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.

Upcoming Events

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)

Music, arts, food and fun: The Noosa Long Weekend Festival has music, dance, literature, forums, food, arts and fun every day until Sun 26 July. Still to come are Queensland Ballet, Los Nachos Trios, Noosa Long Weekend Festival Orchestra, author Liane Moriarty In Conversation, Climate Change forum and more. The Festival Wrap Party this Sun 26 July at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas from noon is 4 hours of non-stop entertainment with Catherine Alcorn, Jackson Thomas, Rob Mills, Melody Beck, Johanna Allen, Felicity Burdett, Los Nachos Trios and Angela Fabian and Max Sportelli Quartet. Take the free shuttle bus to the Wrap Party, leaving The J Theatre car park in Noosa Junction every 15 minutes from 11.30am to 4.30pm. See the full Festival program at noosalongweekend.com or ph 5329 6560

King of the Mountain: The Pomona King of the Mountain Festival this Sun 26 July has family fun all day with markets, tug o war, mountain dash, skate park competition and jam session, pram push, live music, rides, side show alley and a food court, finishing with the International Mountain Challenge at 3pm where competitors run up the face of Mount Cooroora

Noosa Hill Climb: See the thrills and spills of the Noosa Car Club's Noosa Hill Climb, one of Australia's most challenging hill climb events with more than 120 drivers competing through 14 corners up Gyndier Drive in Tewantin National Park this weekend, 25-26 July, 8am-4pm. Also walk through the pit area and talk with drivers of a wide range of models. Adult $10 day pass, $15 weekend pass, children U14 free (must be accompanied by an adult)

Cuisine

Long Weekend offers: The Noosa Long Weekend Festival also has great food and drink events –  Cocktail Capers has 8 Hastings Street venues presenting specially created festival cocktails, available noon to 9pm every day. Tickets $60 for 6 cocktails from participating venues. Anyone with a festival ticket can enjoy Up The Lazy River discounts and offers at participating venues, mostly on Gympie Terrace, Noosaville. See noosalongweekend.com for info

Castagna lunch: Join wine maker of the year finalist Julian Castagna for a 6-course lunch with matching wines at Wasabi Restaurant and Bar, Noosa Sound this Sun 26 July as part of Good Food Month. He will discuss bio-dynamics, the energy of Renaissance des Appellations wines, the fight for truth and the authentic taste of terroir. Cost is $150. Must book on 5449 2443

Cullen wine dinner: Enjoy a degustation menu at Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita with Vanya Cullen of Cullen Wines, a Margaret River pioneer, Wed 29 July, 6.30pm. $135 per person – bookings essential on 5449 4761

Christmas in July: Noosa Boathouse has a special 3-course feast and sides for dinner this Sat 25 July at 6.30pm and for lunch on Sun 26 July at noon for $39.50pp. Book on 5440 5070

Brown Brothers launch: Villa Noosa Hotel, Mary St, Noosaville hosts the Brown Brothers Patricia launch on Wed 29 July, 7pm with 5 courses and matched wines for $95. They also have a Noosa Long Weekend Festival special 3-course dinner for $49, including a complimentary glass of South Island Cuvee Brut. Must book on 5430 5555

Embassy pop-up: $2 Duck buns today, Fri 24 July at Embassy XO, Sunshine Beach for the Pop Up special, 3-6pm. Also Orange and Chai Mulled Wine available to enjoy by the fireplace, and other great specials in the Lounge Bar. Ph 5455 4460

Christmas on the river: Break out the tinsel for Christmas in July at The River Deck Restaurant at Noosa Marina this Fri 24 July, 7pm, 3-course traditional dinner, glass of sparkling, raffle prizes, live music, carol sing-a-long and a visit from Santa for $65pp. Must book on 5474 1100

Relish a traditional Christmas dinner in July: Christmas is arriving early at Noosa Springs with a winter warming, Christmas dinner menu at Relish Restaurant. Enjoy a two-course set Christmas dinner menu for $38pp. Book now on 5440 3333

Entertainment

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 24-30 July 2015

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Bindi’s birthday luau: Grab your island gear and help Bindi Irwin celebrate her 17th birthday at a Luau party at Australia Zoo, Fri 24 July from 8am, with Polynesian dancers, hula workshops, mocktails, face painting from 11am, and a mechanical surfboard. Kids 14yrs and under free

Winter walk:
Take a leisurely guided walk through the lakeside Noosa Botanic Gardens, Sun 26 July, 10am. See beautiful flowers in bloom and enjoy the peaceful surrounds on the shores of Lake Macdonald – bring a picnic to enjoy after. The gardens are 20 min from Noosa Heads, on Lake Macdonald Drive, Cooroy

