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Noosa, Queensland Family-friendly activities

Our most recommended Noosa, Queensland Family-friendly activities

Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

1. Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

Discover the Sunshine Coast from the water on a canal cruise on a historic timber ferry, the only 1 still in operation in the region. Departing from Mooloolaba, explore the coast and canal system and enjoy an optional lunch at a nearby restaurant after the cruise. Upon departure, cruise past the wharf complex and marina towards Mooloolah Island, a man-made island where you can find some of Mooloolaba’s most luxurious mansions and award-winning homes. Continue on past Minyama Island and learn all about its famous residents including celebrities and sports stars. Then, enter the Kawana Canal system and learn the history of the area's development from useless swamp land to some of Queensland’s most expensive real estate. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline from Mooloolaba Beach right up to Noosa Heads as the boat turns around at the river heads before returning back through the river. Pass the pilot boats used by the Brisbane pilotage service and see where the wild Osprey Eagles nest. On the way back, pass by commercial fishing boats, including the largest long-line fishing fleet in Australia. Finish off the cruise by passing the Mooloolaba Marina and Yacht Club. Select the lunch option and combine the cruise experience with a meal at a local restaurant. Choose from a specific menu of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes, plus sides, and 1 house wine, beer, or soft drink.

Noosa Heads: Ocean Rider Dolphin Safari

2. Noosa Heads: Ocean Rider Dolphin Safari

Departing from Noosa Marina, Captain Nathan will take you on a relaxing scenic cruise down the Noosa River and around the headland. Soak up the amazing views of Noosa, and admire the iconic sights, including Hells Gate. Once at sea, these amazing mammals will come out and play. Get up close and personal with these beautiful dolphins as they feed and socialize. Look out for the varied species of birds before finishing with a relaxing cruise back to Noosa Marina.

Australia Zoo Koala Cuddle Entry & Transfer Sunshine Coast

3. Australia Zoo Koala Cuddle Entry & Transfer Sunshine Coast

Spend a day experiencing a visit to the Australia Zoo! Begin the day in style, comfort and luxury as you ride in a 11-seat air-conditioned vehicle. Make sure to bring your camera! You will have approximately 6 hours - heaps of time to enjoy the best zoo in Australia! You will get to explore the world's most interactive zoo at your own pace and watch daily animal shows, including saltwater crocodiles, afternoon otters and more. Take advantage of the amazing opportunity to cuddle a koala (and receive a photo to capture the moment) - you'll never want to let go! Get an exclusive sneak peak at the awesome Wildlife Hospital, and don't miss the Wildlife Warriors show at noon. The tour concludes with drop off back to your accommodation. 

Noosa: Private Foodie Tour for Families with Ginger Factory

4. Noosa: Private Foodie Tour for Families with Ginger Factory

From AUD$159/adult and AUD$29/child, this luxury private Noosa Foodie Tour for Families is for people of all ages to enjoy from infants through to the elderly. This tour will show you the fun food and drink hotspots between Cooroy and Peregian Beach including the famous Ginger Factory. Gather your kids, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends for this amazingly fun day out where you will experience the fun, quirky and delicious food and drink hotpots in and around our Noosa region with The Ginger Factory experiences and rides to add to the fun. This all-inclusive day out starts with a delicious hot drink at a charming Cooroy cafe nearby the Hinterland Adventure Playground, includes one of The Ginger Factory’s joyful experiences with enough time to do another, a freshly made gelato or sorbet with local ingredients in a Noosa beachside village, a visit to a Chocolate Factory surrounded by lots of other wonderful stores, and all this while enjoying scenic country drives in between. To further compliment this tour, we provide you with an experienced host and door to door pick-ups in a luxury vehicle with reclining seats and a USB port for each seat to charge your phones and cameras along the way. ITINERARY You will be picked up at 9am for a short drive to our first stop where you will enjoy a complimentary tea, coffee or hot chocolate at a charming little Cooroy cafe nearby the Hinterland Adventure Playground that is free to use for the kids. Alternatively, you will enjoy a hot drink at a quirky Cooroy cafe inside a cozy old bus, if you prefer. A lovely country drive will then have us arrive at the famous Ginger Factory in time for your included experience. This will be either the Live Bee Show and Tasting, or the Factory Tour and Tasting, which you will choose when you book our tour. Each experience is about 40mins long. You will have 3 hours at The Ginger Factory from when we arrive, so plenty of time to explore, jump on the train or overboard boat ride, maybe do another experience, and find yourself some lunch. Our next stop is at a small beachside Noosa village with a pedestrian only village square, which plays host to the locals favourite ice-cream store that makes its own sorbet and gelato with locally sourced natural ingredients. Here you can indulge in two scoops of whatever flavours you would like. A beautiful coastal drive will complete our circle of the region at Noosa’s chocolate factory, located nearby iconic surf store, antiques, homewares, a brewery and distillery. You will be able to watch the chocolate makers at work through a glass pane as you browse the artisan chocolates on display in their front store. There will be time to explore the surrounds stores and possibly settle into the neighbouring brewery/distillery for a cold drink. A short final drive will have you back to your accommodation between 4-4:30pm, in time for sunset and dinner.

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What people are saying about Noosa, Queensland

I was skeptical, but it turned out to be wrong! Our guide had a lot of knowledge about dolphins and whales, and most of all he knew where to look for them! We saw a lot of dolphins and we also saw whales. The wave rally gave us a lot of fun. The trip is definitely worth the price.

It was a good low key cruise. Suitable for young children. It was interesting and informative. The time went fast. All in all it was a good Segway into evening and overall a great little journey.

This is a great boat trip! We saw lots of dolphins and it's also a really good way to see the coastline from Noosa to Sunshine Beach. Just stunning. We had an awesome time.

Magical experience, nathan the tour guide was entertaining and found us a group of dolphins to watch. We took the scenic tour and it was an easy ride.

Beautiful views and great tour guide history telling with a nice drink