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 alive! More than 250 Australian and international artists come to Noosa’s stages for NOOSA alive! with 80+ free and ticketed events from 20-29 July across music, theatre, vaudeville, dance, forums, books, food, comedy, photography, art, film, fireworks, Heritage Walks and much more. See world premieres and Australian exclusives in intimate theatres and restaurants, in parks, galleries, on the streets and in the sky. Stars performing include Li Cunxin and his Queensland Ballet, Carlotta, theatre legend Maggie Dence, young music theatre sensation Blake Bowden, Katie Noonan with Michael Leunig, Barrie Cassidy with Insiders, actor and comedian Stephen Curry, legendary press photographer Bruce Postle and songwriter Mike McClellan. It opens with The Idea of North Groove Sessions at The J this Fri night. On Sat 21 July, Noosa’s skies light up with Fire in the Sky, a free, family-friendly event in Lions Park, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, on the Noosa River shores, 3-6.30pm (fireworks from 6.15pm) 

King of the Mountain Festival: Market stalls, rides, side show alley, food, animal farm, unicycles workshop, cars, fun run and the ultimate Pomona King of the Mountain race up Mt Cooroora, Sun 22 July, Pomona, Noosa hinterland, 7am-5pm (main race at 2.30pm). Also King of the Mountain Bike Ride, 9am

Twilights Markets: Food stalls, drinks at happy hour prices at the pop-up bar, artisan stalls and live music by Dom Francis at the Noosa Junction Twilight Markets this Fri 19 July, 5-9pm, Arcadia St, Noosa Heads

Art in the Paddock: The Old Pomona Railway Station Gallery hosts their annual Art Market in the Paddock sale this Sat 21 July from 9am, 10 Station St, Pomona, in the Noosa hinterland. All works are under $100 – see art created in Noosa. Live entertainment during the morning, homemade cakes, sandwiches, tea and coffee available for purchase. Take a Noosa Country Drive!

Cuisine

Dumplings and buns masterclass: Learn how to make Embassy XO’s famous dumplings and buns, then enjoy your freshly prepared meals in their restaurant overlooking Sunshine Beach, Mon 23 July, 11am-2pm, $135pp. Book on 07 5455 4460  

Christmas in July: Can’t wait? The River Deck Restaurant, right on the river at Noosa Marina has a 2-course traditional menu including turkey roast with chestnut stuffing, and plum pudding with brandy sauce for dessert, visit from Santa and live music on 23, 24 and 27 July, noon, $40 per person, must book on 5474 1100. Join Wood Fire Grill in Quamby Place, Noosa Sound by their fireplace on Wed 25 July, 6pm for their Christmas in July feast with a 4-course menu with matching wines and mulled wine on arrival for only $95 – book on 5473 5904 or online. Noosa Reef Hotel in Noosa Heads and Villa Noosa in Noosaville have traditional roast turkey and ham with roast vegetables for $19.90 throughout July. Enjoy warm Christmas festivities and a 3-course Christmas dinner at Noosa Boathouse’s Christmas in July charity dinner, 25 July, 6pm, $50pp for 3 courses and a glass of wine, charity auctions raising funds for Santa’s Classy Helpers, book on 5440 5070

Dry July at XO: Embassy XO, Sunshine Beach, have the perfect thing to drink when you're not drinking. Seedlip is the world's first distilled non-alcoholic spirit that can be enjoyed just like Vodka or Gin. Try one for yourself in the Wine Bar or find it in the XO Cellars

Yen Teppanyaki: New, authentic Japanese teppanyaki and a la carte dining at Yen Teppanyaki, 34 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction. Must book on 0421 249 493

Fireside Fridays: Chester's Restaurant at Amamoor Lodge in the Mary Valley, near Noosa hinterland has dinner in front of the log fire at Fireside Fridays until 31 August, featuring local seasonal produce, 2 courses $45pp, 3 courses $55pp, BYO alcohol. Must book on 5484 3500, accommodation available

Entertainment

One-Act plays: Noosa Arts Theatre presents the 41st National One Act Playwriting Competition with 3 finalists, 12 -21 July, matinee and evening performances, tickets from $23. Book online or call 5449 9343 

