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

Twilight Market: Junction Twilight Market this Fri 16 June, 5-9pm in Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, just over the hill from Hastings St, has artisan stalls, street food, the Flava Bar serving up happy hour drinks all night and Latin beats by Jordan on the Flava stage

What's Up Sunshine?
: More than 400 photographs and pieces of memorabilia, the first King of the Mountain Cup and a Noosa version of Monopoly tell the story of the last 50 years of Noosa Shire at the What’s Up Sunshine exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin until 23 July. Historic images show the changing landscape, towns and fashion, and document people celebrating, achieving, getting on with life and having fun as part of celebrations marking the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast. The gallery is open Tues-Fri, 10am to 4pm; and Sat-Sunday, 10am to 3pm. Free entry

Cuisine

Farm to Fork: Join chef Peter Kuruvita at Noosa Beach House Restaurant, Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort for a 5-course feast highlighting the collaboration between Noosa’s local farmers and chefs, with delicious Sunshine Coast flavours on Wed 21 June, 6.30pm. $95 per person or $135 with matching wines, and includes a glass of Veuve Cliquot on arrival. Book on 5449 4771

Warm up with lunch
: Warm yourself on the beautiful sunny deck at Gusto, overlooking the Noosa River on Gympie Tce, Noosaville with their June lunch special for $27, available Mon to Sat and including a glass of wine – Braised chicken dijonnnaise, creamy mash, crispy pancetta and roast field onions. Perfect Noosa comfort food! Book on 5449 7144

Torbreck Wine Dinner
: Enjoy 4 courses by Rickys head chef Josh Smallwood, paired with 7 Torbreck Wines on Tues 20 June for an unforgettable dinner under the stars. See rickys.com.au/torbreck-wine-dinner for tickets

Winter wine special
: Thomas Corner Eatery, Gympie Tce, Noosaville re-opens this Fri 9 June at 11.30am after a revamp with a great winter evening special – order 2 main meals Sunday to Thursday evenings from 5.30pm and receive a free bottle of wine. Must book on 5470 2224. See thomascorner.com.au


DYO pizza
: Dress your own pizza using the freshest local ingredients direct from local farmers and producers at WTF (Who’s the Farmer) Pizza in Hastings St, Noosa Heads. The organic dough is hand-made, slow-aged and rolled onsite every day and you choose your toppings including fresh greens, handmade deli meats and beautiful tomatoes

Afternoon tasters
: River views, delicious tastes and only $10 for food and drink specials at Sirocco Noosa, 257 Gympie Tce, Noosaville, every day from 3-5pm. There are 10 choices for $10 plates, including Bebere spiced onion rings with garlic aioli, Goats cheese and spinach warka filo with beetroot relish, Toasted crisp bread, tomato chilli jam, goats curd and dukkah and Mini antipasto plate of Persian feta, roasted vegetables, olives and croutons. Also 2 beers, 2 glasses of wine, 2 spirits or a choice of cocktails for $10

Entertainment

Jazz at The J: Michael Mcquaid Quartet perform for Noosa Jazz Club this Sat 17 June, 7.30pm at The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads. $25, budget bar. Ph 5447 2229

Laughs with Akmal: Comedian Akmal performs his new show, Transparent, at The J, Noosa Heads, this Fri 16 June, 7.30pm. He may even mention one of the biggest mistakes of his life when last year he agreed to appear on the reality TV show, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! Tickets $46.90/$42.90. Book at thej.com.au or ph 5329 6560

