The PERFECT list of things to do in NOOSA with kids!
Searching for ‘things to do in Noosa with kids’? Here’s everything you need to know about one of the most beautiful spots in the world.
For ease of reading, we’ve broken our HUGE list into a few different categories. Scroll down to find suggestions for:
- Nature experiences
Nature experiences – things to do in Noosa with kids
Noosa truly is the gateway to one of the most breathtakingly beautiful parts of the world. Pristine coastline, gorgeous untouched natural forest and sunsets that almost break your heart while you watch them – they’re that full of beauty and promise.
We’d like to thank the gorgeous Robyn from Banana J Creations and her beautiful family for so many of these wonderful pictures. She makes incredible wares from teepee play tents to custom nursery accessories as well as going on incredible adventures with her children.
Touring this area of the world with kids offers a plethora of opportunities for them to ‘get amongst it’ and appreciate nature. Here are some of our favourite suggestions:
A picture paints a thousand words, doesn’t it?
Noosa Heads is the epicentre of Noosa tourism. The restaurants, shops and galleries (which we’ll discuss later) provide the backdrop for one of the most jaw-dropping beaches you’ll ever encounter. Calm waves, clear water and plenty of space to spread out and take it all in.
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park offers families a great opportunity to get some bushwalking done in an easy-to-navigate setting on the coast line. You’ll be surrounded by wildlife and serenity (until the kids start squealing, obviously). Plenty of opportunity for bird watching and peaceful reflection while you get those kilometres in. And you might just spot a natural beauty, like the Noosa Fairy Ponds.
There are a range of bushwalking options at different grades of difficulty so make sure you check in and plan accordingly. Take your swimmers just in case you feel like a dip!
Tewantin National Park
Thanks to Trip Advisor for the above photograph.
Tewantin National Park can be found west of the Noosa region and offers the opportunity to see the world from a different angle. Mount Tinbeerwah Lookout provides a spectacular view of the entire region and is well worth the trip.
Take the Bruce Highway then follow towards Cooroy (Tewantin, Noosa, Cooray and Noosa Heads turnoff). After you pass Tinbeerway you’ll be in the National Park. We recommend the Wooroi Picnic Area as a special stop off to take it all in and relax on a picnic blanket.
Shhh. Little Cove is a secret.
This peaceful inlet is away from the hustle and bustle of the bigger beaches and always-packed Hastings St. Best suited for older kids or families with teenagers, Little Cove is fairly difficult to access. You have to go around the rocks at low tide or follow a narrow road from the northern end of the beach.
It’s a great spot for surfing, fishing and swimming and has that ‘old school charm’ so encapsulated by the above photo courtesy of Queensland Places. Please note, though, that Little Cove is unpatrolled.
Teewah Coloured Sands
Visitors to Teewah Coloured Sands will definitely need access to a 4WD (an ADVENTURE we’ll discuss later in the article).
The Great Sandy National Park is home to the incredible Teewah Coloured Sands. Stories from the Dreamtime say that the sands were formed when a spirit took the form of a rainbow that engaged in a fight for the love of a young woman. When the spirit fell against the cliffs it shattered, causing the beautiful effect that you see today.
Thanks to Pinterest for this incredible image.
You can find this spot 3km north-east of Noosa Heads. There are tour operators who run trips out to the spot so make sure to investigate the best option for your crew.
Located in Noosa Heads, Laguna Lookout offers a sweeping view of everything this gorgeous area has to offer. It’s our pick for budding amateur photographers.
Now that you’ve taken in a huge number of gorgeous natural experiences, it’s time to find some more things to do in Noosa with kids to burn off their energy!
Play – Things to do in Noosa with kids
As nice as a holiday of peaceful reflection and quiet nature walks sounds, anyone with kids can tell you ‘that ain’t gonna happen’. If you’ve got little ones, medium ones or teenagers you KNOW that, at some point, they’re going to have to burn off that kid-energy.
We’ve collated a number of our favourite activities to do with kids that are guaranteed to not only be fun but to hopefully (fingers crossed) encourage NAPPING. Bliss.
Learn to surf
What better activity to get the blood pumping than learning how to surf? Noosa has some of the best conditions in the world for learning how to surf – open space, relatively calm waves, gorgeous weather and awesome swell.
One of our writers wrote about her family learning to surf on the Gold Coast here if you need to be convinced!
Our pick for surf schools? Try LEARN TO SURF NOOSA. They’re the longest running surf school on the coast and are very experienced in dealing with kids.
Kayaking and Paddle Boarding
The Noosa River, and it’s many and varied winding tributaries, offer a fabulous chance to try kayaking and paddle boarding.
Kayaking in the Noosa Everglades offers families a chance to slowly explore the myriad beautiful waterways and picturesque settings that the area has for careful nature observers.
Point your kayak in the direction of calm waters, pack a camera and supplies and head out for a day’s peaceful exercise. It’s a 60km long river system and is protected by the adjacent national park. It’s one of only two types of like systems in the world (the other one is in Floria). Our friends at Queensland Blog love this area too!
