48 HOURS EXPLORING BEYOND HASTINGS ST – KIDS FRIENDLY ADVENTURES
I love it when Courtney calls me at work and says “Hurry home; we are going away!”. Some would say two days isn’t long enough, but I’d like to prove them wrong!
Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas
Accommodation sorted: Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas. We stayed in the three bedrooms self-contained Villa. So much space! For those heading to the Noosa Triathlon, this is the perfect spot. The 25-meter lap pool allows you to swim train and the trails directly behind the villas allow for some scenic runs. The hotel offers a buggy services that helps you get from the villa to Hastings Street a little quicker. Otherwise, it is a steep walk down.
The kids also enjoyed the family pool. It is heated but only to 26 degrees, which was a little chilly for my little munchkins.
My favorite part was the buffet breakfast in the View on Little Hastings Restaurant. It has an alfresco feel, views across Laguna Bay and comfortable enough with our little ratbags. The resort caters well for both families and couples.
A path directly behind the Villa’s takes you to Laguna Look Out. Walk or run and enjoy the gorgeous views of Noosa, the waterways, and coastline. From here you can also walk down to Hastings Street. Alternatively, you can also reach it by car.
Mountain Bike Riding
With No time to waste, we were off to our first adventure: Mountain Bike Riding. Bike On is a great little business specializing in providing bike hire and Mountain Bike Education. These guys have over 300 bikes (Mountain Bikes, Road Bikes, Hybrid Bikes, e-bikes, Cruisers, Kids Bikes, Chariot Trailers & Baby Seats). An alternative at Noosa Triathlon; hire a bike (carbon bikes available) and save on luggage.
We loved our one-hour tour of the Mountain Bike track at Tewantin on the Wooroi trails (alternative map) As strange as this might be, especially having a dad that rides bikes every day, this was Chloee’s first time on the dirt trails. And no surprise; she loved it! Leo (he’s only four-years-old) was still a little hesitant but ended up exploring on his own around the park rather than on the trails. And at the end of the day, he did not want to go home!
Also, perfect for some trail running. Courtney’s words not mine!
Bring mosquito repellent!
Dinner time. Keen to see what the Noosa Boathouse at Noosaville was all about. Located literally on the Noosa River with fantastic sunset views. The staff were friendly and fast. The pelicans entertained the kids allowing Courtney, and I to eat our dinner in peace and quiet.
Super impressed with Noosaville. Lots of waterfront cafes. On opposite side of the road but nevertheless with sea views. Lots of water activities, from BBQ boats to jet-skies. A playground for the kids. And conveniently located on the bike track for Noosa Triathlon. A great alternative to Noosa Heads at Noosa Triathlon time.
Kayaking the Everglades
Day 2, no time to waste. An Early start and definitely an experience I won’t forget! Kanu Kapers you took our breath away. How have we not discovered this place before! The only explanation is the photos don’t do it justice.
A hidden secret in the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park. Noosa Everglades is a must for any Noosa traveler. The Everglades represent an ancient waterway that has existed unchanged for thousands of years. Kanu Kapers allows you to kayak on your own or as part of a tour exploring the spectacular waterways filled with millions of purple water lilies, pelicans, and deserted beach inlets. The water is a little brown from the tea-tree trees but warmer than the ocean. This tour was the highlight of our trip!
Kanu Kapers provide a navigation brief and a map to help those on the self-guided tour. There’s always a kayak here or there so if you do get a little disorientated, all you need to do is ask.
Things to consider:
Do a full day tour rather than a half day. Take your time, stop and enjoy. Heaps of little beaches to stop a relax on.
Kids will struggle on their own so double up (even my 9-year-old gave up).
Consider camping overnight. Kanu Kapers provide everything aside from food.
Brings lots of sunblock and cover up. Legs get very burnt!
Don’t forget lots of water and food. Tours offer eskys. For more great ideas visit: Tourism Noosa