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, here are some ideas for you, or call into Noosa Visitor Information Centres at Hastings St, or Parkyn's Hut or Noosa Marina in Tewantin. Phone +61 7 5430 5000 or Freecall in Australia 1 3000 NOOSA (66672)

 
 

Upcoming Events


Sunshine Coast Pride Festival
: Celebrate the Sunshine Coast Pride Festival’s 10th anniversary of promoting a fun and safe environment for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer community; their families and friends, 24-26 Feb with Melony Brests and Quiz Queen Trivia at the Villa Noosa Hotel, Noosaville on Fri (ph 5430 5555); Eumundi Markets Pride Fair Day and Paws Parade on Sat from 8.30am (see details below); Pride art exhibition in The Green Room, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi on Sat, 10am-2pm; Solar playing live music at the Imperial on Sat, 3-5pm; Pinky's Show Night at the Waterfront Hotel, Maroochydore on Sat night; and a walk to Kondalilla Falls on Sun, 9am-1pm ($5)

Pride Fair Day and Paws Parade: As part of the Sunshine Coast Pride Festival, Eumundi Markets hosts the Pride Fair Day, including the colourful doggy dress-ups for the Paws Parade, this Sat 25 Feb from 8.30am. Activities across 2 stages, hosted by drag queens Melony Brests and Sal Monalla. See Dykes on Bikes; drag queens Holly Wood and Candy Surprise; music from Mettaphor, Lea Sanson, Darren Adler, The Ukulele Sisters, Annie J and Fusion and Lizzy Maynes, Burlesque L’amour, and Kristy Apps and the Shotgun Shirleys. Bring your dog for the Pride Paw Parade with prizes for Most Glamorous Pride Pooch, Best Pride Parent Look-alike, and Best Rainbow Pride Pooch. Register online or on the day at 10am

Summer River Festival: Summer vibes on the Noosa River at the Noosa Boathouse Summer River Festival on the lawn this Sun 26 Feb, 3-8pm, Gympie Tce, Noosaville with great street food, wine, beers including Stone and Wood, and live music from Sean Fitzgerald and Ryan Giles Band. Free entry, optional donations to Noosa Coast Guard

Cuisine

Tequila, trivia and taco: Bordertown Cocktails & Cantina, 1/253 Gympie Tce, Noosaville has taco Tuesday with a twist with $5 tacos all day Tuesdays, tequila cocktails and drinks specials from 3pm, and trivia and Mexican bingo from 7-10pm, with $100 in bar tab prizes to win. Book on 5442 4242

Seafood from the Heart: Chef Peter Kuruvita invites you to his Seafood from the Heart dinner at Noosa Beach House, Hastings St, Thurs 23 Feb with the tastes of Asia and naturally delicious flavours of sustainable seafood. 5-course dinner is $120pp including a glass of Champagne on arrival. Must book on 5449 4771

Voices of the Sun: Acoustic open mic night with guest Zac Gunthorpe at Sunspace Café, 6 Beddington Rd, Doonan this Fri 24 Feb, organic pizza, curry, salads and drinks from 5-8pm and music from 6-8.30pm. No BYO, free entry

Entertainment

Grease is the word: Starry Nights Outdoor Movies presents Grease at the Eumundi Drive-in, Eumundi Showgrounds, Black Stump Rd (off Memorial Drive), this Sat 25 Feb, gates open 5.30pm, screening 7pm, $25 per car, $10 per person for walk-ins. Book at ticketebo.com.au/starrynights