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 16-22 June

  • Jazz Wednesdays with David Bentley Duo at Wood Fire Grill, Noosa Heads, Wed 21 June from 6pm
  • Live music at 10 Hastings Street Café this Fri 16 June, 6.30-8.30pm; Flamarique on Sat, Wed and Thurs, 6.30-8.30pm; and Brad Schultz on Sun, 12.30-2.30pm
  • Put your name on the board or just sit back and enjoy the Cooran Acoustic Night, Sat 17 June, Cooran Hall, King St, Cooran in the Noosa hinterland. Doors open 6.30pm for a 7pm start. $4 entry, kids free. Food available, non-alcoholic event
  • Noosa Beach House Bar, Hastings St has Flamarique this Fri 16 June, 7-10pm; Andrea on Sun, 2.30-5.30pm; and Gabor on Wed 21 June, 5.30-7.30pm
  • DJs Kurt.Is and Brett.PM are at Café le Monde, Hastings St this Sat 17 June, 8pm. Tim Loydell performs on Sun, 4.30pm and Zac Gunthorpe is on Thurs 22 June, 5pm
  • Paul Fagan is at Cooroy RSL this Fri 16 June, 6pm. Fineline Band are on Sat night
  • The Vibe are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 18 June, 3-6pm
  • Solar are at Peregian Beach Hotel this Fri 16 June, 6pm; Zac Gunthorpe is on Sat from 3pm; and Mark Maroney is on Sun from 3pm
  • Fabian is at Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin this Sun 18 June, 2-5pm
  • Vodville play at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 16 June from 2pm and Carl Lynch from 3.30pm; also live music on Sun at 2pm
  • At Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Fri 16 June, in the Beergarden see Renny Field from noon and Hayden Hack from 7pm. On Sat, The Brown Trouts from noon and Phenix and Ryan Delaney from 7pm. Doc Span Blues Band feat Tim Gaze on Sat, 8.30pm, $15 pre-sold, $20 at the door. On Wed, Andrea Kirwan, 1-4pm
  • Todd Keightly is at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Fri 16 and Sat at 8.30pm
  • Shades are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 16 June, 8pm; Pete Memphis Elvis Show is on Sat, 8pm; live music on Thurs 22 June at 6pm
  • Live Irish music at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads on Thurs night, 22 June
  • Live music at aroma’s, Hastings St this Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm

Why not...

Feijoas on the farm: Visit Hinterland Feijoas, an organic fruit orchard near Eumundi, open at the farm gate on Saturdays from 9am-3pm with organic coffee and cakes, artisan gifts, farm shop, light lunches from Myrtle the Food Van, farm animals and great views for a beautifully relaxing Noosa Country Drive. They’re at 131 Browns Rd, Belli Park

Need a babysitter?: For parents who’d love to attend any of the great events in Noosa, book a fully qualified nanny from Nannies of Noosa – book online at nanniesofnoosa.com, on the free Nannies of Noosa Booking App or phone 5447 1224

International Yoga Day: Wed 21 June is the Winter Solstice (the day with the shortest daylight of the year) and also International Yoga Day. Celebrate with a relaxing Noosa yoga session any day – from on the beach to a beautiful studio. Ask at the Noosa Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or Noosa Marina, ph 1 3000 NOOSA

Stay in Noosa country: Why not extend your stay and experience Noosa’s country while on holiday here? Book for a relaxing hinterland escape surrounded by hiking and biking trails, lakes, mountain lookouts  and country villages. Stay in cosy B&Bs and hinterland retreats including The Dales Boutique B&B, a hidden gem in Cooran. See noosacountrydrive.com.au


On the river: Combine 3 great Noosa experiences – the river, food and shopping – and catch a Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, Tewantin for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between, right on the river at Café Vin Cino, The River Deck Restaurant, Pier 11 Restaurant, Italian Marina Restaurant, Harbour Wine Bar or fish and chips. See Hearts and Minds Art’s beautiful gallery and gift space, browse other gift and fashion stores or get pampered at Sheer Bliss Beauty Day Spa. Book a sunset cruise with MV Noosa Queen, a Noosa Leisuretime Houseboat or a luxury pontoon and other water craft from Ready 2 Go Boat Hire. Also markets every Sunday. See noosamarina.com.au

Unplug and reconnect: Escape to fresh country air, towering forests, refreshing streams, waterfalls and mountain summits with Tropical Treks Guided Bushwalks (pictured right) who offer small group, personalised bushwalking, birdwatching and wildlife experiences in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast hinterlands. See tropicaltreks.com.au or ph 0407 388 747

Strawberry fields: The local strawberry season has started so take a Noosa Country Drive to Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Rd Wolvi, 40mins north of Noosa via Kin Kin Rd for delicious sun-ripened strawberries. Farm gate and cafe open daily 8am-5pm. Also country breakfast or Devonshire tea this Sun morning, and Paella in the Paddock Sun from 1-4pm. Ph 5486 7512

Pomona art: An art exhibition, 2 Friends, 2 Minds, 1 Obsession by Jan Bentley is at Pomona Railway Gallery in the Noosa hinterland until 4 July

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

Freedom 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

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 

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 NOOSA (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

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 (66672).

 

 
 

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