10 fun ways to enjoy the Noosa River

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The Noosa River cuts through Noosaville, past Noosa North Shore and Tewantin, connecting up to Lake Cootharaba and Noosa Everglades. Unsurprisingly, water adventures are an integral part of the Noosa lifestyle, bringing holidaymakers to the region to explore the diverse outdoor natural landscape. Whether it’s on the foreshore or in the water, here are ten fun ways to enjoy the Noosa River.

1. Enjoy the river foreshore

In Noosaville, the shoreline is a popular place to grab some fish and chips from the Boathouse and bask under the sun, all while overlooking Noosa River. What are the many Pelicans that float on the water and spot the occasional stingray coasting by? If you indulge a little too much and need to work it off, there is public exercise equipment to utilise nearby.

The Boat House on Noosa River at Sunset
The Boat House on Noosa River at Sunset

2. Something for the Adrenaline junky on Noosa River

You can arrange a choice of water activities to experience on Noosa River. Whether you hire a canoe, kayak or Jet Ski, or maybe something bigger like a boat to take out, explore the river and gain a new perspective of surrounding towns and parkland fringing the water. You can really get the blood pumping with Noosa Ocean Rider or Noosa Thriller will have you on the edge of your seat. Hold on tight!!

Noosa Ocean River
Noosa Ocean River

3. Ride the Noosa Ferry or take a Cruise

The Noosa Ferry operates between Noosaville, Noosa Heads and Tewantin, and it is a great way to explore the towns. For an all-inclusive experience, there is a sunset, eco, and classic cruise departing from Noosa Marina.

4. Hire a boat on Noosa River

Hiring a boat on the Noosa River offers a unique way to explore this serene waterway at your own pace. Whether you’re seeking a leisurely day of cruising under the sun or an adventurous journey along the river’s picturesque bends, the experience caters to all preferences. With the freedom to navigate through the tranquil waters, visitors can discover hidden coves, observe local wildlife, and enjoy the lush scenery of Noosa from a fresh perspective. It is also easy to hire stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and such from the boat hire companies that are based all along Gympie Terrace.

Noosa Boat HIre
Noosa Boat Hire

5. Book a romantic gondola ride

While only one provider brings gondolas across the river, each fit up to six people. This luxury-style cruise takes you through canals and across the water. Gondolas are a romantic date idea or a lovely way to celebrate a special occasion with family and friends.

6. Enjoy some family time with a visit to the Pirate Park

Take advantage of the Pirate Park, which is set in the sand for soft landings and heaps of fun. The pelican statue just down the road will give the kids something to look at and get pictures with. Set up a picnic along the river and let your day pass by with the kids entertained.

The Big Pelican - Noosa
The Big Pelican – Noosa

7. Stroll along the River

Take a walk along Gympie Terrace to explore the cafes and restaurants lining the waterfront. Thomas Street runs perpendicular to the water and will take you through to even more boutiques and cafes.

8. Watch the sunrise or sunset

As the morning comes, watch the light reflect over the water as runners and dog walkers begin their day. Whether you stop for a morning coffee or do some yoga on the grass, the foreshore is a beautiful way to welcome a new day.

Noosa River Queensland Australia at Sunset with a Vibrant Sky

9. Explore the Weyba Mangrove Walk

The Weyba Mangrove Walk is a boardwalk winding through the lush mangroves. On the walk, be sure to look out for native wildlife. The walk links to Lake Weyba, which connects as part of the Noosa Lakes system.

10. Fine dining along the river

Noosa Marina to Gympie Terrace offers various dining options, taking full advantage of the incredible river views. End your holiday on a high note and stop by for lunch or dinner, choosing from cuisines like Italian, Japanese, or modern Australian fare.

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