Perhaps the best way to explore all the ways in which water impacts life in Noosa is to hop on a boat. Boating in Noosa can be a relaxing evening watching the sunset, or a thrilling adventure taking on the ocean’s mighty waves. With so many rivers, lakes, and bays to see choosing the right boat tour or even renting a boat on your own will have you trading your land legs for sea legs.


To start, ease into your boating experience with something on the mellow side by heading to the Noosa River. Hire a pontoon boat and have a barbeque, opt for a kayak and go exploring on your own, or join others in a river cruise. Take an environmentally friendly approach renting through Eco Noosa River Adventures using their small electric boats or nauticycles - a biking on water experience. The Noosa Ferry Cruise Company will take around the Noosa River and guide you through each and every turn. Otherwise, fulfil your romantic fantasy taking a luxurious boat out with Noosa Dreamboat or float on with the Gondolas of Noosa.


Noosa Thriller and Noosa Ocean Rider are companies specialising in exhilarating ocean rides out to sea at high speeds, letting the wind and ocean water whip through your hair. Typically in smaller groups, everyone is sure to have a personalised experience with the ocean. In peak whale season, whales often migrate to Noosa making for an incredibly close encounter. If it’s just whales you’re after, Whalesong Cruises navigate out of Hervey Bay to more exclusive locations like the waters of Fraser Island.


Some like to dive right into boating and go on your own. If this sounds like you, look to any number of boat rental companies that will let you rent by the hour. Pelican Boat Hire, Jetty 17, and O Boat Hire all let you rent a variation of a small boat, SUP paddle board, or kayak to take the lead in your own itinerary. Regardless of what you choose to do, boating in Noosa is one of the best ways to integrate with the water.