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)

 

Events this week

Festival of Water: Water activities, live entertainment, kids’ fun, learn to kayak and standup paddleboard, fishing comp, boat trips to Mary River cod hatchery, wildlife shows, and much more at the Noosa Festival of Water this Sun 24 June, Noosa Botanic Gardens, on the shores of Lake Macdonald, Cooroy, 10am to 3pm, free entry. Shuttle bus available from parking areas.

Imaginate: Children’s art exhibition and festival, Imaginate, is at Noosa Regional Gallery, riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin until 15 July. Ignite the senses with educational and interactive displays, workshops and events

Cuisine

Italian weekend: Noosa Waterfront Restaurant, 142 Gympie Tce, Noosaville, has a Made In Italy dinner in collaboration with the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Accademia Italiana della Cucina, this Sat 23 June, 6.30pm, $110 for 5 courses with 5 matching wines. Also an Italian long lunch this Sun 24 June with antipasto, primi piatti , second course, dessert and a glass of prosecco, $69pp. Book online or ph 5474 4444

Journey Through June: Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St takes you on a culinary journey around the globe as executive chef Rose Ang and head chef Gene Quinlan present a weekly 4-course degustation menu. It’s Mediterranean every evening from Mon 25 to Fri 29 June, $69pp. Must book on 5474 9999 or online

Fireside Fridays: Chester's Restaurant at Amamoor Lodge in the Mary Valley, near Noosa hinterland has dinner in front of the log fire at Fireside Fridays until 31 August, featuring local seasonal produce, 2 courses $45pp, 3 courses $55pp, BYO alcohol. Must book on 5484 3500, accommodation available

Sunday roast: Be tempted with a terrific Sunday lunch roast at Gusto, overlooking Noosa River, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, from noon. Roast Bangalow pork belly with crackling, mash, buttered cabbage, apple sauce and a side of cauliflower and cheese, $36, ph 5449 7144 to book 

Healthy, wholesome beans: Spilldebeans café in the Noosa hinterland town of Pomona has beautiful wholesome and healthy meals made from produce from their own veggie patch. Also coffee, a wide range of tea, cold press juice and treats in the cosy garden courtyard. And plenty of space for the kids to play. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri 6.30am to 4pm, Sat 6.30am to 1pm

Entertainment

Trails in Motion: See some of the world’s finest trail and ultra running films at Trails in Motion film festival, The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, Thurs 28 June, 6.30pm, $32/$25/$22. Book at thej.com.au

String quartet: Noosa Music Society presents the Australian String Quartet at The Good Shepherd Lutheran Centre, Sun 24 June 4.30pm, $45 adult/$10 student. Book at thej.com.au

Chamber classic: The Chamber Philharmonia Cologne performs a diverse program of classics from Germany, from Antonio Vivaldi's Four Seasons to W.A. Mozart, Peter Tchaikovsky and Niccolo Paganini, this Sun 24 June, Anglican Church of Noosa, Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach, 2.30pm, $40/$35/$30. Book online or cash sales at the door

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 22-28 June
  • Che Burns plays at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 27 June, 6.30pm
  • Funky Folk with David Flower and Caroline Trengove at Noosa Convention Centre at Noosa Lakes Resort, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, this Sun 24 June from 2pm. Free event
  • See Brad Schultz at 10 Hastings St Café this Fri 22 June, Craig Madden on Sat, Taylor Moss on Tues 26 June, Brad Schultz on Wed and live music on Thurs 28 June
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Flamarique this Fri 22 June, 7-10pm; Alan Kelly on Sat, 7-10pm; and Taylor Moss on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Gabor on Sat 23 June, 5-8pm; Andrea Kirwin on Sun, 4-7pm; and Gabor on Thurs 28 June 5-7pm
  • Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville has Reverend Billy this Sun 24 June, 3pm
  • At Noosa Heads Surf Club, see Genexis this Fri 22 June, 8.30pm; and Brad Schultz on Sun 2-5pm
  • Strange Brew’s Swan song is at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 22 June, 8pm; The Lion’s Den on Sat, 8.30pm; and David Lee – Fiddle Me Please on Thurs 28 June from 6pm
  • SandFlys are at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, Fri 22 June, 5.30pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel this Sat 22 June, live music with Solar from noon and The Dreggs at 3pm at the Salt & Stone party, pouring the Sunshine Coast's only keg of Stone & Wood's limited release Wood Fired Porters
  • Sunset Bliss Duo at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 24 June, 3-6pm
  • At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 22 June, see Jay Bishoff from 6pm
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
  • Carl Lynch is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 22 June, 3.30-5.30pm; Michelle Brown is on Sun, 2-5pm
  • Sunday sunset session at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Sun 24 June
  • Love Ibiza Summer Sundays with Jamie Porteous (Ibiza Global Radio) this Sun 24 June, 3pm at Miss Moneypenny's, Hastings St
  • At Café Le Monde, Hastings St, Sevader and Nato are on Sat 23 June, 8pm; Che Burns is on Thurs 28 June, 5-7pm
  • Limerick are at The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Sat 23 June, $15 + booking fee through Oztix or at the door from 7.30pm. On Fri 22 June, see Chris Ramsay, 6.30-9.30pm. On Sat, Brown Trouts from noon; and Jay Bishoff from 6.30-9.30pm. On Sun, Ryan Giles from 2-5pm
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • Noosa Irish night with live music every Thurs from 7pm at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads

Coming up

Sound Feast: Kayso Grande from Brisbane bring their own eclectic brand of blues-fused rock and soul to the free Sound Feast event at The J Theatre, Noosa Junction on Friday 29 June, 6pm. Check out Kayso Grande before their first appearance on the Sunshine Coast. Also on the bill are The Hillybilly Goats, Lee Hardisty and more to be announced. Comfortable seating, dance floor, bar and snacks available 

