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, we've put together some ideas for you.

Upcoming Events

For more ideas call into the Noosa Visitor Information Centres at Hastings Street, Parkyn's Hut or Noosa Marina in Tewantin. Phone +61 7 5430 5000 or Freecall 1 3000 NOOSA (66672)

Lights on!
Join the Christmas street party at the annual lighting of the Hastings St Christmas tree this Fri 27 Nov, 5.30-7pm with elves, balloon artists and a visit from Santa (gifts for children). Noosa Chorale singers perform Christmas carols on the forecourt beside Aromas Café from 6.30-7pm. Hastings St will be closed from 6-6.30pm

Kombi Santa: Book a photo session for the family with Santa and his Kombi for $40 with Kombi Celebrations at Eumundi Markets this Sat 28 Nov, 7.30am-3pm. Donations made to The Starlight Children’s Foundation. Bookings essential at or ph 0414 182 442

Prehistoric birthday: Celebrate Robert Irwin's 12th birthday at Australia Zoo on Tues 1 Dec with a prehistoric themed party. Admission is free on the day for kids 14yrs and under. He'll feed the crocodiles with Terri and Bindi, the team from Fried Mudd will help creative minds get their hands dirty, resident dinosaur Bruce will make an appearance, and kids can sing and dance with Jurassic Joe. There's dinosaur-themed activities, a screening of Prehistoric Park, birthday cake, face painting, pony rides, colouring competition, educational science experiments and a free caricature artist. Gates open at 8am with a free sausage sizzle breakfast

Twilight markets: See 80 stalls with craft, clothing, jewellery, produce, children's entertainment, bubble blowing and more at the Coolum Twilight Markets, this Fri 27 Nov, 4-8pm, Tickle Park, David Low Way, Coolum beachfront

Ironman action: See all the action in the opening rounds of Nutri-Grain IronMan Series at Coolum Beach this Sat and Sun, 28-29 Nov


Lamb and dam: Maisie’s Seafood and Steakhouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville has a Lamb and Dam special with delicious char-grilled lamb rump and grilled yabbies served with garlic potatoes, broccolini and red wine sauce for $34.50. Ph 5449 7497

Sunset drinks: See a spectacular Noosa sunset while enjoying a cool drink at one of the beautiful beachfront bars on Noosa’s Main Beach, overlooking Sunshine Beach, along the river at Noosaville or catch the Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, Tewantin. See for ideas 


A Funny Thing: Side by Side by Sondheim at Noosa Arts Theatre, Noosaville is a celebration of the lyric sand music of Stephen Sondheim, including songs from West Side Story, A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum, Gypsy, A Little Night Music, Company and others. To 28 Nov at 7.30pm and on 29 Nov at 2pm. Adult $37, concession $32, U17 $27. Ph 5449 9343 or see

Chamber Orchestra: Violin virtuoso Attilla Sautov joins the Australian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra for an afternoon of beautiful classical music at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 115 Eumundi Rd, Noosaville, Sat 28 Nov, 3pm. $40/$35

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 27 Nov – 3 Dec

Why not...

Paddle Out for Climate Action: Bring your surfboard, paddle board, body board or surfcraft of choice to Noosa Main Beach this Sat 28 Nov, 9am and join Sunshine Coast Environment Council, Surfrider Foundation and in the Paddle Out for Climate Action to coincide with People's Climate Marches across Australia. Meet at the white tent on the sand

Spa-cation: Ikatan Day Spa
will help you ease away stress and tension with the 2hr Spa-cation package for $255 with a foot ritual, 60min massage and organic facial, including complimentary mineral makeup. Pregnancy safe. Ph 5471 1199

Fishing fun:
Throw in a line and catch your own dinner – the Noosa River is a beautiful spot for fishing, either along the banks, hire a boat or join a fishing charter. Talk to the local experts at Davo's Tackle World in Noosaville who have great fishing tips, fresh and frozen bait and all your fishing gear

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 Yoga: Try Stand Up Paddle Yoga for health and inner peace, calm body and mind, relieve stress and improve brain activity on the serene Noosa River with Sarah-Rose and Boardwalk Boats, Sheraton Jetty, Noosa Heads every Wednesday, 6.30am. For all abilities – beginners welcome, all equipment supplied. Must book on 5455 3755 or email

Seaplane adventure: Join Paradise Seaplanes for their Noosa River Adventure Flight, leaving from Maroochy River, Thur-Mon 9am-3pm. The flight takes in everything Noosa, showing off the river and coastline spectacularly from the air. Book at or call 0437 719 088

Gems of land and sea: See a collection of inspirational custom-designed jewellery with Australian pearls and diamonds at the new Latitude Gallery, Shop 3 Netanya, Hastings St – each piece tells a story and will be treasured for a lifetime. Ph 5447 3351

Learn to surf: Learn to surf in Noosa’s calm waters! Call the Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA or see for local surf schools where experienced coaches can help you out, from beginner to advanced. You’ll be standing up in no time!

Hinterland heaven: hire a car and head to the beautiful Noosa hinterland – see the Noosa Botanic Gardens on Lake Macdonald; gorgeous views from Mt Tinbeerwah; refuel at cafes and country pubs in Cooroy, Eumundi, Boreen Point and Kin Kin; or call in to country markets or unique shops. Drop into Visitor Information Centres in Hastings St or Noosa Marina for great ideas for your itinerary.

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 and 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

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. Ph 1 3000 NOOSA or see

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 migrating whale, dolphin or turtle! And look out for a koala or wallaby along the way. 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

: Get out and about and explore with tours from Noosa to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, kayak or take a boat tour to the pristine Noosa Everglades, go cruising or fishing on Noosa River, take a jet boat tour into Laguna Bay, join a bike tour through Tewantin National Park, abseil down Mt Tinbeerwah or hire a car and head to the beautiful hinterland. Phone the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 66672, call in at Hastings St or Noosa Marina

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 at one of the restaurants right on the river. Café Vin Cino is open for breakfast, The River Deck Restaurant and Rump House Restaurant have superb views and dining for lunch and dinner, Italian Marina has great pizza and pasta, and Harbour Wine Bar is open all day for coffee or a drink. Also fish and chips. See Hearts and Minds Art’s beautiful new gallery and gift space, pick up a beautiful bunch of flowers at Blooms of Noosa and browse other gift and fashion stores. If you go Sunday morning, check out the Marina Markets

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 66672

Markets: Find something yummy or unique with locally made products, art, craft and food at markets around Noosa: Original Eumundi Markets, Wednesday and Saturday morning; Noosa Farmers Market, every Sunday, 6am-noon, AFL grounds, Weyba Rd, Noosaville; Noosa Marina Markets, every Sunday, 8am-2pm, Parkyn Court, Tewantin; Pomona Country Markets, 2nd and 4th Saturdays every month, 6.30am-noon, Stan Topper Park, Pomona; Peregian Markets, 1st and 3rd Sundays every month, 7am-12.30pm, Kingfisher Park, Peregian Beach Foreshore; Kin Kin Creations Market, 1st Sunday every month, 9am-1pm, Kin Kin Oval; Eumundi Square Markets, every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7.30am-2pm; Noosa Kids and Baby Market, last Sunday every month (except July and December), 8-11am, Noosa Leisure Centre, Wallace Drive, Noosaville

For more about what to do in Noosa, call into the Noosa Visitor Information Centres at Hastings Street or Noosa Marina in Tewantin. Phone +61 7 5430 5000 or 1 3000 NOOSA (1 3000 66672).

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