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Published September 25th 2012
Free BBQs, a giant pelican and a fabulous day
The Noosa River is the perfect place to take a picnic, or just grab a coffee and take a stroll. It's a family friendly destination and a great alternative to the more tourist-loved spots such as Noosa Main Beach or Hastings Street.
Just before dusk is a perfect time to go for a walk - especially in summer.
One of the most popular spots is the park located outside the Noosa Yacht Club. Sponsored by the Noosa Lions, the park is a great place to take the kids on weekends, school holidays or any day when you're keen to wear them out. There are swings and slides and a grassed area to kick a ball around or catch a game of tag. If that isn't enough fun for them, the paved pathways around the park, and onwards down the river are a perfect surface for them to bike, scoot, skateboard or Rollerblade. It's worth noting that they'll have to share the paths with a few pedestrians too, so make sure they understand that.
For the adults, there are plenty of locations to grab a picnic table either undercover, or not, and make use of the free barbeques located along the length of the river. The barbeques are incredibly popular during weekends and public holidays so make sure to plan accordingly. Dogs are allowed along the river, but they must be kept on a leash, though this is not always enforced. In the interest of keeping the place pristine make sure to clean up after your pooch so everyone can enjoy their time there.
There are plenty of places to have a picnic, or sit down with a coffee for afternoon tea.
Alternatively if you're not interested in making a day of it, it's a good idea to grab a coffee from one of the many cafés further along Gympie Terrace and wander down the road soaking up the scenery. One of the most popular walks starts at the Lions Park and goes in full circle from the Noosa Yacht Club to the Big Pelican and back. Along your walk, not only will you have time to watch nature at its most beautiful you'll also have time to peruse, and perhaps use, the various fitness stations set up along the river. These free stations are kept in good condition and have clear and precise instructions for their use and are a great way to keep the heart rate up as you wander.
Whether you're a fitness fanatic, or just a casual observer, all the stations offer a little extra to your afternoon run, or a chance to laugh along as you 'enjoy' working out.