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

Twilight Market: The Junction Twilight Market this Fri 17 Nov, 5-9pm has buskers, live music by Pablo Degregori, artisan stalls, food trucks and the Flava pop-up bar with happy hour prices all night. It’s a family fun event for everyone, Arcadia Street, Noosa Heads, just over the hill from Hastings St

Arts and craft market: Sunspace Café, 6 Beddington Rd, Doonan has a twilight market this Fri 17 Nov, 5-8pm with arts, crafts, live music with Jeunae Rogers, organic pizza, wholesome food and children's activities. Noosa Chorale will sing Christmas Carols from 6.30pm for 30 minutes

Cuisine

XO Spring Dinner: Embassy XO in Sunshine Beach has a spring banquet special – make a dinner booking for 8 people or more for the XO Banquet or Vegetarian Banquet and they’ll treat you and all your guests to a complimentary glass of wine or beer on arrival. Available for dinner bookings from 6pm every Wednesday to Sunday. Book on 5455 4460

Country coffee: Take a Noosa Country Drive to Pomona in the Noosa hinterland, or ride your bike and get your country coffee fix at one of the historic town's great cafes. Trail 518 has Flying West coffee, breakfast and lunch from Tues-Sun, 7am-4pm in Memorial Ave. In the same street is Spilldebeans with local, wholesome and healthy meals, hot and cold drinks and a cozy garden courtyard. Hollyhock Cottage in Factory St has morning and afternoon teas and light lunch on Sundays, 9.30am-5pm and is a plant nursery, gift and homewares store every day

Country pub
: Head to the Apollonian Hotel in Boreen Point for their unique pub-style menu in an authentic colonial setting. Open 7 days, 10am-10pm, and book for their famous spit roast on Sunday, ph 5485 3100 
7-day Boathouse
:
You can now enjoy Noosa Boathouse’s waterfront coffee, lunch, dinner, sunset drinks and takeaway fish & chips seven days a week as they open on Mondays from 6 Nov on Gympie Tce, Noosaville, right on the Noosa River. Book on 5440 5070

Entertainment

Outdoor movie: Free outdoor screening of the family movie Finding Dory this Fri 17 Nov, 6.30-8.30pm in Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, presented by Noosa Council for National Recycling Week. Bring a picnic and chair or enjoy an early dinner at one of the restaurants along Gympie Tce or Thomas St, Noosaville. Free recycling activities for kids from 5pm, and freshly cooked popcorn available

Alice’s Adventures: The Coast Academy of Song & Dance presents Alice’s Adventures – The Musical, Sat 18 Nov at The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction, 12pm and 6.30pm. It’s Alice in Wonderland with a Noosa twist! Tickets $30/$25 – book at thej.com.au

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 17-23 November

Why not...

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

10 Grand in the Hand
: Your chance to pick up $10,000 at Sunshine Beach Surf Life Saving Club this Sun 19 Nov, 2-5pm. Tickets are $100 each which gives you entry for 2 people, 1 ticket in the draw to win 10 grand, and an afternoon of fun, food, drinks and live music from Sexual Chocolate. Another 20 ticket holders will win their money back in this fundraiser for junior surf lifesaving

Contender of the Codes
: See Noosa’s footy players from different codes battle it out in the boxing ring at Contender of the Codes, raising funds for their clubs and charities at the Noosa Leisure Centre this Sat 18 Nov, 6pm. Ph 0409 774 112 for tickets

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, 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  

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: Take a Noosa Country Drive to Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Rd Wolvi, 40mins north of Noosa via Kin Kin Rd for the 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 

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, or 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 (except Sun 5 Nov). 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: 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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Walk and cruise Noosa in winter

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Liz Bond

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Close encounters with whales

Close encounters with whales

VISIT NOOSA

Just how close to a humpback whale would you feel comfortable being? Watching the majesty of humpbacks as they travel through the warm waters off Noosa on their annual migration north is an unforgettable sight – their playful tail slaps, breaches, sprays and fin ‘waves’ seem even more incredible when you consider their size … around 15m in length and weighing more than 35 tonnes!

See what you've been missing

See what you've been missing

Kinga Atkinson - AWOL FAMILY

See the best views of Noosa from Mt Tinbeerwah, four-wheel-drive past Noosa’s ‘coloured sands’ along Noosa North Shore or glamp it up in a ‘Luxury Teepee Tent.’ Relax on the water at Lake Cootharaba or kayak through Australia’s only Everglades, and its football fields of water lilies. It’s time, to start your NEW Noosa adventure!

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