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 24 Feb – 2 Mar
  • Reggae Mash Up in The Brewery, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Sat 25 Feb features NZ’s House of Shem, Rik-E-Ragga from The Voice and Marvin Priest, 7.30pm, tickets $25 pre-sold from the venue or at oztix.com.au, or $30 on the door
  • Choirboys play the best of AC/DC at the Villa Noosa this Sat 25 Feb, 8pm, 18+, tickets from $35 available at moshtix.com.au
  • Áine Tyrell, The Long Johns, The Score, Brie Green and more play at Sound Feast, all ages live music show at The J, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Heads this Fri 24 Feb, 6-9pm, free entry
  • Gian is at Café Le Monde, Hastings St on Thurs 23 Feb from 6pm; and Wild Marmalade, Si Mullumby and Khan Harrison play The Sunday Sessions this Sun 26 Feb, 3pm with fresh shucked oyster bar and kerbside BBQ, free entry
  • Paris Smith is at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin this Fri 24 Feb, 6-8pm; and Jeff Leonard is on Sat, 6-8pm
  • Mark Porter is free at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 24 Feb, 6pm
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has Taylor Moss this Fri 24 Feb, 7-11pm; Alan Kelly on Sun 2.30-5.30pm; and Gabor on Wed 1 Mar, 5.30-7.30pm
  • Live Wired are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL this Fri 24 Feb, 8pm; Don’t Lock Up Your Granny are on Sat, 8pm; Russell Davey is free on Thurs 2 Mar, 6pm
  • Mo’ Swagger are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club on Sun 26 Feb, 3-6pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel this Fri 24 Feb see Pete Allan Trio, 6pm; on Sat see Catie Friel, 3pm; and on Sun see Brea Robertson from 3pm
  • Ryan Giles is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 24 Feb from 3.30pm; and live music on Sun from 2pm
  • Shades of Grey are at Joe's Waterhole in Eumundi this Sat 25 Feb, 2-5.30pm
  • Hunker in the Bunker muso jam, Wed 1 March, Imperial Hotel Eumundi, 6.30pm-late, all welcome
  • Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin has live music this Fri night 24 Feb
  • Afternoons in Havana this Sun at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St, 1-6pm with live Latin house music plus percussion and special Latin American cocktails
  • Hear live music at aroma’s, Hastings St this Thurs and Sun, 5-8pm

Why not...

Freedom Trail: Experience hinterland and coastal adventures on a full day adventure with Freedom Trail, climbing the Glasshouse Mountains, exploring secluded beaches and hidden caves, eating, swimming and snorkelling. Learn from local knowledge and be prepared for adventure! Ph 0412 251 374

Adventure paddle:
Join Adventure Sports Kite Surf Australia for an adventure paddle on Noosa River this Sun 26 Feb, 5pm, exploring Noosa River and Noosa Sound. Meet at T Boats and finish at Weyba Creek Park, Noosaville. All paddle craft welcome

Bridal Expo:
The Noosa Springs Bridal Expo this Sun 26 Feb, 10am-2pm has tours of the stunning resort grounds, picturesque ceremony locations, reception rooms, accommodation and spa, along with photographers, celebrants, transport, cake decorators, firework specialists, entertainment, prizes and more. Free entry, Links Drive, Noosa Heads. See noosasprings.com.au

Noosa Funcat:
Lie back and explore the Noosa River in the new Noosa Funcat, a chaise-style lounge powered by duel electric engines, with esky and cup holders. Hire for $50 an hour ($80 for 2 hours and $110 for 3 hours) at Jetty 17 Boat and Kayak Hire, Gympie Tce, Noosaville. Ph 5449 8044

Scenic flight: Take a spectacular scenic flight with Helitec over the beaches, rivers and hinterland of Noosa, Noosa Everglades and beyond

Noosa Flow: Watch the gorgeous Noosa River flow as you focus your mind, recharge your body and rejuvenate your soul at the new Noosa Flow boutique pilates and wellness studio, 14/203 Gympie Tce, Noosaville. Group and private sessions for beginner to advanced. Ph 5442 4570

Bike through the hinterland: Looking for an unforgettable way to explore the Noosa Hinterland? The Kin Kin General Store, 56 Main St, Kin Kin is located in the heart of the Noosa Trail Network and now stocks Bike on Noosa’s Premium Mountain Bikes to hire! The bikes are perfect for the local riding conditions and come with helmets, lock and a map of the Noosa Trail Network. Ph 5474 3322 or see bikeon.com.au 

Eco Cruise: See and learn about Noosa’s history and amazing birds, river life and flora on a 2hr Noosa Eco Cruise, Tues and Thurs. Includes river cruise, nature walk, morning tea and all-day Noosa Ferry pass (same day). Must book on 5449 8442

Grab Rock: Literally! See amazing views from Noosa’s Mt Tinbeerwah before you abseil down the rockface with half-day adventures, sunset abseils or a Rock n Surf experience. See grabrock.com.au

Hire a boat: Ready2Go Boat Hire at Noosa Marina has luxury barbecue pontoon boats (no licence required) with toilet, sink and fresh water on board for a great day out boating, fishing or just relaxing on the Noosa River. Also half cabin cruiser and stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and the new stand-up Step and Go board available. Ph 0420 208 680 or see ready2goboathire.com.au

Learn to surf:
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!

