10 fun ways to enjoy the Noosa River

The Noosa River cuts through Noosaville, past Noosa North Shore and Tewantin, connecting up to Lake Cootharaba and Noosa Everglades. It's no surprise that 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. 

Enjoy the river foreshore

In Noosaville, the shoreline is a popular place to grab some fish and chips and bask under the sun, all while overlooking Noosa River. Plus if you indulge a little too much and need to work it off, there is public exercise equipment to utilise nearby.

Adrenaline inducing water sports on the river

From Noosaville, you can arrange a choice of water activities to experience. 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.

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 too.

Relax on the riverbank

The Noosa River brings a plethora of activities surrounding the shoreline to enjoy. Cast a line and go fishing or jump on the Noosa Ferry from the riverbank. Take photos with the pelicans and seagulls relaxing in the sun or roll out a towel and enjoy the riverbank.

Book a romantic gondola ride

While there is only one provider bringing 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.

Have a family day

Along the river, set up a picnic and enjoy a day with the kids. Take advantage of the playground and the pelican statue to get some photos at. Try out stand up paddle boarding for an experience in the water or rent a dinghy to explore surrounding areas.

Walk 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.  

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.

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 on to Lake Weyba, which connects as part of the Noosa Lakes system.

Fine dining along the river

Noosa Marina and the waterfront bring a variety of 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.