Cruise the breathtaking Noosa River on the quaint Noosa Ferry, which travels the length of the river from the Noosa Marina at Tewantin to the Hastings St hop-off point at the Sofitel Pacific Resort jetty, making seven stops along the way. Or take a sunset jaunt on the ferry, to watch the sun dip down over the hinterland from the water.
While on your Noosa Ferry tour of the river, hop off at the Noosa Marina and explore the precinct’s markets and dining, with an array of choices including café VinCino, the Harbour Wine Bar, or grab some of Noosa’s best fish and chips from Noosa Harbour Fish Market to eat on the boardwalk. Finish your afternoon with a spot of shopping at The White House Noosa, and a scan of the nearby Noosa Regional Gallery, before you hop back on the ferry in time to enjoy the sunset.
Local and internationally acclaimed artists sit side-by-side in the thoughtful gallery pace within the Noosa Regional Gallery. Curated exhibitions are on rotation here, and regular term-time and school holiday programs ensure that local kids can fall in love with the world of art.
On the trail of the traditional custodians of the land, the Kabi Kabi people, you will find several culturally significant sites around Tewantin, including the ancient burial tree, said to be around 200 – 400 years old and set within the grounds of the Noosa Council offices.
Flow trails abound within this expansive network set in the Tewantin National Park, the perfect destination for mountain biking and hiking. You can access the trails from the base of Gyndier Drive, on the outer reaches of Tewantin.
Towering murals adorn the streetscape of Tewantin’s leafy main street. Take a wander and be inspired by the wildlife-inspired artworks hiding around corners in this little village.
A perfect family-friendly Noosa stay can be found at Noosa Lakes Resort, with facilities to delight and entertain family members of all ages, including three sprawling lagoon-style pools and self-catering apartments, all within walking distance of the Noosa River.
This inherited classic from Sydney’s Paddington, Lucio’s Marina offers coastal Italian fare served with stunning views from their Noosa Marina location. Try the fettucini con calamaretti, washed down with a light chilled wine from their extensive selection, and allow yourself to be transported to the Italian seaside.
Delight the little people in your life with a trip to the Tewantin Foreshore, where they can run wild under the fountains of the splash park, perfect their skills at the beginner-friendly skate bowl and roam the picturesque playground that overlooks the bend of the Noosa River.
Get away from it all, within moments of Noosa, at this Noosa North Shore eco retreat. Take the short car ferry from Tewantin to the nearby Noosa North Shore, and make your way to the nearby Beach Road Holiday Homes, a collection of villa-style homes set peacefully within the bushland on the edge of the beachfront.
Incredibly rewarding, and yet surprisingly easy to climb, Mt Tinbeerwah rewards climbers with expansive vistas of the whole coastline and hinterland of the Noosa region. If you’re feeling particularly daring, perhaps a sunset abseil off the cliff face is in order, with local company Grab Rock Noosa.