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

Public holiday: Friday 15 September is a public holiday in the Noosa Shire for the Noosa Country Show. Please be advised that some businesses may not be open and some may charge a public holiday surcharge

School holiday fun: A Waterworld theme park, lollipop making, arty workshops, pirate talk, Aladdin, outdoor movies, Lego, cute animals and much more fun in our Noosa Spring School Holiday Guide

Showtime!: The Noosa Country Show is fun for all the family this Fri and Sat 15-16 Sept at Pomona Showgrounds, cnr Exhibition St and Pavilion St, Pomona in the Noosa hinterland. There’s horse and cattle events, rides and sideshow alley, live entertainment, fireworks, Grand Parade, sheep shearing, woodchop, rodeo, baby animal feeding, dogs, poultry, classic cars, art and craft, ute muster, kids' workshops, magic and more. Admission $15 per day for adult, $10 per child; Family Pass (up to 2 adults and 3 children) is $35 for one day

Floating Land: Art, workshops and events in nature and about nature at Floating Land: Lost and Found around Noosa from now to 15 Oct. This Sat 16 Sept, Mangrove The Masterclass with Kim Schoenberger, Stories in the Earth with Sophy Blake. On Sun 17 Sept, free yoga and guided meditation in Noosa Woods from 6-7am. Exhibitions at Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin are Living on the Edge by Nicola Moss and ArtCycle

Cuisine

Pop-up wine bar: Embassy XO in Sunshine Beach has a pop-up wine bar on Thursday 21 September. Enjoy 6 of Nocton Vineyard's delicious wines with matching canapés by chef Sam Tapscott in the XO Wine Bar. Tickets are $30. Book on 5455 4460

Fresh Natural Asian:
Enjoy original Asian cuisines including Malaysian, Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese, with an emphasis on healthy eating at Fresh Natural Asian, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, overlooking Noosa River. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Book on 5440 5119

Aperitivo Hour: A selection of Cicchetti dishes for $45 at Locale Noosa, Hastings Street or a large stone-fired pizza with a glass of selected wine or beer for $25. Available 7 days from noon to 6pm. Book on 5447 5111

Puzzles Café: Feed your brain along with your appetite at Puzzles Café at Noosa Blue Resort in Noosa Heads. Solve brainteasers, Sudoku puzzles and more at your table to keep you guessing over breakfast, lunch (ribs, tacos, burgers and salads) or cocktails by the pool

Entertainment

Eumundi Rocks: Little Pattie is at Eumundi Rocks this Sat 16 Sept, plus Blue Suede and The Doo Wop Dolls, Eumundi School of Arts Hall, Memorial Drive, doors open 6pm, tickets $68 includes scrumptious ’60s-style meal from Spoonfed and a glass of bubbles. Cash bar and prizes for best dressed ‘60s style. See ticketbo.com.au/eumundirocks

Jack of Hearts: Queensland premiere of David Williamson's Jack of Hearts, a romantic comedy with a twist at Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, until 23 Sept with evening and matinee performances. See noosaartstheatre.org.au for dates and to book, or ph 5449 9343. Tickets $31/$27/$22


Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 15-21 September
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel see Kate and Brett from Dubarray this Fri 15 Sept, 6pm; Jodi Martin Trio on Sat, 6pm; Shannon Sol Carroll on Sun from 3pm
  • Johnny Cash Tribute at Majestic Theatre Pomona this Sat 16 Sept, 7.30pm with Dali Platz. Ticket $30 at trybooking.com/308584. Music in the oasis garden on Sun, 3pm, free. Bar open. Followed by silent movie with live accompaniment, $14
  • Late For Woodstock are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 17 Sept, 3-6pm
  • Shades of Grey are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 15 Sept, 8pm; Johnny O’Keefe tribute is on Sat, 8pm; Stuart Salangsang is on Thurs 21 Sept at 6pm
  • Ryan Delaney is at Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, this Fri 15 Sept, 6.30pm
  • Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Sun 17 Sept see Dorothy in the Woods from 2pm
  • At Café Le Monde, Hastings St, Dan Horne on Sun 17 Sept, 4pm; Hayden Hack on Thurs 21 Sept, 5pm
  • Blue Child Collective are at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 20 Sept, 6.30pm
  • Live Irish music at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads on Thurs 20 Sept, 6-10pm
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy live music from some of Noosa’s most talented musicians
  • At The Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Fri 15 Sept, Renny Field at noon; Annie J & Fusion at 7pm. On Sat, The Brown Trouts, noon; Malia Stirling + Murray Law at 7pm. On Sun, Suzie Keenan, 2pm. On Wed 20 Sept, Andrea Kirwin from noon
  • At 10 Hastings St Café this Fri 15 Sept see Son Galle. On Sat and Thurs, see Flamarique. On Wed 20 Sept see Brad Schultz
  • The Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Andrew Lawson this Fri 15 Sept, 7-10pm; Clint Francis Duo on Sun, 2.30-5.30pm; and Alan Kelly on Wed 20 Sept, 5.30-7.30pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Andrew Lawson this Sat 5-8pm and Thurs 21 Sept 5-7pm; and Gabor on Sun 4-7pm
  • At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 15 Sept, see Joe Phillips

Why not...

Twilight market: The Junction Twilight Market this Fri 15 Sept, 5-9pm in Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, just over the hill from Hastings St has a kidzone, buskers, live music, artisan stalls, food trucks and the Flava pop-up bar with happy hour prices all night

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 

Girls’ weekend: Relax with Ripple Massage’s girls’ weekend spa special for $110, including full body massage in the style of your choice, body scrub, mini facial and reflexology. Ripple will come to you so book today on 0438 567 906

 

Skydive Noosa: Skydive Noosa is the ultimate high, taking you in a plane up to 14,000ft for an incredible drop with breathtaking views from the Glasshouse Mountains to Noosa and Fraser Island before landing on Coolum Beach. Ph 1300 663 634 or see skydive.com.au

Holster collection: The stunning new Azura show collection has arrived at Holster Boutique, 6/55 Gateway Drive, Noosaville, with rose golds and soft nudes in a range of sandals, wedges, canvas and sneakers. Chrome accents, natural jute, pearl beading and cork detailing will complete any resort look! Also reductions on season 2016 styles. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Silent films: Silent films at the historic Majestic Theatre (pictured) in Pomona, in the Noosa hinterland, the longest running silent film theatre in the world, every market day, 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Kids welcome. $14 adult, $10 school children. Ph 0410 573 629 for information 


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 

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


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


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  

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

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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