This Week in Noosa

Welcome to Noosa, with its beautiful natural surrounds, cosmopolitan atmosphere and vibrant calendar of events! If you're looking for something to do during your holidays, here are some ideas for you, or call into Noosa Visitor Information Centres at Hastings St, or Parkyn's Hut or Noosa Marina in Tewantin. Phone +61 7 5430 5000 or Freecall in Australia 1 3000 NOOSA (66672)

 

Upcoming Events

Noosa Open Studios: Visit Noosa artists in their private studios at Noosa Open Studios from this Fri 18 to Sun 20 Aug and travel through Noosa’s villages, from the sea to the trees. Pick up a studio guide from Wallace House, Wallace Dve, Noosaville; Noosa Regional Gallery, Tewantin; or Noosa Visitor Information Centres in Hastings St and Noosa Marina

Extreme circus: Circus Phoenix presents Extreme Circus with Freestyle Flair Trail Riders, The Wheel of Steel, Vagas Illusions, cool clowns, aerial acrobats, Globe of Death and more, at Noosa Tigers AFL grounds, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, daily until Sun 20 Aug, then 23-27 Aug. From $35 adult, $30 student/pensioner, $25 child (3-13 years), $105 family pass. Ph 0438 488 001 or see circusphoenix.com.au for times

Twilight Market: Junction Twilight Market this Fri 18 Aug, 5-9pm in Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, just over the hill from Hastings St, has artisan stalls, street food, the Flava Bar serving up happy hour drinks all night, kidzone and live music

Cuisine

Tequila, trivia and taco: Bordertown Cocktails & Cantina, 1/253 Gympie Tce, Noosaville has $5 taco and tequila punch on Tuesdays, and trivia and Mexican bingo from 7-10pm, with $100 in bar tab prizes to win. Book on 5442 4242

Winter World Feast
: InNoosa Magazine hosts a Winter World Feast with 8 courses of tapas-style dishes from around the world, washed down with matching beverages and overlooking the Noosa River at IS Tapas Bar, Noosaville, this Fri 18 Aug at noon. Cost is $69pp. Must book on 5447 1818

Sunday roast
: Padstows in Noosa Junction has a traditional Sunday roast beef this Sun 20 Aug from noon. $24 adult, $12 child. Book on 5447 5413

Afternoon Tasters
: River views, delicious tastes and only $10 for food and drink specials at Sirocco Noosa, 257 Gympie Tce, Noosaville, every day from 3-5pm. There are 10 choices for $10 plates, including Bebere spiced onion rings with garlic aioli; Goats cheese and spinach warka filo with beetroot relish; Toasted crisp bread, tomato chilli jam, goats curd and dukkah; and Mini antipasto plate of Persian feta, roasted vegetables, olives and croutons. $10 also gets you 2 beers or 2 glasses of wine or 2 spirits or a cocktail

Good-bye to Winter
: Thomas Corner Eatery, Thomas St and Gympie Tce, Noosaville has a Good-bye to Winter dinner, Fri 18 Aug, 6.30pm, 4 courses and glass of wine on arrival, $85pp. Menu includes Spanner crab, avocado, blood orange, Yarra Valley roe; Spring lamb, rosemary and parmesan gnocchi; Strawberry tart, lime, vanilla cream. Book on 5470 2224

Create and taste: Warm up with wintry cooking with Rickys head chef Josh Smallwood at The Cooking School Noosa on as he demonstrates how to create delicious dishes from the sea to the table, on 19 August. Ph 5447 2455 or book online

French fare: aromas in Hastings St celebrate their French bistro roots with a new weekly menu offering hearty French meals. A different classic French dish is available Mon-Fri from 5pm. Book on 5474 9788 

Entertainment

Jazz at The J: Noosa Jazz Club presents The Kitty Kats at The J, Noosa Junction, Sat 19 Aug, 7.30pm. Ph 5447 2229

