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

Jazz party: The Noosa Jazz Party from 26 Aug to 4 Sept brings some of Australia's leading jazz musicians to indoor and outdoor concerts and jazz jams around Noosa. The Noosa Jazz Club, Noosa Chorale and Australian Jazz Ensemble perform The Roaring 20s concerts on Fri 26 and Sat 27 Aug at The J, Noosa Heads – ph 5329 6560 for tickets. 6hrs of improvised jazz at The J, nightly to Sun 4 Sept, 5-11pm, tickets $40 per night, ph 5447 2229. Jazz lunch at The River Deck, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, Sun 28 Aug, $70 – must book on 5474 1100. Riverboat Shuffle sunset jazz cruise on the Noosa River, Tues 30 Aug, 5.15pm with canapés on-board and 3-course meal with music at The River Deck (5474 1100) or Pier 11 (5474 4799), Noosa Marina, $90 per head. On Wed 31 Aug, The Brett Iggulden Quartet at Fratellini's, Sunshine Beach, 6.45pm, $59 each includes tapas. Bob Barnard Sextet at Miss Moneypenny's, Hastings St, 6.30pm, $55 each, includes casual lounge dining or $90 for 3-course a la carte dining (book on 5474 9999). On Thurs 1 Sept, jam session at Sunshine Beach Surf Club, 12.30-2.30pm, free (ph 5447 5491 for lunch bookings)

Craft beers: More than 80 craft beers and ciders at the Noosa Craft Beer Festival, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads, Sat 27 Aug, noon - 6pm. Meet the makers, music, food stalls, kids’ entertainment. Gold coin entry to Noosa-based Sunshine Butterflies and the PA Foundation

Wildflower festival: Take a guided walk through National Parks and up mountains during the Sunshine Coast Wildflower Festival and discover an amazing array of colours, shapes and blossoms. This Sat 27 Aug, explore Marcus High Dunes and Lake Weyba, 9-11.30am (must book at friendsoflakeweyba@gmail.com). On Sun 28 Aug, Coolum Beach West wallum wildflowers, 9-11am (must book at info@coolumcoastcare.org.au or ph 0431 123 419)

Pengari Festival: Noosa Pengari Steiner School, Nyell Rd Doonan hosts the Pengari Festival this Sun 28 Aug, 10am-3pm with entertainment from Darren Percival of The Voice and Jimmy Davis from X Factor, food, hands-on fun for children including nest making, soap felting, bubble soccer, rock walls, drumming circle and more. Courtesy bus from the House With No Steps, Fellowship Dve

Music Muster: The Gympie Music Muster, 25-28 Aug, about 40 mins from Noosa in Amamoor State Forest Park has great country music with Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, Troy Cassar-Daley, Beccy Cole, The McClymonts, Sara Storer and about 120 artists – camping available. Call 1300 438 849 

Cuisine

French flavours: Peter Kuruvita's Taste of France 5-course degustation dinner is at Noosa Beach House, Hastings St, Thurs 1 Sept, 6.30pm, $95, including glass of Cristal on arrival, must book on 5449 4771

Paella in the paddock:
Take the Slow Food Noosa bus to Paella in the Paddock at Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, Sun 28 Aug to celebrate the strawberry season with 3 styles of paella. Cost is $40 Slow Food Noosa member or $50 non-member for lunch, BYO drinks and glass. Bus leaves The J, Noosa Heads, 10.45am, $20 return. Email info@slowfoodnoosa.com

Smokey Sunday:
Cosy-up at the new Smokey Sunday Sessions at Bohemian Bungalow, 69 Memorial Dve, Eumundi, noon-3pm with Low 'n' Slow smoked local beef, pork and house-made sausages, sides and a drink on the house, $28 per person. Live music from 1-3pm and drinks from the garden bar. Book on 5442 8679 or email reservations@bohemianbungalow.com.au

Winter dining special: Thomas Corner Eatery, overlooking Noosa River, has an inviting winter special – order 2 mains meals and they’ll include a complimentary bottle of red or white wine. Available Mon-Fri from 5.30pm, on the corner of Gympie Tce and Thomas St, Noosaville. Book on 5470 2224

Entertainment

Noosa Junction Alley: Music and arts festival with Noosa Junction Alley this Sat 27 Aug, 4-11pm with live music from Vaudeville Smash, Bullhorn, Copycatt, Switchkraft, Jimmy Davis; street art; food; laneway bars, $28, $10 for U18

Rodney Rude: Comedian Rodney Rude at Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville, Fri 26 Aug, 7pm, $59.50, 18+ only

Festival de Jazz: Rococo Bistro Noosa, Hastings St, presents Festival de Jazz with lunch, afternoon and dinner shows from 1-4 Sept, feat Charlie Horse, Jan Preston, Angela Fabian, Sarazu and Flamarique. Book on 5474 9600

Tango Tuesdays: Head to Aromas Noosa on Hastings St for a half-hour tango lesson every Tuesday from 6pm, or just watch the action with dinner and a drink from 6.30-8pm. Argentinian cocktails and nibbles available

