A few weeks ago we went up to Noosa for a week. The kids were quite impressed that it was only 1.5 hours on the plane (since their previous plane trip had been to the UK back in 2014)!
A couple of people I spoke to prior to booking had recommended the RACV resort so we decided to stay there, and loved it! We stayed in a 3 bedroom luxury villa which was perfect for us, however if baby Beau had been at the stage of moving around at all it wouldn't have worked. There are 2 staircases in the middle of the villa, 1 leading up to the second floor where the bedrooms are and the other going down into the underground car park. I'm not sure if they can provide baby gates, but if not, it would be completely impractical and dangerous with a baby crawling or a toddler that can't master steep stairs yet. We also had our own plunge pool however it wasn't heated so was too cold for most of us (Mr 6 did go in briefly!!).
The main pool area of the resort was awesome and we struggled to drag the boys away to do something other than swim! There are 2 pools, a lagoon pool with beach area and a separate pool with 2 waterslides. There's also a kids splash area and a toddler pool and a large spa.
The resort is located about a 5 minute drive to Noosa main beach and they offer a free shuttle bus that goes every hour (I think). However, we decided to hire a car just to make things a bit easier and also meant we could venture out of Noosa if we wanted to.
We weren't sure what the weather would be like as it was forecast to rain most of the week so on the Monday when we had a sunny day we decided to do the coastal walk through Noosa National park.
We didn't realise you could drive right to the national park and park at the entrance so we parked the car back at Noosa main beach. Let's just say our boys didn't make the walk all the way back to the car (and I may have had to run back and get it)!! It's a beautiful walk that's pram friendly up to dolphin point (which is as far as we went as Mr 3 really was not coping with the walking and we'd forgotten the baby carrier for Beau, which meant Mr 3 couldn't really go in the pram).
On the Tuesday we went to Australia Zoo (and this was actually the only day it rained heavily!). The kids had a great time seeing all the different animal, feeding the kangaroos, watching the crocodile show, and we even rode a camel. Mr 3, once again, found it tiring walking around. It is quite a large site and the animals are spread out but you can get the shuttle bus if needed (I didn't know how this would work with the pram so we just walked).
We also went to Mooloolaba to the Sealife Aquarium, which was great. Similar to the one in Darling Harbour in Sydney, but much less crowded! Plus a whole room dedicated to Octonauts, which kept Mr 3 happy!
Our villa was self contained so we did eat a lot of meals there to save money. But ate out sometimes too (we were on holidays after all). Betty's burgers were yummy, but we just really liked the plain beef one rather than the chicken or pork. The kids loved their milkshakes from there. We had ice cream from Messina and also Nitro Genie. Nitro Genie was so cool as we got to see them make the ice cream- the flavours were yummy too! We ate at the Noosa surf club one lunchtime, which was really family friendly and were lucky enough to get a table right on the balcony overlooking the water. We even saw some whales in the far distance!
I didn't make it to Eumundi markets like I planned, but did do some good shopping along Noosa Main Street, with Mr 3 as my little shopping companion!
In all, we had an amazing time away and can't wait to go back sometime!