1. Stay at the RACV resort
Our favourite place to stay in Noosa is the RACV resort – we stay in a 3 bedroom apartment which has plenty of room for the 6 of us. The apartments are very well equipped and clean and modern. The resort is so easy when you are travelling with children as everything you need is on site.
The resort has a fab kids’ pool with small waterslides, a sandy cove and paddling pool for babies, a splash park, a bigger pool and a spa and a small playground. There is a restaurant and casual cafe/bar. They also have activities during the school holidays – our kids really enjoyed the magician last time we stayed. The resort is not on the main beach – but there is a regular shuttle bus between the resort and the beach which makes it easy to get there and back without the hassle of finding parking or walking in the heat. If you are travelling from New Zealand, you will get a good discount at the resort if you have an AA membership.
The RACV resort pools and splash park entertained the kids for a few hours most days while the adults enjoyed some chill time and poolside bar service.
2. Go swimming and boogie boarding at Noosa Main Beach
Noosa main beach is really beautiful and fabulous for boogie boarding. Boogie boards, surf boards, stand up paddle boards and beach shelters are available to rent on the beach if you prefer not to bring your own.
3. Have a surfing lesson
Our three big kids and I had a surf lesson with Merricks Learn to Surf . It is a very well organised surf school an easy walk around from Noosa Main Beach.
It’s amazing how hard it is to learn to surf when you are 45….I felt like I had gone 100 rounds in the ring with Mike Tyson by the time I finished. And I never actually managed to stand up. Fortunately, the kids showed more skill than I did and managed to get themselves up. I think the area where the children’s group was learning obviously had easier waves than further down where the adults group was …..
4. Go fishing
We took a river fishing trip with Noosa River Fishing. This involved 4 hours relaxed cruising around the river. Everyone managed to pull up a few weird and wonderful fish, but we threw them all back – no keepers amongst them. We were supplied with soft drinks, water and some ultra yummy pastries (salted caramel brioche anyone?). Hiring a boat and self-driving is also a good option, but we went for the easy option this time.
5. Go kayaking
Our 2 hour kayak trip with Kayak Noosa was a real hit. An easy kayak even for the littlies amongst us. The lovely tour guide was great with the children and we all enjoyed learning about the environment and sealife we saw on our travels. She also took photos for us during the trip (including the photo below).
One other activity I wanted to do in Noosa was horse riding with Equathon, but they were fully booked – clearly pays to book early.
There are so many fun things for families of all ages to do in Noosa – these are just a few ideas – I hope they are helpful!