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

Food & Wine: Join some of Australia's best chefs and winemakers on the beach, by the river and in restaurants at Noosa Food & Wine Festival (18-21 May). The Woods Wine and Produce Village at the river end of Hastings St on Fri night, Sat 11am-10pm and Sun 11am-5pm has pop-up food stations, Dal Zotto Prosecco Bar, Sticks Wine and Cheese Bar, Asahi Super Dry Oyster Bar, Sunset Lounge with Miss Moneypenny’s, Cider Lab Harvest Bar and music, watch the sun set over Noosa River, $30 online or $35 at the gate.

The Ultimate Queensland Seafood Experience 4-course dinner and wine is at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Sat 20 May with Elena Duggan, Ben O’Donoghue, Jake Nicolson and Andy Wilcox, $140+BF.

Catch the Festival shuttle bus between Noosa Transit Centre and The J in Noosa Junction, and Hastings St bus stop from 10am Sat and Sun. Last bus leaves Hastings St at 9.45pm on Sat and 5.45pm on Sun. Info and tickets at noosafoodandwine.com.au

Cuisine

Flava market: Sample local FLAVA at the Noosa Junction Twilight Market this Fri 19 May, Arcadia St, Noosa Junction (just over the hill from Hastings St), 5-9pm with international food, artisan stalls, a taste of Junction FLAVAS at the free Twilight Tastings Table, pop-up bar from Stone & Wood Brewing and live music from Snow in Fernie. See facebook.com/noosajunction for updates

Tasting market: Local producers showcase their products at Providore on Hastings, this Fri 19 May, 2-6pm, sample products and discover new tastes – free event

Seafood cooking school: Join Rickys’ head chef Josh Smallwood for a hands-on cooking experience with locally sourced seafood at The Cooking School Noosa, Thurs 25 May, 10am. Eat your entrée with a glass of wine at the school, then head to Rickys to finish lunch with a main, dessert and matching wines overlooking Noosa River. 3-course meal with wines, $195. Book at rickys.com.au/create-and-taste/ 

Wine and dine: Thomas Corner Eatery’s wine special – order 2 mains and receive a complimentary bottle of red or white wine, Sun-Thurs from 5.30pm, cnr Gympie Tce and Thomas St, Noosaville. Book on 5470 2224

Entertainment

Banff mountain films: The 2017 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour at The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, Wed 24 May, 7pm has more than 2 hours great mountain adventure short films from around the world. $32/$26

Romeo and Juliet: Little Seed Theatre Company brings Romeo and Juliet to Noosa Botanic Gardens’ amphitheatre on the shores of Lake MacDonald, Noosa hinterland, Sat and Sun 20- 21 May, 3pm, $25/ $20, online or at the door, with 2017 Anywhere Theatre Festival 

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 19-25 May

  • OKA, Huntington, Che Burns and DJ Nucache at Café le Monde, Hastings St with garden bar and kerbside smoker BBQ, doors open 2pm, music 3pm – late. $10 entry, $25 VIP with BBQ and beverage. 18+. See . On Thurs 25 May, 6pm, see Andrea Kirwin duo
  • Slim Jim Phantom Trio and The Hi Boys are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 19 May, 7pm; Tom Jones Tribute Show on Sat; and Smooth as Silk on Thurs 25 May at 6pm
  • Sound Feast at The J Noosa, Fri 19 May with Mapstone, Sally Skelton, Sunny Coast Rude Boys, Jeunae, Jay Bishoff and Ben McGregor, 6pm, free
  • The U2 Show Achtung Baby is at Noosa Heads Surf Club on Sat 20 May, 9pm, $15 pre-sale through noosasurfclub.com.au or $20 on the night. Dennis Sisters are on Sun, 1-5pm
  • At Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Fri 19 May in the Beergarden, Renny Field from noon, and AzUR from 7pm; in The Brewery, Mania with circus, burlesque and contemporary culture from 7pm, $35 at anywheretheatre.com or $40 on the door. On Sat, in the Beergarden, The Brown Trouts from noon, and Cassie Hilbers and Bronte Holding from 7pm. On Sun in the Beergarden, Jay Bishoff from 2pm
  • Jay Bishoff, Ryan Giles and friends at Halse Lodge Bar, Halse Lane, Noosa Heads this Thurs 25 May from 5pm
  • Col Meredith is at Cooroy RSL this Fri 19 May, 7.30pm
  • Noosa Beach House Bar, Hastings St has Flamarique this Fri 19 May, 7-10pm and Andrew Lawson on Wed 24 May, 5.30-7.30pm
  • Jeunae Rogers is at El Capitano, Hastings St, Wed 24 May, 7pm
  • Ryan Giles plays at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 19 May from 3.30pm; Dorothy in the Woods are on Sun from 2pm
  • Sexual Chocolate are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 21 May, 3-6pm
  • Live Irish bands in Flanagan's Irish Pub, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads every Thurs, 7-10pm
  • Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin has live music this Fri night 19 May

Why not...

