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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 1-7 August, 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)

UPCOMING EVENTS

Conscious Life: Conscious, healthy, sustainable living at Conscious Life Festival, Sat and Sun 2-3 Aug, Peregian Beach College, Old Emu Mountain Rd, 9.30am-4pm with 100 exhibitors, practitioners, holistic and eco-friendly products. Also Kids Culture for families and children with free seminars, exhibitions and workshops. $10 per day/$15 weekend, U15 free

The Basement: Noosa’s newest music club, The Basement at Noosa Blue, premieres Thurs 7 Aug with the classy Robyn Brown Quintet. Book for dinner or enjoy show only ($15 pre-sold or $18 at the door). Doors from 6pm, show 7-10pm – book on 5447 5699 or see facebook.com/noosablue

Cuisine

Family BBQ: Join Wood Fire Grill for a family barbecue every Sunday, noon-3pm, $50 for family share plate + 2 sides and kids’ activities. Ph 5447 2455

Seafood Paella: Sirocco Restaurant’s Sunday Seafood Paella is this Sun 3 Aug, lunch from noon and dinner 5.30pm, with delicious paella for 2 people, and a glass of sangria each, $64.50. Ph 5455 6688

ENTERTAINMENT

Comedy and Consomme: It’s 3 funny plays and a 3-course winter dinner at The Indee Theatre Eumundi’s Comedy and Consomme this Fri, Sat, Sun (1-3 August) – dinner and show $41, non-dining for Sunday matinee $18. Book on 5472 8200 or at eumundilivetheatre.com

Bongos for Congo: Ayla Scanlan, The Merrys, Chris Flaskas and Bri’s Trio play at a benefit concert at Noosa Springs Golf and Spa Resort, Sun 3 Aug, noon-5pm. Bar and food available, prizes. Tickets $15 on the door or see facebook.com/congoconsideration

Control Freak: Confessions of a Control Freak with Belinda Raisin, Majestic Theatre Pomona this Sat 2 Aug, 7.30pm (doors, bar, food from 6pm). $27/$22 – see themajestictheatre.com.au or ph 5485 2330

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa this week (1-7 August)
  • Kimball Imaz-Hirst plays live music at 10 Hastings St Café this Sun 3 Aug, 4-7pm
  • Matt Stillert is at the Kamel Bar at Nomads Noosa, Sun 3 Aug, 5-8pm; and Cory Carlyon plays on Wed 6 Aug, 8-11pm
  • Paul Kelly Tribute is at Tewantin-Noosa RSL Fri 1 Aug, 8pm, $10; Swinging Martinis are free on Sat 8pm; Fabian is free on Thurs 7 Aug, 7pm
  • Pete Townson is at the Green Room, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Fri 1 Aug, 6pm; Ebony Hamacek is on Sat 2pm; Hayden Hack is on Sun 2pm
  • Plan B Jazz are at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin Fri 1 Aug, 5.30pm
  • Live music, Laguna Arcade, Aroma’s courtyard, Hastings St, Sun and Thurs, 5-8pm
  • At Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi on Sat 2 Aug see Ayla, noon-3pm
  • The Noosa Irish Session is at Halse Lodge, Halse Lane, Noosa Heads, Tues 5 Aug, 7pm. Meals available
  • At Cafe Le Monde, Hastings St, DJ Massroom, Fri 1 Aug and Sat, 8.30pm; West Texas Crude, Sun 3pm; live music with Noosa Songwriters Guild, Thurs 7 Aug, 6.30pm
  • The Vibe are at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club on Sun 3 Aug, 2.30-5.30pm
  • Billy Guy is at Cooroy RSL this Fri 25 July
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has DJ West this Fri 1 Aug, 8.30pm; Tall Guy With Glasses, Sun 2.30pm
  • Rooftop Therapy are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club Sun 3 August, 3pm

Why not?...

Stand-up paddle: Try stand-up paddling at a fun social day with Adventure Sports Kitesurf this Sat 2 Aug. The surf session is from 8am on Noosa Main Beach between the rock groynes, and a flat water session is from 10am at ‘Dog Beach’, Noosa Spit. Try the latest Naish gear – RSVP through facebook.com/Kitesurfaustralia or ph 5455 6677

Markets: Find something yummy or unique at markets around the Noosa region this weekend. On Sun 3 Aug, market-hop from Noosa Farmers Market, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, 6am-noon; to Peregian Beach Markets, 7am-12.30pm; Kin Kin Markets in the Noosa hinterland, 9am-1pm; and 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 visitnoosa.com.au

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 visitnoosa.com.au/play-golf 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 visitnoosa.com.au

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 visitnoosa.com.au/relax

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 visitnoosa.com.au

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 offbeattours.com.au

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 noosafishingandcrabadventures.com.au

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 adventuretrails.com.au. Gift certificates available

Off the Top:
Feel the rush as you weave downhill and through Tewantin National Park on Bike On’s Off The Top mountain bike tour every Saturday. The 3hr tour is fully guided and suitable for all skill and fitness levels, starting with 360 degree coastal and hinterland views from Mt Tinbeerwah. They pick up from your Noosa accommodation in the morning and provide a forest picnic. Start See rainforest, birdlife and wildlife on the way. Cost $79pp. Phone 5474 3322 or email info@bikeon.com.au

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 luxuryafloatnoosa.com.au

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 noosariverfishing.com 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 info@noosacharters.com.au

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 specific tour or activity or buy a Noosa Experience credit and they can book whatever they decide on. 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 visitnoosa.com.au. 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)