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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, we've put together some ideas for you.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of THIS WEEK IN NOOSA
for 29 August - 4 September, or please see below. 

For more ideas call into the Noosa Visitor Information Centres at Hastings Street, Parkyn's Hut or Noosa Marina in Tewantin. Phone +61 7 5430 5000 or Freecall 1 3000 NOOSA (66672)


Jazz it up: The Noosa Jazz Festival kicks off this Thurs 4 Sept for 4 days of great jazz in Festival Village, Lions Park, Noosa Heads and at venues around town. On Thurs from 5pm, see Ingrid James, Nic Jeffries, Jan Preston and Australian Army Band Brisbane. Also coming up from 4-7 Sept are Vince Jones, Steve Clisby, Emma Pask, Grace Knight, Gallapagos Duck, picnic and croquet, river cruises, Legends Series, Tastings on Hastings and more. 

Camping and music: The Gympie Music Muster has great music, food and camping through to Sun 31 Aug in Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, just 40mins from Noosa – catch the Muster bus from Noosa this weekend. See Kasey Chambers, Josh Pyke, Adam Harvey, Russell Morris, John Williamson, Sara Storer, Brian Cadd, Glen Shorrick, Lee Kernaghan and dozens more.

Jazz Party: Lovers of classic jazz can see some of Australia’s best at the Noosa Jazz Party from Thurs 4 Sept to 7 Sept – this Thurs at Bicentennial Hall, Sunshine Beach see New Orleans in Noosa, Gaudion Family Band, The Patrons Pals, Jelly Legs, Tricia and Dan, East Coast Frisco, 5-11pm, $35. Meals and budget bar – free shuttle bus from Hastings St bus terminal.

More jazz: There’s also great jazz at venues around town including James Morrison at berardo’s restaurant & bar, Noosa Heads, 4-7 Sept for lunch and dinner shows (book on 5447 5666). Puggsley Buzzard is at The Basement, Noosa Blue Resort, Noosa Heads, Thurs 4 Sept, 7pm (book for show and pre-show dinner on 5447 5699)


Food and Fashion:  See this year's spring fashions while enjoying a gourmet lunch on the village green at the Peregian Beach Food and Fashion Fiesta, Wed 3 Sept, 11am-2.30pm. Cost $58 for 2-course meal, glass of wine, fashion parade and entertainment. Ph 5329 6560

Wine dinner: Winemaker Kathleen Quealy is at Wood Fire Grill, Noosa Sound on Thurs 4 Sept - $85 for dinner and wines. Book on 5447 2455


Opera with a view: Opera in the Amphitheatre this Sun 31 Aug is a stunning afternoon of opera and song in a Greek-style amphitheatre against the backdrop of Lake Macdonald, in the Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake Macdonald Drive, Cooroy, 2.30pm. $42.50/$20

Wizard & Oz: Wizard & Oz perform at Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort, Noosa Heads on Thurs 4 Sept, 8pm, $25 includes welcome drink. Pre-show 2-course dinner special at Relish Restaurant is $49 – must book on 5440 3333 

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa this week (29 Aug – 4 Sept)
  • Michelle Brown is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club on Sun 31 Aug, 2.30-5.30pm
  • Todd Keightly plays at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Fri 29 Aug from 8.30pm and Sat from 2pm
  • At Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi on Sat 30 Aug see Ayla, noon-2pm and Shotgun Shack on Sun, 1-3pm
  • The Noosa Irish Session is at Halse Lodge, Halse Lane, Noosa Heads, this Tues 2 Sept, 7pm. Meals available, beer garden – book on 5447 3377
  • At Cafe Le Monde, Hastings St, DJ Solarfreq, DJ NixD, Fri 29 Aug 8.30pm; DJ Nato, Massroom, Sat 8.30pm; Asher Chapman And the Barefoot Band, Sun 3pm
  • See Barry Charles at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 31 Aug, 3pm
  • Matt Stillert is at KB’s, Nomads Noosa, Sun 31 Aug, 6-9pm; Nathan Kaye is on Wed 3 Sept, 8-11pm
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has DJ Nato this Fri 29 Aug, 8.30-11.30pm; and Soul Temptation on Sun 2.30-5.30pm
  • Gian is at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin Fri 29 Aug, 5.30pm
  • Dragon Bull Bar and Restaurant, Sunshine Beach has Zac Gunthorpe this Fri 29 Aug 7.30pm, and Alan Kelly on Sun 7pm
  • Live music, Laguna Arcade, Aroma’s courtyard, Hastings St, Sun and Thurs, 5-8pm
  • Meridian are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL Fri 29 Aug, 8pm, $10; Elton John Tribute is free on Sat 8pm
  • Rusty Dogs play at Cooroy RSL this Fri 29 Aug
  • Noel Player is at the Green Room, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Fri 29 Aug, 6.30pm; TDuo and guests are on Sat 2pm; Gian is on Sun 2pm

Why not?...

