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 Festival of Surfing: See legends, groms, surfing dogs and more at the Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing at First Point and Main Beach until Sat 17 March. There’s beach yoga at 7am every day, the Unitywater Sustainability Day Expo this Fri, live music in the XXXX Summer Beach Bar from 6pm (open 2-9pm), after-party at Cafe Le Monde from 9pm on Fri and closing party on Sat with B-Syde and Sunrose from 8.30pm

Rainbow River Festival: Join the fun-filled celebration of diversity, organised by the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) community at the Noosa Rainbow River Festival, 16-18 March. This Fri, sunset cocktails at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, 5pm; Melony’s Bar Hop, 6.30pm. On Sat, Festival Extravaganza at Villa Noosa Hotel, 8pm, with Flashback and the fabulous Powderpuff Girls, $10, 18+. On Sun, BYO riverside picnic near the Big Pelican, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, 10am-noon; River Parade, noon-2pm, from the jetty at 172 Gympie Tce, to Noosa Woods where Melony Brests presents a free show. Farewell drinks at Red on Thomas


Tapas with a view: Try the great range of unique tapas, cocktails and brews on tap at iS Tapas Bar, 249 Gympie Tce, Noosaville, overlooking Noosa River.Open 7 days, noon-late

Boneafide Broth: Slow Food Noosa has a breakfast with guest speakers Boneafide Broth at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Thurs 22 March, 8-9.30am, $32 includes breakfast, email

Smart Pups Charity Lunch: In celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Dog, Embassy XO at Sunshine Beach has a fundraising Yum Cha Banquet lunch on Friday 16 March for Smart Pups Assistance Dogs for special needs children. Meet and cuddle a Smart Pup, and a gorgeous new recruit puppy in training, while enjoying 10 courses of your favourite Yum Cha dishes, and a glass of bubbles, 12-3pm, $50pp. Book online or phone 5455 4460

Fresh Natural Asian
: Healthy Asian dishes showcasing fresh local produce at Fresh Natural Asian, 229 Gympie Tce, Noosaville, river views, cooking classes, open daily for lunch, dinner and takeaway. Ph 5440 5119


David Williamson premiere: The Queensland premiere of David Williamson's Sorting Out Rachel, presented by NOOSA alive! and Ensemble Theatre, is at The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, 21-23 March, 7.30pm, and 21 March at 2.30pm. Matinee $57.50, evening $62.50

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 16-22 March

  • San Cisco are at The Villa Noosa, Mary St, Noosaville, Fri 16 March, 8pm, $39.80. The Church play on Sat 17 March, 8pm, $44.90
  • Noosa Heads Surf Club hosts the Beach Party of the Year, Sun 18 March, 2-8pm, with live music from Lisa Hunt and the Dennis Sisters. Dress in beach gear - prizes for best dressed, $10 includes your first drink, food available, kids U18 free, tickets at the club bar or on the door. Also Fineline play this Fri 16 March, 8.30pm
  • Free live music at Sound Feast, The J, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Junction, Fri 16 March, 6pm with Hayley Calvert, The Long Johns, Let’s Dance Latin and more
  • At Café Le Monde, Hastings St, Sunrose and B-syde on Sat 17 March, 8pm; Jesse Morris on Sun, 4pm; and Lee Hardisty on Thurs 22 March at 5pm
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Flamarique this Fri 16 March, 7-10pm, and Gabor on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Andrew Lawson on Sat, 5-8pm; Carl Lynch on Sun, 4-7pm; and Brodie Graham on Thurs 22 March, 5-7pm
  • St Paddy’s Show with The Barleyshakes, Anna and Jordan, and Irish dance troupe Scoil Ard Rince at the Imperial Hotel in Eumundi, Fri 16 March, 7pm, $20 pre-sale at Oztix or at the venue (ph 5442 8811), $25 at the door (open 6.30pm), includes free entry to The Commitments screening on Sat 17 March. Also on Fri, Chris Ramsay, 6.30-9.30pm. On Sat, The Brown Trouts from noon; and James Oxley from 7pm. On Sun, Ryan Giles from 2-5pm
  • See Brad Schultz at 10 Hastings St Café this Fri 16 March and Wed 21, Flamarique on Sat and Thurs 22 March, Taylor Moss on Sun, and The Famo's on Tues 20 March
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel see Andrea Kirwin this Fri 16 March, 7pm; and Mark Moroney on Sat, 7pm
  • Clint Francis Band are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 18 March, 3-6pm
  • Noosa Convention Centre at Noosa Lakes Resort, 3 Hilton Tce, Tewantin, has house music this Fri, 5-10pm. On Sun, Piano Bar with David Flower, 12-6pm (music and food from 1pm). Free entry and parking
  • Jeunae Rogers is at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 21 March, 7pm
  • Brad Schultz is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 16 March, 3.30-6pm; Carl Lynch is on Sun from 2pm
  • At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 16 March, see Ross Blyton from 6pm
  • Shades are at Tewantin Noosa RSL on Fri 16 March, 8pm; The Legends of the Grand Ol Opry are on Sat, 8pm; and Fabian on Thurs 22 March from 6pm
  • Live music at Amae, 269 Gympie Tce, Noosaville, with Greg on Sun 18 March, 5-7pm
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • Live Irish music at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads on Thurs, 6-10pm