Explore Noosa: Explore with tours from Noosa to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island; kayak the pristine Noosa Everglades; go cruising or fishing on Noosa River; stand-up paddle or take a jet boat tour on the river; join a bike tour through Tewantin National Park; hire a car for a Noosa Country Drive. Phone the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 66672 or call in at Hastings St

Unplug and reconnect: Escape to fresh country air, towering forests, refreshing streams and waterfalls, and mountain summits views with Tropical Treks Guided Bushwalks - small groups, personalised, birdwatching and wildlife experiences in the Noosa and Sunshine Coast hinterlands. Visit picturesque country towns, discover historical sites and hidden treasures. Ph 0407 388 747 or see tropicaltreks.com.au

Fun on the water: Jump on a jet ski for an adrenalin rush on the Noosa River or join a guided jet ski tour in Laguna Bay, off Noosa’s Main Beach and around Noosa National Park. Find out more from the Noosa Visitor Information Centre, call 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au and search for 'jet ski'

Messing about on boats: Explore the beautiful Noosa River and its bird and marine life – hire a pontoon or quiet electric boat, take a fishing or crabbing tour, a Noosa Ferry between Noosa Marina and Hastings St, a sunset cruise, gondola or 1940s power boat, jet boat tour, jet ski and more. Ph 1 3000 NOOSA, see Visitor Information Centres or visitnoosa.com.au/play

National Park:
Take a walk or run through the Noosa National Park, just minutes from Hastings St, with coastal tracks with gorgeous views across Laguna Bay to Noosa North Shore – you may even spot a whale, koala, dolphin or turtle! Inland tracks take you through rainforest and eucalypt woodlands. Drop into the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or the park’s information centre, open 7 days

River of mirrors:
Discover the Noosa Everglades, the river of mirrors, with its magnificent wildlife and pristine wilderness with a range of guided and self-guided kayak tours, or by boat from Noosaville. Ask at the Visitor Information Centre, Hastings St, Noosa Heads or phone 1 3000 66672

Sunset cruise: The Noosa River at sunset is a beautiful way to start the evening and a cruise is a great way to arrive at dinner! Noosa Ferry has sunset cruises between Hastings St and Noosa Marina, Tues-Sat – ph 5449 8442. Noosa River & Canal Cruises leave from Noosaville and Noosa Heads, Wed-Sat, BYO snacks and drinks and they'll supply the glasses and ice buckets – ph 0414 727 765. The Noosa Queen’s sunset cruise leaves from Noosa Marina and is fully licensed – ph 5455 6661. MV Catalina has Saltwater Sunday cruises on Sundays, 3-6pm, ph 0484 598 993

Fraser fun: World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, or K’Gari, the world’s largest sand island is on Noosa’s doorstep! Join a day tour, a 2 or 3-day 4x4 adventure or drive yourself. See visitnoosa.com.au, call in at the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or phone 1 3000 NOOSA

Noosa by ferry: Explore Noosa by ferry along the river – a great way to get around between Hastings St, Noosaville and Noosa Marina at Tewantin, all day, every day. Also Sunset Cruise, Tues-Sat, $22.50; and Eco Cruise, Tues and Thurs, $49, includes morning tea and all-day Ferry Pass. Ph 5449 8442

Country drive:
The Noosa Country Drive has more than 100 touring experiences through the Noosa hinterland, with an interactive journey planner. Find out where to pat an alpaca or join a cheese-making class, find mountain lookouts and walking trails, visit a blacksmith's sound garden, enjoy a high tea - and more! See visitnoosa.com.au/country-drive or pick up a brochure from Noosa Visitor Information Centres

Fishing fun: Throw in a line and catch your own dinner – the Noosa River is a beautiful spot for fishing along the banks or hire a boat and find your own secret spot. Talk to local anglers at Davo's Tackle World in Noosaville who love to give tips, along with selling fresh and frozen bait and fishing gear. Ph 5449 8099

On the river: Combine 3 great Noosa experiences – the river, food and shopping – into 1 and catch a Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, Tewantin for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between at one of the restaurants right on the river. Café Vin Cino is open for breakfast; The River Deck Restaurant; Pier 11 Restaurant and Italian Marina Restaurant have superb views and dining for lunch and dinner; and Harbour Wine Bar is open all day for coffee or a drink. Also fish and chips. See Hearts and Minds Art’s beautiful new gallery and gift space, pick up a beautiful bunch of flowers at Blooms of Noosa, browse other gift and fashion stores or get pampered at a beauty salon or spa. If you go Sunday morning, check out the Marina Markets

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

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



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