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 Alive!: Sit back for 10 days and nights of music, dance, theatre, food, cabaret, film and forums around Noosa with NOOSA alive!, 21-30 July. See our Top 10 Festival picks. Highlights include:

King of the Mountain: A fun, free day out for the whole family at Pomona King of the Mountain Festival in the Noosa hinterland, this Sun 23 July, 7am-5pm with a fun run, animal farm, relays, Skate Park competition, live music, heritage markets, rides, classic cars and the International Mountain Challenge up Mt Cooroora from 2.30pm

Hill climb: Meet car racing legend Dick Johnson and Touring Car Masters at the Noosa Hill Climb Winter Challenge this weekend, 22-23 July, Gyndier Drive, Tewantin, 8am-4pm, as drivers race the clock on the winding, uphill course. Day pass $15, weekend pass $25, U14s free (with an adult). Park at Tewantin Sports Ground, Poinciana Ave and catch the shuttle bus. See the muscle cars at a street parade and display on Hastings Street, Fri 21 July from 3.30pm

What's Up Sunshine?: More than 400 photographs and pieces of memorabilia, the first King of the Mountain Cup and a Noosa version of Monopoly tell the story of the last 50 years of Noosa Shire at the What’s Up Sunshine exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin until 23 July. Historic images show the changing landscape, towns and fashion, and document people celebrating, achieving, getting on with life and having fun as part of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast. The gallery is open Tues-Fri, 10am to 4pm; and Sat-Sunday, 10am to 3pm. Free entry

ReWire Your Health and Fitness: 
Pete & Jaimielle Jacobs, founders of Live Your Own Fit, are holding a ReWire Your Health and Fitness Workshop this Sat 22 July, 2pm to 4pm at Alchemy In Motion Health Clinic, 2/24 Lanyana Way, Noosa Heads. Discover an introduction to how Nutrition and Exercise controls your body at every level, from hormones affecting your mood to cells storing fat and speeding up the ageing process. Tickets $49.95pp. Book at bit.ly/2uwU2gW.

Cuisine

Sunday roast: Head to Padstows, Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction from midday this Sunday for a traditional Sunday roast lamb with all the trimmings. $24 adult, $12 child. Book on 5447 5413

Christmas in July: It’s Christmas in July at Wood Fire Grill, Noosa Heads, Wed 26 July with 4 courses, mulled wine and matching wines, $95. Book at woodfiregrill.com.au or ph 5473 5904

Lunch on a winter’s day: The Catalina has Lunch on a Winter's Day this Sat 22 July with a 2.5hr Noosa River cruise, 2-plate lunch, welcome drink and DJ for $45. Board 11.30am for noon departure, returning at 2.30pm. Book at catalinanoosa.com.au/events/

Entertainment

Metropolis: See the epic, influential 1927 science-fiction film Metropolis, directed by German expressionist Fritz Lang, with Chris Rose on live piano, Majestic Theatre, Pomona, Sun 23 July, 6pm (doors open 5.30pm). Complimentary glass of wine on arrival. Tickets $20 at the door

