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This Week in Noosa and spring school holiday guide

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.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of THIS WEEK IN NOOSA for 19-25 September, or please see below. 

CLICK HERE to download our Spring School Holiday Guide, with fun and activities from magic and waterslides to outdoor movies and art - or CLICK HERE for the online flipbook.

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)

UPCOMING EVENTS

School holidays: Welcome to the spring school holidays in Noosa! For great holiday activities from magic and waterslides to outdoor movies and a flying trapeze, please CLICK HERE to download our Spring School Holiday Guide or CLICK HERE for the online flipbook

Rock and blues: See Dallas Frasca, Mojo Webb, Stonefield and more than 150 artists at Mitchell Creek Rock 'N' Blues Fest, 45 mins west of Noosa in the hinterland, Fri 19 to Sun 21 Sept. Weekend and day passes available – free camping! Children under 12 are free. 

Cuisine

Prawn Stars: Add spice to your life with Noosa Springs’ prawn lunch special at Relish Restaurant, $25 for a glass of Amadio Riesling or Hungerford Hill Chardonnay and a choice of Prawn salad, Panang curry prawns or Rice crusted sweet and sour prawns. Golf course and hinterland views. Ph 5440 3333  

Family BBQ: Join Wood Fire Grill for a family barbecue every Sunday, noon-3pm - $50 for a family share plate and 2 sides – plenty of kids’ activities. Ph 5447 2455

ENTERTAINMENT

Dancing double: Starry Nights Outdoor Movies screens its first double feature Eumundi Drive-in with Dirty Dancing (M) and Strictly Ballroom (PG), Fri 19 Sept, Eumundi Showgrounds, Black Stump Rd, gates 5pm, movies from 6.30pm. Cars limited to 120, book tickets at ticketebo.com.au/starrynights or get there early – walk-ins welcome. $25 per car, $10 per person for walk-ins

Jerry’s Girls: Celebrate the music and lyrics of award-winning Broadway composer Jerry Herman with show-stoppers, ballads and comedy songs from Hello, Dolly!, Mame, Dear World, Mack and Mabel and La Cage aux Folles, Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd, Noosaville,  19-21 Sept. Ph 5449 9343 or see noosaartstheatre.org.au. Tickets $35/$30/$25 (U17)

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa this week (19-25 Sept)
  • Asa Broomhall, Matt Stillert at the Green Room, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Fri 19 Sept, 6.30pm, $12
  • Col Meredith Duo is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club on Sun 21 Sept, 2.30-5.30pm
  • At Cafe Le Monde, Hastings St, DJ NixD, Fri 19 Sept, 9pm; The Master with DJ Nato and Kudos, Sat and Sun 8pm; CC The Cat, Sun 3pm; Noosa Songwriters Guild, Thurs 25 Sept, 6.30pm
  • At KB’s, Nomads Noosa, see The Vibe this Sun 21 Sept, 6-9pm; and Benny-O on Wed 24 Sept, 8-11pm
  • Disco Mania are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL Fri 19 Sept, 8pm, $20; Alan Jackson Tribute is free on Sat 8pm; Fabian is free on Thurs 25 Sept, 7pm
  • Luiz Carlos is at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin Fri 19 Sept, 5.30pm
  • At Noosa Beach House, Hastings St this Fri 19 Sept see DJ Nato, 8.30-11.30pm; on Sun it’s Soul Temptation, 2.30-5.30pm; and on Wed 24 Sept, Andrew Lawson, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Andrew Redford performs at Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi, Sat 20 Sept, noon-2pm; Jon Whitten on Sun, 1-3pm
  • At Sunshine Beach Surf Club see The Vibe this Sun 21 Sept, 3pm
  • Quinella Duo are at Cooroy RSL this Fri 19 Sept
  • Zac Gunthorpe is at Dragon Bull Restaurant, Sunshine Beach on Sun 21 Sept, 6.30-9.30pm; Mark Moroney, Wed 24 Sept, 6.30pm

Why not?...

