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

Noosa Hill Climb: See all the thrills of the Noosa Hill Climb Summer Challenge this Sat and Sun 10-11 Nov, with historic and sports cars, touring and racing cars, and more as they wind up Gyndier Drive, Tewantin, 8am-4pm both days. Great spectator viewing and free pit access. Entry $15 per day, under 14s free (with an adult). Limited parking – catch bus route 631 from Noosa Heads or route 632. Also see the car street parade on Hastings Street, Fri 9 Nov, 3.30-4.30pm

Rugby 7s: The rescheduled Noosa International Rugby 7s tournament will be held this weekend, 9-11 Nov at Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club, Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach, kicking off with Under 17 Boys on Fri night. Over the weekend see action in the Social Men’s & Women's; Under 13s, 15s and 18s Boys; Under 15s and 17s Girls. DJ Shea will be in the house on Saturday night. Free entry

Remembrance Day: Join special events on the Noosa River, in Tewantin and Cooroy on Sun 11 Nov for Remembrance Day, the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. Looking Forward to Peace, Tewantin Memorial Park, noon – 4pm has music by Lai Utovou from Channel 7’s All Together Now, Kimberley Hodgson from Disney’s Aladdin the Musical, and The Andrews Sisters Tribute, displays, art, food and a re-enactment of the 1918 peace flotilla on the Noosa River. A service will be held at 11am at the Tewantin Memorial, and at the Cooroy Cenotaph at 10.40am. Also see a display in the Cooroy Memorial Hall of the history of battles, photos, uniforms and a mock WWI trench – free entry, 10am – 4pm each day
 
Recycling Week: Celebrate National Recycling Week in Noosa with events and activities from 12-18 Nov including a Slow clothing talk, upcycling workshop, Another Woman’s Closet, and free outdoor movie, Coco, in Noosaville Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Fri 16 Nov, 6.30pm. See noosa.qld.gov.au/waste-recycling

Cuisine

Trail 518: Walk the Noosa Trail Network and take a break where 3 trails meet - at Trail 518 cafe, Memorial Ave, Pomona, for great coffee, cakes, smoothies, salads and more. Open 7am-4pm. Ph 0475 756 815

Taste of Mexico: Head to Montezuma's Mexican Restaurant & Bar, 81 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction for a fresh taste of Mexico, open for lunch, dinner and drinks including their house-made sangria and a large selection of Mexican beers

Lavender, paella and berries: Enjoy a Noosa Country Drive and visit the Cooloola Berries farm gate café, 856 Tagigan Rd Wolvi, 45 mins north-east of Noosa, open 7 days, 8am-5pm for strawberry cider or ice cream, lavender scones and shortbread, local food and beautiful gifts. Every Sunday is a paella lunch, 1-4pm, with live music on the lawn – book on 5486 7512

Entertainment

Royal Opera House: Event Cinemas, Noosa Junction screens a filmed performance of Kenneth Macillan’s Mayerling from London’s Royal Opera House, 11 and 14 Nov, starring Australian dancer Steven McRae

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 9 - 15 Nov
  • Fineline are at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Fri 9 Nov, 8.30pm; We are the Regine are on Sat from 8.30pm; and Brad Schultz is on Sun from 2-5pm
  • Peregian Originals free outdoor concert this Sun 11 Nov, Peregian Beach Park has Kudos, The Regime, Shinobi Kin and Luke Mckinney, 1-5pm
  • Live music at Rococo Bistro Noosa, Hastings St, every night, including Andrea Kirwin, The Dreggs, Jay Bischoff and Flamarique, free, ph 5474 9600
  • Miss Leading are at Tewantin Noosa RSL Fri 9 Nov, 8pm; Long Gone Daddys are on Sat, 8pm; and The Goran Sedlar Duo are on Thurs 15 Nov from 6pm
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
  • Benji is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 9 Nov, 4-6pm; The Vibe are on Sun, 2-5pm
  • Sharon Brooks Duo are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 11 Nov, 3pm, free
  • Live music at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 14 Nov, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Kurt.Is and Friends are at Café le Monde, Hastings St, this Sat 10 Nov from 8pm; and Nick Cunningham on Thurs 15 Nov from 5pm
  • Live music at Tewantin-Noosa Bowls Club, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, Fri from 6.30pm, free
  • Live music at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 9 Nov, 6pm, free
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • Sunday sunset session at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Sun 11 Nov
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel, see The Dreggs this Fri 9 Nov, 7pm; on Sat, see Alisha Todd at 3pm
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Flamarique this Fri 9 Nov, 7-10pm; Mark Moroney on Sat, 7-10pm; and Taylor Moss on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Carl Lynch on Sun 11 Nov 4-7pm; and Andrew Jolly on Thurs 15 Nov 5-7pm
  • The Sandflys perform at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville, Sun 11 Nov, 3.30pm, free
  • Noosa Irish night with live music every Thurs from 7pm at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads
  • The Supper Club at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St every Sat from 9pm has laidback, late-night grooves from DJ Keiko. Love Summer Sundays from 2pm with chilled Balearic beats by DJ Jamie Porteous and Ibiza Global Radio
  • Mitch and Trey are at Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Fri 9 Nov, 6.30-9.30pm; on Sat, see The Brown Trouts from noon; and Benny-O from 6.30-9.30pm; and Alan Kelly on Sun from 2-5pm
Circus fun: Hudsons Circus comes to Noosa from 7-25 Nov on Wed to Sun, with shows at 7pm Wed to Sat, also 4pm Sat and 11am Sun, under the big top at the AFL Club Grounds, Weyba Road, Noosaville. See the 2hr family show with the Brazilian Globe of Death motorcycle stunt riders, performers, animals from around the world, aerial tricks, flying trapeze, and more. Book online, at the box office or phone 0458 483 766, from $15 child, $25 adult, child 2yrs and under are free if on a lap. Earlybird special with adults at kids' prices until 9pm on Tues 6 Nov - enter the promo word Noosa