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 21-27 July
  • Canta La Tumba are at 10 Hastings Street Café this Fri 21 July, 6.30-8.30pm; Flamarique on Sat and Thurs 6.30-8.30pm; live music on Sun 12.30-2.30pm; and Brad Schultz is on Wed 26 July, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Noosa Beach House Bar, Hastings St has Taylor Moss this Fri 21 July, 7-10pm; and Gabor on Sun, 2.30-5.30pm
  • Col Meredith is at Cooroy RSL this Fri 21 July, 6pm
  • Antics are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 21 July, 7pm; Issi Dye on Sat, 8pm; The Vibe on Thurs 27 July at 6pm
  • Kurt.Is and Brett PM b2b at Café Le Monde, Hastings St on Sat 22 July, 8pm; Jesse Taylor on Thurs 27 July at 5pm
  • At Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 21 July, see Ryan Giles from 3.30pm; on Sun, see Dorothy in the Woods at 2pm
  • At Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Fri 21 July, guitar legend Louie Shelton, 7.30pm, $30 at oztix.com.au; Renny Field, noon; Cale Fisher Duo, 7pm. On Sat, The Brown Trouts at noon; Whiskey and Me Sat night; and Murray Law and Ryan Delaney at 7pm. Suzie Keenan, Sun, 2pm. Andrea Kirwin on Wed, noon-3pm
  • Jazz Wednesdays with David Bentley Duo at Wood Fire Grill, Noosa Heads, Wed 26 July from 6pm
  • Annie J & Fusion are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 23 July, 3-6pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel see Dave Flower and Caroline Trengrove on Fri 21 July, 6pm; Barry Charles on Sat 2pm, Streams on Sun 3pm
  • The ClaptoManiacs are at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Fri 21 July, 8.30pm; Fine Line on Sat, 8.30 and The Battle of the Rising Stars on Sun at 2pm
  • Live Irish music at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads on Thurs 27 July, 6-10pm
  • Live music at aroma’s, Hastings St this Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm
  • Unplugged at Halse Lodge Bar & Restaurant, Noosa Heads every Thurs night with Jay Bishoff, Ryan Giles and friends
  • The Vibe are at Padstows, Noosa Junction, this Fri 21 July, 5-8pm

One Act plays: The National One Act Play Festival presented by Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, presents 2 comedies and a drama: Seeking Nirvana by Dave Wellings, The Big Lap by Bruce Olive, and Unforgettable by Cerise De Gelder, to 22 July. See noosaartstheatre.org.au or call 5449 9343

Why not...

Twilight Market: Junction Twilight Market this Fri 21 July, 5-9pm in Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, just over the hill from Hastings St, has artisan stalls, street food, the Flava Bar serving up happy hour drinks all night and music with Jay Bishoff 

 
On Location Noosa: Join Visit Noosa and @julesingall for a free social photographer meet-up, On Location Noosa with a sunset cruise with Noosa River and Canal Cruises, Tues 25 July, 4pm, The Jetty, 186 Gympie Tce, Noosaville. Light catering on-board from @sweetness_contained

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

Get your Holster kicks: Gorgeous new sneaker styles have arrived at Holster Boutique Noosa – classic Wander, shining Stellar, retro Norah and cosmic Cosmos. Add the finishing touch to your winter wardrobe with sparkling silver toe caps, metallic fabrics in rose pink, pewter and gold or all white classic sneakers. Also reductions on SS16 ladies and children’s styles. Head to 6/55 Gateway Dve, Noosaville, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Winter art: The Old Pomona Railway Station Gallery has new exhibitions for winter with Freedom of Expression in the Carriage Exhibition Room by Pomona artist Janey Richards – bold colours inspired by the natural world. Creative Diversity exhibition in the Banana Shed. Trooping the Colour with paintings, photography, digital art and ceramics in the Signal and Station Master Room – at 10 Station St, Pomona, Noosa hinterland

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


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

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

Freedom Trail: Experience hinterland and coastal adventures on a full day adventure with Freedom Trail, climbing the Glasshouse Mountains, exploring secluded beaches and hidden caves, eating, swimming and snorkelling. Learn from local knowledge and be prepared for adventure! Ph 0412 251 374

Bike through the hinterland: Looking for an unforgettable way to explore the Noosa Hinterland? The Kin Kin General Store, 56 Main St, Kin Kin is located in the heart of the Noosa Trail Network and now stocks Bike on Noosa’s Premium Mountain Bikes to hire! The bikes are perfect for the local riding conditions and come with helmets, lock and a map of the Noosa Trail Network. Ph 5474 3322 or see bikeon.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

Grab Rock: See amazing views from Noosa’s Mt Tinbeerwah before you abseil down the rockface with half-day adventures, sunset abseils or a Rock n Surf experience. See grabrock.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: 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 

Fishing fun: Throw in a line and catch your own dinner – the Noosa River is a beautiful spot for fishing along the banks or hire a boat and find your own secret spot. Talk to local anglers at Davo's Tackle World in Noosaville who love to give tips, along with selling fresh and frozen bait and fishing gear. Ph 5449 8099

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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