You can bring your own equipment or hire paddle boards and kayaks from any of a number of local industries. Support small Noosa businesses!
Have you been snorkelling before?
Taking children snorkelling is a sure fire way to inspire their creativity, connect them with nature AND absolutely exhaust them.
There are MANY spots in the Noosa region to take children snorkelling. This shot was at the gorgeous Noosa Heads and we’d recommend it for the calm water and high levels of visibility.
Hire a boat!
Journey up and down Noosa River on your very own (or hired) BOAT!
You can fish, explore, have a meal on board or just putter around. There are plenty of slow moving boats that go along the Noosa River and it’s easy to hire boats of low speed without having to secure a boating licence.
Our pick? A BBQ pontoon from OBoat Hire!
Beach family BBQ and parties
Once you dock your boat, grab the crew and throw a beach party.
There are a number of really picturesque beach side BBQ and picnic areas all up and down the Noosa River. Many of these have playgrounds attached to them. Keep your eye out as you’re boating along and see what beautiful places you can spot! Plenty of space to play that family game of beach cricket!
Bike riding is a fabulous way to see any new place and we love Ecotekk Electric Bike Hire. They’re a Noosa business who will deliver your bike hire choice to you for use! Lots of options for the whole family (mountain bikes, urban bikes, folding bikes) and as they’re electric you’ll be able to go further faster and have way more fun! Woohoo!
Adventure – things to do in Noosa with kids
Our adventure section covers day trips from Noosa designed to amp up the fun, get those little hearts racing and leave your family with memories to last a life time.
A lot of these destinations involve driving (sometimes up to an hour) from Noosa as your base so please factor that into your planning.
Dolphin and Whale Watching
Our choice is Dolphin View Kayak Great Beah Drive Adventures Noosa Day Tour (phew!).
This is a great part of the world from which to watch the beautiful phenomenon of migration. There are plenty of places to whale and dolphin watch in the Noosa region.
These are seasonal activities (June to November) and most on boat tours last for a least a couple of hours.
Sea Life, previously known as Underwater World, continues to entrance local and international families alike. It’s the perfect place to take kids, regardless of weather or heat. Wander through the viewing areas, take in a seal show, let the little ones play in the themed soft play area and sample delicious eats in their on-site cafe. We love Sea Life!
Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oi Oi Oi! Aussie World is actually one of our top picks for Sunshine Coast party venues. About an hour or so south of Noosa, Aussie World offers good old-fashioned theme park fun at old-fashioned prices.
Sideshow rides, carinval games, delicious food and a howlin’ good time. Aussie World is a great day trip from Noosa that’s perfect for tweens and teens.
Big Pineapple & Wildlife HQ Zoo
Baby, check out the BIG PINEAPPLE now! It’s revamped and has it’s very own conservation zoo that’s open to the public every day of the week.
This iconic QLD destination lives to see another century and it’s a ‘must see’.
Head to Noosa North Shore (Cooloola National Park) for one of the Sunshine Coast’s most exciting 4WD experiences. Surrounded by park on one side and beautiful coast line on the other, it’s a 4WDer’s DREAM run.
Travel during low tide and you must purchase a permit you must purchase a permit before embarking on this adventure. Bonus points if you bring your surfboard!
Culture – things to do in Noosa with kids
Alright, let’s slow down the break neck pace a little! We’ll wind up our ‘things to do in Noosa with kids’ list with a quick look at some of the cultural and retail options that the region has to offer. First stop is a classic.
It’s our pick of Sunshine coast markets for families. Eumundi Markets are an eclectic mix of art, jewellery, fashion, produce and COFFEE! Fabulous for an early morning sojourn, a family trip or some time by yourself. Saturday mornings are our favourite time.
Head to the Noosa Regional Art Gallery for that little bit of cultural reflection and artistic appreciation. Admire installations from local and international artists while promoting a lot of creativity of expression in your kids.
Shopping on Hastings Street
Just like Vanessa Williams, we’ve gone and saved the best for last. (And to be honest? This might be one you want to do by yourself!)
Hastings St is the Paris of the Sunshine Coast. It’s a tour de force of high end fashion, eclectic boutiques, creative wares and a million and one ways to spend your money. Nothing better than a carefree waft up and down the street going in and out of the most beautiful stores you’ve ever seen. Top it off with a coffee or a meal at any number of delectable Hastings St eateries. Check here to see if the one you’ve got your eye on is on our list of child-friendly spots.
Things to do in Noosa with kids
Phew! We’re spent! If you can think of any great things to do in Noosa with kids that we’ve missed (and you’re willing to share your secrets) please let us know in the comments. in the meantime check out out friends at Thrifty Family Travels who also have a great list of the To 10 things to do in Noosa.
Best Family Friendly Accommodation in Noosa
We’ve also expanded this list to include the best family friendly accommodation in Noosa as well! You can find out top 10 choices for where to stay in Noosa here.