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 26 August – 1 September
  • See great live music at the free outdoor Cooroy Originals, Apex Park, this Sun 28 Aug, 1-5pm with Swamp Gully Howlers, Golden Age of Ballooning, Akova and Alysia
  • Ken Kunin & the Crooked Sky’s Living in Wynnum Tour at The Majestic Theatre, Pomona, Sat 27 Aug, with Ruby Gilbert. Food and drinks from 6pm, music from 8pm. Show only $20 pre-sold, $25 at the door
  • Back to Black, the Amy Winehouse Show is at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Sat 27 Aug, 8pm, $25 show only or $50 dinner and show from 6.30pm
  • Jay Hoad is at Noosa Heads Surf Club, Hastings St, this Sat 27 Aug, 8.30pm and Sun 28 Aug, 2.30pm
  • Michelle Brown is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Sun 28 Aug, 2-5pm
  • Dubarray are at Peregian Beach Hotel this Fri 26 Aug, 7pm
  • DJs at Café Le Monde, Hastings St this Fri and Sat 8pm; Christian Patey, Gian and Nucache on Sun 28 Aug, 4pm; and live music on Thurs 1 Sept from 6pm
  • Rum Jungle are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 28 Aug, 3-6pm – courtesy bus available, call 5447 5491
  • Stuie Unplugged performs at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri night 26 Aug
  • Mooncoin and Alan Kelly Trio Irish bands at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel on Thurs 1 Sept, 7-10pm
  • At Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, see Chloe Adelle this Fri 26 Aug, 6-8pm
  • The Whispering Jack Show are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL this Fri 26 Aug, 8pm, $10; Buddy Holly Show are on Sat, 8pm; and DJ Zee and Me are on Thurs 1 Sept, 6pm
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has Andrew Lawson this Fri 26 Aug, 8-11pm; Mood Swings Duo on Sun 2.30-5.30pm; and Taylor Moss on Wed 31 Aug, 6.30-8.30pm
  • In the beer garden at Imperial Hotel, Eumundi see Azur this Fri 26 Aug, 7pm; Brianna Green and Jai Bevan on Sat, 7pm; and on Sun see Andrea Kirwin, 2pm. On Fri 26 Aug in The Green Room, see Barry Charles and Andrew Farrell from 8pm, $20
  • Afternoons in Havana this Sun at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St, 1-6pm with live Latin house music plus percussion and special Latin American cocktails
  • Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin has live music this Fri night 26 Aug
  • Live acoustic music at El Capitano Pizzeria and Bar, upstairs, Hastings St, this Sat 27 Aug, 7.30pm

Why not...

Early dad’s day: Get in early for Father’s Day (Sun 4 Sept) with a gift voucher from U Explore 4x4 Hire for $180, includes Suzuki Jinmy 4WD Day Hire, beach permit for Cooloola National Park. Book between 29 Aug and 4 Sept inclusive and also get an eskie with local delights, including cheese, crackers, ginger beer and chocolate. Ph 1300 368 011

Art space: Hearts and Minds Art Gallery has exhibitions of high quality, original works from local ceramicists, artists, furniture and jewellery makers, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, overlooking Noosa River. Open 7 days. Ph 0418 108 299

Paddle and pub:
Kayak the breathtaking Noosa Everglades with Kanu Kapers Australia and finish with a free drink at the historic Apollonian Hotel, Boreen Point. Kanu Kapers offer a free transfer from Noosa. Ph 5485 3328

Shhh-opping: Secrets Shhh Noosa
, Hastings St, has a special offer with 50% off wedding bands when you buy any engagement ring in August

Romantic Dusk Deal: Enjoy a Noosa sunset experience like no other with Luxe Escapes’ Romantic Dusk Experience. Luxe will show you the most beautiful aspects of Noosa while you enjoy a local tasting platter with matching wine. The first 5 bookings this week receive a complimentary bottle of French Champagne. Quote VisitLuxe to receive this offer and see luxeescapesnoosa.com.au for details or ph 0413 342 910

Pomona art: Noel Foley's Dreaming and Drawing exhibition at Pomona Railway Station Gallery, 10 Station St, Pomona, Noosa hinterland, with works inspired by local places, his love of birds and the forest. Drawings in monochrome with striking colours of birdlife – to 7 Sept. Open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, weekends 10am-2pm

Win with brekky at the markets:
Be an early bird at Original Eumundi Markets every Wed and Sat in August for a chance to win a $500 market voucher. Enjoy breakfast with a side order of retail therapy! Spend $20 or more in one transaction before 10am and go in the draw to win. See eumundimarkets.com.au for details

Food, fun, float:
Australia's one and only BBQ Aqua Donut is now in Noosa! It’s a 2hr river experience on an Aqua Donut with a gas BBQ station surrounded by seating for up to 10 people; quiet, eco-friendly electric engine; shade umbrella; Bluetooth music system; all cutlery, plates and cups provided. No boat licence required – just bring your food, drink and smiles! Great for friends, families, clubs, groups and work colleagues to get together and party in a one-of-a-kind boat. See aquadonut.com or email support@aquadonut.com

Markets: Find something yummy or unique with locally made products, art, craft and food at markets around Noosa: Original Eumundi Markets, Wed and Sat morning; Noosa Farmers Market, every Sun, 6am-noon, AFL grounds, Weyba Rd, Noosaville; Noosa Marina Markets, every Sun, 8am-2pm, Parkyn Court, Tewantin; Pomona Country Markets, 2nd and 4th Sat every month, 6.30am-noon, Stan Topper Park, Pomona; Peregian Markets, 1st and 3rd Sun every month, 7am-12.30pm, Kingfisher Park, Peregian Beach Foreshore; Kin Kin Creations Market, 1st Sun every month, 9am-1pm, Kin Kin Oval; Eumundi Square Markets, every Wed, Fri and Sat, 7.30am-2pm

Fish Noosa River
: Have some fun fishing the full length of the Noosa River whether you want to learn to fish, are an experienced angler or just want a fun time, with Noosa River Fishing Safaris – they’ve got charters for everyone! Ph 0429 030 823 or see noosariverfishing.com

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

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

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!

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 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

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

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

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

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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