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 1 3000 NOOSA (66672)

 

Upcoming Events

Ultimate sports: Swim Noosa, Cycle Noosa and Run Noosa at the Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival this Sat and Sun, 28-29 May, with events for all ages and abilities in beach, river and hinterland settings. There are 3.8km, 2km, 1km and 500m ocean swims; 160km and 100km cycles; and a half marathon, 10km or 5km run. The Noosa Sport & Lifestyle Expo is open both days in Festival Village, Noosa Heads Lions Park. Event goers can jump on the Festival Shuttle Bus from Cooyar St, Noosa Junction to Noosa Heads Sat 11am-5pm and Sun 5am-2pm. Please note there are rolling road closures on Sun, 4am-1pm. See noosaultimatesportsfestival.com.au

Say G’Day to Today: The Today Show crew will broadcast live from Noosa Main Beach this Monday 30 May, from 5.30-9am, so come on down and give them a great Noosa welcome. They’ll also do a meet-and-greet at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Sunday from 4pm

Brilliant beanie lunch: Be one of the first to see the Brilliant Beanie, a one-of-a-kind beanie from Secrets Shhh, with 1700 diamond simulants at a lunch at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant this Sat 28 May, 11.30am-3pm to raise money for Carrie Bickmore’s Beanies 4 Brain Cancer Foundation. The beanie will then tour Australia’s fashion runways and celebrity spots before being sold. 2-course lunch and welcome drink costs $95 – book at charitydos.com

Pumpkin time: The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival this Sun 29 May from 6am has markets, displays, entertainment, food, whip-cracking, cooking, entertainment and competitions including the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll down Policeman's Hill and Pumpkin Bowls. BBQ breakfast from 6am. Goomeri is just under 2hrs drive north-west of Noosa Heads - follow the Wide Bay Highway via Gympie and Kilkivan

Fluro Friday
: Wear your brightest fluro and head to Noosa’s First Point every Fri at 6.30am for Noosa Fluro Friday, enjoying the waves and removing the stigma around mental health. Open to all!

Cuisine

Sunspace vibes: Sunspace Café, 6 Beddington Rd, Doonan has dinner and jazz this Fri 27 May, 6pm with The Peter Hunt Trio and organic dinners by the campfire. Admission $10, dinner extra. Book by emailing sunspacecafe@gmail.com. On Sun, Lee Hardisty performs from 4-8pm at the Twilight Arts & Craft Market. The cafe is open for breakfast and lunch from 8am (closed Tues)

Gusto special
: There’s great value at Gusto Restaurant, Gympie Tce, Noosaville during May with a $27 lunch special, available Mon-Sat: Char-grilled Atlantic salmon fillet and fattoush salad, with a glass of Adelaide Hills sauvignon blanc or shiraz – and river views! Book on 5449 7144

Entertainment

Prince at the drive-in: Starry Nights Eumundi Drive-in presents Purple Rain: A Tribute to Prince, screening Prince music videos and the movie Purple Rain (M), this Fri 27 May at Eumundi Showgrounds, Black Stump Rd, off Memorial Dve. Gates open 5pm, screening at 7pm. $20 per car pre-sale or $25 at the gate, $10 per person for walk-ins. Candy bar open. Book at ticketebo.com.au/starrynights

Big Pineapple Music Festival: Rüfüs, You Am I, Hermitude, The Veronicas, The Smith Street Band, DMAs, TKay Maidza and Regurgitator and plenty more at the Big Pineapple Music Festival (about 40 mins from Noosa Heads) this Sat 28 May, Nambour Connection Rd, Woombye, 11am-10.30pm, $95 + booking fee. 18+ event

Shorts on Stage: Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, presents Shorts on Stage, 10 x 10-minute plays from theatre troupes around South-East Queensland this Sat 28 May at 2pm and 7.30pm, and Sun at 2pm. Tickets $25/$20. 16+ show. Ph 5449 9343 or see noosaartstheatre.org.au

Noosa Chorale: The massed choir of Noosa Chorale presents Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at The J, Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, Sat 28 May, 2pm, $35. Book at thej.com.au

