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This Week in Noosa and school holiday guide

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 THIS WEEK IN NOOSA for 26 March - 2 April 2015 or please see below.

There's plenty of Easter fun these school holidays, from rooftop flicks to cheese rolling, Easter egg hunts to magic, and pirates to sailing - and of course you can meet the Easter Bunny! DOWNLOAD THE NOOSA EASTER SCHOOL HOLIDAY GUIDE or SEE THE ONLINE FLIPBOOK.

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

Country Fair: Spend the morning at the Friday Country Fair at Eumundi Square, 8.30am-2pm with specials at more than 90 boutique businesses, with garments and accessories featured in a fashion parade at 11am. There's live music and an animal farm, 1-8 Napier Rd, Eumundi

Harmony Tour: House Of Shem, an Aotearoa (NZ) based harmony trio are at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville, Sun 29 Mar, 5.30pm. Tickets $35 pre-sold or $40 at the door

Cuisine

Go Geisha: Try refreshing flavours and textures at Izakaya Geisha Japanese Restaurant, contemporary Japanese cuisine on shared izakaya plates. It’s casual dining, child-friendly, fully licensed and BYO – take-away also available. 195 Weyba Rd, Noosaville, ph 5455 6913

French treats: For a seriously indulgent Easter treat – or at any other time – Maison de Provence, 9/13 Garnet St, Cooroy in the Noosa Hinterland has home-made French-style breakfast, lunch and coffee, Tues-Sat from 8am. Try new brioche hot cross buns, hot cross bun macarons and beautiful hand-made chocolate Easter chickens, bunnies and eggs. Take home something special. Ph 5472 0077

Rose wine: Sirocco Restaurant’s Rose Wine Ladies Lunch this Fri 27 Mar has 3 courses and 2 glasses of rose wine, coffee and tea for $45pp. Must book on 5455 6688

ENTERTAINMENT

Silent film: The historic Majestic Theatre in Pomona, the world’s oldest authentic silent movie theatre, screens Buster Keaton classic College, Mon 30 Mar, 10.30am. Ph 5485 2330

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 27 Mar-2 Apr
  • Dubarray, In2natioN, Landerz-i and Bearfoot are at Crawdaddy’s, upstairs, Bay Village, Hastings St, Fri 27 Mar, 7pm for the East Coast Originals fundraiser, $10. All ages until 10pm, then time for big kids only
  • The Vibe are free at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club Sun 29 Mar, 2pm
  • Cool grooves on Sat, 9pm, the Supper Club, Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St, with DJ Keiko and guests
  • At Noosa Beach House Bar, Hastings St this Fri 27 Mar see Carl Wockner, 8.30-11.30pm; Tall Guy With Glasses on Sun, 2.30-5.30pm and live music on Wed 1 Apr, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Alan Kelly is free at KB’s at Nomads Noosa, Sun 29 Mar, 7-10pm; also live music on Wed 1 Apr, 8-11pm
  • Bohemian Bungalow in Eumundi has Lee Hardisty this Sat 28 Mar, noon-2pm; and Rachel Ritzau and Mal on Sun, 12.30-2.30pm
  • At the Imperial Lionheart Hotel, Eumundi, see Doolie on Fri 27 Mar, 6.30pm; Pete Allen on Sat, 6.30pm
  • Rod Christensen Duo are free at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin Fri 27 Mar, 5.30pm
  • Coolum Surf Club has a soloist this Fri 27 Mar from 6.30pm and The Coverlords from 9pm
  • Late for Woodstock are free at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 29 Mar, 3-6pm
  • Red Belly Black Snakes are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL Fri 27 Mar, 8pm, $10; Twang are free on Sat 8pm; Janice J Duo are free on Thurs 2 Apr, 7pm
  • Sunday arvo acoustic sessions at Red on Thomas Bar and Grill, Noosaville, 3-6pm
  • Live music at Shades Wine Bar, Noosa Junction on Wednesday and Saturday

WHY NOT...

