Noosa Festival of Water 2018

Noosa Festival of Water 2018

  • When: Sunday 24 June 2018
  • Where: Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake Macdonald, Cooroy
  • Time: 10am to 3pm
  • Price: Free entry
  • Phone: 07 5482 4766
  • Website: www.noosafestivalofwater.org

The Noosa Festival of Water on the shores of the stunning Lake Macdonald in the Noosa Botanic Gardens provides something for all ages to enjoy, with live entertainment, water activities, kids' fun, information on how to protect and care for the unique ecological and environmental attributes which make Noosa such a special place to live and visit.

Bring along your boardies and a towel if you want to make use of the calm waters of Lake Macdonald to learn to kayak and standup paddleboard. The Creative Kids Marquee with activities focused on caring for our land and water in the Noosa Biosphere is a great place for kids and parents to spend an hour or more.

For a chance to win a prize, keen anglers of all ages should register now for the Catch and Release Bass Fishing Competition which kicks off at 6.30am on the day at Mary River Cod Park in Collwood Road.

The Festival offers a rare opportunity to visit the Gerry Cook Hatchery and learn how wild populations of the Mary River cod, one of Australia’s most endangered freshwater fish, are being restored. You can reach the hatchery by road or take a free boat trip across the Lake from the Botanic Gardens to Mary River Cod Park and back.

Be entertained throughout the day by fantastic local artists and experts in the magnificent Grecian-style Amphitheatre. Highlights include:

  • Storytelling and dance from Lyndon Davis and the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers
  • Andrea Kirwin
  • Phenix
  • Strangest Dreamers
  • Geckoes Wildlife’s Martin Fingland with his collection of furry, feathered and slithery native wildlife.

The Noosa Community Biosphere group will offer heavily discounted stainless steel water bottles which can be filled at Unitywater’s “Back to Tap” refill station at the Festival.

There will be information and displays, and kids' face painting, a jumping castle, snake and reptile shows, and food and drink.

A courtesy bus operates all day from the parking areas along Lake Macdonald Drive, Cooroy.

The Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee hosts this free annual event with support from Noosa Council, Seqwater, Unitywater, the Burnett Mary Regional Group and Queensland Water and Land Carers. The Festival is also supported by Noosa Landcare, the staff at the Noosa Botanic Gardens and hundreds of volunteers dedicated to caring for Noosa's natural environment.

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