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Noosa: Afternoon Cruise through the Noosa Everglades

1. Noosa: Afternoon Cruise through the Noosa Everglades

Climb aboard an eco safari vessel and travel to the Noosa Everglades on this group tour. Experience one of the two everglade systems on the planet. Travel over the clam reflective waters that are known as the river of mirrors. View Queensland's most stunning natural landscapes. Sip a glass of sparkling wine as you cruise the waterways and keep a lookout for wildlife. Upon returning to land, have some cheese, crackers, and dips. Try to spot one of the many grey Kangaroos that inhabit the Ecocamp.

Mooloolaba: Seafood Lunch Cruise

2. Mooloolaba: Seafood Lunch Cruise

Depart for your seafood lunch cruise from The Wharf in Mooloolaba. Jump aboard this entertaining 1.5-hour cruise along the river and canals of Mooloolaba, a top destination in Australia! Kick back and relax with table service and entertaining commentary from your guide. Come with an appetite - included on the cruise is a choice of four meals: fish and chips, calamari and chips, fresh Mooloolaba prawns, or a burger and chips. Upgrades and extras will be available on board. Enjoy your delicious meal while sailing by the beautiful sunny coastlines of Mooloolaba. With a fully licensed bar and comfortable booth seating onboard, this is a day out for the whole family to enjoy! 

Noosa: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

3. Noosa: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

Start your day from the convenient meeting point in Noosa or with a courtesy pickup from select hotels. You will travel through the Toolara Forest and Great Sandy National Park as you travel toward Fraser Island. Following a quick stop in Rainbow Beach, board the ferry from Inskip Point over to the island, looking out for marine life along the way. Then drive along the beach highway to a freshwater creek where you'll enjoy morning tea with a view. Following that, it will be time to make your way through the inland tracks to experience a 4WD adventure. You'll journey through the forest to Lake McKenzie, a highlight for many due to the beautiful white sandy beach and perfectly blue waters.  You can cool off with a swim, enjoy fantastic photo opportunities, or relax on the beach before tucking into an authentic and healthy Aussie picnic-style lunch. Following lunch, you'll walk through the ancient rainforest of Central Station and Pile Valley, which is home to many unique and exciting species. Wander alongside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek as you take in the sights and smells of the tallest rainforest growing out of the sand.  It will then be time to start making your way back towards Noosa with another drive down the beach highway and a brief stopover in Rainbow Beach. 

Noosa: Everglades Canoe Adventure with Lunch

4. Noosa: Everglades Canoe Adventure with Lunch

Your adventure begins at Habitat Noosa as you travel to Lake Cootharaba, the start of the Noosa Everglades. The first stop of the day is Fig Tree Point where your canoe for the day awaits. Hop on board and paddle upstream in your classic Canadian style canoe through ancient landscape, mirrored waterways, and sub-tropical rainforest. After your ride from Fig Tree Point it's time to regain your energy with some morning tea snacks, prepared by your tour guide in the tranquil surrounds of historic Harry’s Hut. When you’re finished with morning tea, head down to the magnificent wonders of the Everglades, recognized as one of the most spectacular canoeing adventures in Australia. Enjoy a leisurely river cruise along the Everglades with your group and make a pit stop at a nearby swimming hole made up of tea-tree infused waters. As your canoe time draws to a close, head back to Habitat Noosa where a delicious roast lunch awaits you. Admire the stunning views of Lake Cootharaba as you eat with the group and bond over your canoeing experience.

Noosa: Everglades Safari Day Cruise

5. Noosa: Everglades Safari Day Cruise

Head out on a day tour across Lake Cootharaba, along the upper Noosa River, and up into the Noosa Everglades. Stop at historic locations and take casual walks near iconic heritage landmarks. Enjoy morning tea and lunch in one of Queensland's most stunning natural landscapes, known as the ‘River of Mirrors’. Begin your trip with a boat journey over Lake Cootharaba before entering Australia’s Everglades. Make your first stop at Fig Tree Point, where you will have the opportunity to do a small 400m rainforest walk before entering the Everglades. Take in the breathtaking views from the comfort of the boat whilst going upstream through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways, and sub-tropical rainforests. Look out for the local birdlife that lives in the area such as pelicans, ducks, cormorants, eagles, and rare jabiru. Relax and sip on morning tea served at the historic Harry’s Hut in the Great Sandy National Park. Return to Habitat Noosa and tuck into a chef-prepared hot roast lunch served in the Coothara BAR & Bistro. Admire the panoramic views of Lake Cootharaba while you eat. Finally, return to Noosa on a comfortable bus transfer.

