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

Holiday events: The Noosa School Holiday Guide has plenty of fun events and attractions around Noosa these school holidays - from bird shows and a pirate pantomime learn to sail and outdoor movies

Flowers and food: The Ginger Flower & Food Festival at The Ginger Factory, Pioneer Rd, Yandina, 19-21 Jan, is a feast of flowers, food and fun with cooking demonstrations from renowned chefs, garden talks, a showcase of ornamental gingers and heliconias and more. Free entry. See gingerfactory.com.au

Twilight Market: The Junction Twilight Market is on Fri 19 Jan, 5-9pm at Arcadia St, Noosa Junction with live music from Jackson Greene Music and The Van Boys, the Flava pop up bar, street food and artisan stalls

 

Cuisine

Bubbles & Brie: Cheese Therapy are hosting a Bubbles & Brie event at Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas this Sat 20 Jan, 6-8.30pm. Discover 8 brilliant cheeses across 4 different stations at your own pace, enjoyed with some of the best bubbles from around the world! $69pp, includes cheese and four glasses of bubbles or wine. Cheese and other items will be available to purchase. See cheesetherapy.com.au

Lunch by the River:
Gusto Noosa, overlooking the Noosa River at 257 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, have a lunch special available Mon to Sat. Roast harissa crusted chicken breast, butternut pumpkin, pine nut and baby gem salad. $27pp, includes a glass of white wine or shiraz. Ph 5449 7144

Sunday Spritz:
Join Locale Noosa, Hastings St, for Sunday Spritz on 21 Jan with Aperol and Campari Spritz cocktails, Latin music by Pablo Degregori, and cicchetti dishes in the courtyard, 12-4.30pm. Ph 5447 5111

Concretes for summer: Concretes are super delicious desserts at Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co, Hastings St. Exclusive vanilla or chocolate frozen custard ice-cream made on-site daily, blended with your favourite ingredients – choose from new York cheesecake, salted caramel sauce, cookie dough, classic brownie, almond toffee and other mix-ins

Relish refreshments: Overlooking the lush green golf course at Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort in Noosa Heads, Relish Restaurant is perfect for all appetites, from a morning cappuccino to a gourmet 3-course meal. The Clubhouse is the place to enjoy a drink, breakfast, lunch, light refreshment or dinner. Also a high tea menu at Noosa Springs Spa. Ph 5440 3333 or see 

Kids play while adults dine: Captain Underpants movie night and meal on Sun 14 Jan at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, 5.30- 8.30pm, supervised by Nannies of Noosa while adults enjoy a 2-course meal at View Restaurant. Cost is $35 per child and $45 per adult. Must book - phone 5455 2200 

Hinterland Feijoas: Visit Hinterland Feijoas, an organic fruit orchard close to Eumundi, with a gorgeous farm shop, gallery and Myrtle the retro food van, open every Sat, 9am-3pm for organic teas, coffee, cakes and light meals, and a range of feijoa gourmet products, plus unique gifts created by local artists. Feijoas are a fragrant, smooth-skinned, sub-tropical fruit with creamy sweet jelly centres. Beautiful hinterland views and kids can pat the mini ponies. 131 Browns Rd, Belli Park  

Fresh gelato: Gelatissimo Noosa in Hastings St has beautiful artisan gelato freshly made in-store, no artificial colours or flavours. More than 30 flavours including Salted Macadamia and Dulce de Leche. Also gelato shakes, donuts and take-home tubs. Open till late

Pack a picnic: From sunrise to sunset, Noosa’s outdoors are the perfect place for a picnic – on top of Mt Tinbeerwah, by the Noosa River foreshore at Noosaville and Tewantin, on a Noosa Country Drive, on the Eastern beaches (swim between the red and yellow flags), or at the Noosa River mouth as the sun sets. What’s your favourite spot? Find yummy picnic food at Providore on Hastings, Belmondos Organic Market, Gibsons Noosa, Organika, Kin Kin General Store, or let Getaway Pantry pack it for you, or a gift basket from D'licious Gourmet Hampers

American BBQ class: New American BBQ cooking class with life’s a feast cooking school in Noosaville. Learn smoke, spice, and low and slow techniques. Up to 10 participants, includes full sit-down meal with wine. Ph 0438 469 692 or see lifesafeast.com.au

Gin Bar: The new Gin Bar is open at Boardwalk Bistro, 49 Hastings St, with top-shelf Australian artisan gins and beachfront views. Ph 5448 0888
 
Country coffee: Take a Noosa Country Drive to Pomona in the Noosa hinterland, or ride your bike and get your country coffee fix at one of the historic town's great cafes. Trail 518 has Flying West coffee, breakfast and lunch from Tues-Sun, 7am-4pm in Memorial Ave. In the same street is Spilldebeans with local, wholesome and healthy meals, hot and cold drinks and a cozy garden courtyard. Hollyhock Cottage in Factory St has morning and afternoon teas and light lunch on Sundays, 9.30am-5pm and is a plant nursery, gift and homewares store every day