Noosa Orchestra
: Violinist Warwick Adeney from Queensland Symphony Orchestra joins the Noosa Orchestra for Virtuosity, Fantasy and Revolution, conducted by Antoni Bonetti and featuring the Noosa String Ensemble and Noosa Mini Strings, this Sun 20 August at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 115 Eumundi Road, Noosaville, 2.30pm. Tickets $25 adult, $15 concession, $5 student, children free. Tickets at the door or phone 0412 800 755

Top dogs:
The Top Dog Film Festival at The J, Noosa Heads, Fri 18 Aug, 7.30pm short films about dogs and their people. $27.50 adult, $22.50 child 2-15 years. Book at thej.com.au, ph 5329 6560 or at the box office

Live music:
Check out great live music in Noosa from 18-24 August
  • Australian guitar rock legend Dai Pritchard (Rose Tattoo) is at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi, Fri 18 Aug, 7.30pm with Lee T-bone Turner, $25 pre-sale (+BF) through Oztix or at the venue, or $30 at the door. Rockestra, an 11-piece megaband plays fave tunes from ‘70s and ‘80s this Sat 19 Aug, 7pm, tickets $25 + BF at rockestra.eventbrite.com.au. Also this Fri, T J Carter from noon and Ryan Giles from 7pm. On Sat, The Brown Trouts from noon. On Sun, Jay Bishoff from 2pm. On Wed, Andrea Kirwin from noon
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel see Nicole Brophy this Fri 18 Aug, 6pm; Alan Kelly on Sat, 3pm; and Sunday Songfest on Sun from 1pm
  • Smooth jazz to warm the soul at Wood Fire Grill, Noosa Heads on Wed 23 Aug, 6pm with Leena Salim Acoustic Jazz Duo, featuring Arron Bool on guitar. Book on 5473 5904
  • Café Le Monde, Hastings St has DJs this Sat 19 Aug from 8pm, and Nick Cunningham on Thurs 24 Aug from 5pm
  • Noosa Beach House Bar, Hastings St has Andrew Jolly this Fri 18 Aug, 7-10pm and Clint Francis Duo on Sun, 2.30-5.30pm
  • Sneak Preview are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 18 Aug, 8pm; Fabulous Sounds of the 60s on Sat, 8pm; Phil King is on Thurs 24 Aug at 6pm
  • Jeunae Rogers is at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 23 August, 6.30pm
  • Noosa Surf Club has The Battle of the Rising Stars on Sun from 2-5pm
  • At Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 18 Aug, Ryan Giles from 3.30pm; on Sun, Hurricane Duo at 2pm
  • Unplugged at Halse Lodge Bar & Restaurant, Noosa Heads every Thurs night with Jay Bishoff, Ryan Giles and friends
  • Living in the 70s are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 20 Aug, 3-6pm
  • Irish music at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads, Thurs 24 Aug, 6-10pm with Alan Kelly Trio
  • Live music at Laguna Arcade, Hastings St this Thurs and Sun (Alan Kelly), 4-8pm

Why not...

Eco Cruise: See and learn about Noosa’s history and amazing birds, river life and flora on a 2hr Noosa Eco Cruise, Tues and Thurs. Includes river cruise, nature walk, morning tea and all-day Noosa Ferry pass (same day). Must book on 5449 8442

Under the Same Sky: Noosa Welcomes Refugees hosts authors Mojgan Shamsalipoor and Milad Jafari at the launch of their book, Under the Same Sky, about the extraordinary challenges in their quest for freedom and love from Iran to Australia, at The J Noosa this Sat 19 Aug, 5.30-7.30pm. Books, refreshments and handicrafts made by refugees will be available

Strawberry fields: The local strawberry season has started so take a Noosa Country Drive to Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Rd Wolvi, 40mins north of Noosa via Kin Kin Rd for delicious sun-ripened strawberries. Farm gate and cafe open daily 8am-5pm. Also country breakfast or Devonshire tea this Sun morning, and Paella in the Paddock Sun from 1-4pm. Ph 5486 7512

Partners in Textile
: Textile artists Helen McIntosh, Sybil Orr and Cathy Moon have a new exhibition, Partners in Textile with artworks and jewellery at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, Maple St, Cooroy until 19 Sept (open Tues-Sun, 10am-3pm)

