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)

Valentine's Day: Love Noosa this Valentine’s Day, Sun 14 Feb and treat your loved one – or yourself! From romantic sunset cruises to beachfront dinners, cosy country cottages and roses of all colours at Blooms of Noosa at Noosa Marina, Tewantin, you’ll find something special. See visitnoosa.com.au or call into the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or at Noosa Marina 

Love is in the Air:  Get swept up on the Ferris Wheel at Aussie World, 73 Frizzo Rd, Bruce Highway, Palmview with your beloved and enjoy complimentary sparkling wine and canapés as you wander around the carnival rides and sideshow alley this Valentine’s Day, Sun 14 Feb, 6-9pm. Access to all “Lovey Rides” with romantic fairy lights and candlelit dining. $89pp. Must book – ph 5494 5444

Flickerfest: This international short film festival celebrates its 25th year in 2016 with the best of short films from Australia and around the world. Highlights screen this Fri 12 Feb at The J, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Heads, 7.30pm, $18/$15. Ph 5329 6560 or see thej.com.au

Cuisine

Love to eat: Treat your Valentine to a romantic breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktail at your favourite Noosa restaurant this Valentine’s Day, Sun 14 Feb. Here are some ideas to help you choose where:
Café Le Monde in Hastings St has a 3-course set menu for two including sparkling wine on arrival, and live acoustic music, ph 5449 2366
Romance by the river at The River Deck Restaurant, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, $155 per couple and choose a seafood platter for 2 with a selected bottle of sauvignon blanc plus dessert OR choose from the selected 3-course menu with a glass of bubbles, and receive a special gift. Seating at 7pm. Must book on 5474 1100
Noosa Beach House Peter Kuruvita, Hastings St, has a 5-course degustation dinner for $110pp this Sat and Sun 13-14 Feb. Book on 5449 4771
Gaston Bar and Bistro, Hastings St, has a Valentine’s lunch and dinner menu for 2 this Sun 14 Feb, with a choice of mains and a dessert tasting plate to share for $80. Book on 5447 4566
The Nalu Lounge at South Pacific Resort, Noosa Heads has a 3-course set menu for Valentine’s week, $59pp, including a glass of wine. Must book on 5473 1333

$25 Gusto lunch: Fab Feb $25 lunch special at Gusto, overlooking Noosa River on Gympie Tce, Noosaville: Bucatini spaghetti, pancetta, garlic, chilli and Woodside goats curd. Includes a glass of wine. Available Mon to Sat. Book on 5449 7144

Entertainment

Shuffle Club: Noosa Jazz Club presents Shuffle Club this Sat 13 Feb for Jazz at The J, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Heads, 7.30pm. $25, budget bar, no BYO alcohol. Ph 5447 2229

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 12-18 Feb:
  • Bobby Alu and the Palm Royales are at Peregian Originals, Peregian Beach Park this Sun 14 Feb, 1-5pm along with Sunny Coast Rude Boys, Wandering Eyes and Barry Charles Duo
  • The Cocker Experience is at Tewantin-Noosa RSL this Fri 12 Feb, 8pm, $10; Elton John Tribute Show is on Sat, 8pm; and Fiddle Me Please are free on Thurs 18 Feb, 7pm
  • Ethan Emmett is at Crawdaddy’s, Hastings St, this Fri 12 Feb, 7-10pm; then Two Knives from 10pm to close; Tapestry on Sat 12 Feb from 7-10pm; Sharon Brooks on Sun 14 Feb with Peter Field from 5-8pm 
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has Jon this Fri 12 Feb, 8-11pm; Andrew Lawson on Sun 2.30-5.30pm; and Carl Wockner on Wed 17 Feb, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Mo’Swagger are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 14 Feb, 3-6pm
  • Jay Bishoff plays in the beer garden at Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Sun 14 Feb, 2-6pm
  • Taylor Payne is at Peregian Beach Hotel this Fri 12 Feb, 7pm and Solar plays on Sat from 2pm
  • Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin has live music this Fri night 12 Feb
  • At Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, see Taylor Moss this Fri 12 Feb, 6-8pm
  • Afternoons in Havana with chilled Latin house and Brazilextro with local and touring DJs every Sun, 1-6pm at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St 
  • The Little Fox Café and Bar at Noosa Blue Resort, Noosa Heads has live acoustic sets every Sat, 1-5pm – happy hour from 4-6pm
  • At Cooroy RSL, see Stuie Unplugged this Fri night 12 Feb
  • Bohemian Bungalow in Eumundi has Mark Hilton this Sat 13 Feb from noon-2pm and Three of a Kind on Sun, 12.30-2.30pm
  • Carl Lynch plays at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club on Sun 14 Feb, 2-5pm
  • DJs at the Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads this Fri and Sat nights. On Sun 14 Feb, see Nadia Colbourn from 4-7pm; and Mooncoin play on Thurs 18 Feb, 7-10pm

Why not...

