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Published September 15th 2016
Affordable family fun in this beautiful part of the world
When a beautiful seaside town gets as popular as Noosa, its viability as a family holiday destination tends to diminish. Crowds move in, prices go up and what was once a relaxing seaside getaway soon becomes busy and overpriced.
But while there are plenty of other great holiday spots on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, none of them can quite match the natural beauty that Noosa has to offer. The pristine waters of the Noosa River, the spectacular coastal scenery and wildlife of Noosa National Park, and the glassy waves rolling gently into Noosa's Main Beach - all of this is the sort of stuff tourists travel from the other side of the world to see.
The good news is that just because Noosa is such an in-demand destination, that doesn't mean you can't enjoy an affordable family weekend in the area. It'll take you roughly two hours along the Gateway Motorway to get there, and there's always the option of stopping off at Aussie World on the way to give the kids a taste of some theme-park goodness.
Start your Noosa experience with a stroll along the boardwalk in front of Main Beach. Take in the sights, people watch for a bit, or take the kids for a swim in the calm, patrolled waters. Follow it up with lunch at the Noosa Surf Club (under $20 for a burger and chips is a reasonable price to pay for those water views), or track down a coffee at a Hastings Street Cafe.
Then there's plenty of activities on offer to keep you and a couple of kids occupied. You can hire kids' bikes and mountain bikes from Bike On, get out on the water with Kayak Noosa or take a relaxing cruise up the Noosa River. For something a little cheaper, go bushwalking in the national park or just take a dip at one of the region's many beautiful beaches. You could even pick of some amazing local produce from the Noosa Farmers Markets, but you might need to bribe youngsters with a tasty treat or two to keep them happy.
There's plenty to explore at Noosa Pacific Riverfront Resort.
As you'd expect, some of the accommodation options in Noosa itself are ridiculously overpriced, so you might need to look a little further afield to Noosa if you're looking for an affordable place to stay with the family. There's heaps of accommodation options to choose from here, not to mention a selection of decent restaurants and plenty of aquatic activities on the river (or non-aquatic activities on the shore). Hire a boat, throw a line in the water or just enjoy a breezy picnic in the park.
We stayed at Noosa Pacific Riverfront Resort which, as the name suggests, does boast a peaceful location right on the banks of the Noosa River. We'd recommend it without any hesitation - the apartment was clean and spacious, we made good use of two pools and a tennis court, and our daughter loved watching the ducks paddle by and even a passing stingray from the resort's jetty.
Noosa may be one of the most beautiful and most popular holiday spots anywhere in Australia, but that doesn't mean you need to break the bank to spend a weekend there. There are plenty of affordable accommodation and entertainment options for a young family if you know where to look, so pop in for a visit the next time you're planning a weekend away on the Sunshine Coast.