Take the family outdoors to explore Noosa’s backyard these school holidays with these five nature-based activities the whole family can do. Noosa is a recognised UNESCO biosphere reserve because of its unique natural landscape and a community that respects and protects it. For this reason, there are many activities where you can immerse yourself in nature and take in stunning picturesque views from the beach to the hinterland. From walking trails through Noosa National Park to farmgate experiences and high rope tree top challenges, you can take your pick between adventure or relaxing experiences on water or land.
To help you get here, check out our reopening specials for the June/July school holiday period.
Noosa walking trails
For many visitors to Noosa (and indeed the Sunshine Coast) a popular activity is to explore the picturesque walking trails. Walking in Noosa can take you from the coastal tracks of Noosa National Park to remote eucalypt forests and giant sand dunes on the Cooloola Great Walk. The obvious first choice for many are the tracks that wind through the Noosa National Park. The Noosa National Park covers a lush bush and rainforest headland that towers over Noosa Main Beach. The coastal track is the most popular, winding along the coastline passing several small beach coves that call to you to touch the sand and water. For some lucky ones, you might spot one of the local koala’s up in a tree, a goanna or echidna sniffing around. If you have little ones with you, you might only make it to Dolphin Point and return the way you came. If the kids are a little older and their legs can make the 8km round journey, from the coastal track and back through the rainforest via the Tanglewood Walk, it’s worthwhile to experience the contrast. Access the Noosa Headland Map here (pdf).
Cooloola Berries farmgate experience
Enter a world of berries. Cooloola Berries is a working farm that celebrates paddock to plate with their award-winning hands-on fresh berry experience. Let the kids roam the paddocks and pick their own sweet sunshiney strawberries and blueberries or buy from the farm gate. Stop in at the farm cafe and try the delicious breakfast and lunch menu featuring a strawberry inspired menu showcasing local produce. Check out Cooloola Berries for more info and opening times.
Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World
Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World is 18 acres of impeccable, lush, terraced and sweeping gardens set against a spectacular rainforest backdrop. Stroll through the lush, verdant gardens and spend time with stunning native and international birds at the Aviary. The kids will love exploring the fairy garden and they have a café you can purchase lunch items and find the perfect space to enjoy a family picnic while taking in stunning views of the Sunshine Coast and Glasshouse Mountains. They even have golf buggies to make it easier for you to get around and see the whole park! Find out more about Maleny Botanic Gardens and book your family pass online.
Test yourself on the TreeTop Challenge
Push your fears to the limit and get your adrenaline racing at TreeTop Challenge Sunshine Coast Adventure Park. As Australia’s highest adventure course, it’s a thrilling day surrounded by nature as you tackle 100 challenges and 12 exhilarating ziplines that sit more than 25m above the ground – high up in the tree tops. Suitable for ages 8 and up right through to adults, Mum and Dad can get in amongst the action too. Learn more about the TreeTop Challenge.
Whale watching experiences
From July through to October, around 30,000 humpback whales migrate up Queensland’s coast and back to Antarctica. The whales are often spotted playing and cruising through Noosa’s waters and this year we’ve started seeing whales from as early as June. In Noosa we have several operators that can offer you a memorable encounter with a while, something the family will remember for many years to come. From high speed thrill rides to long kayak tours, you can choose the experience that best suits you and your family. Find out how you can see whales in Noosa.
Noosa Everglades river wilderness tours
The Noosa Everglades is one of only two everglades systems on Earth. When you journey to the everglades you are entering a pristine world of water, wilderness and wonder in the upper reaches of the Noosa River. Known as the River of Mirrors because of the amazing reflections in the water, the Noosa Everglades is a 60km stretch of pristine waters, magnificent flora and fauna and narrow waterways.
Experience breathtaking beauty and tranquillity as you explore the Noosa Everglades with guided and self-guided kayak tours, on a guided boat tour, in your own boat or on foot. The Noosa Everglades are filled with abundant opportunities to observe and photograph wildlife in their natural habitat. Over 44% of all Australia’s bird species reside within this spectacular region (more than Kakadu National Park). Learn more about the Noosa Everglades and local tours here.