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Things to do in Noosa Heads, Australia

Our most recommended things to do in Noosa Heads, Australia

Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

1. Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

Discover the Sunshine Coast from the water on a canal cruise on a historic timber ferry, the only 1 still in operation in the region. Departing from Mooloolaba, explore the coast and canal system and enjoy an optional lunch at a nearby restaurant after the cruise. Upon departure, cruise past the wharf complex and marina towards Mooloolah Island, a man-made island where you can find some of Mooloolaba’s most luxurious mansions and award-winning homes. Continue on past Minyama Island and learn all about its famous residents including celebrities and sports stars. Then, enter the Kawana Canal system and learn the history of the area's development from useless swamp land to some of Queensland’s most expensive real estate. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline from Mooloolaba Beach right up to Noosa Heads as the boat turns around at the river heads before returning back through the river. Pass the pilot boats used by the Brisbane pilotage service and see where the wild Osprey Eagles nest. On the way back, pass by commercial fishing boats, including the largest long-line fishing fleet in Australia. Finish off the cruise by passing the Mooloolaba Marina and Yacht Club. Select the lunch option and combine the cruise experience with a meal at a local restaurant. Choose from a specific menu of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes, plus sides, and 1 house wine, beer, or soft drink.

Noosa Heads: 2-Hour Surf Lesson with Local Instructor

2. Noosa Heads: 2-Hour Surf Lesson with Local Instructor

Learn to surf on the idyllic Sunshine Coast at Noosa Heads, one of Australia's best known surfing towns. With warm water and a safe beach, it is ideal for learning how to surf the waves. Start off with a safety briefing and some basic instruction on the beach before catching your first few waves waist-deep in the water. Back on the beach, take in some detailed instruction about how to stand up on your surfboard before finally paddling onto the wave. Feel the thrill of standing on your first wave with the help of your instructor, who will assist by pushing you onto waves, and offering advice and support to everyone for the remainder of the lesson. Feel free to use the showering facilities at the end to leave feeling refreshed after an exhilarating lesson. 

Noosa: Everglades Explorer Cruise with Optional Canoeing

3. Noosa: Everglades Explorer Cruise with Optional Canoeing

Cruise or canoe the tranquil waterways of Australia's only Everglades on this tour with shuttle transfers from Noosa. Enjoy spectacular photo opportunities as you immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this unique ecosystem where 44% of Australia’s bird species reside.  Be picked up at select meeting points in Noosa and relax on the transfer aboard a climate-controlled bus. Soak up the atmosphere of the Everglades over a hot cup of morning tea.  Take in the Noosa River system from aboard an eco-boat or transfer to the canoe launch site and hop aboard a canoe and paddle your way through the pristine wilderness.  Uncover how pure freshwater pulses out of the Cooloola Sandmass and filters through the tea tree-infused ecosystem into this unique river system, creating the most spectacular reflections.  After your Everglades experience have the chance to buy lunch at the onsite bar and bistro where you can order craft beer from the micro-brewery. Return to your meeting point in Noosa at the end of your tour.

Sunshine Coast: Shared Return Transfer to Eumundi Markets

4. Sunshine Coast: Shared Return Transfer to Eumundi Markets

Spend the day exploring Australia's largest outdoor market, Eumundi Markets. Ensure stress-free shopping and enjoy the enchanting experience of this world-renowned market. Pickup is available from Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Alexandra Headlands, Cotton Tree, Coolum, Twin Waters, Marcoola, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach, Noosa, Noosaville, Tewantin. Benefit from a return transfer service that will get you there nice and early so you can shop for the best local artisanal bargains and freshest delicacies on offer before the crowds arrive. Discover a range of arts, crafts, and tasty produce from some of Australia’s most talented artisans at seriously low prices. Browse the stalls, indulge in gourmet morsels to eat, or shop 'til you drop for art, handcrafted homeware, hand-built furniture, trendy ceramics, or funky fashion and jewellery. When you've filled up on local delicacies and finished shopping, relax with a massage, get your palm read, or listen to local musicians before heading back to your hotel in the afternoon.

Noosa: Secrets of Noosa Tour with Lunch Nature & River Ferry

5. Noosa: Secrets of Noosa Tour with Lunch Nature & River Ferry

This luxury tour begins with a short drive to an incredible panoramic view of this paradise we call Noosa. After a very short drive we will walk over Noosa’s most historical footbridge and explore some key features of Noosa’s main creek system. We’ll then see the source of this creek, which is a beautiful lake that’s part of the Noosa Everglades system with birdlife aplenty. From here we will reveal Noosaville’s hidden hub for you to explore. This hub has something for everyone from Noosa’s own chocolate factory to Noosa’s own breweries, gin distillery and everything else in between, including iconic surf stores, photographer’s gallery, famous antique store and more. As it’s time for lunch, we will take you to a restaurant in Sunshine Beach with some of the best ocean views on the coast. Your lunch and drink are included. Time permitting, you may have a little time to explore this area too. Next stop is Tewantin where you will be guided through Noosa’s historical centre along the river towards the Noosa Marina where we admire an exhibit at the Noosa Regional Gallery on the way. Explore the shops and boats and bridge at Noosa Marina before boarding the Noosa Ferry. Once you have boarded the Noosa River Ferry, you will experience the last stretch of this wonderful day with a drink in hand as you journey along the river from Tewantin back to Noosa Heads. The ferry fare and drinks are included. Upon arriving at the Sofitel stop at Noosa Heads on the ferry, we will pick you up and have you back at your accommodation no later than 5:30pm