Motorbike tours:
Hire a motorbike from Aussie Biker Tours and Rental and explore Noosa’s coastal and hinterland areas. Dirt bikes available for beach riding or visit nearby World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Cruiser and adventure touring bikes, and Honda Groms for serious fun also available. See aussiebiker.com.au or ph 5474 1050

Dolphin safari
: For one of the best views of Noosa from the water, Noosa Oceanrider jet boat has a new Dolphin Safari Tour that takes it nice & cruisy from Noosaville, along Noosa River and into Laguna Bay, past Main Beach then around the Noosa National Park headland, past the hidden bays and surf points, and on to Sunshine Beach, searching for our pod of dolphins and migrating humpback whales. Ph 0438 386 255

Spa birthday: Great birthday specials at Stephanies Ocean Spa Noosa in August. Try the Winter warmer with Heated Stone Massage and Scalp Elixir, 60min, $109; French remedy beauty facial, 60min, $109; or Sole soother warm foot infusion and exfoliation, 40min, $99. Ph 1300 DAY SPA

Stand up paddle: Explore Noosa’s beautiful waterways on a stand up paddle board with Noosa Stand Up Paddle. Relaxed group classes, hire boards, private lessons or SUP yoga with fully qualified instructors. For all ages and experience. They’re at 172 Gympie Tce, Noosaville

Winter art: The Old Pomona Railway Station Gallery has new exhibitions for winter with Freedom of Expression in the Carriage Exhibition Room by Pomona artist Janey Richards – bold colours inspired by the natural world. Creative Diversity exhibition in the Banana Shed. Trooping the Colour with paintings, photography, digital art and ceramics in the Signal and Station Master Room – at 10 Station St, Pomona, Noosa hinterland

Feijoas on the farm: Visit Hinterland Feijoas, an organic fruit orchard near Eumundi, open at the farm gate on Saturdays from 9am-3pm with organic coffee and cakes, artisan gifts, farm shop, light lunches from Myrtle the Food Van, farm animals and great views for a beautifully relaxing Noosa Country Drive. They’re at 131 Browns Rd, Belli Park

Stay in Noosa country: Why not extend your stay and experience Noosa’s country  while on holiday here? Book for a relaxing hinterland escape in a cosy B&B or hinterland retreat, surrounded by hiking and biking trails, lakes, mountain lookouts  and country villages

On the river:
Combine 3 great Noosa experiences – the river, food and shopping – and catch a Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, Tewantin for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between, right on the river at Café Vin Cino, The River Deck Restaurant, Pier 11 Restaurant, Italian Marina Restaurant, Harbour Wine Bar or fish and chips. See Hearts and Minds Art’s beautiful gallery and gift space, browse other gift and fashion stores or get pampered at Sheer Bliss Beauty Day Spa. Book a sunset cruise with MV Noosa Queen, a Noosa Leisuretime Houseboat or a luxury pontoon and other water craft from Ready 2 Go Boat Hire. Also markets every Sunday. See noosamarina.com.au

Relax and unwind:
Book a pampering treatment at one of Noosa’s heavenly day spas or massage rooms – or have them come to you! Warm up with a Yoga or Pilates session in a dedicated Noosa studio, on the beach or even on a stand-up paddle board. Spoil yourself or a loved one this week. Phone the Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au/relax

Tewantin National Park
: Looking for an unforgettable way to explore Noosa? Hire a Premium Mountain Bike from Bike On and ride the Wooroi trails in Tewantin National Park (pictured). With 25km of flow trails from easy beginner through Intermediate and Black Diamond, it's easy to see why it's been rated as one of the best MTB areas in South East Queensland. The bikes are perfect for the local riding conditions and come with a handy trail map to make self-guiding a breeze.  Ph 5474 3322 or see bikeon.com.au

Grab Rock:
See amazing views from Noosa’s Mt Tinbeerwah before you abseil down the rockface with half-day adventures, sunset abseils or a Rock n Surf experience. See grabrock.com.au

Learn to surf:
Learn to surf in Noosa’s calm waters! Call the Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au/play for local surf schools where experienced coaches can help you out, from beginner to advanced. You’ll be standing up in no time!