Noosa: Humpback Whale Watching Tour

6. Noosa: Humpback Whale Watching Tour

Witness the majestic beauty of the humpback whale in the ocean off the coast of Noosa during their annual migration. Begin with a relaxing cruise down the Noosa River where you’ll soak up the sights and fantastic views of Noosa from the water. Then, your captain cruises out into the ocean in search of the friendly giants. Your nature-focused cruise will take you to locations that cannot be fully appreciated from the land, including amazing natural cliff formations, emerald forests, hidden coves, and sweeping beaches. Upon locating the whales, enjoy an awe-inspiring experience as you watch these playful giants frolic in their natural habitat. See breaches, tail lobs, and pectoral slaps as part of a spectacular display.

Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

7. Mooloolaba: Canal Cruise by Ferry with Optional Lunch

Discover the Sunshine Coast from the water on a canal cruise on a historic timber ferry, the only 1 still in operation in the region. Departing from Mooloolaba, explore the coast and canal system and enjoy an optional lunch at a nearby restaurant after the cruise. Upon departure, cruise past the wharf complex and marina towards Mooloolah Island, a man-made island where you can find some of Mooloolaba’s most luxurious mansions and award-winning homes. Continue on past Minyama Island and learn all about its famous residents including celebrities and sports stars. Then, enter the Kawana Canal system and learn the history of the area's development from useless swamp land to some of Queensland’s most expensive real estate. Enjoy breathtaking views of the coastline from Mooloolaba Beach right up to Noosa Heads as the boat turns around at the river heads before returning back through the river. Pass the pilot boats used by the Brisbane pilotage service and see where the wild Osprey Eagles nest. On the way back, pass by commercial fishing boats, including the largest long-line fishing fleet in Australia. Finish off the cruise by passing the Mooloolaba Marina and Yacht Club. Select the lunch option and combine the cruise experience with a meal at a local restaurant. Choose from a specific menu of fish, meat, and vegetarian dishes, plus sides, and 1 house wine, beer, or soft drink.

Noosa: Self-Guided Water-Bike Tour

8. Noosa: Self-Guided Water-Bike Tour

The lower reaches of the Noosa River is a diverse waterway that includes breathtaking national parks, quirky jetties, and opulent waterfront houses. This tour will provide you with the opportunity to experience a bit of each, as you take the world's most efficient water bike for a ride around this amazing waterway. Taking your abilities and the environmental conditions at the time into account, you'll head out to explore the river and have some fun. The first thing you'll notice is the huge array of birdlife. Hundreds of Pelicans call this river home, and you'll be sure to gently cycle past a few within minutes. Keep your eyes open for the majestic White Bellied Sea Eagles and Brahminy Kites overhead, or the Great Egret silently fishing in the shallows. The first part of your tour will take you past Noosaville's iconic jetty strip. You can take in the relaxed atmosphere and appreciate the beautiful parklands, clean beaches, unique jetties, and quirky houseboats. There's plenty to do along this strip, and seeing it from the water is the best way to do it. Next, you'll cross the river to the north shore where water-front homes give way to a wild national park that is home to mangrove systems, paper bark forests, and towering eucalyptus trees. This is a great place to try and spot wildlife, as you search the shallows for sting rays and schools of fish, and look into the bush for birds and kangaroos. From here you really get to explore and tailor the tour to suit you. You can navigate your way between the sand banks and enter a stunning natural area called the Frying Pan. You may wish to continue further toward the river mouth, or you may choose to pull the bike up onto a secluded beach and stop for a swim and some refreshments. The water is clear, warm, and refreshing toward the river mouth, and can be enjoyed year-round. Once you've recharged and are ready to head back, simply jump on your bike and head back to the jetty where the tour began.

Noosa Heads: 2-Hour Surf Lesson with Local Instructor

9. 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. 

Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

10. 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 Cairncross 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, where the rich and famous come to unwind by the sea. Return to Brisbane via the world's largest operating ginger factory at Yandina, where you can try their delicious ginger ice cream.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 231 reviews

Wonderful opportunity to see Noosa coast line, playful dolphins and a number of humpback whales. Skipper Nathan was organised, provided spray jackets, life jackets, dry humour and addressed us by name on board. He deftly negotiated the Noosa bar crossing, was informative of local knowledge of land and sea. In the two hour time frame he went the extra mile determined to give us a sighting which took us further south and we were happily rewarded with a number of whales within metres of the boat. A great and memorable experience.

We loved this Cruise. It was comfortable, just the right amount of time for us. The Captain was fun, informative and set a great tone for the afternoon. Bubbles on the boat added nicely to everyone relaxing. But it was the environment that was so captivating and beautiful. Very nice anti pasto once back at the enviro centre…unexpected actually, but much appreciated.

An exciting few hours heading out into the ocean, turning all on board into Spotters. On a perfectly calm and sunny day, this was a great adventure. Luckily, big mumma and little bubba whales showed up to entertain us at the end of our trip. Thank you.

Was picked up from my private accommodation. We stayed three hours in Eumundi, enough time to stroll around and eat. I liked that very much.

The cruise is about 1 1/2 hours, with lovely lunch provided, you can upgrade with add ons if you want a bigger lunch.