Champagne at Sunset: Learn about fine French champagne with Nesh Simic on Noosa River & Canal Cruise’s Champagne at Sunset, Sun 21 May, 3.30-5.30pm, with delicious local food. Select champagnes from the Houses of Bollinger, Pol Roger, Louis Roederer, Lanson, Taittinger, Billecart-Salmon, Veuve Clicquot and Jerome Dehours. Book on 0414 727 765, $125pp

Paella in the Paddock: Enjoy a chicken and chorizo paella with local wine, bring a picnic blanket, admire the view and relax to live music while the kids play in the paddock. Every Sunday 1-4pm at Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, 40 minutes north-east of Noosa. Take a Noosa Country Drive! Book on 5486 7512

Learn to surf: You'll be standing in no time with Noosa Learn to Surf – it’s fun, safe and easy with friendly, helpful encouragement from qualified coaches. Beginner and intermediate classes in all weather for groups, private lessons, birthday parties and more. Also multi-day courses. Ph 0418 787 577 or see learntosurf.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

Classic boat cruise
: Noosa Dreamboats’ 1940s-style mahogany speed boat on Noosa River and lakes has tours and sunset cruises up to 5 people – 1hr Taste of Noosa, 1.5hr Lake Escape to Lake Cooroibah, and 2.5hr Grand Tour to Lake Cootharaba. Also catered sandbar picnics, spa packages and cruise and fine dining to Rickys Restaurant for special occasions.Call 0414 990 708Freedom Trail: Experience hinterland and coastal adventures on a full day adventure with Freedom Trail, climbing the Glasshouse Mountains, exploring secluded beaches and hidden caves, eating, swimming and snorkelling. Learn from local knowledge and be prepared for adventure! Ph 0412 251 374

Noosa Funcat:
Lie back and explore the Noosa River in the new Noosa Funcat, a chaise-style lounge powered by duel electric engines, with esky and cup holders. Hire for $50 an hour ($80 for 2 hours and $110 for 3 hours) at Jetty 17 Boat and Kayak Hire, Gympie Tce, Noosaville. Ph 5449 8044

Scenic flight:
Take a spectacular scenic flight with Helitec over the beaches, rivers and hinterland of Noosa, Noosa Everglades and beyond

Bike through the hinterland: Looking for an unforgettable way to explore the Noosa Hinterland? The Kin Kin General Store, 56 Main St, Kin Kin is located in the heart of the Noosa Trail Network and now stocks Bike on Noosa’s Premium Mountain Bikes to hire! The bikes are perfect for the local riding conditions and come with helmets, lock and a map of the Noosa Trail Network. Ph 5474 3322 or see bikeon.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

Grab Rock:
See amazing views from Noosa’s Mt Tinbeerwah before you abseil down the rockface with half-day adventures, sunset abseils or a Rock n Surf experience. See grabrock.com.au

 
Hire a boat: Ready2Go Boat Hire at Noosa Marina has luxury barbecue pontoon boats (no licence required) with toilet, sink and fresh water on board for a great day out boating, fishing or just relaxing on the Noosa River. Also half cabin cruiser and stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and the new stand-up Step and Go board available. Ph 0420 208 680 or see ready2goboathire.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

Unplug and reconnect: Escape to fresh country air, towering forests, refreshing streams and waterfalls, and mountain summits views with Tropical Treks Guided Bushwalks - small groups, personalised, birdwatching and wildlife experiences in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast hinterlands. Visit picturesque country towns, discover historical sites and hidden treasures. Ph 0407 388 747 or see  tropicaltreks.com.au
 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 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
  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; Pier 11 Restaurant and Italian Marina Restaurant have superb views and dining for lunch and dinner; 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  
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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