Best family activities to do during your stay in Noosaville

There’s so much for the family to see and do during your stay in Noosaville that we hand-picked seven of the best water-based activities for you to do on your next visit. Noosa is famous for its pristine beaches, protected bays and serene waterways that it’s only natural you’ll spend a large portion of your holiday in Noosa exploring and enjoying the water.

Whether it’s your first time visiting Noosa or you’re a seasoned guest, these family activities around the Noosa River and Noosa Main Beach will keep everyone in your family entertained for days. From barbeque boats to whale watching and stand up paddle boarding – Noosa’s waterways calls to you to get out there and enjoy.

Hire a bike and cruise Noosa

Want to know what the best way to see Noosa is? On your bike! Noosa has some great bike paths that will lead you around the Noosa River and waterways, parks, Hastings Street and Noosa National Park. From Coco Bay you can cruise along Gympie Terrace through Noosaville to Tewantin or Noosa Heads. Bike hire places like Bike On and ecoTekk Noosa (pictured above) offer some great tour packages and will give you the best tips on where to ride and riding safety. ecoTekk provide a range of electric bikes as an alternative to getting around by car and have add-on buggies for the little ones so no-one misses out.

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Image: Tourism Noosa

Noosa River park and play

It’s Noosa’s greatest natural asset and it’s right on your doorstep, just an easy 80 metre stroll from Coco Bay Resort. Meander along the esplanade taking in the natural beauty, stop and say hello to the resident pelicans and ducks in the river, and let the kids enjoy our best playgrounds. Stop for lunch at the Noosa Boathouse for fish and chips on the river’s shore or take your pick from the many restaurants and cafes.

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Image: Noosa Ferry & Cruise Company

Cruise the Noosa river

The Noosa Ferry operates their Classic Cruise every day of the week with seven stops along the Noosa River with no need to book. Hop on and hop off as you please. Or why not enjoy the perfect pre-dinner experience with their Sunset Cruise from Tuesday to Saturday or their Eco Cruise which operates within the Noosa Sound area and provides an insight into the flora, fauna and wildlife found on the Noosa River (booking essential).

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Image: Pelican Boat Hire

BBQ boat hire

One of the best activities you can do when you stay in Noosa is hire a BBQ boat and cruise down the Noosa River at your leisure. There are multiple boat hire options along Gympie Terrace that suit your cruising style and preference, but our recommendation would be to pack lunch and hire a BBQ Boat. These boats are like a travelling pontoon, comfortable with the shade of a canopy and easy to drive with no boat licence required. Find a quiet spot to pull up and enjoy life on the river. Swim, sand, float or fish. The choice is yours.

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Image: Kayak Noosa

Family river kayak

A family kayak on the Noosa River will be a great day out full of adventure and fun. Kayak Noosa offer a 1.5 hour family kayak mini tour for first time kayakers and families with young children. The tour operates just for your family group to ensure it is specifically suited to your needs and your level of kayaking ability and generally will take you on a trip around the mangroves or over to Goat Island.

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Image: Noosa Surf Lessons

SUP, Surf and Beach

Let’s face it – you don’t come to Noosa to not spend time at the beach. Noosa’s pristine beaches are some of the best you’ll find and with Noosa Headland watching over Laguna Bay the waves are small and safe enough for you to enjoy year-round. You can hire stand-up-paddle boards, surf boards, kayaks, lounge chairs and umbrellas from Noosa Beach Surf Hire in front of the Noosa Heads Surf Club. Or if you’re looking for trying your hand at surfing, Noosa Surf Lessons provides lessons for ages 8 and up.

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Whale watching

If you’re visiting Noosa between August and November then you’re in for a whale of a time! Whale season in Noosa brings that extra slice of magic to your stay when you spot these majestic creatures playing in Noosa’s Laguna Bay while on your morning walk or swim. These jumping and breaching giants of the sea cruise in to Noosa every year from June on their annual migration and make for breathtaking viewing. Watch the whales frolic and play in their natural habitat with Noosa Ocean Rider while taking in a different view of Noosa’s pristine coves and beaches.

Need more ideas?

We’d be more than happy to help you come up with some more family activity ideas. Simply let us know when booking and we’ll point you in the right direction. Need accommodation? Our family-friendly townhouse style garden villas are fully self-contained, spacious and perfect for the whole family. To book your stay at Coco Bay Resort Noosa, simply book online or phone us direct on (+61) 07 5449 0200.