Balinese spring: Rejuvenate for spring with a 2-hour Balinese spring ritual at Ikatan Spa – a hibiscus scrub/wrap, massage and facial for $255. Exfoliate, brighten and nourish the skin and finish with a mineral make-up application. Ph 5471 1199

Markets:
Find something yummy or unique at markets around the Noosa region this weekend. On Sun, market-hop from Noosa Farmers Market, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, 6am-noon, to Peregian Beach Markets or Noosa Marina Markets, Tewantin, 8am-2pm (stay for lunch at a riverfront restaurant). Eumundi Markets are Wed and Sat morning, and Big Pineapple market is Saturday morning

Whale watch
: We’re right in the middle of whale watching season and Whale One is offering 50% off all whale watching (now $59/$39) and sunset cruises ($20) from Mooloolaba. Book at whaleone.com.au or phone 1300 WHALE 1 (1300 942 531)

Noosa park run: Test your time or just enjoy a friendly  run at the free, weekly Noosa Park Run, a 5km timed run or walk every Saturday, 7am, leaving from Noosaville State School, Beckmans Rd, Noosaville. Open for old and young, serious runners or those trying it for the first time. Register at parkrun.com.au/noosa

Dance on the waves: Surfdancer is offering you one free lesson when you grab a group of four friends for a lesson – learn to dance the waves with just your group, the coach and the waves. Private tuition also available from $45 per person. Ph 0439 803 270

Ferry cruise:
See Noosa from the river on board the Noosa Ferry every day between Noosa Marina and Hastings St, with stops along the river at Noosaville. And find out about Noosa’s beautiful birds, river life and flora on the Noosa Eco Cruise – book on 5449 8442

Watch the whales:
The migrating humpback whales have been putting on spectacular displays – join a whale watching tour in Noosa, Mooloolaba, Hervey Bay or Brisbane – all with plenty of time to be back in Noosa for dinner. Find out more from the Noosa Visitor Information Centre, phone 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au. Or find a great lookout along the eastern beaches from Coolum to Sunshine Beach

Markets: Find something yummy or unique at markets around the Noosa region this weekend. On Sun, market-hop from Noosa Farmers Market, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, 6am-noon, to Noosa Marina Markets, Tewantin, 8am-2pm (stay for lunch at one of the riverfront restaurants). Eumundi Markets are on Wed and Sat morning, and the Big Pineapple all-weather market is on Saturday morning

Get around:
Why not create your own adventure? Coast up to North Shore, Fraser Island or head inland with Get Around Campers Hire Campervans, 4WDs, caravans and camper trailers. Ph 0438 844 670

See Noosa from the water on a stand-up paddle board (it’s easy), surfboard (lessons are fun), kayak (take a tour or hire and take yourself), or hire a party pontoon and enjoy a river picnic. Ask at Visitor Information Centres in Hastings St or Noosa Marina, ph 1 3000 66672 or see visitnoosa.com.au

Lookout!: See a magical Noosa sunrise or sunset with a bird’s eye view from one of Noosa’s easily accessible lookouts. Drive along Viewland Dve, Noosa Heads to Noosa Lookout or walk up the steps along Morwong Dve at the end of Hastings St – it’s worth it! Mt Tinbeerwah (wheelchair access) is only a 10-min drive from Noosa Heads, along Noosa-Cooroy Rd and turn right into Tinbeerwah Rd. And for the more adventurous, head to Mt Cooroora in Pomona and Mt Coolum for spectacular views

See Noosa by bike: Hire a bike and take yourself along the beautiful beach and riverfront bikeways or hinterland trails – try a new tandem electric bike! Or join a guided tour down Mt Tinbeerwah or through the Noosa Trail Network. Call the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA for more information

Tee-off: From championship courses to greens for families and beginners on holiday, the Noosa region has a range of beautiful golf courses. See visitnoosa.com.au/play-golf or phone us on 1 3000 NOOSA

Messing about on boats: Take a Noosa Ferry between Noosa Marina and Hastings St, a Noosa Queen sunset tour, Noosa River and Canal Cruise, Noosa Cruising Restaurant, Noosa Gondola, Noosa Dreamboats’ 1940s power boat, Noosa Eco  Cruise, Sunset Adventure Cruise, Discovery trip to Noosa Everglades, hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board, or drive yourself on a party pontoon or hire boat – phone 1 3000 NOOSA, see Visitor Information Centres or visitnoosa.com.au

Relax and unwind:
At a glorious day spa, at Yoga or Pilates sessions or with an in-room massage – a perfect supplement to your Noosa winter holiday. Indulge with rejuvenating pick-me-up treatments from facials to full body massages, hydromassage pools and body scrubs. See visitnoosa.com.au/relax

