With chilled party boats to cruise on, mountain bike trails to shred, waves to jump, whales to spot and even planes to jump out of, you’ll be warming up in Noosa in no time this winter.
Whether you’re the sit back and relax type or you’re on the go from sun-up to sun-down, Noosa’s got your kind of holiday adventure covered!
There’s plenty of sunny skies and gorgeous weather so you’ll have all the time in the world to get out and explore Noosa’s nature this winter. And you can still jump in the ocean if you’re a little bit brave.
If you’re not up for a jump in the ocean in winter (although it’s definitely a thing in Noosa) get ON the water and head out to Laguna Bay (the big beautiful bay that laps Noosa’s Main Beach). Chances are you’ll see dolphins and whales – and this year for the first time, you have the chance to SWIM with the whales in Noosa!
Boat tours from Noosaville (the riverside town just 5 minutes from Hastings Street) take you into the bay and around the Noosa National Park headland where dolphins can be seen year-round, and in winter, humpback whales pass by on their annual migration. Noosa Oceanrider and Noosa Thriller have ocean thrill tours and dolphin and whale watching, as does the brand new Noosa Wave Boating Adventures (pictured above) which will also offer swim with the whales tours from 1 July.
When the whales aren’t around, the wave-jumping, thrill-seeking ocean rides give the most amazing views of hidden bays, beaches and caves around the Noosa National Park headland.
Sail into the weekend, kiss a magical winter sunset goodbye, party on or even get married aboard the Catalina Noosa, an ultra-glamorous floating bar and event space on the Noosa River.
Say ‘goodbye week’ and ‘hello weekend’ with the Friday Night Social - 3 hours of river cruising, sunset cocktails, great food and live music. Or get the crew together for a lingering, lazy lunch on Saturdays, or Saltwater Sundays that mash-up beach club with river lounge to farewell the weekend.
With two bars over two levels, DJs, live music, street food, cocktails and the glorious Noosa River…. what more could you want?
Land on a stunning beach near Noosa on a tandem jump with Skydive Noosa – and save $30 while you’re at it. Yep, jump out of a plane from 15,000ft, free-fall for a minute, then pull the ‘chute and float above the Pacific Ocean, beaches and national parks until your two feet are planted back on the sand.
You can scream, you can cry, you can even curse until your heart's content – no one else but your jumping crew mate will hear you. You know you want to try it at least once in your life.
For a unique way to get around Noosa, ride the riverside pathways, coast road between Sunshine Beach and Peregian Beach, mountain trails or country roads.
You can even travel light and let Bike On - Bike Hire & Tours deliver a bike right to your door. They’ll also throw in a bike lock and a map of some of Noosa’s best rides.
They’ve got road bikes, mountain bikes, family bikes and e-bikes, so there’s no excuse!
Or join them for a fully guided tour through the Wooroi mountain bike trails in Tewantin National Park – one of Noosa’s little secrets, Located just 10 minutes from Noosa Heads, this gem is teeming with palm forests, rainforest gullies and sweeping turns.
CLICK HERE FOR YOUR 20% WINTER DISCOUNT on all online bike hire bookings from Bike On.
Take your bike riding a step further and enter one of a trio of local cycling events happening in Noosa this winter.
First up, the Noosa Enduro returns to the local calendar on 31 July - 1 August 2021, after a decade-long hiatus. Hitting the heart of the Noosa Trail Network, with categories for gravel, mountain and e-Bikes, this slick two-day festival will also have a pumping event village at the Noosa District Sports Grounds, with live music, craft beer and street food stalls and kids learn-to-ride sessions with Wheely Fun Camps throughout the weekend.
Next up on the calendar is the Noosa Strade Bianche (7 August 2021), a vintage-inspired gran fondo event that takes riders through the Noosa country and into the trails; but can be ridden exclusively on retro steel-framed bikes. There's also a vintage Show & Shine, at the Noosa Marina, where like-minded retro bike fans can exhibit and admire these machines.
Finally, the Noosa Classic on Sunday 18 August offers a choice of 3 rides through Noosa’s hinterland – something fun or full-on. The Maxi Classic winds through Noosa hinterland towns and lush valleys, up challenging climbs with gorgeous country and coastal views, and returns through the magnificent Mary Valley. The easier and more family-friendly Social Classic takes in the sights closer to Noosa including Boreen Point and Lake Cootharaba.
Winter is a beautiful time of year for a bike ride in Noosa – it's mild, usually sunny and the hinterland air is crisp, get involved!
Watch here for a short clip about riding in the Noosa Classic and CLICK HERE to find out more.