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

Runaway Marathon: The Runaway Noosa Marathon this Sat 26 May has 5 distances from a fun run through to a full Marathon, 6.30-11.30am, Noosa Heads to Noosaville. On-course entertainment and live bands at Noosa Heads Lions Park including The Koi Boys and Dan Horne Music. Please note, various road closures are in place Saturday morning

Swim Noosa
: Choose from 4 ocean swimming events from 500m to 3.8km at Swim Noosa, Sun 27 May, Noosa Main Beach, 7.30-11.30am

Cuisine

Morning tea: Enjoy scrumptious treats at the Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea event at Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort, Noosa Heads, Thursday 31 May, 9.30-11.30am while supporting the Cancer Council. $20pp. Raffles tickets for sale with great prizes to be won. Must book on 5440 3333 or lisah@noosasprings.com.au

Healthy, wholesome beans: Spilldebeans café in the Noosa hinterland town of Pomona has beautiful wholesome and healthy meals made from produce from their own veggie patch. Also coffee, a wide range of tea, cold press juice and treats in the cosy garden courtyard. And plenty of space for the kids to play. Open for breakfast and lunch, Mon-Fri 6.30am to 4pm, Sat 6.30am to 1pm

Wine and Dine special:
Order 2 mains meals at Thomas Corner Eatery, Noosaville and receive a complimentary bottle of house red or white wine, Tues-Thurs from 5.30pm. Must book and must mention this special at time of booking. Ph 5470 2224

Happy Pops: A new gelato pop store, Happy Pops, is now open at shop 6, On the Beach Noosa, 49 Hastings St, Noosa Heads with handcrafted gelato pops made in-store from locally sourced ingredients. You can even create your own Happy Pop. Also gourmet waffles and brownies served on a stick, soft serves and slushies Pop in! 

Beachfront table for 2: Right on the beachfront at Noosa’s Main Beach with a table for 2, Boardwalk Bistro has shared plates for 2 from $79, Tues-Thurs from 5pm, take in the view, hear the sound of the waves and soak up the laidback vibe of beachfront dining. Book on 5448 0888

View for lunch: View by Matt Golinski at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas welcomes chef Matt Golinski to the team and is celebrating with a lunch special – $25pp for 2 courses with a glass of house wine, noon-2.30pm daily. Try the Warm salad of Bendele Farm chicken, roasted pumpkin, spinach, walnuts and feta. Must book on 5455 220

Entertainment

Shorts on Stage: See nine 10-minute short plays at Noosa Arts Theatre’s Shorts on Stage, 26 May at 2pm and 7.30pm, and 27 May at 2pm, Weyba Rd, Noosaville. Vote for your favourite. $25/$20

Rogue Toad river cruise: Join characters loosely based on Wind in the Willows on the Rogue Toad river cruise, 26 and 27 May, by Snap Crackle Theatre. Board the Noosa Ferry at Noosa Marina, Tewantin at 10.45am for a 2hr cruise for this family-friendly, hilarious tale of love and mateship set on the Noosa River, $30 includes cruise, a drink and snack

Baroque concert
: Noosa Chorale performs a program of Baroque music with Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Dixit Dominus, featuring 5 soloists and the 21-piece Noosa Sinfonia, at The J, Noosa Heads, Sat 26 May, 2pm. $35 adult/$25 student U18. Book at thej.com.au or ph 5329 6560

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 25-31 May
  • Celebrate Bob Dylan’s 77th birthday with music from Hat Fitz and Cara, Barry Charles, David Flower Band, InSingC Choir, Cherry Ripes and more at The Majestic Theatre, Factory St, Pomona, Sat 26 May, 6pm, $20/$15 at themajestictheatre.com.au or $25/$20 at the door
  • See Famos at 10 Hastings St Café this Fri 25 May, Craig Madden on Sat, Shannon Sol Carroll on Tues 29 May, Brad Schultz on Wed, and Mark Maroney on Thurs 31 May
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel see Tango Rose this Fri 25 May at 7pm. On Sat, see Shannon Sol Carroll from 3pm, and on Sun, Anna and Jordan from 3pm
  • Noosa Convention Centre at Noosa Lakes Resort, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, has acoustic groove with David Flower Band and Caroline Trengrove this Sun 27 May from 2pm. Free event
  • At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 25 May, see Shayne Crump from 6pm
  • Little Billie Band at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 27 May, 3-6pm
  • Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville has The Dreggs this Sun 27 May, 3-5pm
  • Brad Schultz at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 25 May, 3.30-5.30pm; Hurricane Duo on Sun, 2-5pm
  • At Noosa Heads Surf Club, see Fineline this Say 26 May, 8.30pm; Brad Schultz on Sun from 2-5pm
  • The Dreggs plays at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 30 May, 6.30pm
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • Got Ya Covered are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 25 May, 8pm; Don’t Lock up your Grannies on Sat, 8pm; and Annie Jeffs on Thurs 31 May from 6pm
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has live music this Fri 25 May, 7-10pm; Sat, 7-10pm; and Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Brad Schultz on Sat 26 May, 5-8pm; Taylor Moss on Sun, 4-7pm; and Andrew Lawson on Thurs 31 May, 5-7pm
  • Alan Kelly is at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi, Fri 25 May, 6.30pm. On Sat, Brown Trouts from noon; Dorah Jacson from 7pm; and Back to the Crossroads, the Crossroads mythology and the legend of Robert Johnson, in The Bunker, 7pm, $25 (book at anywhere.is/listings/crossroads). On Sun, Adam and Ash from 2-5pm
  • 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 Café Le Monde, Hastings St, Nato and Kurt.Is, Sat 26 May, 8pm; Christian Patey, Thurs 31 May, 5-7pm