Love camping: Take your loved one on a romantic camping trip to Noosa North Shore or Fraser Island! Book a Suzuki Jimny 4x4 for a 2-day hire with UExplore 4x4 Auto Rental and get free camping package hire for 2. Available 12-19 Feb. Conditions apply - see uexplore4x4.com.au or ph 1300 36 80 11

Family day:  Free children’s art activities based on the current exhibition, Taste of Art: Discover Noosa, at the Noosa Regional Gallery, riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin, presented by Friends Noosa Regional Gallery, this Sun 14 Feb, 11am-2pm

Summer walk: Take a summer guided walk through the Noosa Botanic Gardens on Lake MacDonald this Sun 14 Feb, 8.30am and see the romantic sights and vistas. Meet at the main shelter shed at the north end, Lake MacDonald Dve, Cooroy

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 and Rump House Restaurant have superb views and dining for lunch and dinner, Italian Marina has great pizza and pasta, 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

Sunset cruise:
The Noosa River at sunset is a beautiful way to start the evening or arrive at dinner! Noosa Ferry has sunset cruises between Hastings St and Noosa Marina and your ticket includes a free evening ferry trip back home – ph 5449 8442. Noosa River & Canal Cruises leave from Noosaville and Noosa Heads from Wednesday to Sunday, BYO snacks and drinks and they’ll provide the glassware and ice – ph 0414 727 765. The Noosa Queen’s sunset cruise leaves from Noosa Marina and is fully licensed – ph 5455 6661

Country drive: The new Noosa Country Drive has more than 100 touring experiences through the beautiful Noosa hinterland, with 3 suggested driving loops and 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 or unique art gallery, enjoy a high tea or a farm visit - and much more! See visitnoosa.com.au/country-drive or pick up a brochure from Noosa Visitor Information Centres

Noosa charms: Take home a hand-stamped “Noosa” charm to remind you of your wonderful time in Noosa. Hand-made jewellery from Earth Jewel Creations design store, Arcadia St, Noosa Junction – open 7 days

Yoga on holiday:
Fancy some beach yoga while holidaying in Noosa? Santushti Yoga now has 2 locations including a new boutique open-air studio on Hastings St. See santushtiyoga.com for class schedules and bookings or ph Marie on 0415 813 584

Explore:
Get out and about and explore with tours from Noosa to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, kayak or take a boat tour to the pristine Noosa Everglades, go cruising or fishing on Noosa River, 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

Pilates by the Sea: Wake up and feel great as you breathe in Noosa’s beautiful ocean and river with a 1hr Pilates session with Pilates by the Sea right on Sunshine Beach every Sat 7-8am or at Noosa Boathouse, overlooking the river every Tues from 6am. Also stand-up paddle Pilates and Yoga. Ph 0413 342 910

Walk up and drop in:
Check out the new Underground Surf Shop Emporium & Café, upstairs at 9 Hastings St (opposite Miss Moneypenny’s) for excellent coffee, iced jars and surfboard hire. There’s a huge range of surfboards and the guys can help beginners to experienced surfers. They even shape their own label. Open 7 days from 8am

Markets: Relax at colourful markets around Noosa – Eumundi Markets are on Wednesday and Saturday mornings; Noosa Marina Markets are on Sunday morning, Noosa Farmers Market on Sunday morning, and Eumundi Square Markets on Wednesday and Saturday from 7.30am-2pm, and Friday from 8.30am-2pm 

Fishing fun: Throw in a line and catch your own dinner – the Noosa River is a beautiful spot for fishing, either along the banks, hire a boat or join a fishing charter. Talk to the local experts at Davo's Tackle World in Noosaville who have great fishing tips, fresh and frozen bait and all your fishing gear

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

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!

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 and 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

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. Ph 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au/relax

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 migrating whale, dolphin or turtle! And look out for a koala or wallaby along the way. 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


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 and Rump House Restaurant have superb views and dining for lunch and dinner, Italian Marina has great pizza and pasta, 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 and browse other gift and fashion stores. If you go Sunday morning, check out the Marina Markets

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

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 (closed from Thursday 24 December to Monday 4 January). Phone +61 7 5430 5000 or 1 3000 NOOSA (1 3000 66672).

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Mountain biking in Noosa

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