Explore Noosa: 
Explore with tours from Noosa to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island; kayak the pristine Noosa Everglades; go cruising or fishing on Noosa River; stand-up paddle or take a jet boat tour on the river; join a bike tour through Tewantin National Park; hire a car for a Noosa Country Drive. Phone the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 66672 or call in at Hastings St

Fun on the water:
Jump on a jet ski for an adrenalin rush on the Noosa River or join a guided jet ski tour in Laguna Bay, off Noosa’s Main Beach and around Noosa National Park. Find out more from the Noosa Visitor Information Centre, call 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au and search for 'jet ski'

Messing about on boats:
Explore the beautiful Noosa River and its bird and marine life – hire a pontoon or quiet electric boat, take a fishing or crabbing tour, a Noosa Ferry between Noosa Marina and Hastings St, a sunset cruise, gondola or 1940s power boat, jet boat tour, jet ski and more. Ph 1 3000 NOOSA, see Visitor Information Centres or visitnoosa.com.au/play

National Park:
Take a walk or run through the Noosa National Park, just minutes from Hastings St, with coastal tracks with gorgeous views across Laguna Bay to Noosa North Shore – you may even spot a whale, koala, dolphin or turtle! Inland tracks take you through rainforest and eucalypt woodlands. Drop into the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or the park’s information centre, open 7 days

River of mirrors
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Discover the Noosa Everglades, the river of mirrors, with its magnificent wildlife and pristine wilderness with a range of guided and self-guided kayak tours, or by boat from Noosaville. Ask at the Visitor Information Centre, Hastings St, Noosa Heads or phone 1 3000 NOOSA (66672)

Sunset cruise
: The Noosa River at sunset is a beautiful way to start the evening and a cruise is a great way to arrive at dinner! Noosa Ferry has sunset cruises between Hastings St and Noosa Marina, Tues-Sat – ph 5449 8442. Noosa River & Canal Cruises leave from Noosaville and Noosa Heads, Wed-Sat, BYO snacks and drinks and they'll supply the glasses and ice buckets – ph 0414 727 765. The  Noosa Queen ’s sunset cruise leaves from Noosa Marina and is fully licensed – ph 5455 6661. MV Catalina has Saltwater Sunday cruises on Sundays, 3-6pm, ph 0484 598 993

Fraser fun:
World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, or K’Gari, the world’s largest sand island is on Noosa’s doorstep! Join a day tour, a 2 or 3-day 4x4 adventure or drive yourself. See visitnoosa.com.au , call in at the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or phone 1 3000 NOOSA

Noosa by ferry: Explore Noosa by ferry along the river – a great way to get around between Hastings St, Noosaville and Noosa Marina at Tewantin, all day, every day. Also Sunset Cruise, Tues-Sat, $22.50; and Eco Cruise, Tues and Thurs, $49, includes morning tea and all-day Ferry Pass. Ph 5449 8442

Country drive: The Noosa Country Drive has more than 100 touring experiences through the Noosa hinterland, with an interactive journey planner. Find out where to pat an alpaca or join a cheese-making class, find mountain lookouts and walking trails, visit a blacksmith's sound garden, enjoy a high tea - and more! See visitnoosa.com.au/country-drive or pick up a brochure from Noosa Visitor Information Centres

Fishing fun: Throw in a line and catch your own dinner – the Noosa River is a beautiful spot for fishing along the banks or hire a boat and find your own secret spot. Talk to local anglers at Davo's Tackle World in Noosaville who love to give tips, along with selling fresh and frozen bait and fishing gear. Ph 5449 8099

For more about what to do in Noosa, call into the Noosa Visitor Information Centres at Hastings Street (open every day except Christmas Day) or Noosa Marina in Tewantin. Phone +61 7 5430 5000 or 1 3000 NOOSA (66672).






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