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Published October 29th 2012
Fish aren't going to come to the shore - get on a boat
If you have ever been to Noosa, you soon realise that you are easily spoilt for choice for things to do. The challenge becomes narrowing down the options to make the most of your time. My family and I are regular visitors to Noosa but one thing we hadn't ticked off our Noosa Bucket List was hiring a boat to explore the Noosa River. After a great weekend on the water we can now happily tick this off our list but rest assured - we will be doing it again.
Noosa River - Noosaville The easiest spot to rent a boat, jet ski, catamaran or any other watercraft would be at one of the many hire shops along Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. There are several to choose from and I recommend doing your research but we choose to rent a Supa-Cruiser from U-drive Boat Hire. It's recommended that you call ahead and reserve your preferred craft - just to avoid disappointment especially in peak times. You do not require a boating license or any previous experience driving a boat.
This is your chance to see a Noosa from a different perspective. You can cruise the canals to stickybeak at amazing houses. While you're there, you can drop anchor, throw in a line and imagine what it would be like to have this amazing location as your backyard.
Or you can head over to North Shore and enjoy a picnic on the white, sandy and relatively quiet beach. You can even go upriver to the historic town of Tewantin.
We hired our boat for 3 hours which was the perfect amount of time to cruise around, drop anchor in a few different locations so the kids could fish and have a picnic lunch on board. After 3 hours my son was exhausted from all the fun. Luckily the boat was comfy enough for a snooze.
What to Bring Safety equipment is provided so you will only need to bring: Sunscreen & hats A light jacket or shirt (it can sometimes get a bit windy as you are cruising) Towels & Swimmers Fishing Gear (some places will let you hire these - very handy if you are on holiday)
- Snacks/ Lunch/ Drinks
How to Get There
If you are driving, make your way to Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. There is plenty of free parking available a short walking distance from all of the boat hire companies.
If you are holidaying in Noosa or surrounds, you can either take the Noosa Ferry or a bus. Visit the Noosa Ferry or Translink websites for more information to plan your trip.