Holidaying with the kids at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast? We have pulled together some fun things for the family to do. You’ll notice a common theme, which is food, as let’s face it; food is one of the key ingredients of a great holiday.
1. Day at the beach – Slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, slap on a hat and grab a picnic basket as one of Australia’s best beaches is on your doorstep. The Emerald Resort is literally a few steps away from the warm and calm waters of Noosa’s Main Beach. Spend the day swimming, building intricate sandcastles decorated with sea shells and playing chase with the waves as they crash on the foreshore. Don’t forget to check out where the surf lifeguards are on beach patrol and to only swim between the red and yellow flags.
2. Indulge in a gelato – Eating a gelato before it melts and runs down your fingers is an essential part of beach holiday fun. Take a stroll with the kids along Hasting Parade where you’ll find several mouth-watering gelatarias and ice-cream parlours. You’ll be guaranteed to be amazed by the range of flavours. Best of all, no one will mind if you have sandy feet!
3. Meet the locals – Grab some hot takeaway fish and chips and find a ‘possie’ by the boardwalk where you can watch the ocean and enjoy the scenery. There are picnic tables and benches dotted along the boardwalk but plenty of space on the beach if they are all taken. Just mind those local seagulls as they can be very cheeky, especially when there’s a chip involved.
4. Hire a floating BBQ pontoon – Explore the beautiful Noosa area from the water on-board a floating BBQ pontoon. You can hire a floating BBQ pontoon for a half or full day and they seat from 6 to 15 people. You don’t need a licence and the pontoons are easy to steer. The kids will love taking turns to ‘captain’ the pontoon before stopping somewhere on their own abandoned stretch of beach to cook up a delicious BBQ lunch. Take some snorkel gear so that the kids can explore the water from the shore.
5. Learn to surf – Kids love adventure and what better way to enjoy Noosa Beach than by learning to surf. You can watch on from the comfort of your beach towel while the kids become immersed in a fun-filled hour surf lesson. The only thing you’ll need to bring is some towels, sunscreen and of course lots of snacks. Don’t forget the snacks!
6. Explore Noosa National Park – Pack a back pack full of delicious goodies from one of the local supermarkets and explore the Noosa National park for an hour or two. The easiest track for little legs is the scenic 2.7km Coastal Track, which starts from the entrance to the park at the end of Park Road and follows the coastline. The first section is paved and leads you up to Boiling Pot, just 300 metres from the main picnic area. Then another 900 metres gets you to Dolphin Point which passes by Tea Tree Bay. After this the track becomes a little more rocky and steep in parts. Stay on the lookout for the local wildlife including koalas, goannas, black cockatoos, bush turkeys and dolphins in the ocean.
For more information read our article on Noosa National Park.
7. Snorkel in pristine waters – Grab your snorkel sets, some sandwiches or wraps and some drinks and head over to Little Cove for a day of exploring and snorkelling. Little Cove is a smaller beach next to Main Beach which is fringed by trees and is very sheltered, making it perfect for families with smaller children who might struggle in the surf. There are plenty of fish to check out and the occasional crab. To get to Little Cove follow Park Road for 10 minutes, as you head in the direction of the Noosa National Park.
8. Explore a pirate’s playground – Everyone enjoys a good playground and the Noosa River Pirate Playground at Noosaville is a fun place to spend a few hours. The kids can lose themselves in this amazing children’s playground with its extensive range of play equipment. It’s located on Gympie Terrace in Noosaville which is just 10 minutes by car. After they’ve exhausted themselves you can all enjoy a swim in the beautiful Noosa River and follow it up with lunch at one of the many child-friendly restaurants on Gympie Terrace.
9. Bike around Noosa – If the kids are extra energetic you can hire some bikes and explore the many pathways around Noosa, the perfect location for a family bike adventure. At Bike On you can hire a wide range of bikes including ones for smaller children, and ones with baby seats attached. Best of all the bikes can be delivered directly to Emerald Resort. You could combine the ride with lunch and stop at one of the many takeaways and cafes in Noosa to refuel before heading back out for your biking adventure.
We haven’t mentioned all the great restaurants and cafes that serve scrumptious kids meals and the types of cuisine little ones love but with Emerald Resort located in the heart of Hastings Street, all you need to do is to take a stroll until you find something that takes your fancy.
Enquire with our friendly reception during your stay for more inspiration on local things to do in Noosa and help with your Sunshine Coast tour and attraction bookings.
We think that you’ll have so much fun with these activities that the kids will want to holiday at Emerald Resort Noosa every year!