Cruising the Noosa River

Uber Cool on the Noosa River: Noosa Ferry

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Edwina Cattanach takes you on a journey from Tewantin to Hastings Street with Noosa Ferry, a traditional 1930s style riverboat and a few necessary stops along the way.

With so many amazing things to see and do between Hastings Street and Tewantin, why not get off the roads, jump on board Noosa Ferry and enjoy a trip to your destination by water.

You can buy an all-day pass which allows you to hop on and off as many times as you like between Hastings Street and Tewantin, or purchase a ticket to get you where you want to go from any one of the seven stops along the way. The Ferry leaves from each stop every 45 minutes so there is always a ferry to catch depending on how you choose to fill your day.

If you decided on an all-day pass you could start at Tewantin, enjoy a sneaky visit to Noosa Regional Gallery on the banks of the Noosa River and just a short stroll from Noosa Marina restaurants and cafes and Tewantin’s bustling shopping precinct. The Gallery presents a diverse program of contemporary exhibitions featuring local, national and international artists, matched with a suite of public programs including artist talks, masterclasses and workshops for all ages. Jump on the ferry at the Tewantin jetty and make your way along Noosa River towards Hastings Street with great stops along the way.

It is so blissful being out on the water with mirror-perfect water, pelicans silently looking for fish and the Noosa River and all of its glory and ever-changing kaleidoscope of colour. There are five stops along Gympie Terrace, which is a melting pot of holiday fun. It’s the perfect mix of serenity and energy, a shopping precinct with so many incredible boutique, fashion and homewares stores, not to mention the ‘oh so many’ restaurants. You could easily spend a couple of hours shopping and then an absolute must, depending on how much time you have; dine at Noosa Boathouse, drinks upstairs at the Sunset Bar or grab some takeaway fish n chips and enjoy it on the lawn right on the water’s edge.

The view whilst enjoying possibly the freshest fish and chips, is amazing. There are always plenty of people taking in the calm waters on stand-up paddle boards and kayaks, kids playing and swimming, many walkers with dogs and groups having picnics throughout the park and along the boardwalk. There are simply endless opportunities for those taking advantage of the beauty along the river. 

From Gympie Terrace to Hastings Street, the ferry ride gives you the chance to marvel at all the beautiful waterfront homes and holiday accommodation options and just enjoy the peace of being out on the water.

There are many ways to take advantage of the Noosa Ferry, think of it as your taxi on the water. If you have a reservation at Rickys there is a stop right outside, check out the ferry times to suit your booking, grab a bottle of something and enjoy a drink on the water while travelling to your destination.  If this is how you arrive for your booking, then of course you can grab the ferry to take you back to where you started. It really is the most relaxing way to sit back and enjoy the passing scenery and learn more about Noosa and a great way to arrive at your favourite riverside restaurant.

Revive the romance and take in the beautiful Noosa sunset along the river with one of the Sunset Cruises. You can BYO your own nibbles and bottle of something special or grab some takeaway – Noosa Ferry will provide an esky, ice and glassware! The classic-style ferry used for the sunset cruises has two levels, with comfortable inside and outside seating. Take in the sights and hear all about the history and area from your skipper.

Take full advantage of the 90-minute, seven-stop round trip between Tewantin and Hastings Street including Noosa Sound and Noosaville. One thing is for sure, if you are looking for something different and want to be out on the water there are many options available for an uber-cool cruise along Noosa’s stunning River.

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Edwina has more than 20 years’ experience working in media, marketing, communications, event management and stakeholder engagement.

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