Children's Festival: The whole family can enjoy a day of creative fun including woodwork, clay, candle making and weaving; live music with The Barleyshakes, Cheap Fakes and Nadia Sunde; and delicious food at the Children's Festival this Sun 31 Aug, Noosa Pengari Steiner School, Nyell Rd, Doonan, 10am-3pm. Free entry

Ferry cruise:
See Noosa from the river on board the Noosa Ferry every day between Noosa Marina and Hastings St, with stops along the river at Noosaville. And find out about Noosa’s beautiful birds, river life and flora on the Noosa Eco Cruise – book on 5449 8442

Watch the whales:
The migrating humpback whales have been putting on spectacular displays – join a whale watching tour in Noosa, Mooloolaba, Hervey Bay or Brisbane – all with plenty of time to be back in Noosa for dinner. Find out more from the Noosa Visitor Information Centre, phone 1 3000 NOOSA or see Or find a great lookout along the eastern beaches from Coolum to Sunshine Beach

Bike On:
See Noosa by bike and hire a bike with Bike On or join one of their guided tours. They have a large selection of family, kids, mountain bikes and road bikes – ride along the beach, the beautiful river foreshore or on Noosa’s awesome mountain bike trails. Phone 5474 3322 or see their great ‘Noosa – You Could Be Here’ deal at

Markets: Find something yummy or unique at markets around the Noosa region this weekend. On Sun, market-hop from Noosa Farmers Market, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, 6am-noon, to Noosa Marina Markets, Tewantin, 8am-2pm (stay for lunch at one of the riverfront restaurants). Eumundi Markets are on Wed and Sat morning, and the Big Pineapple all-weather market is on Saturday morning

Get around:
Why not create your own adventure? Coast up to North Shore, Fraser Island or head inland with Get Around Campers Hire Campervans, 4WDs, caravans and camper trailers. Ph 0438 844 670

See Noosa from the water on a stand-up paddle board (it’s easy), surfboard (lessons are fun), kayak (take a tour or hire and take yourself), or hire a party pontoon and enjoy a river picnic. Ask at Visitor Information Centres in Hastings St or Noosa Marina, ph 1 3000 66672 or see

Lookout!: See a magical Noosa sunrise or sunset with a bird’s eye view from one of Noosa’s easily accessible lookouts. Drive along Viewland Dve, Noosa Heads to Noosa Lookout or walk up the steps along Morwong Dve at the end of Hastings St – it’s worth it! Mt Tinbeerwah (wheelchair access) is only a 10-min drive from Noosa Heads, along Noosa-Cooroy Rd and turn right into Tinbeerwah Rd. And for the more adventurous, head to Mt Cooroora in Pomona and Mt Coolum for spectacular views

See Noosa by bike: Hire a bike and take yourself along the beautiful beach and riverfront bikeways or hinterland trails – try a new tandem electric bike! Or join a guided tour down Mt Tinbeerwah or through the Noosa Trail Network. Call the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA for more information

Tee-off: From championship courses to greens for families and beginners on holiday, the Noosa region has a range of beautiful golf courses. See or phone us on 1 3000 NOOSA

Messing about on boats: Take a Noosa Ferry between Noosa Marina and Hastings St, a Noosa Queen sunset tour, Noosa River and Canal Cruise, Noosa Cruising Restaurant, Noosa Gondola, Noosa Dreamboats’ 1940s power boat, Noosa Eco  Cruise, Sunset Adventure Cruise, Discovery trip to Noosa Everglades, hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board, or drive yourself on a party pontoon or hire boat – phone 1 3000 NOOSA, see Visitor Information Centres or

Relax and unwind:
At a glorious day spa, at Yoga or Pilates sessions or with an in-room massage – a perfect supplement to your Noosa winter holiday. Indulge with rejuvenating pick-me-up treatments from facials to full body massages, hydromassage pools and body scrubs. See

Hire a car
and take a country drive through the Noosa hinterland with spectacular views, lakes, forests and volcanic formations. Visit country towns, walk the Noosa trails, climb a mountain and call in to a country pub in Eumundi, Cooroy, Pomona, Boreen Point or Kin Kin. Pick up a Noosa map from Visitor Information Centres in Hastings St or Noosa Marina, ph 1 3000 66672 or see

