Noosa might be world-renowned for Main Beach and endless rolling surf, but much-loved lifeblood of the local community and equally enchanting alternative to the open water is the Noosa River.

Overlooked by historic towns like Tewantin and offering twinkling vistas to the endless Noosaville eateries of Gympie Terrace, the river is the place the locals go for a relaxed day “messing about on boats”, lolling about on boogie boards and savouring the ambience with a spot of stand-up paddle boarding.

Noosa Quays Resort is fortunate enough to overlook this backyard paradise, so here’s our ultimate guide to summer activities on the Noosa River.

By ferry

If you’re seeking to get acquainted with all the blissful beauty the Noosa River affords, Noosa Ferry Company is the perfect place to start.

Stopping all along the river, the ferry operates between Noosa Marina at Tewantin and Noosa Heads. Along the way, it takes in the sailing club, numerous jetty stops and a host of nationally renowned eateries including Ricky’s, Wasabi and Rock Salt at the restaurant enclave of Quamby Place.

By boat

Dotted along the Noosa River foreshore are a host of commercial jetties where operators offer watercraft for hire, including pontoon boats.

Available for half or full-day hire, the pontoon boats are the perfect option for those looking to explore the Noosa River by themselves.

Most feature toilets and barbecues, so a full day’s outing of swimming, eating and relaxing can be enjoyed at destinations along the river that are only accessible by boat.

By board, kayak and canoe

A perennially appealing aspect of the Noosa River is that it offers sheltered, calm waters that are ideally suited to an endless array of water sports.

Kayaking, canoeing, sailing and stand-up paddle boarding are among the most popular, and any day of the year at any time of the day, you’ll likely find people on the river taking in the ambient surrounds.

At Noosa Quays we have kayaks and paddle boards readily available for guests, so you can enjoy a unique perspective of Noosa and the river from the vantage point of the water.


Ask the locals where they take their children to swim on a hot summer’s afternoon, and inevitably amongst the list of top spots is the river.

The calm waters offer the ideal location for swimmers of all ages. It’s also a prime position for families and children to play at playgrounds, stroll the foreshore, build sandcastles and enjoy a lunch or evening barbecue.


An eco-cruise

The Noosaville foreshore might be a much-loved local haunt, but river activities extend far beyond Tewantin, with a wealth of tour operators showcasing the biodiversity and ecology of the river.

Local businesses like the Discovery Group offer full and half-day tours of the river and the Everglades beyond, allowing a unique insight into the river’s flora, fauna and history.

About Noosa Quays

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

Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it’s a destination that’s centrally located and easily reached.

Noosa Quays shares the region’s passion for its pristine waterways, with kayaks and stand-up paddleboards available for guests to simply walk into the waters at our doorstep and experience the beauty of Noosa from the river.