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

Open house: The inaugural Sunshine Coast Open House showcases more than 30 architecturally significant buildings this Sat 21 Oct with a rare chance to visit some of the region’s most intriguing public and private buildings. Also exclusive behind-the-scenes access and guided tours of iconic buildings. In Cooroy, see Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy Library and Cooroy Lower Mill Site; in Pomona, see the historic Majestic Theatre (10am-4pm, silent film screening at 3pm with Ron West on piano), Pomona Fire and Rescue Station and Pomona Railway Station Gallery. Also book for tours of Avonlea in Eumundi and Tent House in Verrierdale

Twilight market: The Junction Twilight Market this Fri 20 Oct, 5-9pm in Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, just over the hill from Hastings St has a kidzone, buskers, live music with Mettaphor, artisan stalls, food trucks and the Flava pop-up bar with happy hour prices all night

Film festival: The Noosa International Film Festival opens on Thurs 26 Oct with video and film-making workshops. The festival continues to Sunday 29 Oct with a diverse program of Australian and international short and feature length films, talks from cinema greats and live music on film performances

Please note, the Cooroy Farmers & Artisans Market scheduled for this Saturday 21 October have been cancelled due to damage to the site caused by rain earlier this week. The next market is scheduled for 4 November

Cuisine

Bollywood night: Celebrate Diwali or the Festival of Lights, the biggest festival in the Hindu calendar at Noosa Namaste in Pomona, Noosa hinterland this Fri 20 Oct. There’s a vegetarian buffet dinner and Bollywood night – a fun night for dining on tasty Indian food and dressing in your best Indian outfit (optional) with prizes for the best dressed. Starts 6pm, cost $38pp – must book on 5485 0554

Craggy Range lunch: Enjoy lunch with Matt Stafford of Craggy Range at Locale Noosa, Hastings St, Wed 25 Oct from 12.30pm. $115 for 4 courses with matching wines. Must book on 5447 5111

Gusto lunch special: Gusto at Noosaville has a delicious lunch special, Mon-Sat with BBQ za'atar pork fillets with apple and pistachio cous cous. $27 which includes a nice glass of wine. Enjoy the spring sunshine and beautiful river views from the Gusto deck. Book on 5449 7144

Wine tasting: Gibsons Noosa has a wine tasting on Tues 24 Oct, 6pm, with Di Giorgio Wines from Coonawarra, SA, hosted by Anna Di Giorgio. 5 wines and tasting plates for $39pp and discounted wines on the night. Email dale@gibsonsnoosa.com.au to book

Slow Food breakfast: Nick Blake of Wild Forage Australia talks about ingredients from the land and sea at the Noosa Slow Food breakfast, Thurs 26 Oct, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, $32pp. Book on 0408 377 660

Pasta comp: To celebrate World Pasta Day on Wed 25 Oct, Locale Noosa is giving away one exclusive pasta-making experience and lunch at Locale for 2 people. Learn how to make Locale’s famous pasta and gnocchi with their talented chefs in the Locale kitchen, then sit back and relax with lunch and wine in the restaurant. Enter at localenoosa.com.au/win

Entertainment

Comedy show: The Jimbo & Gary the Goat Comedy Show is at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Tues 24 Oct, 7.30pm. 18+ only, $39.80. Book at oztix.com.au

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 20-26 October

  • Mental As Anything play at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Sun 22 Oct from 1pm, $30, book on 5447 1766. Bruce Bird Duo are on Fri 20 Oct, 8pm; Commitments are on Sat 8pm; and Fiddle Me Please are on Thurs 26 Oct at 6pm
  • The Girl, Her Car and Guitar feat. Mel Yeates is at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Noosa Heads, Sat 21 Oct, 4.30-7pm, raising money for Love Your sister (cancer research) and Beyond Blue (anxiety and depression awareness). $5, includes a drink from the View Bar & Restaurant. Raffle tickets available
  • See Craig Madden at 10 Hastings St Café this Fri 20 Oct. On Sat and Thurs 26 Oct see Flamarique, and on Wed 25 Oct see Brad Schultz
  • Janice J is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Sun 22 Oct from 2pm
  • At Café Le Monde, Hastings St, Big Band Bonanza on Sun 22 Oct, 3-7pm with The Mouldy Lovers, The Francis Wolves and Erinsphere, free; Tommy Castles is on Thurs 26 Oct, 5pm
  • Brad Schultz performs at Noosa Surf Club this Sun 22 Oct, 2-5pm
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Taylor Moss this Fri 20 Oct, 7-10pm and Clint Francis on Sun, 2.30-5.30pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Andrew Lawson this Sun 4-7pm, and Daryl James on Thurs 26 Oct 5-7pm
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St is the perfect spot to sit and enjoy live music from some of Noosa’s most talented musicians
  • At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 20 Oct see Hurricane Duo from 6pm
  • Tommy Castles is at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 25 Oct, 7pm
  • Live Irish music at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads on Thurs, 6-10pm
  • The Vibe are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 22 Oct, 3-6pm
  • At The Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Fri 20 Oct, Renny Field at noon. On Sat, The Brown Trouts at noon; and Sunny Coast Rude Boys in the Bunker at 7.30pm. On Sun, Chris Ramsay in the Beergarden from 2pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel see The Famo’s this Fri 20 Oct, 6pm; Shannon Sol Carrol on Sat from 3pm; and Alan Kelly on Sun from 3pm

Why not...

Cooroy Car Show: Combined Coastal Car Club hosts the Cooroy Car Show & Swap Meet, Sun 22 Oct, Mary River Rd. All makes and models welcome. Free jumping castle and face painting, food and drink available. Swap meet from 6am, car show from 9am. Entry $5 adult, child U15 free (with an adult). Overnight camping available. Check Facebook for weather updates

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

 

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 

Holster collection: The stunning new Azura show collection has arrived at Holster Boutique, 6/55 Gateway Drive, Noosaville, with rose golds and soft nudes in a range of sandals, wedges, canvas and sneakers. Chrome accents, natural jute, pearl beading and cork detailing will complete any resort look! Also reductions on season 2016 styles. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm

Silent films: Silent films at the historic Majestic Theatre (pictured) in Pomona, in the Noosa hinterland, the longest running silent film theatre in the world, every market day, 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Kids welcome. $14 adult, $10 school children. Ph 0410 573 629 for information 

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: 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

Motorbike tours: Hire a motorbike from Aussie Biker Tours and Rental and explore Noosa’s coastal and hinterland areas. Dirt bikes available for beach riding or visit nearby World Heritage-listed Fraser Island. Cruiser and adventure touring bikes, and Honda Groms for serious fun also available

Dolphin safari
: For one of the best views of Noosa from the water, Noosa Oceanrider jet boat has a new Dolphin Safari Tour that takes it nice & cruisy from Noosaville, along Noosa River and into Laguna Bay, past Main Beach then around the Noosa National Park headland, past the hidden bays and surf points, and on to Sunshine Beach, searching for our pod of dolphins and migrating humpback whales. Ph 0438 386 255

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, o

r 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. See noosamarina.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. Spoil yourself or a loved one this week. Phone the Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au/relax

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 (pictured). 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!

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
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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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