Heaps to do in the Noosa area
Below are some great suggestions for your stay in Noosa, for a more in-depth look at Noosa please go to visitnoosa.com.au
Noosa Holiday Accommodation is situated at the Noosa Lakes Resort on the shores of tranquil Lake Doonella and opposite the Noosa River, two hours drive north of Brisbane or twenty minutes north from Maroochydore Airport.
The resort is set on seven landscaped acres and features beach-house style resort apartments and Noosa’s largest pool complex with heated and lagoon style.
Noosa Holiday Accommodation is the perfect base to explore the surrounding areas including the Noosa National Park, Double Island Point, Rainbow Beach, Glass House Mountains, Fraser Island and heaps more.
Located adjacent to the hotel (just 200m) is the beautiful Noosa Marina, which gives our guests direct access to restaurants, cafes, river & lake cruises, deep sea fishing, catamarans, boat hire & a ferry service that offers access via the Noosa River to Noosa's famous Hastings Street.
Hastings Street is just minutes away by car or a pleasant 25 minute ferry ride from the adjacent Marina.
Warmth of Bali: Warm up with the 2-hour Warmth of Bali treatment at Ikatan Spa Noosa – a Chai scrub/wrap, massage and facial for $255. This therapeutic scrub and wrap helps nervous tension, circulation, energy levels and nourishes the skin - perfect for a winter's day. Phone 5471 1199 or see Ikatan.com.au
2 for 1 day tour: For a great day out, book a Tastes of the Sunshine Coast day tour (Tuesdays) or Montville/Maleny Hinterland Tour (Thursdays) with Sun-air bus service for a 2 for 1 offer – only $27 per person (based on 2 or more passengers travelling together. Call 5477 0888 to book (valid until July 31, 2013)
River party: The Noosa River winds its way through Noosa’s heart and a great way to explore it is by pontoon boat – no licence required. Hire a 6-8-seater deluxe pontoon from O Boat Hire, 222 Gympie Tce, Noosaville for 4 hours and get an extra hour plus 2 fishing rod hires for free. Book on 5449 7513
Stand-up paddling: It’s a gentle and fun way to get out on the water – and Noosa is the perfect place to try it. Ask at our Visitor Information Centres in Hastings Street and Noosa Marina (1 3000 66672)
Aurukun: Stories of the Wik People: A rare collection of stories from the Wik People of Aurukun is at Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin with rare indigenous art-forms collected from the remote northern Cape York community of Aurukun.See galleries.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au. The gallery is open free, Wed-Sun, 10am to 4pm
See Noosa from the water on a stand-up paddle board (it’s easy to learn), a surfboard (lessons are fun) or a kayak (take a tour or hire and take yourself). Drop in to the Visitor Information Centres in Hastings Street or Noosa Marina, phone 1 3000 66672 or see visitnoosa.com.au
Hire a car and take a country drive through the lush Noosa hinterland with spectacular views, tranquil lakes, forests and striking volcanic formations dotted throughout with friendly country towns. Walk the Noosa trails, climb a mountain and call in to an Aussie country pub in Eumundi, Cooroy, Pomona, Boreen Point or Kin Kin. Pick up a Noosa map from the Noosa Visitor Information Centres in Hastings Street or Noosa Marina, phone 1 3000 66672 or see visitnoosa.com.au
Kayak or paddle: Take a kayak or stand-up paddle tour at sunset for the best of the Noosa River or see the sights from the river mouth to Lake Weyba. Expert instruction and lessons from Boardwalk Boat Hire at Sheraton Jetty, Noosa Heads. For a powered trip, hire a luxury Haines Hunter Cruiser and forget the workout. Bookings essential on 5455 3755 or boardwalkboathire.com.au
Scooter power: Scoot about Noosa on a new electric scooter from Scooter Hire Noosa. They’re environmentally friendly and no licence is required. Phone 0447 144 043 or see scooterhirenoosa.com
Jump out of a plane! Face your fears and book in for a tandem skydive beach jump at Coolum with Skydive Ramblers. Phone 5448 8877 or see skydiveforfun.com.au
