Queenslanders are genuinely spoilt with sunshine and what feels like endless days filled with blue skies and balmy evenings. But what about the odd day or two when the weather is a little dreary and wet? Well, Noosa provides an array of rainy day adventures for travellers to enjoy, so here are some of our favourite.
Visit the Sea Life Aquarium
Noosa’s perfect placement on the coastline will likely spark your curiosity to learn more about the incredible underwater life. So follow your search and witness marine creatures up close at Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium. Based in Maroochydore, a 40-minute drive from Noosa Heads will lead you there. Spend the day learning about seals, getting up close with tropical fish or walking through the ocean tunnel to watch sharks calmly swim over you.
Take a stroll along Hastings Street and explore the incredible boutiques on offer, with a choice of clothing, homeware, bookstores and toys to wander through. For an indoor shopping mall experience, visit Noosa Fair, Noosa Civic or Sunshine Plaza too.
Dine your way through town
What is a holiday without unleashing your inner foodie? Noosa’s incredible dining options will have you devouring your way through town. Local produce and kid-friendly restaurants will make dining out a memorable and comfortable experience. Start with breakfast on Hastings Street, lunch along the Noosa River on Gympie Terrace and Noosa Junction for dinner, with an array of cuisines including Italian, Japanese and contemporary Australian fare to try.
Noosa Brewery Trail
Take your partner on a date with a difference, leave the kids with Noosa Nannies and experience the flavours of the area. The Noosa Brewery Trail will take you to 4 of the top local breweries including Boiling Pot, Heads of Noosa, Terella Brewing and Land and Sea Brewery. You won’t care about the rain once you have tried a tasting paddle of freshly brewed ale at each brewery.
Explore Noosa Regional Gallery
Hop on the ferry or drive to Tewantin and explore the Noosa Regional Gallery. The gallery showcases local and international work and programs for the community to learn about local artists. With rotating exhibitions, entertaining all members of the family will be easy. Entry to the gallery is free, and its incredible location is set just off the Noosa River, providing an opportunity to explore the surrounding area.
Journey back in time on the Mary Valley Rattler Heritage Railway
For those who enjoy finding out about the local history and like to stay dry, this is the perfect day trip from Noosa. Watch the greenery of the Mary Valley glide by from the comfort of your carriage whilst nibbling on refreshments provided. The Mary Valley line starts in the old mining city of Gympie, a 50-minute drive from Noosa Heads, and continues to the rural town of Amamoor. A Return trip on the Mary Valley Rattler will take approximately 3 hours.
Enjoy a cruise through the Everglades
Jump on a boat and explore the rich fauna and flora surrounding the Noosa River System. Even on a rainy day, the Noosa Everglades are still beautiful and tropical, with active wildlife and lush surroundings. At sunset, there is a choice of cruises available, as well as throughout the day too. The Everglades Eco Safari is an all-weather tour; the boat is covered so you can sit back and enjoy the stunning views without getting soaking wet.
Catch a movie
Noosa Junction is the home of BCC Cinemas Noosa, an Event Cinema which shows the latest releases and classic movies. So hide from the rain, sit back and relax with your favourite snacks. For the session times, click here.