Entertainment

Pirates of the Panto: Set sail for fun and adventure on the high seas with Zac Sparrow, Captain Spongebag Roundpants, and colourful characters in Pirates of the Panto, Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, Sat 20 Jan, 11am and 2pm; Sun, 1pm and 4pm. $15, ph 5449 9343 or noosaartstheatre.org.au

Outdoor movies: Starry Nights Outdoor Movies at Coolum Beach Flicks, Tickle Park, Sat 20 Jan, 6.30pm, Lego Batman Movie, free. Peregian Beach Village Flicks, Kingfisher Drive, Thurs 25 Jan, 6.30pm, Paper Planes, free 

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 19-25 January
  • Head to Miss Moneypenny's, Hastings St for the Love Ibiza Summer Sunday Sessions, as Jamie Porteous brings the Balearic beats and live instrumentals, and streams live from Noosa on Ibiza Global Radio 
  • Skeggs in the V Room at The Villa Noosa, Mary St, Noosaville, Fri 19 Jan, 8pm, $24.50; Benji at the Sunday Sessions, Sun 21 Jan, 1-4pm; Cosmic Psychos and The Chats, Thurs 25 Jan, 8pm, $29.60 
  • The Febs are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 21 Jan, 3-6pm 
  • At Café Le Monde, Hastings St, DJ Mass Room this Sat 20 Jan, 8pm; Gian on Sun 21 Jan, 4pm; and Lee Hardisty on Thurs 25 Jan, 5pm 
  • Lee Hardisty is at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 24 Jan, 7pm 
  • Brad Schultz is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 19 Jan, 6pm; Carl Lynch is on Sun from 6pm 
  • See Craig Madden at 10 Hastings St Café this Fri 19 Jan, Flamarique on Sat and Thurs, AJ on Sun, Hayden Hack on Tues and Brad Schultz on Wed 
  • The Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Fri 19 Jan has Renny Field from noon; and Ryan Giles from 6.30-9.30pm. On Sat, The Brown Trouts from noon and Milly Krpan from 7pm. On Sun, Alan Kelly from 2-5pm. On Wed 24 Jan, Andrea Kirwin from noon-3pm 
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Flamarique this Fri 19 Jan, 7-10pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Andrew Lawson on Sat, 5-8pm; Gabor on Sun, 4-7pm; and Brodie Graham on Thurs 25 Jan, 5-7pm 
  • Late for Woodstock at Tewantin Noosa RSL Fri 19 Jan, 8pm; The Lion’s Den on Sat 20 Jan, 8pm; Fabian on Thurs 25 Jan at 6pm 
  • At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 19 Jan, see Michelle Brown from 6pm 
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel see Brett and Kate this Fri 19 Jan, 6pm; Craig Madden on Sat 20 Jan, 3pm; The Famo’s on Sun, 3pm 
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music 
  • DJ Tim at Noosa Surf Club Fri, 8.30pm and Blank Canvas playing Sun, 2-5pm for Corona Sundays 
  • Sunday Sunset Sessions with Renny Field at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, 4.30pm 
  • Amae Restaurant, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville has live music this Sun, 5-7pm
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Why not...


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 paradiseseaplanes.com.au

Build sandcastles: Create your own masterpiece and learn how to build gorgeous sandcastles in group lessons with Sandshapers on Noosa Main Beach. Cost is $75 per person, including tools to keep and printed photographs. One adult free per child. Ph 0413 227 253 or see sandshapers.com

Family fun: Putt putt mini golf, indoor barefoot bowls and Noosa battlefield laser tag are open to the public every day at Noosa North Shore Retreat, 1 Beach Road (take the car ferry from Moorindil St, Tewantin) along with a giant jumping pillow and children’s rock climbing wall

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 airbornesolutions.com.au

Holster sale: For great summer shoes, holster Boutique, 6/55 Gateway Dve, Noosaville has 30% off SS17 ladies’ and children’s styles. Open Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm Fri) and Sat 10am-1.30pm

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 visitnoosa.com.au/relax

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 

Ginger Factory: There’s plenty to play on, taste and discover at The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Rd, Yandina (about 20 mins from Noosa Heads), with lush rainforest gardens, Overboard boat ride with animated Gingerbread Man and puppets, Ginger Town, factory tour and tastings, Moreton the historic Ginger Train tour, live bee show, café and ice cream, playground including giant checkers board and the amazing Buderim Ginger Shop with food, drinks, homewares, plants and more to take home. Free admission but prices apply to some tours and rides. Open 7 days, 9am-5pm 

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 

Retail by the river: Take a wander through the beautiful 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. Start 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 

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  

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: Take a Noosa Country Drive to Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Rd Wolvi, 40mins north of Noosa via Kin Kin Rd for the 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 

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 noosamarina.com.au
 
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 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!

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: 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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