Messing about on boats: There are so many great ways to enjoy Noosa River – take a ferry between Noosa Marina and Hastings St, a $10 Noosa Queen sunset tour, Noosa River and Canal Cruise, Noosa Cruising Restaurant, gondola, Noosa Dreamboats’ 1940s power boat, Noosa Biosphere Cruise, Sunset Adventure Cruise, Discovery trip to Noosa Everglades, on a kayak, hire a stand-up paddle board, or drive yourself on a party pontoon or hire boat – phone 1 3000 NOOSA, drop into the Visitor Information Centre near the surf club on Hastings Street or see visitnoosa.com.au
Magical rainforest tour: The Sunshine Coast’s rainforest is looking spectacular so why not let Off Beat Eco Tours take you on a magical and unique 4WD rainforest tour? There are full day or half-day tours through towering subtropical rainforests, cascading waterfalls and spectacular gorges, surrounding my amazing plants and wildlife – and you get to enjoy gourmet bush tucker. They’ll even pick you up from your accommodation. See offbeattours.com.au or phone 1300 023 835
Discover the Everglades: The Noosa Everglades is a pristine wilderness in the upper reaches of Noosa River, with spectacular mirrored waterways and amazing wildlife. The Discovery Group offers a BBQ lunch cruise or Bar-B-Canoe day tour, with free daily shuttle to most accommodation in Sunshine Beach, Noosaville, Noosa Hill, Hastings St, Little Cove and Noosa Sound. Tour departs Noosaville daily at 10.30am, so get on the shuttle bus NOW! Phone 5449 0393
Sunset river cruise: There have been amazing sunsets lately so make the most of it with a sunset dinner cruise with Noosa Cruising Restaurant, leaving from Noosa Marina – bookings essential on 0419 216 236. Noosa Ferry runs sunset cruises with departures from Tewantin, Noosaville, Noosa Sound and Noosa Heads – bookings essential on 5449 8442. Take in the sights of Lake Cooroibah and Noosa River while sipping on a wine or beer from Noosa Queen's fully licensed bar on their $10 sunset cruise - phone 5455 6661. Or bring along your favourite bottle on a Noosa River and Canal Cruises sunset cruise on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturday - BYO is welcome and they have glasses on-board - book on 0414 727 765
Gift from Noosa: Give a Noosa experience to friends and relatives and buy them a Noosa Gift Certificate from the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St – available for a specific product or buy a “Noosa Experience” credit for someone to book when they decide what they would like. Phone the centre on 1 3000 66672 or drop in
Bike on: Bike is one of the best ways to get around Noosa. Hire a bike from Bike On Australia or join their beach bike tour or mountain bike adventure tour - for experienced thrillseekers or first-timers. See beautiful coastal views, rainforest and wildlife. See bikeon.com.au or phone 5474 3322 and check out their video at http://youtu.be/zNbi9spuv9U
The Big Pineapple is back: Head to the biggest all-weather markets on the coast every Saturday at the Big Pineapple, 76 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye, 6.30am-1pm with the Fine Food Growers Markets, children’s activities, food, fashion and live entertainment. Ride the Big Pineapple train, walk through the Rainforest to the Animal farm and pat a lama or cuddle a goat. And a pineapple parfait from the Parfait Cafe is a must! See bigpineapple.com.au
Out and about: It’s a beautiful time of year to explore Noosa’s nature - take a walk along a beach anywhere between Coolum, Peregian or Noosa Heads; hire a boat on the river; walk around the bays through Noosa National Park; take a tour to Fraser Island; head for the hinterland; learn to surf, skydive or abseil; hire a canoe and explore the waterways at your own pace; take the ferry between Noosa Marina and Hastings Street; enjoy fish and chips by the river; take an action-packed adventure boat ride – there’s plenty of fun to be had. Ask at the Visitor Information Centres in Hastings Street and Noosa Marina or see visitnoosa.com.au. Pick up a copy of the new Noosa Holiday Guide which is also available as an e-book at visitnoosa.com.au
For more about what to do in Noosa, call into the Noosa Visitor Information Centres at Hastings Street, Parkyn's Hut or Noosa Marina in Tewantin. Phone +61 7 5430 5000 or 1 3000 NOOSA (1 3000 66672)