A family holiday is a time of celebration and relaxation at Coco Bay Resort. We have highlighted the best six family attractions in the Noosa region. Spectacular natural beauty found in Noosa National Park, exciting adventures at Australia Zoo, Ginger Factory or heart pumping action at Blast Aqua Fun Park are only the beginning!
Here are our best six attractions for the family around Noosa and the Sunshine Coast.
Noosa River Pirate Playground
Ahoy, Me Hearties!
There be amazing fun for little ones at Noosa’s own Pirate Playground. Located at the far end of Gympie Terrace, Noosaville this park comes out tops! Children can choose from a jungle gym of multiple slides, monkey bars, rope climbing frames, swings and the park even features a Liberty swing for disabled youth.
Enjoy one of the superb coffees available along Gympie Terrace spread your picnic blanket next to Noosa River and relax under the swaying palm trees or the playground shade ‘a replication of the tall ships’.
Noosa River is popular with locals and visitors alike and provides a picturesque backdrop for the Pirate Playground, one of the few playgrounds to have its own warm golden sandy beach. Which may tempt young scallywags and their captains to build sandcastles, dig for buried treasure, or cool off for a refreshing swim!
Before you leave you must take a leisurely walk along Gympie Terrace, to view the Big Pelican located outside Pelican Boat Hire. Affectionately called ‘Pelican Pete’ by locals, ‘Pete’ has even featured in an episode of Bluey.
All aboard for the Ginger Factory, great for little ones, a family favourite loved by locals and visitors alike.
There is something for everyone at the Ginger Factory. Wander the relaxed and inviting 9 hectares of lush sub-tropical gardens, grab a coffee and choose from the mouth-watering ginger inspired recipes baked in-house while the kids have fun on the shaded playground.
Browse a quaint retail precinct for unique gifts, sample delicious local ice cream and of course a children’s favourite decorate a gingerbread man biscuit.
Don’t miss a ride aboard 100-year-old ‘Moreton’, a sugar cane train that once used to carry sugar cane to the Moreton Sugar Mill in Nambour. ‘Moreton’ travels around the Ginger Factory grounds, while a commentary onboard touches on local history from the area.
A fun Overboard boat ride tour is an adventure around the ‘world’, as passengers join the gingerbread man in a classic tale as he escapes the clutches of the hungry chefs. Over 200 animated puppets and piped music will leave you with the music still playing in your head.
Learn to surf
A part of life for many locals!
We live close by to some of the most beautiful and perfect surf waves in the world. Warm moderate swells that carry surfers for kilometres against a stunning natural backdrop of national parks and rolling hinterland.
Our north facing beaches are protected by Noosa National Park Headland, crystal clear waters and gentle waves make it a great spot to learn to surf. Professional surf lessons are a fun way for families – particularly those with older children to partake in a recreational activity together, that will have everyone whooping for joy!
Qualified surf schools provide everything you require for your lesson and all you need to do is arrive in your swimsuit. Lessons take place in water no higher than your waist.
The outstanding wave break and pure environment helped the town secure Noosa as the 10th World Surfing Reserve in 2020.
Blast Aqua Fun Park
Wet High-Octane Adventure!
Take your love of water sports to the next level at Blast Aqua Fun Park. A safe, family fun water park designed to get everyone wet! The Park claims to be the largest of its kind in the world, with an impressive collection of floating inflatable obstacles, choose from difficult to easy challenges.
Create fun family memories as you laugh, jump, climb, balance, swing, slip and slide your way around an extensive course. An assortment of anchored floating inflatables, giant slides, swings, balance beams, wobble pads, trampolines and more are located on the local waterway for everyone’s enjoyment.
Relaxation abounds onshore for those who wish to take the day a little slower, relax under the shade of alfresco buildings, palm trees or stretch out on a sun lounge. A great café ensures food and beverage is on hand.
Blast Aqua Fun Park opens on September 11 to embrace the warmer season and is splash-tastic fun for kids of all ages!
Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park offers a series of four stunning walking trails amongst woodland, scenic rainforest and open Eucalypt forest. It is an important habitat for a wide variety of native wildlife including lace-monitors, echidnas and koalas.
The most popular trail is the Coastal Walk that winds over headlands and provides spectacular sweeping coastal views from Noosa to Cooloola. The 10.8km track provides some of the best lookout points, Boiling Pot, Dolphin Point and Hells Gate, and passes several stunning remote coves, Tea Tree Bay and Granite Bay.
At Boiling Pot take in the spectacular vista of Noosa North Shore to the rolling waves of Tea Tree Bay. Watch the sea surge and fizzle across a naturally formed rock hollow below to resemble a boiling pot.
Tea Tree Bay
A 20-minute walk from Noosa National Park day-use area, is scenic Tea Tree Bay. A beautiful, unpatrolled cove surrounded by shady pandanus, large flat rocks and golden sand. At low tide children can explore various shaped rock pools along the water’s edge to discover small fish, crabs and sea anemone.
Noosa National Park coastline forms a natural protection for an array of marine wildlife and Dolphin Point is a great spot to look out for dolphins or turtles swimming by.
Upon arrival at Hells Gate take in the spectacular sweeping views and crashing waves directly below. During June to November you may have the opportunity to spot migrating whales as they swim past the coastline on their way to or from warmer breeding grounds.
From Hells Gate enthusiastic bushwalkers can continue to Sunshine Beach or you may choose to return to the entrance via the same track.
Crikey! An exciting day trip for the whole family to enjoy!
Australia’s most famous zoo is a must! Located less than an hour south of Noosa, Australia Zoo is the ultimate day out. Explore a beautifully landscaped, sprawling park to discover over 100 hundred different species including crocodile, giraffe, rhinoceros, tiger and cheetah.
A wildlife adventure awaits! Hand-feed roaming kangaroos, pat a cuddly koala, and explore Bindi’s Island for the irresistibly cute ring-tailed lemurs straight out of Madagascar. There are 23 encounters to get up close and personal that take guests behind the scenes.
Watch in awe the beautiful big cats with a visit to Tiger Temple, home to magnificent Sumatran and Bengal tigers! Then be transported to the African Savannah, where Rhinos, Giraffes and Zebras roam.
Of course, it would be remiss of us not to mention Australia Zoo’s star attraction who make a daily appearance at the Crocoseum. Wildlife Warriors bring guests face to face with swooping birds, slithering snakes and the adrenaline pumping crocodiles in jaw snapping excitement!
This is a great day trip from Coco Bay Resort to keep the kids entertained and will have the most discerning ‘wildlife rangers’ impressed.
Looking for more Noosa travel inspiration? Read our 5 nature-based activities the family can do while in Noosa.
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