Why not...

Valley Rattler: Take a free historical tour of Mary Valley Rattler’s Gympie Station this Sat 17 March, 11am. Also Tunes by the Tracks at the historic Station Café this Sun, noon-3pm, book on 5348 9606. Take a Noosa Country and Mary Valley Drive and explore Noosa's hinterland region

Arts and crafts
: 25 Noosa art and craft groups will be showcased in an Open House at Noosa Arts & Crafts this Sat and Sun 17-18 March, 9.30am-3pm with an exhibition of Fabulous Fakes from Famous artists, Wearable Art and retrospective exhibition of water colourist Holly Simpson, Wallace Dve, Noosaville

Feeling Free: The Old Pomona Railway Station Gallery, 10 Station St, Pomona has a new exhibition of abstract paintings by Wendy Catlin in the Carriage Exhibition Room, Feeling Free to Play, Experiment and Risk. In the Banana Shed, a new exhibition by Maggie Gemmell with scenes of tranquillity and flowers in bloom (until 22 March). In the Signal and Station Master Rooms, new art and decor by local artists for sale. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. Take a Noosa Country Drive to the Noosa hinterland and explore Pomona’s cafes, antique stores, Noosa Trail Network and more

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

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

Paradise Seaplanes: Experience Noosa with a ‘Doors-Off Adventure Flight’ in Paradise Seaplanes' specially-designed Wilga for an awesome 5-star experience! Book Thur-Mon from 9am-4pm. Departs from Maroochy River. Book on 0437 719 088 or see

Ferry cruise: Take a sunset cruise on your way to dinner in Noosa with the Noosa Ferry, Tues to Sat, between Noosa Marina in Tewantin and the Sofitel Jetty in Noosa Heads, with several stops along the river near restaurants in Noosaville and Q Place at Noosa Sound. The BYO cruise costs $25 each – must book on 5449 8442   

Guitars and coffee: Combine 2 of favourite things at Walton Guitars and Coffee Showroom, 3/77 Noosa Dve, Noosa Heads. See custom and handmade guitars from some of Australia’s best, join a weekly guitar-making workshop or introductory guitar-making workshop every Fri from 11am-1pm, have a guitar lesson or just drop in for a great coffee. Ph 0476 375 389 

Helicopter tours: New luxury helicopter tours from Airborne Solutions offer scenic flights; beer, food and wine tours; Sunset Nibbles; Paddock to Plate; Pub Crawls; Romantic Getaway Tours; Spa Experiences or choose your own adventure. Enjoy a Black Ant gourmet picnic on top of a mountain in Eumundi, visit watering holes including the Apollonian Hotel at Boreen Point on the Heli Pub Crawl and travel over beach to the mountains in just a few minutes. Ph 1300 435 438 or see


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

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

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

River fishing: Fish the full length of the Noosa River from salt to fresh water with Noosa River Fishing Safaris, on-board the river boat, Becky – a great day out for the whole family and all levels of experience. Large casting platform, fishing equipment supplied, coaching available from the crew if needed. Daily half-day and 2-hour group and private charters available. Ph 0429 030 823 

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  

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 

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

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, or dine onboard Noosa Cruiser Restaurant. Browse 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 (except Sun 5 Nov). See

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

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 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

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 , 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 or pick up a brochure from Noosa Visitor Information Centres 

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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