Coming up

Busby Marou: Busby Marou and Jamie McDell in The Brewery, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Fri 1 June, pre-sale $30 (+ booking fee) through Oztix or at the venue (ph 5442 8811), $35 at the door, from 7.30pm, 18+

Dan Sultan: Dan Sultan Killer Solo tour, Friday 15 June, 8pm, The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction, $43, book at thej.com.au or phone 07 5329 6560

Ed Kuepper: Ed Kuepper Solo & By Request Show (no set list - the audience request their favourites), The Brewery, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Friday 15 June, doors open 7.30pm, $35 + booking fee pre-sale through Oztix or at the venue (ph 07 5442 8811); $40 at the door if not sold out

Helen Garner: An Evening with writer Helen Garner, appearing in conversation with Annie Gaffney, Thursday 21 June, 6.30pm, The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction, $17, book at thej.com.au or phone 07 5329 6560

Sound Feast
: Kayso Grande from Brisbane bring their own eclectic brand of blues-fused rock and soul to the free Sound Feast event at The J Theatre, Noosa Junction on Friday 29 June, 6pm. Check out Kayso Grande before their first appearance on the Sunshine Coast. Also on the bill are The Hillybilly Goats, Lee Hardisty and more to be announced. Comfortable seating, dance floor, bar and snacks available

Pete Murray: Pete Murray is at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville on his Heartbeats 3-piece acoustic tour, Thursday 5 July, 7pm, $50, 18+

The Angels: See The Angels on their Face To Face tour at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville, Saturday 7 July, 8pm, $40, 18+

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

Why not...

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

Fashion in the Piazza: An Italian-inspired night of fashion in The Pavilion, Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction, Sat 26 May, 6-9pm, fundraising for the Powerhouse Collective. Features The Travelling Kimono, Wyses Boutique Fashion, Cinzia Calarlo from NO22. Pre-runway silent show of life in the Italian Piazza. $59 includes arrival drink and Italian canapés, DJ Antix, auction, goodie bag and retailer specials. Must book

From Paris to Noosa: 3 new exhibitions at Noosa Regional Gallery, Pelican St, Tewantin until 17 June. Paris-Noosa: Art, Environment & Realism brings together 23 contemporary realist paintings in pen and watercolour by Noosa Heads artist, Phil Rolton. Have you ever wondered? by Miles Allen features found objects gathered over many years, influenced by his travels and work in remote Aboriginal art centres. Naked Beauty Displayed features the human figure, drawn by Glenise Clelland. Open Tues-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun 10am-3pm, free entry

As Time Goes By: Artist Kaya Sulc presents a 50-year retrospective, As Time Goes By, at the Butter Factory Arts Centre, Maple St, Cooroy, with 60 copper sculptures and paintings made between 1968 and 2018. Open Tues-Sun, 10am to 3pm (except public holidays) until 19 June

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


Sea Kayak: Try a unique wildlife and aquatic adventure at Double Island Point with Epic Ocean Adventures – save 10% on the Dolphin View Sea Kayak Adventure. Book on 0408 738 192 and mention ‘Relax in Noosa’ deal 

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

Vintage Bicycle:
Explore Noosa’s beautiful beaches, river, parks, cafes and restaurants on a Vintage Bicycle electric bike, with hire and tours available. Hire a cool, retro, fat-tyre, electric-powered beach bike or join a tour, including Great Sandy Beach Ride Tour and Sunshine to Peregian Beach Village Tour. They deliver to your Noosa accommodation. Ride from your resort to Hastings St for a swim, coffee and shopping in the morning, then head to Gympie Tce, Noosaville for lunch and a stand-up paddle, kayak, jetski or jet boat ride in the afternoon. Bikes feature a USB port, fat beach bum tyres, rear carry rack and more. Ph 0414 672 270

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

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 
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

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

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 – into 1 and catch a Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, Tewantin for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between, all with a gorgeous river view. Café Vin Cino is open for breakfast; The River Deck Restaurant; Pier 11 Restaurant and Italian Marina Restaurant have superb views and dining for lunch and dinner; Harbour Wine Bar is open all day for coffee or a drink; dine onboard Noosa Cruiser Restaurant, and Noosa Amore Gelato has beautiful gelato and more, made on the premises. There’s also fish and chips, fashion, chocolates, gifts, a beauty salon and 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. If you go Sunday morning, check out the Marina Markets 

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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