Pete Murray: Pete Murray is at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville on his Heartbeats 3-piece acoustic tour, Thursday 5 July, 7pm, $50, 18+ 

The Angels: See The Angels on their Face To Face tour at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville, Saturday 7 July, 8pm, $40, 18+ 


Bastille Day: Celebrate Bastille Day at the River Deck Restaurant, right on the river at Noosa Marina, Sat 14 July, 6.30pm, with, a 3-course menu, glass of Cadence or French cocktail, can can dancers and live music, $90pp, must book on 5474 1100

Craft beer: The Hinterland Craft Beer Festival brings together brewers from Land & Sea Brewing, Copperhead, Macleod Brewing, Sunshine Brewery, Sunshine Coast Brewery, Brouhaha, Stalwart Brewing and Eumundi Brewery on Sat 30 June at The Imperial Hotel, noon - 8pm for tastes, talks, Q & A, street food, live music, pinball and more. Free entry

The Preatures: The Preatures and Ali Barter are at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville, Saturday 25 August, 8pm, $34.70, 18+

Why not...

Winter spa special: Award-winning, luxury Ikatan Spa Noosa, set in beautiful tropical gardens at Grays Rd, Doonan is an authentic Asian wellness spa experience. Warm up with the Warmth of Bali Package, 2 hours, $270, with Chai scrub/wrap, massage, facial and complimentary glass of champagne or herbal T2 tea to enjoy in the gardens. Ph 5471 1199

Wildlife and birdwatching: Save 25% on Tropical Treks Guided Bushwalks and Birdwatching’s full day winter tour for 2 adults – now just $323.75 for 2, includes morning tea, picnic lunch and return transfers to Noosa, 7am-5pm. Book online or email info@tropicaltreks.com.au

Art Party Fun: Create your own artwork to take home at Art Party Fun’s special night at Noosa Leisure Centre, Fri 22 June, 6pm. Materials and instruction provided, no experience necessary, $55. Must book on 0416 342 015

On the river: Combine 3 Noosa experiences – the river, food and shopping – and catch a Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, Tewantin for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between, all with gorgeous river views. Café Vin Cino is open for breakfast and lunch; The River Deck, Pier 11 and Italian Marina have superb views for lunch and dinner; Harbour Wine Bar is open all day for coffee, meal or a drink; dine on-board Noosa Cruiser Restaurant; and Noosa Amore Gelato has gelato and more. There’s also fish and chips, fashion, chocolates, gifts, a beauty salon, yoga and day spa. Book a sunset cruise with MV Noosa Queen, a Noosa Leisuretime Houseboat, or hire a boat from Ready 2 Go Boat Hire. If you go Sunday morning, check out the Marina Markets

Birds-eye view of paradise: Join Paradise Seaplanes for an amazing flight in the quietest piston-engined seaplane in the world! The Wilga Warbird was designed for surveillance, has more glass than a helicopter and excels at flying low and slow. Intimate tours for up to 3 people take off from the Maroochy River and whisk you away over the glorious coastline and Noosa Biosphere Reserve. A must-do experience, Thurs-Mon. Book online or phone 1 3000 66672   


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!

Country Drive: Extend your stay and experience Noosa’s country. Book for a relaxing hinterland escape, surrounded by hiking and biking trails, lakes, mountain lookouts and country villages with unique eateries, breweries and cafes. Stay in cosy B&Bs and hinterland retreats. Take a Noosa Country Drive

Explore K’gari: Fall in love with K'gari (Fraser Island), the world’s largest sand island as Drop Bear Adventures take you on a 2 or 3-day tag-along safari. Explore beautiful lakes and beaches with Drop Bear’s guides and learn about the island’s rich culture and gorgeous wildlife. Book on 0487 333 606 or see dropbearadventures.com.au

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

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


Take a dive
: Sunreef Scuba Diving in Mooloolaba has local reef dives, and diving on the ex-HMAS Brisbane, including a night dive on Sat 14 April. They’re also a 5-Star PADI Training Centre. Ph 5444 5656

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


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, take a jet boat tour or try the new Nauticycle 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 (photo courtesy of AMB Magazine) 
Retail by the river
: Take a wander through the shops of Noosaville, alongside Noosa River, with a great range of stores offering homewares, fashion, surfwear, books, jewellery and more, in styles from beachy to classic and vintage. tart your shopping trip in the Gympie Tce, Thomas St and Mary St area, before relaxing at one of the many cafes and restaurants. If you’re driving, head a bit further on to Gateway Dve for some great warehouse-style fashion and homewares showrooms, or take the Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, Tewantin for boutiques, gifts, restaurants and bars on the river

Fit kids: Noosa Leisure Centre, 9 Wallace Drive, Noosaville, has a new Noosa Fit Kids Program for 4-8-year-olds, a fun, non-competitive, multi-sport program with team and individual activities that change weekly, including basketball, soccer, cricket, gymnastics, tennis, badminton, netball and volleyball. Casual or term bookings available, Tues 3.30-4.30pm (during Qld school terms). Ph 5329 6550 or see online

Horse riding:
Go horse riding in Noosa through bush, lake, rainforest or open beaches. Equathon has daily horse riding tours along Noosa North Shore beaches and a 7-day bush tour. Noosa Horse Riding takes you on a beautiful ride in and around Lake Weyba, just 10 minutes from Noosa Heads. And Mary Valley Adventure Trails, near the Noosa hinterland has rides through lush farmland and rainforest. Call the Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA for details or see visitnoosa.com.au/play

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

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

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'

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: 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

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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