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The Top Things to do in Noosa

Noosa has long been a go to destination on the Sunshine Coast for those looking for a quiet yet trendy beach getaway. The quaint town has endless character and charm, with a range of luxe accommodation options, world-class restaurants, peaceful everglades and national parks combined with stunning golden beaches. This holiday hotspot has a myriad of things to do from wildlife encounters at zoos and aquariums, beer tasting at local breweries to unbelievable natural experiences like kayaking with dolphins. Open your eyes up to the beauty of Noosa and discover why this town is considered the hub of the Sunshine Coast.

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Top 10 Things to do in Noosa

Visitors looking for a relaxing beach break with the opportunity for some unique experiences amongst nature should look no further than Noosa on the Sunshine Coast.

Noosa is a popular beach destination, located 2 hours North of Brisbane in Queensland. Unlike other coastal locations, Noosa has maintained its charming village atmosphere despite growing in popularity. A visit to the town is a great choice for both families and couples.

Experience the wildlife and local fauna at the Noosa National Park, view Australia’s very own everglades on a eco wilderness cruise, indulge in food and wine or join a cooking lesson, have fun on a relaxing beach horse ride or amp up the excitement with a surf lesson and jetboat rides or kayak amongst dolphins. There is so much to see and do here in Noosa.

Experience Oz has compiled a list of the top 10 best things to do in Noosa to help your organise (and entice) you to visit Noosa on your next holiday or long weekend.

Top 10 Things to do in Noosa - Noosa Everglades Cruises

1. Noosa Everglades Cruises

Location: Discovery Centre Jetty, Gympie Tce, Noosaville

Contrasting the sights of the golden sandy beaches and crashing waves the Sunshine Coast is renowned for, the Noosa Everglades is another beautiful side to the Noosa region.

Enjoy a cruise with operator The Discovery Group along the everglades through the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park passing forested dunes, multi-coloured cliffs and picturesque headlands.

The Discovery Group is a multi award-winning market leader in eco-tourism tours, based in Noosa Heads on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. Offering unique tours and cruises around the Sunshine Coast region, the company specialises in serene, nature-oriented cruising with a minimal impact on the environment.

Enjoy a cruise along the everglades through the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park passing forested dunes, multi-coloured cliffs and picturesque headlands.

There are only two everglades systems in the world and one of them is located here in Australia. Join a Noosa Everglades cruise travelling along the mirrored waterways to discover the pristine wilderness hidden amongst Noosa.

Their Noosa Everglades cruise is a highly popular way to soak on the "other" side of the Sunshine Coast, with a trip through an environment that showcases the diversity of the Great Sandy National Park's Cooloola section.

The region is renowned for its calm waters and dense array of varied scenery, highlighted by numerous forms of water birds and other avian life.

With two different cruise options available; an afternoon cruise and barbecue lunch cruise, you can choose to combine your relaxing and scenic adventure with a delicious lunch or use it to end the day on a good, scenic note.

Make sure you bring your camera on this relaxed adventure to see a side of the Noosa region that contrasts with popular imagery of the region, but is no less delightful in its own right.

The afternoon cruise departs at 12:30pm and returns at 4:30pm, while the barbecue lunch cruise departs at 10am, both from the Discovery Centre Jetty on Gympie Terrace.

Top 10 Things to do in Noosa - Learn to Surf

2. Learn to Surf

Location: Beach access 14, Claude Batten Drive, Noosa Heads

If you’ve dreamed of riding a wave on the picturesque Sunshine Coast, then head to Noosa and grab a board.

Go Ride A Wave is one of the most popular and trusted surf schools in the region and will teach you all you need to know to stand up in the surf.

The experienced instructors will teach you their unique 1-2-3 method which guarantees you’ll finish the lesson have stood up at least once.

If you’ve dreamed of riding a wave on the picturesque Sunshine Coast, then head to Noosa and grab a board. The calm, sheltered beaches are perfect for beginners and the surf schools will teach you everything you need to know during a 2 hour surf lesson.

The 2-hour lessons cater for groups of up to 8 and individuals twice a day; from 10am and 2pm.

The perfect way to make your holiday in the beautiful Noosa region one you won’t forget.

Top 10 Things to do in Noosa - Noosa Dolphin Kayaking Tour

3. Noosa Dolphin Kayaking Tour

Location: Double Island Point, Great Sandy National Park

Get up close to pods of wild dolphins amongst vibrant marine surrounds with Epic Ocean Adventures’ highly popular dolphin kayaking adventure.

Despite this activity not technically being "in" Noosa, it does depart from the Noosa region and is thus well worth doing for those visiting.

Travelling to Double Island Point along the scenic Great Beach Drive with an adventurous 4WD ride, you’ll be treated to an experience of a lifetime, encountering bottlenose dolphins as they feed and play in the area.

There are very few places in the world where you can get this close to wild dolphins in their natural environment as they go about your day. This popular Noosa dolphin kayaking adventure will be a highlight of your stay here.

The tours have a 90% strike rate for sightings due to hundreds of dolphins that live and play in the waters off Double Island Point.

Tours last for 5 to 6 hours in total, with 1.5 to 2 of those hours spent kayaking.

Suitable for children aged 7 years and up, this is a great way to have a wild animal encounter combined with an enjoyable sightseeing adventure.

While on the tour, keep your eyes peeled for other wildlife that live in the area including sea turtles, rays, sea birds, soldier crabs on the beach and whales during migration season.

