Of course, there are always the beaches, but just for something different, here are a few other fun, free options. They’re not listed in any particular order.
1. Noosa National Park and Picnic
Grab your favourite snack foods and head for this beautiful National Park. There are several different walks to choose from and you are very likely to see a koala in the trees. The higher the class number, the more difficult the walk.
1 – Class 3, 1 KM
2 – Class 4, 7 KM
3 – Class 4, 5 KM
4 – Class 2,3 & 4, 11 KM
5 – Class 4, 5 KM
2. Kondalilla Falls
Class 3, 5 KM. This is a magic little spot with lots of little falls and the big falls are pretty speccy when you get to them. It can get quite steep at times and there are more than 100 steps. You’ll find it out near Montville, which is a very cute, but slightly over done town.
3. Nutworks and Chocolate Factory
Just about everyone goes to the Ginger Factory in Yandina, and it is worth having a look, but this one is free and has free tastings as you learn about the crafting of the amazing array of things they can do with nuts and chocolate. They also sell handmade confectionary and other products. There’s a café to enjoy as well. It’s open 7 days a week. Click here to visit the website.
4. Maroochy Botanical Gardens
This place goes beyond just a garden. Set on 112 hectares, there are 8 different walks you can choose from, and as you wander through, you’ll see not just native plants and trees, but also artworks, sculptures and a fully operational Ecology Centre. The park is renowned for its sustainable design. Guided tours are available every Tuesday from 9am. NOTE: no dogs are permitted, and no bins are provided. The reason they have no bins is to deter scavenger animals that could interfere with the native local critters. See here for more information.
5. Eumundi Markets
If you want to avoid crowds and parking fiasco’s, go on a Wednesday, rather than a Saturday. Even then it’ll be fairly crowded as these markets have become very popular. Also, don’t eat before you go. There’s much to choose from. Click here to visit the website.
These ‘artisan’ markets open from 8.00am and goes by the mantra of “make it, bake it, sew it, grow it.” However, the gender bias of products available is skewed towards women. There’s mixed view on these markets, but maybe it just depends if you’re a market person or not.
The town itself is worth a wander around too.
So there you have it. This is my list, what’s on yours? Leave me a suggestion in the comments, I’d love to try out some of your ideas.