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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 22-28 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

Camping and music: The Gympie Music Muster kicks off on Thurs 28 Aug in Amamoor Creek State Forest Park, 40mins from Noosa, until Sun 31 Aug, with great music, food and camping. See Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson, The McClymonts, Sara Storer and dozens more.

Variety Bash: The Victorian Variety Bash ends at the Noosa Tigers AFL grounds, Weyba Rd, Noosaville this Fri Aug 22, with 85 cars rolling into town from 2pm. Teams left Melbourne last week as they raise money for kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs

Cuisine

Rick Stein at berardo’s: Enjoy a 3-course lunch with Rick Stein, inspired by his new book Fish & Shellfish, at berardo’s restaurant & bar, Noosa Heads on Tues 26 Aug at noon. Tickets $85, including lunch and a glass of wine. Book on 5447 5666 or at berardos.com.au

Go Geisha: Geisha Japanese Restaurant, 195 Weyba Rd, Noosaville has great lunch specials from $9.90, and authentic Japanese cuisine with the chef’s twist for lunch and dinner. Book on 5455 6913

ENTERTAINMENT

Cooroy Originals: Great live music this Sun 24 Aug at Cooroy Originals, Apex Park, cnr Maple and Marara Streets, noon-5pm with Asa Broomhall, Mick Lindsay and his band, Alan Kelly and Kimbal – free admission

Ed Kuepper in Eumundi: See Ed Kuepper on his Solo and By Request tour at the Green Room, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Sun 24 Aug, 2pm – tickets $34.70 through Oztix (Sat night show sold out). Alan Kelly performs at The Green Room this Fri 22 Aug, 6.30pm

Kooii: See mighty cultivators of world beat and song, Kooii, along with Juju Bom at historic Majestic Theatre in Pomona this Sat 23 Aug. Doors open 6pm, show from 7.30pm. Bar and meals available. Tickets $20 each at themajestictheatre.com.au

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa this week (22-28 August)
  • At Cafe Le Monde, Hastings St see DJ NixD and Dave McFarlane, Fri 22 Aug 8.30pm; DJ Massroom on Sat 8.30pm; Brodie Graham Quartet, Sun 3pm; and Noosa Songwriters Guild, Thurs 28 Aug 6.30pm with Tom Braby, Issac McGovern, Cameron Milford and Alan Kelly
  • At Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi on Sat 23 Aug see Andrew Redford, noon-2pm and Jimmy Mac on Sun, 1-3pm
  • The Vibe are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club Sun 24 Aug, 3pm
  • Test for Echo are at KB’s, Nomads Noosa this Sun 24 Aug, 6-9pm; Alan Kelly Duo are on Wed 27 Aug, 8-11pm
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has DJ West this Fri 22 Aug, 8.30-11.30pm; and Andrew Lawson on Sun 2.30-5.30pm
  • Brazilian musician Luiz Carlos is at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin Fri 22 Aug, 5.30pm
  • Dragon Bull Bar and Restaurant, Sunshine Beach has Zane Javernig this Sat 23 Aug 6pm, and Poco Loco on Mon 6pm
  • Live music, Laguna Arcade, Aroma’s courtyard, Hastings St, Sun and Thurs, 5-8pm
  • Wayne Wiltshire is at Cooroy RSL this Fri 22 Aug
  • Smokin’ Crawdads are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL Fri 22 Aug, 8pm, $10; Don’t Lock up your Granny Show is free on Sat 8pm; Sami is free on Thurs 28 Aug, 7pm
  • 10 Hastings St Café has live music this Sun 24 Aug, 4-7pm

Why not?...

Yoga open day: Yoga Circle celebrates their new studio with an open day at 8 Thomas St, Noosaville this Sun 24 Aug, 8am-6pm. Try free yoga and meditation classes, massages, stalls and samples. See yogacircle.com.au to book a time

Art galleries:
Visit Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin for exhibitions by Judy Watson, Aboriginal descendant of the Waanyi people of north-west Queensland: heron island suite, sacred ground beating heart, experimental beds, until Sun 24 Aug, 10am-3pm – find a unique gift to take home from the gift shop. At Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, see Beauty and Tragedy on Fraser Shores: re-imagining the Eliza Fraser saga by Judith Law, Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 10am-noon, Sun 10am-3pm

One for one:
Sensaura day spa in Bay Village, Hastings Street stocks TOMS shoes and sunglasses, the amazing brand that will give a pair of new shoes to a child in need, and restore sight to someone in need with every product sold. Sensaura has a great range of styles to choose from and selected shoe styles are now 20% off! Ph 5473 5360

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 visitnoosa.com.au. 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 visitnoosa.com.au/behere

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 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

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 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)