A Vaudeville Affair: Music, dance, cabaret, drag queens and intrigue at A Vaudeville Affair at the Majestic Theatre, Pomona, Sat 20 July, 7pm and Sun, 2pm, with pole dancers, Moulin Rouge beauties, Sinatra crooners and a half man/half woman act. Dress in ‘20s to ‘40s gear, $50/$45, 18+ event. Bus pick-up available from Noosa and hinterland. Ph 5485 2330 or see themajestictheatre.com.au


Opera Funk: A night of Italian Bel Canto, musical theatre Broadway classics, a twist of jazz, and original compositions from Emma Bridget Tomlinson at Opera Funk, Sat 21 July, 6-9.30pm, Cooran Memorial School of Arts hall, 14 King St, Cooran, Noosa hinterland. Complimentary canapes, BYO wine, $25/$20/$10 – book on 0407 037 099 or at the door

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 20-26 July
Tristen Bird plays at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 25 July, 6.30pm
Ryan Giles is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 20 July, 4-6pm; Hurricane Duo are on Sun, 2-5pm
• At Peregian Beach Hotel, Alisha Todd and Tim Bennett Fri 20 July, 7pm; Craig Madden on Sat, 3pm; and Pepper Jane on Sun, 3pm
SandFlys are at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, Fri 20 July, 5.30pm
• At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 20 July, see Ethan Roberts from 6pm
Covergirl are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 20 July, 8pm; That 60s Guy is on Sat, 8pm; and Hurricane Duo on Thurs 26 July from 6pm
The Febs are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 22 July, 3-6pm
• At The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Fri 20 July, see Dean Gray, 6.30pm. On Sat, Brown Trouts at noon, and Tobias Carter from 7pm. On Sun, Alan Kelly from 2-5pm. On Thurs 26 July, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party) plays in The Brewery, 7.30pm, $30 pre-sold or $35 on the door
Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
• Sunday sunset session at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Sun 22 July
• At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Flamarique this Fri 20 July, 7-10pm; Taylor Moss on Sat, 7-10pm; and Andrew Jolly on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Angela Imura on Sat 21 July, 5-8pm; Brian Carlon on Sun, 4-7pm; and Mark Moroney on Thurs 26 July 5-7pm
• Love' Ibiza Sundays with Jamie Porteous (Ibiza Global Radio) this Sun 22 July, 3pm at Miss Moneypenny's, Hastings St
• At Café Le Monde, Hastings St, Vinyl Revival House Classics with Caddeli B and Nato (b2b), Sat 21 July, 8pm; Mufassa on Thurs 26 July, 5-7pm
Lisha Todd at Noosa Convention Centre at Noosa Lakes Resort, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, this Sun 22 July, 2-5pm. Free event
• Live music at 10 Hastings St Café on Fri-Sat and Tues-Thurs
• 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

Coming up

The Preatures: The Preatures and Ali Barter are at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville, Saturday 25 August, 8pm, $34.70, 18+

Why not...

Art Party Fun: Have some fun while creating your own artwork to take home at Art Party Fun’s special night at Land & Sea Brewery, Noosaville, Wed 25 July, 6-8pm. Materials and instruction provided, $55, no experience necessary. $1 chicken wings special. Must book on 0416 342 015  

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 

Sweet strawberries: Pick your own beautiful, fresh strawberries for $10/kg at Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, on the Noosa Country Drive. Or visit their farm gate, open every day 8am to 5pm for all things strawberry ice-cream, cider and desserts. Also Paella in the Paddock every Sunday, noon to 4pm with live music – relax while the kids play. $15pp – please book on 5486 7512

Winter spa special: Award-winning, luxury Ikatan Spa Noosa, set in beautiful tropical gardens at Grays Rd, Doonan is an authentic Asian wellness spa experience. Warm up with the Warmth of Bali Package, 2 hours, $270, with Chai scrub/wrap, massage, facial and complimentary glass of champagne or herbal T2 tea to enjoy in the gardens. Ph 5471 1199

Wildlife and birdwatching: Save 25% on Tropical Treks Guided Bushwalks and Birdwatching’s full day winter tour for 2 adults – now just $323.75 for 2, includes morning tea, picnic lunch and return transfers to Noosa, 7am-5pm. Book online or email info@tropicaltreks.com.au

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 

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!

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

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

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'

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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