From zooming down the river to meandering through the markets, there’s always something to do in this seaside town.
Jet Ski and Cruises
See Noosa from a different perspective as you whizz across the Noosa River. There are two main options to choose from. The River Circuit is perfect for families or for people who are new to jet skiing or want to just take it easy. The Circuit provides a safe space to ride the jet skis at a slower pace so you can just enjoy being on the water. For the thrill seekers, there are also ocean tours you can go on which go out to the Noosa Bar. Jump the waves, and see all of Noosa’s famous points on a fast-paced guided tour.
If jet skis aren’t your thing, there are plenty of other options to explore Noosa’s waterways. Enjoy a private cruise on a gondola, cruise the water as the sun sets, jump onto a solar-powered canoe, go whale watching (from late July to end of October), or even explore Noosa’s everglades as you cruise through the lakes and wetlands.
Food, crafts, homewares or clothes, there are an abundance of markets in Noosa and the surrounds to keep you busy (and your wallets working overtime).
You can’t go past Eumundi Markets, a colourful food and art market held twice a week, rain, hail or shine. It’s known as Australia’s premier artisan market and is filled with locally made treasures. And the street food is delectable. As an added bonus, scattered throughout the stalls are buskers and street performers to keep you entertained as you shop. It’s an easy 20-minute drive from Noosa and there are buses that go directly to the markets. Be prepared though, the markets get exceptionally busy.
The Noosa Farmers Market is a hive of activity every Sunday, nestled among the gum trees in Noosaville. The Market is packed with locally-produced seasonal produce including everything from nuts and seeds to marinades and sauces. There’s also skin care products, seafood that has literally just been caught and freshly baked breads. Indulge your senses and take a wander, as you snack on the delicious food and incredible coffee.
Jump on a ferry from Hastings St along the Noosa River and be delivered right to the entrance of the Noosa Marina Markets. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the restaurants that line the marina before wandering through the market stalls. There are locally-made crafts along with fresh produce, and music and entertainment fill the air. It’s truly a lovely way to spend a Sunday.
National Park and Botanic Gardens
While many people associate Noosa with the sand and sea, the seaside resort town is actually surrounded by lush greenery and bushland. The Noosa Hinterland is perfect for nature lovers and has some excellent walks to enjoy, even for the least green among us.
The Botanic Gardens are a short drive from Cooroy on the shores of Lake Macdonald. There are more than eight hectares of native and international plant species to discover and there’s an abundance of wildlife that call the gardens home. There’s also a lily pond, picnic areas and playgrounds for the kids.
For those looking for exceptional walks around Noosa, look no further than the Great Noosa Trail. There are eight connected trails that pass through the national park and parklands through the Hinterland. There are short hour-long strolls through to a few hours trails. Along the trails, there are fantastic lookouts to admire the scenery as you go, including a spectacular view of the mountains.
Speaking of spectacular views, head to the top of Mt Tinbeerwah. You can drive almost to the top so don’t worry about exhausting your legs too much, and the walk itself is only about 300m long. The viewing platform at the top provides 360 degree views from the north of the Sunshine Coast. For the stargazers, head up around midnight. The mountain is out of range of the suburban lights so the starry sky shines bright as can be.