Top 10 Things to do in Noosa - Jetboat Rides with Noosa Oceanrider

4. Jetboat Rides with Noosa Oceanrider

Location: Jetty 17, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

Combine sightseeing around the Noosa region and an adrenaline-pumping adventure on the water to get the best of both worlds with an exciting jet boating ride with operator Noosa Oceanrider.

This one hour journey will take you on a waterborne trip around the Noosa Jetty, to the river mouth and out into the open ocean for an experience sure to get you screaming, smiling and soaking wet.

With an experienced skipper behind the boat, you’ll be in safe hands as you zip around the waters off Noosa nose diving, spinning and speeding over waves.

With an experienced skipper behind the boat, you’ll be in safe hands as you zip around the waters off Noosa nose-diving, spinning and speeding over waves on this exhilarating 60 minute Noosa jet boat ride.

Jetboat rides depart on a daily basis from Jetty 17 in Noosa at 9am and last for an hour.

Suitable for kids aged above 10 years, this is a great activity for families travelling with older children, or couples and solo travellers looking for an idyllic blend of both sightseeing and high-speed fun.

Top 10 Things to do in Noosa - Skydiving in Noosa

5. Skydiving in Noosa

Location: 4 Kittyhawk Cl, Marcoola

Push your fears to the back of your mind and take the ultimate plunge with a scenic skydive in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast!

Having long been an essential travel bucket list item for many people, Skydive Noosa has been making people’s wishes come true for many years now. And the reward for those few brave souls is unbelievable views of the Queensland coastline that only a few lucky people get to experience.

Skydive Noosa offers two tandem skydives at 10, 000 ft and 15, 000 ft but if you are going to jump out of the plane then why not go all in and do it from the highest possible elevation in Australia?

The obvious difference between the two elevations is the amount of free fall time in the air. With a 15, 000 ft skydive, you are going to jump/fall from a bigger height and have more time in the sky to think about what it is that you are doing before the parachute kicks in after approximately 60 seconds.

If you are feeling squeamish about the free fall then perhaps the 10, 000ft skydive is the one for you.

Skydive Noosa offers two tandem skydives at 10, 000 ft and 15, 000 ft but if you are going to skydive, you may as well go all in and do it from the highest possible elevation with a longer free-fall to soak in the views.

Regardless of the elevation skydivers choose, everyone will get to experience the same indescribable surge of adrenaline as you plummet to earth at speeds of 22km an hour.

There are many places that you can skydive in Australia but one reason why you should consider Noosa is because of the safe beach landings and the beautiful views of the Queensland coastline from Noosa all the way to Caloundra as you make your way back down to earth.

If you are lucky and the weather conditions are on your side then tandem skydive instructors may also let you assist in the steering of the parachute for a really interactive skydive experience.

If nothing else, you get a very pretty, scenic flight high above the skies of Noosa before the doors fly open, the light turns green and your heart kicks it up a notch.

We highly recommend purchasing the photo and video packages of your incredible skydive because your 7-minute flight will go really quickly and you will want to relive it and have a laugh with your family and friends as proof that you really did do it.

Top 10 Things to do in Noosa - Noosa National Park

6. Noosa National Park

Location: Noosa National Park, Park Road, Noosa Heads

Tighten your walking shoes and set out with some friends to explore the beautiful Noosa National Park.

The Park features some of South East Queensland’s most picturesque coastlines with a wide range of endangered wildlife.

The walking tracks vary in difficulty from Class 2; quite easy, suited to all fitness levels, to Class 4; possibly narrow, steep inclinations, loose surfaces for those with a moderate level of fitness.

There are five guided tracks in total each showcasing different surroundings and suited to different fitness levels.

The Park features some of South East Queensland’s most picturesque coastlines with a wide range of endangered wildlife.

The Coastal Track is the most versatile of the lot, totalling 10.8 kilometres return, the track is split up into class 2, 3 and 4 internal tracks.

Other walks include Palm Grove Circuit (Class 3), Tanglewood Track (Class 4), Noosa Hill Track (Class 4) and the Alexandria Bay Track (Class 4).

The park is also equipped with picnic areas looking over Laguna Bay and providing sweeping views from Noosa to Cooloola.

The picnic area can be found at the end of Park Road in the Noosa Headland section of the park.

Facilities include picnic tables, barbecues, water taps and public toilets (wheelchair accessible toilets are present).

Top 10 Things to do in Noosa - Day Tour to Fraser Island

7. Day Tour to Fraser Island

Discover an island paradise with dozens of perched freshwater lakes, coloured sands, rainforest and shipwrecks on a Fraser Island day tour from Noosa.
Top 10 Things to do in Noosa - Noosa Craft Brewery Tour

8. Noosa Craft Brewery Tour

On this 5 hour Noosa craft brewery tour you will get to taste some of the regions best brews fresh from the barrel, tap or production line and wash it all down with a tasty lunch.
Top 10 Things to do in Noosa - Rainforest and Montville Day Tour

9. Rainforest and Montville Day Tour

Behind the golden beaches of Noosa, the Sunshine Coast hinterland is a destination you simply must explore with rainforest, mountaintop villages and hidden gems to uncover.
Top 10 Things to do in Noosa - Noosa Whale Watching Cruise

10. Noosa Whale Watching Cruise

Everybody gets a window seat on this intimate whale watching cruise that will take you up close to Humpback Whales as they make their incredible journey north past Noosa every year.