5 Activities to Enjoy on Spectacular Noosa River

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Spectacular natural beauty, adventure or pure relaxation. Find it all on the meandering tidal waterways of Noosa River. Noosa River and its many hidden sandy grottos is one of two nationally important wetlands (the other being Lake Weyba) and is your gateway to exploring and enjoying this special UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve.

Here are five activities to enjoy on the spectacular Noosa River:

1. River Cruises

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Signature cocktails and picturesque Noosa River cruise, Image by MV Catalina Noosa

Whether it is a celebration with live music, champagne and sunset, or dining on the water with friends, Noosa Ferry, Noosa River and Canal Cruises, Catalina, and Noosa Queen River Cruises offer excellent chartered and private cruises for all occasions.

Step aboard one of the many classic river boats to experience Noosa from the water for pure relaxation, gorgeous river views and an informative insight into the river’s pristine and picturesque natural environment.

Everglades Eco Safari allow you to escape the crowds and discover a unique world of water, wilderness and wonder in the upper reaches of the river, known as the Noosa Everglades.

Noosa Ferry provide a convenient ‘hop on and off’ service between one of the seven stops between Tewantin and Hastings Street or board their sunset cruise or charter.

2. Self-Guided Boat Hire

An exceptional boating setting, explore Noosa River at your own pace and create your own adventure. Popular for tourists and locals alike, pristine water and sandy coves provide a breathtaking backdrop to wind along waterways. View stunning waterfront homes, throw in a line, or keep an eye out for pelicans, curlews and other river wildlife. You can even hire a pontoon boat and enjoy a BBQ while cruising the waterways.

Boat hire services T Boat Hire in close proximity to Coco Bay Resort, U Drive Boat Hire, Pelican Boat Hire and Eco-Noosa range from a few hours to a full day hire and no boat licence is required.

3. Thrilling Water Sports

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Thrills and Fun on Noosa River, Image by Noosa Jet Ski Hire

Fill your desire for adrenaline-pumping excitement with jet ski hire from the Noosa Marina with Noosa Jet Ski Hire. Take on the river circuit or book an ocean tour that will guide you out of the Noosa River, across the Noosa Bar and into spectacular Laguna Bay. This is an opportunity to get your heart racing and fulfill your need for speed!

If you prefer someone else to do the driving, get your thrills onboard the fast-paced Noosa Oceanrider or Noosa Thriller. Cruise down the Noosa River and out into Laguna Bay where the engine is opened-up for an awesome adventure ride full of turns, ocean swell surfing and high-octane fun!

4. Fishing

Throw a line in on the calm Noosa River. Image by Sunny Coast Photos

Throw in a line and catch your own dinner for the family in a picturesque setting. Noosa River provides great calm water and safe fishing for kids. The river is stocked with a variety of species including Australian Bass, Giant Trevally, Jewfish / Mulloway, Tailor, Mangrove Jack and Whiting. To make things easy, we have rods for guests to hire at Coco Bay Resort, as do local riverside operators.

Noosa River Fishing Safaris and Noosa River Fishing and Crab Adventures offer popular fishing charters in Noosa River and deep-sea fishing into Laguna Bay. Get on board for easy fishing with all the gear provided and local knowledge on the best spots to drop a line.

5. Kayak, Canoe, Catamaran and SUP Hire

Take a leisurely paddle on the Noosa River. Image by Sunny Coast Photos

For the adventurous and physically inclined, take a leisurely paddle to explore a close up view of the Noosa Biosphere Reserve. Drift into hidden waterways while you spot abundant local wildlife including populations of migrating birdlife, local resident pelicans, fish and stingrays. Find your own tropical sandy spot and stop for a refreshing swim. Explore the calm waters with a SUP Hire and paddle away from the crowds into quieter parts of the Noosa River.

Hire a catamaran from U Drive Boat Hire, or unpowered water sport fun from T-Boat Hire on Gympie Terrace.

Want more?

Looking for more Noosa travel inspiration? Find out how you can have a Whale of a time, or check out our suggested One week in Noosa itinerary.

And if you haven’t yet booked your stay, be sure to check our direct booking deals at Coco Bay Resort before you book online.