Eco Cruise: See and learn about Noosa’s nature, history and amazing birds, marine life and flora on Noosa Ferry's Noosa Eco Cruise, with spectacular beach, river and mountain views, Tues and Thurs. Includes river cruise, guided nature walk, morning tea, same day Noosa Ferry day pass. Book on 5449 8442

Couples spa: Enjoy 2 hrs together at Organika Day Spa with a mud spa bath for sore muscles, half-hour infrared detox sauna and either a 1hr  massage, or 1hr organic facial, or seaweed wrap, body scrub and mini facial, $120-$160, for 2 or 4 people. Ph 5471 3777

River fishing:
Explore the beautiful waters and wildlife of Noosa River while fishing, crabbing and sight-seeing with Noosa Fishing and Crab Adventures. Gear and lunch provided, morning and afternoon tours available. Ph 5449 7984

Learn to surf: Feel the thrill of standing up on wave for the first time and learn to surf in Noosa’s safe waters while on holiday. Ask at the Noosa Visitor Information Centre, Hastings St, ph 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au/play

Kayak time: Explore Noosa’s beautiful waterways by kayak from Laguna Bay to Noosa River, tranquil Weyba Creek, Noosa Sound canals, the lakes or up to the pristine Noosa Everglades. You’ll see, hear and experience wildlife and nature as never before. Hire a kayak and take yourself or join a guided tour. Call the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 66672, drop in or see visitnoosa.com.au/play

Saddle up: Enjoy a range of horse riding adventures with experienced guides – Discover beautiful Lake Weyba with Noosa Horse Riding. Go along Noosa North Shore beach or bush with Equathon Horse Riding. Take a guided trail ride through rainforest and farmland in Noosa hinterland with Mary Valley Adventure Trails or join a trail ride through Noosa hinterland with Noosa Horses, just 10 minutes from Noosa. Ask at the Noosa Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or phone 1 3000 66672

Treasure trove: Take home a memento or two of your Noosa holiday and explore the gorgeous stores that line Hastings St, Noosa Junction, Peregian Village, Sunshine Beach, Noosaville, Noosa Marina, Tewantin and the hinterland villages of Cooroy, Pomona and Eumundi. From fashion, homewares, surfboards and jewellery to art, furniture and handmade designs, you’ll find something unique to be treasured at home

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

Noosa by ferry: The Noosa Ferry is a beautiful way to see Noosa, with stops between Noosa Marina at Tewantin, Noosaville and the Sheraton Jetty in Noosa Heads, 7 days a week from 9.15am-6.40pm – the perfect way to get to and from your favourite Noosa restaurant. There are also special Sunset Cruises with a free ticket on the evening service. Ph 5449 8442 or see noosaferry.com

Explore: Get out and about and explore 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, abseil down Mt Tinbeerwah or hire a car and head to the beautiful hinterland. Phone the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 66672, call in at Hastings St or Noosa Marina or see visitnoosa.com.au/play

Theme park transfers: Australia Zoo and Aussie World theme parks are just a short trip from Noosa and Con-x-ion now does transfers to and from these attractions. Book on 5450 5933 or 1 3000 66672

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), hire a party pontoon and enjoy a river picnic, jump on a hire jet-ski, join a fishing tour, book the gondola or classic wooden power boat, the Noosa Ferry or action-packed jet boat. Ask at Visitor Information Centres in Hastings St or Noosa Marina, ph 1 3000 66672 or CLICK HERE

Messing about on boats: Explore the beautiful Noosa River and its bird and marine life – drive yourself on a party pontoon or hire boat, get on-board the Noosa Eco Cruise, take a fishing and crabbing tour, a Noosa Ferry between Noosa Marina and Hastings St, Noosa Queen sunset tour, Noosa River and Canal Cruise, dine on the Noosa Cruising Restaurant, indulge on the Noosa Gondola or Noosa Dreamboats’ 1940s power boat, take a boat trip or guided and self guided kayaking tour to the ancient Noosa Everglades, or hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board – phone 1 3000 NOOSA, see Visitor Information Centres in Hastings Street or Noosa Marina, or see visitnoosa.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

Noosa park run: Test your time or just enjoy a friendly  run at the free, weekly Noosa Park Run, a 5km timed run or walk every Saturday, 7am, leaving from Noosaville State School, Beckmans Rd, Noosaville. Open for old and young, serious runners or those trying it for the first time. Register at parkrun.com.au/noosa

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

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

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

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

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 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)