TripAdvisor have rates it has very good or excellent.
  • Best price at the time of this article was booking.com for $225 AUD per night for 2 adults and 2 children.

 

Click here for the latest prices or click on the image to the left for the latest prices on Expedia.

 

Pelican Beach ResortTop 10 things to do in Noosa with Kids

  • 2 bedroom self-contained apartments.
  • Swimming pool, spa, tennis court, parking, sauna, BBQs, laundry, air-conditioning, and Wi-Fi.
  • 2-minute walk from Noosa River and 5 minutes’ drive from Noosa.
  • 78% of people who have reviewed this resort on TripAdvisor have rates it has very good or excellent.
  • Best price at the time of this article was booking.com for $160 AUD per night

 

Click here for the latest prices or click on the image to the left for the latest prices on Expedia.

 

If you want to check out other accommodation in Noosa use the search box below for options on Booking.com.



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What’s your family’s favourite activity in Noosa?  Let me know in the comments below so I can add to the list.

 

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Hello fellow traveller!I’m Melissa, the creator of Thrifty Family Travels and I am here to share my passion for travel with you and the rest of the world! Travelling for years now, I have picked up plenty of great tips to pass along to other passionate travellers like yourself. With my thrifty ideas, clever itineraries, and great tips, I can help you to see the beautiful world on a budget as well! I specialize in finding great deals, discovering new tips, and ensuring you get great value for money. Having travelled solo for many years but now travelling with my young daughter and partner, I have discovered ways to travel with small children, a family, and alone, all while staying thrifty! I’m glad you’ve stumbled upon my page- now have a look around and feel free to ask me for some travel advice!Cheers, Melissa.

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