Explore:
Get out and about with tours from Noosa to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, kayak the pristine Noosa Everglades, go cruising or fishing on Noosa River, kayak or take a jet boat tour into Laguna Bay, join a bike tour through Tewantin National Park, or hire a car and head to the beautiful hinterland. Ph Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 66672, call in at Hastings St or Noosa Marina or see visitnoosa.com.au

Half-price bike hire:
Cruise Noosa by bike with Bike On - hire 1 bike and get the 2nd bike half-price (offer applies to all-day bike hire only). They have quality bikes for all the family including kids, mountain bikes and road rides. They also run MTB tours in and around Noosa and have 17 outlets. Ph 5474 3322 or see visitnoosa.com.au/behere

Ride Noosa:
Ride with Equathon Horse Riding on a beach tour on Noosa North Shore or through the Noosa Trail Network. Private beach rides cater to beginners and experienced riders. Part day, day and overnight horseback tours with triple Olympian Alex Watson. Ph 5474 2665 or see equathon.com

Indo Pop:
Indonesian Art from the 7th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art is at Noosa Regional Gallery, 9 Pelican St, Tewantin, with works from emerging artists. Exhibition open Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm.

Dine by the river: Enjoy delicious hand-made gnocchi with duck and mushroom ragout, shaved pecorino and a glass of wine for $25 at Gusto. Available Mon to Sat, lunch only. Ph 5449 7144.

Learn to surf: It might be mid-winter but it’s a great time to 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!

Tranquility for two: 75 mins of relaxation and time out together in a double treatment room at Ikatan Spa with a Balinese foot ritual, 60-min massage or facial, plus a taster plate to share in the tropical gardens. Ph 5471 1199

Portrait exhibition: Poeta Herford on Hastings gallery presents an exhibition of modern art by Belinda Herford, titled Me we lifeforce portraits, in The French Quarter, 62 Hastings St

Hidden gems
: Experience hidden gems with Con-X-ion’s new Sunshine Coast Discovery Tour. Visit the Eumundi Markets, a vibrant mecca of more than 600 unique stalls; The Ginger Factory, showcasing the story of ginger from paddock to plate with novelty shops and award-winning gardens; sit down to a scrumptious lunch at Sunshine Castle before being launched back to medieval times with a castle tour; then enjoy a refreshing beverage at Aussie World Pub, Australia’s most photographed with Australiana shopping village and fun for the whole family. The tour costs $95 per person, with pick-up/drop-off from your accommodation. Book on 5477 0888 or see con-x-ion.com

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

Markets: Find something yummy or unique with locally made products, art, craft and food at markets around Noosa: Original Eumundi Markets, Wednesday and Saturday morning; Noosa Farmers Market, every Sunday, 6am-noon, AFL grounds, Weyba Rd, Noosaville; Noosa Marina Markets, every Sunday, 8am-2pm, Parkyn Court, Tewantin; Pomona Country Markets, 2nd and 4th Saturdays every month, 6.30am-noon, Stan Topper Park, Pomona; Cooroy Community Markets, every Thursday, 8am-1pm, RSL Hall, Maple St; Peregian Markets, 1st and 3rd Sundays every month, 7am-12.30pm, Kingfisher Park, Peregian Beach Foreshore; Cooroy Grass Roots Markets, 1st, 3rd and 5th Saturday, 7am-noon, Memorial Hall, Maple St; Kin Kin Creations Market, 1st Sunday every month, 9am-1pm, Kin Kin Oval; Eumundi Square Markets, every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 7.30am-2pm; Noosa Kids and Baby Market, last Sunday every month (except July and December), 8-11am, Noosa Leisure Centre, Wallace Drive, Noosaville

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

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The other side of Noosa

The other side of Noosa

Today, it’s hard not to visit a beach and see some Stand Up Paddle boarders (SUP’ers) enjoying their sport on the fringe of the surf riders. Or better still, seeing an early morning SUP’er on a quiet river or canal going through their daily core exercise. The urban myth is that SUP’ing is as old and traditional as surfing, originating in Hawaii generations ago. That’s only half true.

Toes in the sand for Noosa Festival of Surfing

Toes in the sand for Noosa Festival of Surfing

Surfing legends, old guys, gals, tandem surfers and even dogs have made Noosa beach their home this week for the Noosa Festival of Surfing. It’s referred to as “8 days of pure stoke”, “a party on the beach” and “a celebration of the spirit of surfing”, and these sum up pretty well why the Noosa Festival of Surfing holds such a special spot in the hearts of surfers.

Reflections of a Noosa summer

Reflections of a Noosa summer

It's autumn already and not that that's a bad thing. We are surrounded by absolutely bliss pretty much all year round here at beautiful Noosa. I do however find myself not quite ready to leave another summer behind me yet. So before I embrace all that autumn has to offer, I'd like to share some of the splendour and bliss of my Noosa summer.

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