Tewantin is located approximately eight kilometres from Noosa Heads. Considered the bridesmaid to Noosa Heads, this town has a fascinating history and is a great launching pad for a Sunshine Coast break.
At the Noosa Marina, board the Noosa Ferry Cruise. The ferry travels along the Noosa River and provides a half hour circuit from Tewantin to Noosa Heads, with stops at Noosaville, Noosa Sound and Noosa Wharf. If you purchase an all day pass, you can travel on the ferry until the last scheduled departure. This allows you to explore the various junctions along the route. It has been said that cruising on the water releases hormones called oxytocins. These hormones are said to calm the body and provide a feeling of inner peace. Cruising along the water taking in the view of rickety old boathouses sitting precariously along the river, the Captain provides an informative commentary about the Noosa River, including the history of moored houseboats, the Tewantin River tides and depths, and developmental issues that are currently of concern in the area. The day pass also allows you to board the 5:15 ferry at Tewantin with a BYO bottle of wine and nibbles to watch the sunset. The cruise up and down the river at dusk is impressive.
A visit to Tewantin would not be complete without checking out this delightful riverside town. The information centre will provide you with a leaflet titled "Tewantin - a stroll down memory lane". This heritage trail provides commemoratory plaques on twenty points of interest in and around town, including an Aboriginal Shell Midden, the Royal Mail Hotel which provided hospitality to stage coaches, the first Police Station and the Silent Movie Theatre. Don't leave town without a visit to The Noosa Regional Gallery. The gallery is located overlooking the River and exhibits "international, national and local exhibitions". On the second Sunday of every month the gallery also provides public programmes such as Family Day which offers art activities for children.
The Tewantin to Noosaville foreshore has walkways three metres wide, providing ample room for walkers and cyclists. The walkways traverse through parks and gardens that have barbeque areas, shaded playgrounds, fitness equipment and picnic areas. There are countless businesses along the river that provide kayak and boat hire.