Noosa: Private Foodie Tour for Families with Ginger Factory

6. Noosa: Private Foodie Tour for Families with Ginger Factory

From AUD$159/adult and AUD$29/child, this luxury private Noosa Foodie Tour for Families is for people of all ages to enjoy from infants through to the elderly. This tour will show you the fun food and drink hotspots between Cooroy and Peregian Beach including the famous Ginger Factory. Gather your kids, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends for this amazingly fun day out where you will experience the fun, quirky and delicious food and drink hotpots in and around our Noosa region with The Ginger Factory experiences and rides to add to the fun. This all-inclusive day out starts with a delicious hot drink at a charming Cooroy cafe nearby the Hinterland Adventure Playground, includes one of The Ginger Factory’s joyful experiences with enough time to do another, a freshly made gelato or sorbet with local ingredients in a Noosa beachside village, a visit to a Chocolate Factory surrounded by lots of other wonderful stores, and all this while enjoying scenic country drives in between. To further compliment this tour, we provide you with an experienced host and door to door pick-ups in a luxury vehicle with reclining seats and a USB port for each seat to charge your phones and cameras along the way. ITINERARY You will be picked up at 9am for a short drive to our first stop where you will enjoy a complimentary tea, coffee or hot chocolate at a charming little Cooroy cafe nearby the Hinterland Adventure Playground that is free to use for the kids. Alternatively, you will enjoy a hot drink at a quirky Cooroy cafe inside a cozy old bus, if you prefer. A lovely country drive will then have us arrive at the famous Ginger Factory in time for your included experience. This will be either the Live Bee Show and Tasting, or the Factory Tour and Tasting, which you will choose when you book our tour. Each experience is about 40mins long. You will have 3 hours at The Ginger Factory from when we arrive, so plenty of time to explore, jump on the train or overboard boat ride, maybe do another experience, and find yourself some lunch. Our next stop is at a small beachside Noosa village with a pedestrian only village square, which plays host to the locals favourite ice-cream store that makes its own sorbet and gelato with locally sourced natural ingredients. Here you can indulge in two scoops of whatever flavours you would like. A beautiful coastal drive will complete our circle of the region at Noosa’s chocolate factory, located nearby iconic surf store, antiques, homewares, a brewery and distillery. You will be able to watch the chocolate makers at work through a glass pane as you browse the artisan chocolates on display in their front store. There will be time to explore the surrounds stores and possibly settle into the neighbouring brewery/distillery for a cold drink. A short final drive will have you back to your accommodation between 4-4:30pm, in time for sunset and dinner.

Noosa: Private Hinterland Drinks Tour - Gin|Beer|Mead|Wine

7. Noosa: Private Hinterland Drinks Tour - Gin|Beer|Mead|Wine

From AUD$219/adult and AUD$29/child, this luxury private tour takes you to the Noosa Hinterland, where many of Noosa’s finest drinks are created and consumed at distilleries, breweries, a meadery, and winery. The best way to experience this on our all-inclusive luxury private Noosa Drinks Tour of the Hinterland Locale. Treat yourself and your group to an all-inclusive day out to the best of Noosa Hinterland’s drink destinations. This all-inclusive luxury private tour includes a gin tasting, craft beer tasting, mead tasting*, premium wine tasting with cheese^, sightseeing and incredible scenic drives through the hinterland and Noosa’s hidden country villages. To further compliment this tour, we provide you with an expert guide and door to door pick-ups in a luxury vehicle with reclining seats and a USB port for each seat to charge your phones and cameras along the way. *Meadery is not open on Sundays, replaced with a drink at iconic Noosaville brewery. ^Winery is not open on Thursdays, replaced with a drink at iconic Noosaville brewery. ITINERARY You will be picked up at 11am or 12:30pm for a scenic country drive to the Noosa Hinterland where we will start our day with a mead tasting at a beautiful award-winning local estate, where the mead-making has been in this family for 3 generations. [Not included on Sundays. Our tour will start at the gin distillery in Pomona on Sundays, as per below. Same pick up time of 11am applies]. Next we will arrive in the heart of the Noosa Hinterland, Pomona, where the Noosa Shire was born & where one of the regions favourite gin distilleries will be awaiting our arrival for a gin-tasting or equivalent drink of your choice. You will have time to let the hair down at this wonderful destination & possibly go for wonder through the beautiful Pomona village. Food is available for purchase at the distillery & each venue we visit thereafter. We will then go deeper into the country to Noosa’s favourite vineyard, where you will indulge a premium wine tasting with a cheese platter for the group & appreciate the serenity of the surrounding grapevines and rolling hills. [Not included on Thursdays or 23-Dec to 1-Jan]. Our next stop is at the local’s favourite brewery, which is a true craft brewery established in a 90-year old historical joinery building with the picturesque backdrop of Mt Cooran. Here you will settle in & enjoy a beer-tasting paddle or equivalent drink or your choice, and possibly some live music. On Thursday & Sunday we will finish our tour with schooner or equivalent drink of your choice at one of Noosaville’s local brewery melting pots where you can sit back & take in the atmosphere or possibly get the feet tapping to some live music. If you’re having too much fun and want to stay, you are welcome to end the tour here and find your own way home at a later time. We will have you back to your accommodation by approximately 5:30pm (for the 11am tour) or 7pm (for the 12:30pm tour), in time for dinner.

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What people are saying about Noosa Heads, Australia

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 47 reviews

It was a good low key cruise. Suitable for young children. It was interesting and informative. The time went fast. All in all it was a good Segway into evening and overall a great little journey.

Reliable, timely and friendly professional service. Eumundi markets were worth the effort to see.

The instructors were so kind, encouraging, and quite convivial. Such a great experience.

So friendly and the markets were amazing. Would definitely be doing it again.

Beautiful views and great tour guide history telling with a nice drink