One of the great things that sees people return to Noosa time and again is that it’s a destination for all. Part romantic retreat, and part beach getaway, it’s also a family-friendly location that warmly welcomes children of all ages and offers activities for kids big and small.

If you’re considering a family holiday, here’s a quick snapshot of family-friendly Noosa.


Think Noosa and the beaches immediately spring to mind. Families of all ages are spoiled for choice when it comes to patrolled beaches that suit the youngest water lover and the seasoned surfer alike.

For young families nothing beats Main Beach where the waves gently lap the sand, and tiny tots can get their first taste of sandcastles, salty water and sea air.

Just around the headland, Sunshine Beach offers the feel of a quintessential seaside village, featuring rolling waves and the safety of dedicated lifeguards, while a little further south Peregian offers a beachside enclave of restaurants, a skate park, playground and shops just metres from the sand of a patrolled beach.


You could feasibly spend an entire holiday experiencing an almost endless list of fabulous children’s playgrounds in Noosa. And it’s a tough choice as to which one is best.

Among the contenders is the Pirate Park at Noosa River. Here a riverside parkland offers bike trails, walking paths and picnic spots set against the glittering beauty of the Noosa River. Renowned as a favoured destination for local families, it culminates in a large and popular playground set almost on the water’s edge.

Noosa Heads also features a waterside playground overlooking the canal, where families spend lazy mornings and afternoons dipping their toes in the calm waters, and conquering the adventure of the swings, slides and climbing fort.

In between there’s Quamby Place, which features another excellent playground overlooking the river. Adjacent are some of the region’s finest restaurants making this an ideal spot to relax for lunch watching on as the children play.


From kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding on the river to surfing schools, and ferry rides, there are a wealth of activities to keep families of all ages enthralled and entertained.

The Noosa River is on your doorstep at Noosa Quays and is the prime site for boating, sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking with local vendors offering the opportunity to hire an array of watercraft.

There’s also a variety of tours departing the river, including eco-tours of the Noosa Everglades, fast paced jet boat adventures into the open water, and of course the Noosa Ferry which services the river with multiple stops between Tewantin and Noosa Heads.

Meanwhile surf schools are located along the Noosa spit, and for a more relaxed activity there are a wealth of markets in the region each weekend where families can enjoy great food, entertainment and kids’ activities like face painting.

Back to nature

If your ideal family holiday involves getting back to nature, Noosa has a wealth of options to suit.

From walks through the national park at Noosa Heads to bike riding by the beach or along the river, there are ample opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities as a family, encountering some stunning sites and experiences along the way.

About Noosa Quays

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the waterfront at Noosa Sound.

With the sand and riverfront at its doorstep and watercraft like kayaks and paddleboards available, it’s also located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer.