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Noosa is gnarly for families

The Sunshine Coast’s best-known gem has long been a family favourite. Coralie Parsons of Family Travel Blogger finds out what a new generation will find in Noosa.

Noosa is a nature- and water-lover’s playground, serving up surf, bustling boutiques and beachside eateries on Queensland’s golden Sunshine Coast.

Surf’s up on Noosa’s famed breaks

With its hippie heritage and celebrated breaks, Noosa is the perfect destination to teach your grommets to surf (or give surfing a go yourself). There are plenty of learn-to-surf schools to choose from, although we skip past the more traditional offerings to push ourselves further with Surfdancer Academy of Surf. Along with the basics, this holistic surf school teaches us yoga and dance moves (yep, all on a surfboard), an experience that my family universally loved. Our instructors were personable, making everyone feel at ease and by the end of the lesson everyone was up and riding waves… even if we didn’t quite have the graceful dance moves down just yet.

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National park wanderings

It’s rare to find a national park as close to the centre of town as Noosa National Park is to the heart of Noosa; the entrance to the park is just one kilometre from the gourmet hub of Hastings Street. Escape into this wildlife sanctuary and explore one of the handful of walking tracks winding through the eucalypts, wetland and pockets of rainforest. Spot birds and animals along the way and enjoy the scenic views. The walking tracks are rated between easy and moderate, making it an ideal inexpensive activity for families during their Noosa stay. Don’t forget comfy walking shoes, hats, sunscreen and plenty of water.

Sunset cruise on the Noosa River

Watching the sun set over the Noosa River is spectacular, and the best way to see it is by taking a cruise at dusk. It’s a relaxing way to end the day, and gets you closer to the sights and scenery of this beautiful river system.

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Water activities galore

It’s not just surfing here on the Sunshine Coast. Noosa offers an abundance of water activities to be enjoyed in the most magical setting. Hire a kayak and leisurely paddle your way along Noosa River, stopping off at whichever of the many beaches takes your fancy. Hire a boat and enjoy a morning of fishing or begin your morning with a stand-up paddleboard yoga class. You can just keep it simple, too, relishing Noosa’s magnificent beaches and waterways with a day of swimming and picnicking.

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We all scream for ice-cream

With several delicious ice-creameries scattered throughout Noosa (mostly on Hastings Street), it is hard to resist trying each one during your stay. The kids absolutely love discovering a new ice-creamery and flavour each day. Two absolute musts? Massimo’s Gelateria (the line is worth it on a hot day) and Nitrogenie (where, you guessed it, liquid nitrogen is the secret ingredient).

Time to eat

Noosa’s Hasting Street is a parade of non-stop degustation, with an incredible choice of restaurants and cafes showcasing the region’s delicious local produce. Add in the magnificent views and family-friendly options, and you’ll find a gourmand’s idyll. If you’re visiting in May, check out the annual Noosa Food & Wine Festival, a four-day celebration of Australian dining, taking place between 17 and 20 May in 2018.

Where to stay in Noosa

Noosa’s accommodation offerings have come a long way from the camps and caravan parks favoured along the hippie trail. Today, you’re more likely to find relaxed kid-friendly resorts like The Islander Noosa Resort and Ivory Palms Resort and glitzy five-star hotels such as Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort and Sir Richard Branson’s Australian ‘home’, Makepeace Island If you really want to feel like a local, though, opt for a serviced apartment or a rental home, set in idyllic natural surrounds.

Having worked in the travel industry for over 20 years - including 15 years mostly spent at 12,000 metres as an international flight attendant - Coralie's obsession with travel and curiosity about the world continues to thrive as she now embarks on exciting adventures with her family. She enjoys sharing these discoveries on her blog Family Travel Blogger, curating a resource that is insightful, useful and, most of all, inspiring.

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