Holidaying with children is an extreme sport that one must approach with the upmost of caution. Preparation is vital and the location for your allocated number of days can either make or break your time, spirit and desire to do it again. My recent destination of choice was Noosa because white beaches and warm weather – yippee!
The thought of flying with my two young kids, Griffin (five) and Bo (three), slightly freaks me out, therefore arming myself with yummy treats (for bribes and/or threats) and changes of clothing (to neutralise the impact of a three year old’s throw down, in this case boiling hot airplane noodles) proved to be a good choice. Word of advice; Lego is a no and for the love of god, triple check (pre-flight) that your bloody iPad has fully downloaded your child’s favourite movie and that you can play it without wifi or be prepared to saddle up.
Where to stay in Noosa with kids
My husband Evan and I decided to book accommodation on the main strip, called Hastings Street. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up. There is a plethora of ah-maze-ing restaurants, shopping and all round good vibes. The beach is right behind it, therefore there is no need to drive anywhere, unless of course you want to. You can even hire boogy and surf boards if it takes your fancy. We took Griffin and Bo to a gorgeous little gelato shop called ‘Happy Pops’ and attempted to eat in a different place every night. Tip: Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club is a relaxed dining option for families.
We stayed at Mantra French Quarter which I have mixed feelings about. Location-wise, it was great, however the walls were thin and we were disturbed by noisy neighbours. The kids room was right next to the front door which didn’t lock from the inside – scull emoji!! During the day I had to keep an eye on my self-sufficient daughter Bo, so that she didn’t go walkabout. My mountain of suitcases and homemade booby traps set up in front of the door at night-time did little to help me sleep soundly.
Babysitting in Noosa
There are no kids clubs that I could find in Noosa for children under four, however there is a fantastic babysitting service called ‘Nannies of Noosa’ which we indulged in twice. I’m usually a bit skittish when it comes to strangers babysitting my little loves but I felt very comfortable. We unquestionably enjoyed some well deserved adult time at a few of the great bars Hastings Street has to offer – Noosa Beach House being a firm favourite – cheers! There is also a small supermarket that stocks hydralyte for the next morning…
Places to visit with kids in Noosa
Get yourselves to Eumundi Markets, there are so many sights, fun purchases and a super cool playground, it is definitely worth the drive. Word of warning, parking is tricky. Go early in the day or pray to the parking gods and keep driving around till something opens up. NB: do not magnanimously purchase ridiculously large spider balloon for your five year-old son, there will be tears regarding it’s longterm future en-route back to Melbourne.
Happy Pops Gelato
Super cute gelato pops, you can even create your own.
Tewantin Water Park
Just a hop, skip and a jump from the marina, is a little water spray park that will have the kids squealing with delight.
Mosey on down to the marina in Tewantin for a lovely day out with the kids. There’s lots to eat and view. The chilled vibe will have you dreaming of a more permanent sea change
Coolum: beachfront playground
A ‘cool’ little playground to kill a few hours with the kiddies.
Wandering Hastings Street
There’s many a place to grab your bambino’s a baby chino. Brunch became a ritual, as did pawing through the beautiful kids shops, with a fun trinket occasionally thrown the kids way to appease any protests.
In conclusion, I’d like to smugly announce, with all things considered, that we pulled off a sensationally fun, family trip away. When I asked my son Griffin what he liked best about Noosa, he said, “Everything”. Mic drop.
Sian Broadbent @sian_broadbent