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

School holidays: From Ice Age and rock workshops to sailing and wildlife, the Noosa Spring School Holiday Guide has plenty of fun activities to keep you busy

Great Noosa Trail Walk: Explore beyond the beaches with the Great Noosa Trail Walk, 1-3 Oct, whichtakes you through the Noosa hinterland's farmlands, forests, national parks, lookouts and historic villages.Cost $210pp. See greatnoosatrailwalk.com.au

Surf films: The Noosa Surf Film Festival, an independent film festival celebrating film and surf culture, getsunderway on Thurs 6 Oct with the Queensland premier of A Day Late & A Dollar Short. Also bonus footagewith live music from The Desert Sea. Tickets $20 or festival pass $65. See noosasurffilmfestival.com.au

Classic cars on display: More than 250 cars of all ages and makes will be on display at Lions Park in NoosaHeads this Sun 2 Oct, 8.30am-2pm at the Noosa Beach Classic Car Show. Food, drinks and shuttle bus willbe available and over $3000 worth of prizes. Cost $10 adults, children free. See noosacarclub.com.au

SUP Yoga: Celebrate Spring with Noosa Stand Up Paddle’s SUP yoga class every Sat, 8-9am. $35pp including board hire or $20pp with own board. Bookings essential. Ph 0423 869 962

Making of Midnight Oil: See rare and iconic stage props, instruments, banners, hand-written lyrics, photos, posters, unreleased music and rare and exclusive footage at The Making of Midnight Oil exhibition, Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin. Free admission, open Mon-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm

Cuisine

Oktoberfest: Grab your Lederhosen or Dirndl for Oktoberfest at Noosa Boathouse on Sun 2 Oct, noon-3pmas the River Room is transformed into a German Beer Hall with a delicious 3-course German feast, beerand wine for $79pp! Prizes for best dressed. Book at noosaboathouse.com.au or ph 5440 5070

Samoko Spring Feast: Enjoy a Samoko Spring Feast at Sunspace Organic Café, Doonan on Sun 2 Oct, 2-5pm with Samoko Band’s Afro grooves and African dance hall, Chartsworth Cultural Ensemble, MaishaDancers, African drums, warrior dancing, harp music, free kids drum workshop and more. Entry is $20adult, $5 child, $30 family, under 5s free. Book at samoko.com.au or ph 0452 425 519

Entertainment

An evening with Groucho: Frank Ferrante brings the brilliance of Groucho Marx to life at The Majestic Theatre, 3 Factory St, Pomona on Sat 1 Oct, $35 online, $40 at the door. Bar and food open from 6pm,show from 8pm. See themajestictheatre.com.au or ph 5485 2330

Fabulosity: Drag Queen Melony Brests is back with Fabulosity, a drag cabaret to celebrate the Queen’sBirthday long weekend on 30 Sept and 1-2 Oct at 7.30pm, and 2 Oct at 2pm at Noosa Arts Theatre.Tickets $32/$28. Book at noosartstheatre.org.au

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 30 September - 6 October
  • Bohemian Bungalow in Eumundi has Sam Wedgwood, Sun 2 Oct, 1-3pm
  • Late for Woodstock are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 2 Oct, 3-6pm
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has Brad Schultz this Fri 30 Sept, 7-10pm; Craig Madden on Sun 2.30-5.30pm; and Got You Covered on Wed 5 Oct, 5.30-7.30pm
  • Alan Kelly Trio is live at Peregian Beach Hotel this Fri 30 Sep, 7pm
  • DJs at Café Le Monde, Hastings St this Fri and Sat 8pm; Barry Charles Band on Sun 2 Oct, 4pm; SoLar on Thurs 6 Oct from 6pm
  • Cover Girl are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL this Fri 30 Sept, 8pm; Soul Men on Sat, 8pm; and Able 2 Rock are on Thurs 6 Oct, 6pm
  • Billy Guy performs at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri night 30 Sept
  • Vibe is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Sun 2 Oct, 2-5pm
  • Live acoustic music at El Capitano Pizzeria and Bar, upstairs, Hastings St, Sat 1 Oct, 7.30pm
  • Mooncoin and Alan Kelly Trio are at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel on Thurs 6 Oct, 7-10pm
  • In the beer garden at Imperial Hotel, see David Flower and Caroline Trengrove this Fri 30 Sept, 7pm
  • Afternoons in Havana this Sun at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St, 1-6pm with live Latin house music
  • Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin has live music this Fri night 30 Sept
  • At Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, see Dodgy Rog this Fri 30 Sept, 6-8pm
  • Shane Wilkinson is live at the Noosa Heads Surf Club this Fri 30 Sept, 8.30pm

Why not...

Kids + teens workshop: Inspired by the DIY-attitudes of Midnight Oil in their current exhibition, NoosaRegional Gallery is hosting a unique kids and youth workshop this Fri 30 Sept, delving into the worlds of DIYelectronics and music. Guided over 90 minutes, participants will explore the science of sound, solderingand electronics and will learn how to create a pencil that draws sound. $35pp including a Drawdio kit.8-13 years from 10am-noon and 14-17 years from 1-3pm. See noosaregionalgallery.com.au

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

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

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

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; Noosa Kids and Baby Market, last Sunday of every month (next market Sunday 25 September), Good Shepherd Lutheran College, 115 Eumundi Rd, Noosaville, 8-11am.

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

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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