Coming up

Wil Anderson - Wilegal at The J Noosa, Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm 

John Schumann (Redgum) and Shane Howard (Goanna), The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Saturday 1 December, $45 

Why not...

Flying high: See Noosa and surrounding areas in all their glory from above on a scenic flight with The Recreational Flying Co. Choose from their 3 amazing flights and see lakes, mountains, forests, beaches and farmland from the air: Fraser Island, Noosa and the Coloured Sands, or Mary Valley flights available. Free ground transfer to and from Noosa to the aerodrome. Book on 0414 587 188 

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!

Grab Rock: See spectacular Noosa views as you abseil down the cliffs of Mt Tinbeerwah with Grab Rock, just 15mins from Noosa Heads. Training and equipment provided – for beginners to adrenaline junkies. Finish with an easy walk back to the top for a spectacular sunset. Ph 0458 001 725 

Amamoor markets: The new Amamoor Station Markets are on every Saturday, 7am-noon with locally sourced and made fruit and veg, plants, flowers, arts and crafts, vintage and antique goods, food trucks. See the Mary Valley Rattler steam train around 10.30am. Also history of the railway in Amamoor. Take a Noosa Country Drive to the Mary Valley, about 45 mins north-west of Noosa Heads 

New at the Gallery: Noosa Regional Gallery, riverside, 9 Pelican St, Tewantin has 3 new exhibitions, Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize 2018, DRAW (Student Drawing Award 2018) and Godwin Bradbeer: Drawn to the Dark. Catch a Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina then enjoy a short stroll along the river to the Gallery, open Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm. Open until 2 Dec 

Scoot around: Get around town on a scooter and hire from Scooter Mania. 50CC hire for beginners from $35 for 4hrs to multi-day. No gears, easy parking and plenty of fun. Ph 0404 086 462   

Eumundi Markets: Take the new Eumundi Markets Round-Trip Shuttle with Coast to Hinterland Tours this Sat or Wed with pick-up and drop-off from Coolum and Noosa accommodation and 3 hours to wander the markets, $35 adult, $27 child. Ph 1300 004 903 or book at toursunshinecoast.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. Pictured: Ikatan Spa Noosa. Phone the Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au/relax

Stand up paddle: Explore Noosa’s beautiful waterways on a stand up paddle board – lessons and hire boards are available for the Noosa River or Laguna Bay. It’s easy to learn how! Ask at the Noosa Visitor Information Centre or phone 13000 NOOSA  

Picnic on the river: Pack a hamper of local delicacies and lunch aboard Noosa River and Canal Cruises as you explore the stunning Noosa River, Weyba Creek and the beautiful hidden waterways of the Noosa Sound canals. Learn about the river’s history and ecology in an entertaining and light-hearted commentary during a relaxing afternoon on the water. Daytime Cruises depart at noon from The Jetty, Noosaville and 12.30pm from The Sofitel on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri. BYO food and drinks. Glasses, tea and coffee provided. Catering available by arrangement – ask us about fresh sandwiches and fruit salad or delicious fish and chips! Ph 0414 727 765

 
Rattler fun: Take a beautiful Noosa Country Drive through the Noosa hinterland and Mary Valley to the historic Mary Valley Rattler steam train station in Gympie. Free station tours every Wed and Sat at 11am with stories of the Mary Valley line, its people and history. The Rattler will be pulling into and out of the station over the coming weeks. Also Tunes by the Tracks every Sun, noon-3pm – book your table at the Station Café on 5348 9606

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 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  

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   

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  

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'

Markets, movie and art: Take a Noosa Country Drive to Pomona, about 25 minutes from Noosa Heads, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month for the Pomona Country Markets, 7am-noon, with fresh food, fruit and vegies, local arts and crafts, musicians and more. Then head to the grand Majestic Theatre in Pomona for a silent film screening, with accompaniment on the piano or organ by local legend Ron West, $15 adult, free for school-aged kids, tickets at the door (ph 5485 2330). Also visit the Pomona Railway Station Art Gallery and Noosa Museum in Pomona.

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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