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

Free art trail: Noosa Open Studios (17-26 Aug) is a free art trail, visiting the private studios of more than 70 coastal and hinterland artists, along with exhibitions at Noosa Regional Gallery, Old Pomona Railway Gallery and Noosa Arts & Crafts Association in Wallace House. Visit Wallace House, Wallace Drive, Noosaville on Fri, Sat and Sun for a studio guide and exhibition to help you plan your art trail. See the studio guide for opening times 

Wildflowers: Enjoy guided walks and activities with local experts to see beautiful wildflowers in parks, gardens, on mountains, by waterways and in bushland around Noosa during the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival, 19 Aug-2 Sept. Free walks but bookings essential

Children's Festival: There’s music, craft, nature, exploration, nourishing food, live music from Andrea Kirwin, gem hunt, rock wall and more at the Noosa Pengari Children's Festival, 86 Nyell Rd, Doonan (off Grays Rd), this Sun 19 Aug, 10am-3pm. Park at the House With No Steps, off Fellowship Drive, and catch the shuttle 

Twilight Markets: The Junction Twilight Markets this Fri 17 Aug have great food stalls and food trucks, drinks at happy hour prices all night at a pop-up bar, artisan stalls and live music with Pete Allan Music, Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, 5-9pm

Cuisine

Afternoon on the pier: Relax in the river lounge at Pier 11 at Noosa Marina, with beautiful river views, Fri and Sat, 3-5pm with 1/2 doz oysters and wine for $17, Antipasto $12 and great specials. Enjoy a beer, wine, cocktails or spirits. Also open Tues-Sun for lunch and Tues-Sat for dinner. Ph 5474 4799

X-cellent dining: Embassy XO at Sunshine Beach combine modern Asian dining with a great wine list (recently awarded 2 glasses in Australia's Wine List of the Year Awards). Start the evening in the Wine Bar, open from 3pm till late on Wed, Thurs, and from noon Fri-Sun. Also lunch and dinner every day. Book on 5455 4460

Spilldebeans: Relax in the cosy garden courtyard at Spilldebeans Café, 12 Memorial Ave, Pomona in the Noosa hinterland with local, wholesome and healthy meals for breakfast and lunch, Mon-Sat, made with produce from their own veggie patch. Also a wide choice of tea and plenty of space for kids to play 

Global cuisine: Miss Moneypenny’s in Hastings St launches a new menu created by internationally renowned chef Rose Ang and head chef Gene Quinlan, inspired by globally influenced modern Mediterranean cuisine and fresh Australian produce. New a la carte dishes, casual eats menu, share boards, gourmet pizzas, appetisers, desserts and plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Try Double baked spanner crab souffle with a shellfish bisque, petite herb salad and lemon oil; or Coal-grilled sweet potato, roast witlof, goats cheese labna, toasted pepitas and local honey drizzled with pedro ximenez. Book at 5474 9999

Yen Teppanyaki: New, authentic Japanese teppanyaki and a la carte dining at Yen Teppanyaki, 34 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction. Must book on 0421 249 493

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

Entertainment

Chamber music: Hear Arioso Chamber Music of Bach, Handel and baroque at The Majestic Theatre in Pomona this Sun 19 Aug, 2pm, played on harp, cello, violin and voice for an afternoon delight of exquisite music. Book on 5485 2330 or online

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 17 – 23 August

  • Sound Feast has free live music at The J, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Junction, Fri 17 Aug, 6pm, with Z-Star Trinity, Shannon S Carroll, Soula & Steele Syndicate. Food and bar open
  • Sevader and Nathan Ramsay at Café Le Monde, Hastings St, Sat 18 Aug, 8pm; and James McQ is on Thurs 23 Aug, 5-7pm
  • The Shine are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 17 Aug, 8pm; Issi Dye is on Sat, 8pm; and Tanya Stevens is on Thurs 23 Aug from 6pm
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Flamarique this Fri 17 Aug, 7-10pm; Clint Francis Duo on Sat, 7-10pm; and Brodie Graham on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Carl Lynch on Sat 18 Aug, 5-9pm; Angela Ilmura on Sun, 4-7pm; and Andrew Jolly on Thurs 23 Aug 5-7pm
  • Steve Tyson & The Train Rex are at The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Fri 24 Aug, along with Noel Gardner, $15, doors open 7.30pm. Also on Fri, Paul Clements, 6.30-9.30pm. On Sat, Brown Trouts at noon; and Alan Kelly from 7pm. On Sun, Benny-O from 2-5pm
  • Sunday sunset session at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Sun 19 Aug
  • Backroom Vegas are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 19 Aug, 3-6pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel, see Cheyne Starkie this Fri 17 Aug, 7pm; Hayden Hack on Sat, 3pm; and Jesse Taylor on Sun at 3pm
  • Live music at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 22 Aug, 6.30pm
  • Ryan Giles is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 17 Aug, 4-6pm; Hurricane Duo are on Sun, 2-5pm
  • Brad Schultz plays at Noosa Surf Club, Hastings St, this Sun 19 Aug, 2-5pm
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
  • Noosa Irish night with live music every Thurs from 7pm at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads
  • At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 17 Aug, see Vanessa from Highway 65 from 6pm
  • Reverend Billy is at Noosa Convention Centre at Noosa Lakes Resort, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, this Sun 19 Aug, 2-5pm. Free event
  • Love Ibiza Sundays with Jamie Porteous (Ibiza Global Radio) this Sun 19 Aug, 3pm at Miss Moneypenny's, Hastings St
  • Live music at 10 Hastings St Café on Fri-Sat and Tues-Thurs  

