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Noosa Heads: 2-Hour Surf Lesson with Local Instructor

Noosa Heads: 2-Hour Surf Lesson with Local Instructor

Learn to surf on the idyllic Sunshine Coast at Noosa Heads, one of Australia's best known surfing towns. With warm water and a safe beach, it is ideal for learning how to surf the waves. Start off with a safety briefing and some basic instruction on the beach before catching your first few waves waist-deep in the water. Back on the beach, take in some detailed instruction about how to stand up on your surfboard before finally paddling onto the wave. Feel the thrill of standing on your first wave with the help of your instructor, who will assist by pushing you onto waves, and offering advice and support to everyone for the remainder of the lesson. Feel free to use the showering facilities at the end to leave feeling refreshed after an exhilarating lesson. 

Gold Coast: Coastal City Scenic Helicopter Flight

Gold Coast: Coastal City Scenic Helicopter Flight

Join a luxury helicopter experience in the city of Gold Coast with live commentary from your pilot. Start from a state-of-the-art terminal and get onboard an air-conditioned helicopter to enjoy aerial views of the city, Broadwater, Main Beach, and Gold Coast Hinterland. Fly over the Broadwater before crossing the golden sand beaches of Main Beach. Head south along the coastline passing Surfers Paradise, home to the cities towering high-rises, including the iconic Q1 Building which stands at 1056 feet tall. As your helicopter soars towards Broadbeach, see distant stunning views of Point Danger and Burleigh Heads. Over Broadbeach, buckle up as your pilot helicopter makes a descending turn. On the journey north, enjoy views of Surfers Paradise and Porpoise Point. Then, make a turn over South Stradbroke Island. As you head back to the terminal, experience spectacular views of the city, the Broadwater, and the Sea World Theme Park from above on this 10 minute helicopter flight.

From Noosa: Dolphin Sea Kayaking and Beach 4X4 Tour

From Noosa: Dolphin Sea Kayaking and Beach 4X4 Tour

Discover Rainbow Beach, Great Sandy National Park, Double Island Point, Honeymoon Bay, and Fraser Island on a guided kayaking and 4x4 trip from Noosa. See Australian wildlife in their natural habitat and reach Great Sandy National Park via a path only accessible by 4WD vehicles. Begin your tour with a Great Beach drive in Noosa's Great Sandy National Park. Head to Double Island Point for views of the towering colored sands of Rainbow Beach and K'Gari. Next, head out on a sea kayak around the headland of Double Island Point and Honeymoon Bay. Admire the beauty of your surroundings and the Double Island Point Lighthouse from a unique perspective. Bottlenose dolphin pods are often seen in the area, feeding on large schools of fish. They’re often as curious about you as you are about them. Spot other local and migrating wildlife, including humpback whales (June-November), turtles, manta rays, stingrays, and a variety of sea birds.

Noosa: Everglades Explorer Cruise with Optional Canoeing

Noosa: Everglades Explorer Cruise with Optional Canoeing

Cruise or canoe the tranquil waterways of Australia's only Everglades. A courtesy shuttle is available from 8 transit stops within Noosa and surrounds (departures start from 7.45am). Take in the spectacular network of wetlands and waterways on board the eco boat or transfer to the canoe launch site, grab a paddle and canoe 5km to the historic Harry's Hut.  The pristine wilderness is surrounded by sub tropical landscapes, untouched for thousands of years and offer spectacular photo opportunities. This is your chance to immerse yourself amongst nature and the natural beauty of this unique eco system. Australia's Everglades are found in the Northern end of the Noosa River system and stretches across 2 UNESCO Biosphere Reserves (Noosa and Great Sandy). Pure freshwater pulses out of the Cooloola Sandmass and filters through the tea tree-infused ecosystem into this unique river system, creating the most spectacular reflections.  After your Everglades experience you can purchase lunch at the onsite bar and bistro or a craft beer from the micro-brewery. Return to your meeting point in Noosa on conclusion. Courtesy shuttle: Must be pre booked. Departure time/location will be confirmed dependant on your accommodation location. Return shuttle departs for Noosa at 3pm. Cruise or Canoe: Stay onboard or canoe 5km (optional - moderate fitness required) Duration: 9am - 1.30pm (cruise returns at 1.30pm to the bar & bistro)

Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise with Commentary

Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise with Commentary

On departure we cruise past the Wharf complex and Marina towards Mooloolah Island which boasts some of Mooloolaba’s most desirable mansions and award winning homes. We continue on past Minyama Island where you will hear all about its famous residents before entering the Kawana Canal system and learning the history of the canal development. We'll also cruise past Steve Irwin's famous vessel Croc One! It’s then out to the river heads where we turn the boat around to take in the breathtaking views of the coastline from Mooloolaba Beach right up to Noosa Heads, before we head back through the river where we pass the pilot boats, commercial fishing fleet and observe the wild Osprey Eagles’ nest among other things. There is a fully licensed bar onboard offering both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages as well as snacks. The 1 hour Mooloolaba Canal Cruise is a must-do during your time on the Sunshine Coast!

Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

Depart Brisbane and journey past small villages and farms as you venture into the mountains of the Blackall Range. Get stunning views of the coastline of Queensland and stop at Mary Cairnscross Scenic Reserve for panoramic vistas of the majestic Glass House Mountains from the lookout. Continue past Gerrard's Lookout and marvel at the views of Coolum, Maroochydore, Caloundra, and Bribie Island along the coast. Arrive at Montville and get some free time to explore the quaint mountain village before going to Eumundi Markets to experience Australia’s premier artisan outlet for art and food. You can purchase lunch at Eumundi Markets before visiting the pristine beaches of Noosa Heads, where the rich and famous come to unwind by the sea. Return to Brisbane with a short comfort stop at the Ginger Factory at Yandina, where you can try their delicious ginger ice cream.

From Sunshine Coast: Australia Zoo Entry Ticket and Transfer

From Sunshine Coast: Australia Zoo Entry Ticket and Transfer

Book a ticket to the Australia zoo and enjoy a convenient round-trip transfer from the Sunshine Coast. Admire the zoo's collection of exotic animals at your own pace. Get picked up from your hotel on the Sunshine Coast and relax in an air-conditioned vehicle on your way to the zoo. Arrive at Australia Zoo and begin exploring. You'll have approximately 6 hours, heaps of time to enjoy the most extensive zoo in Australia. Explore at your own pace and watch daily animal shows, including saltwater crocodiles and more. Don't miss the Wildlife Warriors show at 1.00PM. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

Noosa River: Mangroves and Mansions Guided Kayak Tour

Noosa River: Mangroves and Mansions Guided Kayak Tour

Enjoy an exciting way to see a lot of Noosa which many people never see while taking some gentle exercise and learning some new skills. Follow your guide and head on a kayak tour to explore some of the river's most popular sights. Relax and begin with a basic safety briefing and instruction after selecting suitable kayaks for everyone. Take a range of kayaks and try them as you paddle along. Explore the Mangroves and view the river mouth on your way to a circuit of Noosa Sound to admire the waterfront Mansions. Make a stop or 2 along the way to explore and rest at Noosa Lions Park near Hastings Street Noosa. We head back to our start point to finish the tour for a well earned rest. Kayaking the Noosa River is an adventure everyone should try.

Noosa Heads: Ocean Adventure & Dolphin Safari

Noosa Heads: Ocean Adventure & Dolphin Safari

Welcome onboard ‘Thriller’ for an adrenaline filled adventure through one of Queensland’s most iconic destinations with marine life encounters you will never forget! Noosa Thriller offer’s unforgettable ocean adventures in the iconic aquatic playground of Noosa on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast and the world-famous Noosa National Park. Discover secluded beaches and bays, rugged coastal features. Spot dolphins frolicking in the ocean at Boiling Pot and Dolphin Point and be thrilled as thunderous waves crash into the rocks below Hell's Gates. Experience the Majestic Giants of the sea with one of the most experienced whale watch skippers in Australia, bringing you face to face with the Humpback Whales (in season) Founded in 1978, Noosa Thriller is built from an abounding love of the Sunshine Coast’s stunning natural environments and abundant marine life, as well as the thrill of high-octane ocean adventures.

Learn to Surf Australia's Longest Wave & Beach Drive Tour

Learn to Surf Australia's Longest Wave & Beach Drive Tour

Learning to surf at Sunshine Coast’s hidden gem is a truly unique surfing adventure. Only accessible by 4WD vehicles through the Great Sandy National Park is the spectacular Double Island Point. This location features a long sandy point break with waves that seem to go forever and one of the easiest most satisfying locations you will ever learn to surf on. You could be riding waves for 100’s of meters on your first surf lesson. Surfing in a pristine National Park environment is great for the soul and gives you a sense of freedom and a back to nature experience with the wild. Learn to surf in waist deep water with friendly instructors that are highly experienced and fully qualified to get you surfing and having fun in a safe, uncrowded environment. Guaranteed that you will stand up on your first surf lesson! Intermediate and advanced surf instruction also available.

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4.8
(78 reviews)

We had an amazing adventure with Noosa Thriller! The team were friendly and we got to see Dolphins. The tour itself was informative and a great adventure out at sea. Would highly recommend for those looking for a memorable trip seeing the beautiful Noosa beaches, the amazing wildlife and those looking for a bit of adventure and excitement!

100% recommendation! It's a lot of fun and the trainers encourage you and help everyone in the water so that at the end everyone could stand on the board and surf. Of course it's also tiring but you only notice that later. We would definitely do it again!

I had a really a great time! Reez is such a great guide. Very patient and kind and you will 100% manage to surf you first waves with him.

We didn't see any (alive) dolphins, but our guide Vid still made the tour a fun experience!

It was amazing experience! Instructors were super kind!!