Off Beat Eco: Take a half-day guided tour through Conondale National Park rainforest with Off Beat Eco Tours to view Andy Goldsworthy’s sculpture, Strangler Cairn, through river crossings and a 2.8km rainforest walk. Replenish with yummy bush tucker. Ph 1300 023 835 or see

River sunset:
See amazing sunsets from Noosa River with Noosa Cruising Restaurant’s luxury sunset dinner cruise from Noosa Marina. Noosa Ferry has a BYO $20 sunset cruise with departures from Tewantin, Noosaville, Noosa Sound and Noosa Heads. Noosa Queen’s $10 sunset cruise takes in Lake Cooroibah and river life – fully licensed bar onboard. Noosa River and Canal Cruises has BYO $20 sunset cruises Wednesdays to Saturdays. Phone 1 3000 66672 or ask at Noosa Visitor Information Centres in Hastings St or Noosa Marina

River fishing: Explore the calm, beautiful waters of Noosa River while fishing, crabbing and sight-seeing with Noosa Fishing and Crab Tours. Pull up crab pots, on-board steamed crab tasting, see river birdlife. All gear and lunch provided. Ph 5449 7984 or see

River of mirrors: Discover the Noosa Everglades, the river of mirrors, and its magnificent wildlife and pristine wilderness with guided and self-guided kayak tours, or by boat from Noosaville. Find out more at the Visitor Information Centre, Hastings St, Noosa Heads or phone 1 3000 66672

Horse trails: Ride through rainforest, eucalypt and plantation forests in Amamoor State Forest with Mary Valley Adventure Trails for superb views, flora, fauna and wildlife – ½ day ride $110, full day (incl picnic lunch) $220. Ph 5481 1489 or see Gift certificates available

Ferry cruise: See Noosa from the river on board the Noosa Ferry every day between Noosa Marina and Hastings St, with stops along the river at Noosaville. And find out about Noosa’s beautiful birds, river life and flora on the Noosa Eco Cruise – book on 5449 8442

Stand up paddling:
Learn to stand up paddle – it’s easy and fun for everyone and you see Noosa from the beautiful waterways. Ask at the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or phone 1 3000 NOOSA

River houseboat:
Hire a houseboat and spend time with the family on the Noosa River – it’s great fun and a magical way to see Noosa. Ph Luxury Afloat Noosa on 5449 7611, see

River fishing and crabbing:
Introduce the kids to fishing or just relax in the calm waters of the beautiful Noosa River on a 2hr to half-day charter, from $25. Call 0429 030 823 or see Market shuttle: Catch the new Eumundi Market shuttle with Sun-air bus service for unique and wonderful shopping, or just treat yourself with more than 600 stalls at the Eumundi Markets. The shuttle leaves Sunrise/Sunshine Beach at 7.20am, Noosa Heads at 7.30am, Noosaville at 7.35am and Tewantin at 7.40am, Wednesdays and Saturdays, with 4 hours at the markets. Tickets $20 adult, $15 child, $55 family must be pre-booked on 5477 0888. Phone for pick-up locations

Taxi! There are so many ways to enjoy the Noosa River and a great new way is with the Noosa Water Taxi, running Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from the Sheraton Noosa Jetty every hour on the hour, 7am – 5pm, dropping off around Noosa Sounds, Settlers Cove Jetty and as far as Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. Book on 0412 929 369

Offshore Fishing: Head into the open waters onboard Wild Thing! with Noosa Charters for a deep sea fishing adventure from 5-12hrs on the custom-built 11.3m boat for a chance to catch snapper, sweetlip, mackerel or marlin. Gear and bait provided. Phone 5449 9348 or email

Gift from Noosa: Give friends and relatives a Noosa experience with a Noosa Gift Certificate from the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St – available for a tour or activity, or buy a Noosa Experience credit so they book an experience of their choice. Ph 1 3000 66672 or drop in to the centre

Out and about: It’s a beautiful time of year to explore Noosa’s nature - take a walk along a beach anywhere between Coolum, Peregian or Noosa Heads; hire a boat on the river; walk around the bays through Noosa National Park; take a tour to Fraser Island; head for the hinterland; learn to surf, skydive or abseil; hire a canoe and explore the waterways at your own pace; take the ferry between Noosa Marina and Hastings Street; enjoy fish and chips by the river; take an action-packed adventure boat ride – there’s plenty of fun to be had. Ask at the Visitor Information Centres in Hastings Street and Noosa Marina or see Pick up a copy of the Noosa Holiday Guide which is also available as an e-book

For more about what to do in Noosa, call into the Noosa Visitor Information Centres at Hastings Street, Parkyn's Hut or Noosa Marina in Tewantin. Phone +61 7 5430 5000 or 1 3000 NOOSA (1 3000 66672)