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)

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE NOOSA WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE or SEE THE NOOSA WINTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE FLIPBOOK

Stars and stripes: Celebrate 4 July at Crawdaddy’s in Hastings Street with the weekend special of Southern fried chicken and chips with honey mustard sauce for $15. They also have DJs on Fri and Sat from 9pm

School holidays: From Dr Seuss, dinosaurs and pedal-powered smoothies to balloon bending, Jungle George, Shaun the Sheep and animals on display, our Noosa Winter School Holiday Guide has plenty of fun activities – CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

Cuisine

King of burgers: Fill up with a great tasting gourmet burger from Dukes Burgers, on the deck in Sunshine Beach, also with kids’ meals, salads, sides, wings and craft beers. Fully licensed and family friendly – open from 5pm every day during the school holidays. See

Dine on the river: Combine 2 great Noosa experiences – the river and food – and catch a Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, Tewantin for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between, right on the river. Café Vin Cino is open for breakfast, The River Deck Restaurant and Rump House Restaurant have superb views and meals, and Harbour Wine Bar is open all day for coffee or a drink. If you go Sunday morning, check out the Marina Markets

Embassy pop-up: $3 corn cakes with black vinegar caramel in the Lounge Bar at Embassy XO, Sunshine Beach for the Pop Up special this Fri 3 July, 3-6pm – also Orange and chai mulled wine available to purchase and enjoy by the fireplace

ENTERTAINMENT

One act plays: The three finalist plays of the Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition are Dotty's Inheritance, a farce; Needle in the Haystack, a drama; and Drowning, a farce to make you sad – at the theatre, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, 7.30pm on 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17 July and matinees at 2pm on 5, 12, 18 July. Ph 5449 9343, 9am-2pm Tues-Fri or see 

Classical Pioneers: Cello Dreaming
presents musicians from Australia’s newest period orchestra, seventeen88 in Classical Pioneers at Eudlo Hall, near Noosa hinterland on Sat 4 July, 7-9pm with a classical repertoire on period instruments. $45/$35/$20

Live music
: Check out great live music in Noosa from 3-9 July 2015

WHY NOT...

Going underground: Try one of Noosa’s newest spaces, Underground Surf Emporium and Café, upstairs at 9 Hastings Street. It’s a cool coffee space and surf lounge with a large range of boards including handcrafted Wallace surfboards, Lost, Patagonia, Firewire and vintage, and streaming global surf events, movies etc

Pop-up art:
The 3rd PopUp Art Series Exhibition opens at the Butter Factory Cooroy this Sat 4 July, 2pm with artist, sculptor and printmaker Judy Barrass. See new works by Sunshine Coast artists and crafts people. Ph 5329 6580

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!

Beach yoga
: Join Santushti Yoga for beach and park sessions in Peregian Beach and Noosa Heads – suitable for beginner and intermediate of all ages, Fri-Tues, 7am-8.15am and 8.30-9.30am, $10 each + $1.50 mat hire, or bring your own. Ph 0415 813 584 for locations

Fishing Noosa River: Introduce the kids to fishing or relax on a morning or afternoon in the calm waters of Noosa River with Noosa River Fishing Safaris 2hr to half-day charters, from $30. Call 0429 030 823

Surf Meets Southwest: One of Noosa’s most eclectic stores, Surf Meets Southwest has re-opened in Gibson Rd, Noosaville, with great new products, unique homewares, furniture, clothes, jewellery, art, leather goods and more. It’s what you get when you cross a love for Native American culture, the US southwest and the beach! 

Tranquillity 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

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, raising artistic, political and social issues from one of our closest neighbours. Exhibition open Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-3pm

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

Market Characters: See photos of the Eumundi Markets’ Market Characters at a portrait exhibition by Alain Bouvier in the new Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre gallery, Memorial Dve, Eumundi, Mon-Fri 10am-3pm, Sat 9am-2pm, Sun 10am-noon – they make it, bake it, sew it, grow it! Open to 24 July
 
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.

Snapshots @visitnoosa