07 Dec Action packed school holiday fun this summer!
School holidays are here and after a long year, it’s time for everyone to relax. For the kids, this takes about 2 minutes, and even though Noosa Crest offers spacious, luxury accommodation for the whole family, sometimes you just need to get out and run those never-ending child batteries down! For our guests, this couldn’t be easier.
The most obvious option is to enrol the children in a few surf lessons. Located within walking distance from Noosa Crest at the Noosa Groin along from Main Beach, a number of surf schools will provide a board and instruction from absolute novices to beginners and up. This is not only an excellent way to enjoy our beautiful beach and surf, but after an hour or two of running through water, paddling, standing up and falling off on repeat, your little darlings will be spent. Go Ride A Wave is our pick of the bunch.
Getting out in the surf can be daunting for some children. Kayaking and Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Noosa River provide calm water fun, that is still action packed! With kilometres of waterways to explore, hiring a kayak or SUP couldn’t be easier or more convenient for Noosa Crest guests. Located just over the road from the bottom of our private boardwalk is Boardwalk Boats and with a range of double or single kayaks, this is a fabulous way to get out on the river. The kind folk here provide you with life vests, a dry bag and even a map to get you out and about. And if you’ve decided to try your sea legs on a SUP, they’ll even give complimentary beginner instruction on arrival. Take a look at multi-million dollar properties or explore the Noosa Biosphere. The kids will love examining the tiny ecosystems on low tide sand bars or spotting different birds, sea life and the fun of being on the water. Paddle up to Noosaville for an ice cream, coffee or lunch. Prices are very reasonable and start by the hour to full day hire. Of course, if you’ve packed your own SUP or kayak, just launch at the bottom of our private boardwalk at the Lions Park- it couldn’t be easier!
Getting on an SUP or Kayak is wonderful, mostly because the skill involved is minimal, while the enjoyment is optimal. For families wanting to challenge themselves a little further however, head down to the Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club for a range of Learn to Sail options. Located at the western end of Gympie Terrace in Noosaville, this is a beautiful little club offering more than great food and cold beverages overlooking the calm Noosa River. School Holiday Funsail run programs for 7-12 year olds for those parents who really would rather sit on the balcony and sample a few local brews, while there’s also an all ages program so everyone can get involved. With a fleet of sailboats and one-on-one instruction available, this is a fantastic way to learn something new together on the beautiful Noosa River. Spaces on the Funsail program are limited: be sure to book in advance.
For those families looking for land-based activity, a hike up Mt Coolum or Mt Cooroora (often called Pomona because of its location right in the town) will wear out even the bounciest of energised children. Mt Coolum is located in the Mount Coolum National Park, about a 20 minute drive south of Noosa Crest. Here, the Grade 4 (i.e. it’s steep), 1.6km return walk takes you up over 200 metres to the top of an ancient volcanic dome. At the top, sweeping views of the coast line and refreshing breezes make the huff and puff worthwhile. Mt Cooroora is located in the Tuchekoi National Park a 35 minute drive west and features the Lookout Walk, a Grade 3 (still pretty steep!) hike of 1.1km return. For those with experience and older children, test yourself with a further 1.8km on the Summit Walk. This is a difficult walk and guaranteed to get the heart pumping! If driving to walk sounds silly, why not take the Noosa National Park track out to Hell’s Gate, across Alexandria Bay and over to Sunshine Beach: it’s just shy of 8km with some steep climbs and beach walking. Reward yourself (and the kids) with a bite at the recently refurbished Sunshine Beach SLSC. Best of all, free school holiday buses will drop you at the top of Noosa Hill for the amble back to your apartments at Noosa Crest!
Prime the movie: the kids will be happy to sit still for at least 90 minutes after one of those! And if that fails, there’s always the pools and tennis court at Noosa Crest to keep them occupied.