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 Vegan Festival: Celebrate a healthier and kinder way of living at the Noosa Vegan Festival this Sat 21 April, The J, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Junction, 10am-4pm with vegan product stalls, speakers including international activist Joey Carbstrong, delicious food and wine, cruelty-free cosmetics, nutrition and cookery books, cooking demos, pet products, music from Zac Gunthorpe and The Cherry Ripes, and kids’ fun including a puppet show and craft. There’s also a fitness panel, massage tent, travel desk and educational documentaries. Win prizes, buy festival merchandise, get advice from health care professionals, and even join a Tibetan dance performance! Entry from $13 adult, children 12 & under free

Heritage Showcase: Free family fun at the Heritage Showcase in Eumundi this Sun 22 April, 10am to 3pm, Eumundi School of Arts, cnr Pacey St and Memorial Dve, Eumundi, with heritage displays, mini cinema, climb into a jet fighter cockpit, workshops, guided tour of the main street’s heritage buildings (hear a ghost story or two), fashion parades, retro cafe, live entertainment with the Doo Wop Dolls, wood carving, butter making and more!

Anzac Day: Dawn services and Anzac Day parades around Noosa this Wed 25 April. In Tewantin, dawn service at 5.30am, Pelican St; parade and service from 9am, Sidoni St to cenotaph. Cooroy dawn service is at 4.55am, Diamond St; gunfire breakfast at Cooroy RSL from 6am; march from 10.30am from Elm St; service at 11am, Diamond St. Coolum-Peregian dawn service, 5.20am, Seacove Lane, Coolum. Yandina/Eumundi march, 10.45am, cnr Farrell and Stevens St, Yandina; service from 11am

Twilight markets: Noosa Junction Twilight Markets this Fri 20 April has local food stalls, drinks at happy hour prices at the pop-up bar, artisan stalls and live music with Brad Rodgers, Arcadia St, Noosa Heads, 5-9pm

Cuisine

Pitch in: Pitchfork Restaurant in Kingfisher Dve, Peregian Beach, has modern Australian, fresh, seasonal food and cocktails, open lunch and dinner Tues-Sun, and breakfast for weekends. Also happy hour on Fridays, 3-6pm with bar snack menu and drinks including Merguez sausage stuffed olives and aioli or oysters natural with lime. Book at 54713697 or pitchforkrestaurant.com.au

Slow Food: Join Slow Food Noosa for an Autumn Picnic this Sun 22 April, noon to 3pm with a 3-course gourmet lunch with Wasabi chef Zeb Gilbert, Eumundi State School Environment Centre, $50 adult, $15 child. Also Slow Food Noosa Breakfast with Big Heart Bamboo, Thurs 26 April 7.45-9.30am, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Noosa Heads, $32. Book at info@slowfoodnoosa.com

Italian Long Lunch: Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, hosts an Italian Long Lunch, inspired by families in Italy who get together to enjoy warm conversation, good wine and beautifully prepared food, Sun 29 April noon, with 2 antipasto, 2 Primi piatti, 2 second courses and 2 desserts, glass of prosecco on arrival, $60pp. Ph 5474 4444 to book

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 2209

Sushi Wave
: Authentic Japanese food including fresh sushi and sashimi, salads and Izakaya-style hot dishes at Sushi Wave, lunch and dinner in Peregian Beach Village. Mostly GF, free-range meat, BYO 

Entertainment

BERKE-LOL: There’s stand-up comedy, Japanese street food and art at BERKE-LOL, Berkelouw Cafe, Memorial Dve, Eumundi, Fri 20 April. Food from 5pm; artist Nathan Danny from 6pm; comedy with Raw Comedy 2018 Qld winner Bronwyn Kuss, Jasmine Fairbairn, Anna Brennan, Ethan Simiana, Henry Bretz, Carolyn Mandersloot and Nick Carr (adult content) from 8pm. Free entry

Women Like Us: Comediennes Mandy Nolan and Ellen Briggs in 2 hours of rapid fire comedy at The Majestic Theatre, Factory St, Pomona, Noosa hinterland, this Sat 21 April, 7.30pm. Tix $35 at themajestictheatre.com.au

Unsung Workers of War: A look at conflict through the eyes of war’s unsung workers with humanitarian nurse and academic Irene Rogers telling the story of the WWI Australian Bluebird Nurses, and author Ian Mansfield, Mon 23 April, 2pm, Cooroy RSL, Maple St, Cooroy. Free entry but must register via 5329 6555 or at libraries.noosa.qld.gov.au

Funny Girl: Noosa Arts Theatre presents Funny Girl, a musical about Fanny Brice and her life on Broadway, from Wed 18 April. See noosaartstheatre.org.au or ph 5449 9343

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 20-26 April
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Andrew Lawson this Fri 20 April, 7-10pm, Mark Moroney on Sat 7-10pm; and Clint Francis Duo on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Angela Iiumara on Sat 21 April, 5-8pm; Taylor Moss on Sun, 4-7pm; and Brad Schultz on Thurs 26 April, 5-7pm
  • Noosa Convention Centre at Noosa Lakes Resort, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, has Mojo Duo with Bruce Bird and Mark Seaman on Sun 22 April from 2pm, free
  • Ryan Giles is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 20 April, 3.30-5.30pm; and The Vibe are on Sun, 2-5pm
  • At Café Le Monde, Hastings St, Kurt.Is and Soul Touch this Sat 21 April, 8pm; Sean Fitzgerald is on Thurs 26 April, 5-7pm
  • Late for Woodstock are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 20 April, 8pm; Conspiracy on Sat, 8pm; and Mark Porter on Thurs 26 April from 6pm
  • At the Imperial Hotel in Eumundi, see Ryan Giles this Fri 20 April, 6.30pm. On Sat, see The Brown Trouts from noon; and Murray Law from 7pm. On Sun, Benny O from 2-5pm. Next Fri 27 April, Diana Anaid¸ $15 pre-sale, $20 at the door
  • Backroom Vegas are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 22 April, 3-6pm
  • At Noosa Heads Surf Club, see Brad Schultz this Sun 22 April, 2-5pm
  • The Sippy Downs play at Land & Sea Brewery, 19 Venture Drive, Noosaville, this Sun 22 April from 3pm
  • At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 20 April, see Ethan Roberts from 6pm
  • Sean Fitzgerald is at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 25 April, 7pm
  • See Craig Madden at 10 Hastings St Café this Fri 20 April, Flamarique are on Sat and Thurs 26 April, Alan Kelly is on Sun 22, Taylor Moss is on Tues 24 April, and Brad Schultz is on Wed 25 April
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel see The Famo's this Fri 20 April at 7pm. On Sat, see Sky Eater at 3pm, and on Sun David Flower Band at 3pm
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • Noosa Irish night with live music every Thurs from 7pm at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads

Why not...

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 
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!

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 
Soldiers and stencils
: See 2 exhibitions at Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin – Invisible Soldiers and Shrouded Machines, and the Stencil Art Prize Touring Exhibition. The first brings together paintings and drawings that describe and reveal the presence of military camouflage in the environment. The Stencil Art Prize showcases 67 stencil artists from 25 countries, influenced by street art and blending pop-culture imagery and global politics. Both exhibitions continue to 6 May, open Tues-Fri, 10am to 4pm; and Sat-Sun, 10am to 3pm, excluding public holidays

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

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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