Hire a car
and take a country drive through the Noosa hinterland with spectacular views, lakes, forests and volcanic formations. Visit country towns, walk the Noosa trails, climb a mountain and call in to a country pub in Eumundi, Cooroy, Pomona, Boreen Point or Kin Kin. Pick up a Noosa map from Visitor Information Centres in Hastings St or Noosa Marina, ph 1 3000 66672 or see visitnoosa.com.au

Off Beat Eco: Take a half-day guided tour through Conondale National Park rainforest with Off Beat Eco Tours to view Andy Goldsworthy’s sculpture, Strangler Cairn, through river crossings and a 2.8km rainforest walk. Replenish with yummy bush tucker. Ph 1300 023 835 or see offbeattours.com.au

River sunset:
See amazing sunsets from Noosa River with Noosa Cruising Restaurant’s luxury sunset dinner cruise from Noosa Marina. Noosa Ferry has a BYO $20 sunset cruise with departures from Tewantin, Noosaville, Noosa Sound and Noosa Heads. Noosa Queen’s $10 sunset cruise takes in Lake Cooroibah and river life – fully licensed bar onboard. Noosa River and Canal Cruises has BYO $20 sunset cruises Wednesdays to Saturdays. Phone 1 3000 66672 or ask at Noosa Visitor Information Centres in Hastings St or Noosa Marina

River fishing and crabbing: Explore the calm, beautiful waters of Noosa River while fishing, crabbing and sight-seeing with Noosa Fishing and Crab Tours. Pull up crab pots, on-board steamed crab tasting, see river birdlife. All gear and lunch provided. Ph 5449 7984 or see noosafishingandcrabadventures.com.au

River of mirrors: Discover the Noosa Everglades, the river of mirrors, and its magnificent wildlife and pristine wilderness with guided and self-guided kayak tours, or by boat from Noosaville. Find out more at the Visitor Information Centre, Hastings St, Noosa Heads or phone 1 3000 66672

Horse trails: Ride through rainforest, eucalypt and plantation forests in Amamoor State Forest with Mary Valley Adventure Trails for superb views, flora, fauna and wildlife – ½ day ride $110, full day (incl picnic lunch) $220. Ph 5481 1489 or see adventuretrails.com.au. Gift certificates available

Ferry cruise: See Noosa from the river on board the Noosa Ferry every day between Noosa Marina and Hastings St, with stops along the river at Noosaville. And find out about Noosa’s beautiful birds, river life and flora on the Noosa Eco Cruise – book on 5449 8442

Stand up paddling:
Learn to stand up paddle – it’s easy and fun for everyone and you see Noosa from the beautiful waterways. Ask at the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or phone 1 3000 NOOSA

River houseboat:
Hire a houseboat and spend time with the family on the Noosa River – it’s great fun and a magical way to see Noosa. Ph Luxury Afloat Noosa on 5449 7611, see luxuryafloatnoosa.com.au

River fishing:
Introduce the kids to fishing or just relax in the calm waters of the beautiful Noosa River on a 2hr to half-day charter, from $25. Call 0429 030 823 or see noosariverfishing.com

Taxi! There are so many ways to enjoy the Noosa River and a great new way is with the Noosa Water Taxi, running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the Sheraton Noosa Jetty every hour on the hour, 7am – 5pm, dropping off around Noosa Sounds, Settlers Cove Jetty and as far as Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. Book on 0412 929 369

Offshore Fishing: Head into the open waters onboard Wild Thing! with Noosa Charters for a deep sea fishing adventure from 5-12hrs on the custom-built 11.3m boat for a chance to catch snapper, sweetlip, mackerel or marlin. Gear and bait provided. Phone 5449 9348 or email info@noosacharters.com.au

Gift from Noosa: Give friends and relatives a Noosa experience with a Noosa Gift Certificate from the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St – available for a tour or activity, or buy a Noosa Experience credit so they book an experience of their choice. Ph 1 3000 66672 or drop in to the centre

Out and about: It’s a beautiful time of year to explore Noosa’s nature - take a walk along a beach anywhere between Coolum, Peregian or Noosa Heads; hire a boat on the river; walk around the bays through Noosa National Park; take a tour to Fraser Island; head for the hinterland; learn to surf, skydive or abseil; hire a canoe and explore the waterways at your own pace; take the ferry between Noosa Marina and Hastings Street; enjoy fish and chips by the river; take an action-packed adventure boat ride – there’s plenty of fun to be had. Ask at the Visitor Information Centres in Hastings Street and Noosa Marina or see visitnoosa.com.au. Pick up a copy of the Noosa Holiday Guide which is also available as an e-book

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