Coming up

Spring ladies’ lunch: Join Thomas Corner Eatery for the inaugural ladies’ lunch, Spring into Spring, Thursday 30 August at noon. They’ll take you on a culinary trip where you will be greeted with a glass of wine, followed by 3 courses with a choice of main course. $55 per person, must book on 5470 2224 or online

 
Mental as Anything at The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Fri 24 Aug, supported by Kelly Cork, doors open 7.30pm. Tickets pre-sale $25 (+ booking fee) through Oztix or at the Imperial Hotel (Ph: 5442 8811), or $30 at the door

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

Peregian Beach Food & Fashion 2018: Tickets now on sale for this popular annual event on Wednesday 5 September. Enjoy a 2-course lunch with some of Peregian's favourite restaurants, welcome bubbles, spring fashion parade and entertainment. The plastic free event supports the OzHarvest charity. $58pp + booking fee, tickets from Pink Lotus or go to peregianbeach.org/foodandfashion

Why not...

Climb Cooroy Mountain: A once-a-year opportunity to climb Cooroy Mountain in the Noosa hinterland, with views to the ocean and across the hinterland, at the Cooroy Mountain Spring Festival, Sun 19 Aug, 314 Cooroy Mountain Rd, Cooroy, 6.30am to 3pm. The climb is $10 per adult, children under 12 free. The climb takes about 2 hours. Also a rainforest walk, entertainment, children's activities, observation trail, food stalls and helicopter rides ($55pp) 

River fishing: Fish the full length of the beautiful Noosa River from salt to fresh water with Noosa River Fishing Safaris, catering for all levels of experience. Becky, the river boat, is a fishing limousine with full sun canopy, toilet facilities, large casting platform, live fish and live bait holding tanks. They also supply high quality fishing equipment and coaching if required. Half-day, 2hr group and private charters, ph 0429 030 823 

Sub surface: With beautiful clear winter waters, take a half-day whale watching and snorkelling tour with SubSurface Scuba, leaving from Noosa or Mooloolaba, $69pp. See beautiful coral, fish and maybe even turtles on the local reefs. Full day snorkelling and diving tours, and shark dives also available. Ph 5493 9097 or email dive@subsurfacescuba.com


Thrill rides: See Noosa National Park and Main Beach from the water on a jet boat thrill ride with Noosa Ocean Rider (ph 0438 386 255) or Noosa Thriller (ph 0412 735 624 – free courtesy bus for Noosa area pick-ups). The wave-jumping tours into Laguna Bay and around the headland give the best views of hidden bays, beaches and caves. Also look out for dolphins and whales!

Relax on the river
: Enjoy the Noosa River in the winter sun with Pelican Boat Hire’s huge range of boats, from luxury BBQ pontoons to open dinghies, kayaks, SUPs and tour adventures – try fishing, take a picnic and pull up on a sandbar or just cruise the waterways. No license required. Child and dog friendly. Ph 5449 7239

Coast to Hinterland Day Tours: Sit back and relax while Coast to Hinterland Tours show you some hidden gems and well-known attractions. Tours include Australia Zoo & Ginger Factory (Tues), Markets, Gympie Heritage and Wine Tasting (Wed); Rainforest, Views and Maleny (Thurs); Montville High-Tea and Wine (Fri); and Markets, Feijoas and Gardens on Sat. From $68, pick-up from Noosa

See the whales: Watch amazing humpback whales and even swim with them from Whale One in Mooloolaba, tours daily from $69 per adult, $49 child (4-14yrs), $199 family. Pick-up available for $30 per person. Book Whale One online or ph 1300 942531

Scenic flights: Experience breathtaking views over Noosa, the Coloured Sands, Fraser Island, lakes and hinterland, spot whales from the air and land at Orchid Beach with a scenic flight or charter with the Recreational Flying Co – they can event teach you how to fly! Free transport to and from the airstrip. Ph 0414 587 188 

Sweet strawberries: Pick your own beautiful, fresh strawberries for $10/kg at Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, on the Noosa Country Drive. Or visit their farm gate, open every day 8am to 5pm for all things strawberry ice-cream, cider and desserts. Also Paella in the Paddock every Sunday, noon to 4pm with live music – relax while the kids play. $15pp – please book on 5486 7512

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

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 
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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