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 27 May-2 June
  • John Malcolm is at Peregian Beach Hotel,  Fri 27 May, 7pm; The Hillbilly Goats are on Sat, 7pm
  • Taxiride are at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville this Sat 28 May, 8pm. Show only: $25 pre-sold, $30 at the door. Dinner and show: $55. See villanoosa.com.au
  • Shades are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL this Fri 27 May, 8pm; While My Guitar Gently Weeps are free on Sat, 8pm; and Stuart Salangsang is free on Thurs 2 June, 7pm
  • At Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, see Taylor Moss this Fri 27 May, 6-8pm
  • Café Le Monde, Hastings St has DJs this Fri and Sat 27-28 May from 8pm; Jesse Morris and DJ on Sun from 4pm; live music on Thurs 2 June from 6pm
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has Flamarique this Fri 27 May, 8-11pm; Andrew Jolly on Sun 2.30-5.30pm; and Jon Hippy on Wed 1 June, 6.30-8.30pm
  • At Crawdaddy’s, Hastings St, this Fri 27 May see Alan Kelly from 7pm, then Shea from 10pm
  • Michelle Brown is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club on Sun 29 May, 2-5pm
  • Bohemian Bungalow in Eumundi has Solar this Sat 28 May from noon-2pm. On Sun, see Sam Wedgewood, 12.30-2.30pm
  • Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin has live music this Fri night 27 May
  • Mo’ Swagger is at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 29 May, 3-6pm
  • In the beer garden at Imperial Hotel, Eumundi see Hayden Hack this Fri 27 May, 7pm; Brown Trout Duo on Sat from noon, then Jai Beran and Luis Jacobsen from 6pm; and on Sun see Asa Broomhall from 2-6pm. The Sunny Coast Rude Boys are in The Bunker on Sat 28 May from 8pm - free
  • Funk Yeah It’s Friday! at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St every Friday, 4-6pm with 70s, 80s and current funk music from DJ Keiko, $2 oysters and half-price pizza and bar bites
  • Stuie Unplugged is at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri night 27 May

Why not...

Explore: 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 and head to the hinterland. Phone the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 66672 or call in at Hastings St or Noosa Marina

Whale One: Special prices on early season whale watching with Whale One at Mooloolaba. $25 for Sunset Cruise (use promo code WEBSS). Whale watching launches on 1 June – early season price is $59 (use promo code WEBWW). Book online using promo code. 

Hire a motorbike: Aussie Biker, a motorcycle rental specialist, has a large range of rental motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BMW etc - head for a Noosa Country Drive. Also trail bikes that can be ridden on the beach - perfect to do the Noosa to Rainbow Beach loop

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!

On the river:
It's beautiful weather to try a stand-up paddle, kayak, or drive yourself in a Boardwalk Boats bow rider, pontoon or cruiser around the beautiful canals at Noosa Sound. Check out the wildlife and houses or just kick back, relax and enjoy the Noosa River with family and friends. Call Boardwalk Boats on 5455 3755

U Explore:
Hire a fun and easy new 4WD from U Explore 4x4 Auto Rentals, leave the highway behind and explore Noosa North Shore. See uexplore4x4.com.au or ph 1800 36 80 11

Horse trails: Go horse riding through farmland, rainforest and mountain lookouts with breathtaking views with Mary Valley Adventure Trails, near the Noosa hinterland. Rides for experienced riders to beginners, with fit, well behaved horses and competent guides. Ph 54 811489 or see adventuretrails.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

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 and a cruise on Mon 25 April, and Sat 30 Apr, $15, 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

Holiday photos:
Take home lasting memories of your Noosa holiday with a SurfShots Noosa photo shoot – sessions on Noosa Beach, Tea Tree, Little Cove or other locations. Book a casual and fun family photo shoot. Surfshots Noosa can also shoot you in the water, or if you’re a surfer, they can shoot you carving up the waves. Ph 0411 215 111

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 new 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

Shell art:  Make your own shell and driftwood art at Tres Noosa, 1 Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, every Sat at 2pm and every Sun at 10am. Dream catchers, hangings, photo frames and mirrors. From $30 (all included). Kids and adults welcome. Book on 0422 927 700

Fishing fun: Throw in a line and catch your own dinner – the Noosa River is a beautiful spot for fishing along the banks or hire a boat and find your own secret spot. Talk to local anglers at Davo's Tackle World in Noosaville who love to give tips, along with selling fresh and frozen bait and fishing gear. Ph 5449 8099

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, browse other gift and fashion stores or get pampered at a beauty salon or spa. If you go Sunday morning, check out the Marina Markets

Markets: Relax at colourful markets around Noosa – Eumundi Markets are on Wednesday and Saturday mornings; Noosa Marina Markets are on Sunday morning, Noosa Farmers Market on Sunday morning, and Eumundi Square Markets on Wednesday and Saturday from 7.30am-2pm, and Friday from 8.30am-2pm 

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 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 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 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 66672

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 (1 3000 66672).

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