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Top ten rainy day activities in Noosa

12 Jan 2022

Author: Olivia Willis

While Noosa is known for its beautiful beaches and warm sunny days, rainy days are inevitable. But don’t fret! Noosa has so much to offer that will keep you and your family busy during those wet days. Here are our top 6 suggestions.

1. Get cultured and discover Noosa’s Art Scene

Discover the ever changing local and touring exhibitions and get inspired at Noosa’s public art space, the Noosa Regional Gallery on the riverfront at Tewantin, and at the Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre. Noosa also has an array of private art studios which showcase beautiful art by Noosa locals. There is so much incredible art in Noosa that is guaranteed to kelp you entertained and busy all day. Discover more artists here.

2. Unleash your inner Picasso as you Sip n Paint

Create your own art at the luxury Frida’s Sip n Paint studio located in the heart of the Noosa Junction. Enjoy a sophisticated night out with friends as you sip your favourite drinks and paint a masterpiece with step-by-step guides from professionally trained artists! On weekends, family-friendly sessions welcome kids and adults, for fun artist-led painting sessions.

3. Wine & dine your way through Noosa

Noosa is filled with an incredible food and bar scene with local, seasonal meals dished up all over town by world-class chefs! Stay dry and enjoy delicious meals and a few drinks in one of the many incredible restaurants across Noosa. If you can’t pick just one, hop your way through as many as your stomach can handle. Check our guide to family-friendly Noosa restaurants, and Noosa's best new eats.

4. Watch the rain roll in from the Noosa River

While rain can disrupt your holiday plans, it can also be quite beautiful. Relax and unwind as you watch the raindrops hit the water as you cruise the Noosa River on the iconic Noosa Ferry. Enjoy the great rainy outdoors without getting wet. If the weather clears, hop on and off at one of the six riverside stops, on the journey from the Sofitel Jetty at Hastings St, all the way to the Noosa Marina at Tewantin.

5. Get amongst the arts and enjoy the theatre

Noosa is filled with so much incredible local talent. Discover fantastic arts and entertainment at the J Noosa, the Majestic Theatre Pomona, or the Noosa Arts Theatre. There will be something for the whole family to enjoy.

6. Embrace the rain and go swimming in it

If you can’t beat it, join it! Head to the Noosa Aquatic Centre and jump on into the All-Weather Paddle Pool - it’s undercover so you can still enjoy a swim without the rain! The Centre is filled with different pools suitable for children and adults, with a shaded and heated toddler pool, inflatables, tipping buckets, spas and an onsite cafe. Enjoy a fun and wet day out with the family.

7. Take a drive to the Ginger Factory

Located just a short drive from Noosa, the Ginger Factory is a mostly under-cover space with a retail precinct, cafe, kids' activities and exhibitions, playgrounds, small rides, and a kid-friendly little train that loops around the rainforest surrounding the property. Their interactive Gruffalo Trail will delight younger children, as they journey through the rainforest in search of Mouse, Fox, Owl, Snake and the Gruffalo via the augmented reality app.

8. Up your cooking skills

The sprawling space at ALBA by Kuruvita, tucked away in an unassuming pocket of Noosa Heads alongside Noosa Springs Resort & Spa, is a rainy-day haven, where you can make your way through the day's meals at the cafe, restaurant, pizzeria, cocktail bar, and providore. Book ahead to secure a spot at one of the offerings from the Chef's Kitchen, where Peter Kuruvita and visiting chefs pass on their wisdom in the cooking school.

9. The Noosa Library and Leisure Centre

Snuggle in with a good book or two in the surrounds of the Noosa Library, where you'll find a great kids section and regular children's activities like Storytime and Learn & Explore sessions. Adults can browse and borrow books, audiobooks, magazines and more from the recently-updated space. Next door, the indoor Noosa Leisure Centre complex has basketball courts and other sporty offerings, a creche and a jump room, and a fantastic padded-play space that will delight kids under five.

10. Invest in a wellness experience

When the sun isn't shining, take some time for yourself and book a wellness session or spa treatment at one of the many incredible Noosa providers. Yoga and Pilates options abound, check out Aloha Active for hot yoga and a selection of Pilates offerings, or Zenko Yoga in Noosaville for studio sessions and sound healing. Or book a spa session at one of these options.


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