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

 

Earth Hour Lantern Parade: Celebrate Earth Hour in Eumundi this Sat 25 March with free, fun and family friendly activities from 2pm in the Amphitheatre with music from Swing Loco and green arts workshops including Lantern Making, Woven Bird Homes and Recycled Fibre Paper Making, Papillon (Butterfly) Earring Making Workshop and free take home edible seedlings. Street food from 4.30pm in the forecourt outside the CWA hall, followed by the North Arm State School Marimba Band from 5.45pm. The Lantern Parade down the main street starts at 6pm, then a free outdoor screening of Wall-E in Dick Caplick Park from 6.30pm – bring a rug or chair. CLICK HERE for updates

Twilight Fair: Entertainment, live music, food, games, prizes and fireworks at Sunshine Beach State School Twilight Fair, this Fri 24 March, 2.30-8pm, David Low Way, Noosa Heads. CLICK HERE for updates

Cuisine

Seafood cooking class: Join Rickys’ head chef Josh Smallwood for a class on locally sourced seafood at The Cooking School Noosa, Thurs 30 March, 10am, then enjoy your entrée with a glass of wine at the school. Head to Rickys to finish the lunch with a main, dessert and matching wines overlooking Noosa River, $195. Book at rickys.com.au/create-and-taste 

Beer Bugs and Beef Lunch: Fresh seafood and succulent steak at Sirocco Noosa's Beer, Bugs and Beef lunch on Fri 31 March, with 3 courses of Moreton Bay bugs, prime eye fillet steak and dessert. Each course is matched with an award-winning premium beer (wine substitution available). Cost is $55 per person. Must book on 5455 6688

aromas locals: Enjoy a blackboard special and a glass of wine at aromas noosa, Hastings St for $19.50 at lunch and $29 for dinner – available on weekdays only 

Slow Food breakfast: Australia’s largest lychee suppliers, Kerry and John Pool are guest speakers at the Slow Food Noosa breakfast on Thurs 30 March at View Restaurant, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Viewland Dve, Noosa Heads, 7.45am, $32. Book on 0408 377 660 

OzHarvest dinner:5-course degustation dinner with matching wines at Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar, Noosaville, Fri 24 March, to celebrate OzHarvest Sunshine Coast rescuing and redistributing more than 60,000kg of excess quality food to local schools, charities and community groups. Also a fundraising auction with proceeds going to the purchase of an OzHarvest van. Ticket $120, book on 5474 4444

Rickys + Wasabi: Two beautiful waterfront Noosa restaurants, Rickys and Wasabi host an exclusive dinner for 15 guests on Fri 24 March, showcasing fresh produce grown at their restaurants’ farms, Maravista and Honeysuckle Hill. Join Rickys head chef Josh Smallwood and Wasabi executive chef Zeb Gilbert in Wasabi’s Ibento dining room, $180, must book on 5449 2443

Beauty and The Beast movie premiere: Padstows restaurant in Noosa Junction celebrates the premiere of Beauty and the Beast at Noosa Cinemas - bring the family in for a pre-movie dinner on Thursday 23 March (show your movie ticket on arrival) and the kids will eat free (see website for terms and conditions). And there are themed colouring packs to keep the little ones amused while you sit back and enjoy your meal 

Autumn wine special: Order 2 main meals at Thomas Corner Eatery, overlooking the Noosa River on Gympie Tce, Noosaville and receive a complimentary bottle of white or red wine, from 5.30pm Sunday to Thursday evenings. Must book on 5470 2224. Also open 7 days for lunch and dinner, and breakfast from 8am on weekends

Weekend lunch special: Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville has a 2-course weekend lunch special for $35 or 3 courses for $42 – both include a glass of wine. Book on 5440 5070

Gusto lunch: Gusto, overlooking Noosa River on Gympie Tce, Noosaville has a fabulous lunch special, Mon-Sat during March – Duck, mushroom and baby spinach risotto, parmigiana reggiano, for $27, including a glass of wine. Book on 5449 7144
 
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

Entertainment

Odd Man Out: Noosa Alive presents the Queensland premiere of Odd Man Out by David Williamson, The J Theatre, Noosa Heads, Thurs 23 - Sat 25 March, evening and matinee performances, tickets from $62.50. Book on 5329 6560 or online 

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 24-30 March 
  • Cheap Fakes and Hemingway are at Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Fri 24 March, 8pm. On Sat, The Brown Trouts are in the beergarden at noon, and Sugarbag Blonde are in The Bunker at 8pm
  • Cooran acoustic night this Sat 25 March, 7pm, School of Arts Hall, King St, Cooran, Noosa hinterland, $4, kids free
  • Taylor Moss is at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin this Fri 24 March, 6-8pm; and Ryan Giles is on Sat from 5-8pm
  • Renny Field at the Sunday Sunset Sessions, Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Fri 24 March, 4.30-7.30pm in the Sunset Bar on the top deck with drink specials and delicious bar menu
  • Todd Keightley is at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Fri and Sat 24-25 March at 8.30pm and on Sun at 2.30pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel this Fri 24 March see Ebony Hamacek, 6pm free; Nicole Brophy on Sat, 3pm
  • Late For Woodstock at Sunshine Beach Surf Club on Sun 26 March, 3-6pm
  • Michelle Brown is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Sun 26 March from 2pm
  • Noosa Beach House Bar, Hastings St has Flamarique this Fri 24 March, 7-10pm; Mood Swings Duo on Sun 2.30-5.30pm; and Andrew Lawson on Wed 29 Mar, 5.30-7.30pm
  • BB & The Kings are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL this Fri 24 March, 8pm; Phil Emmanuel is on Sat, 8pm; Tanya Stevens is on Thurs 30 Mar, 6pm
  • Kieren Q is free at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 24 March, 6pm; Fineline Band are on Sat from 7pm
  • Streams play at Café Le Monde, Hastings St this Sun at 4pm; and Gian is on Thurs 30 March at 6pm
  • Hear live music at aroma’s, Hastings St this Thurs and Sun, 5-8pm
  • Live Irish bands in Flanagan's Irish Pub, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads every Thurs, 7-10pm
  • Live music at the Smokey Sunday session at Bohemian Bungalow in Eumundi, 26 March, 1pm
  • 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
  • Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin has live music this Fri night 24 March
  • The Bus Stops are at Joe’s Waterhole, Eumundi this Sat 25 March, 2-5.30pm, free

Why not...

Relaxation haven: Noosa Civic Shopping Centre, Eenie Creek Rd, Noosaville hosts Haven, a mindfulness sanctuary for busy women from 25 March to 13 April. This Sat 25 March, 11am and 2pm, 1hr watercolour lettering workshop ($5 donation to OneWave Foundation – must book on 5440 7999); Sun at 11am and 1pm, 30-min style workshop, free. Free yoga, Mon-Fri, 8-9am (limited numbers)

Lemur birthday party: Australia Zoo’s 10 lemurs on Bindi's Island celebrate their birthday this Sat 25 March from 2.30pm with fruit cake, presents and a dance party for lemurs who can’t help but move it, move it!

Bold Women: See the colourful and figurative art of Sunshine Coast artists Giuliana De Witts, Camilla Bradley, Debra Dougherty and Jan Sweet in the Bold Women exhibition in the Carriage Exhibition Room at Pomona Railway Station Gallery, 10 Station St, Pomona until 19 April. Also see exhibitions in The Station Master Room, Signal Room, Blacksmith’s shop and more. Open Mon-Fri, 10am- 4pm and Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. Take a Noosa Country Drive and enjoy the hinterland’s cafes, pubs and attractions 

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

Classic boat cruise: Noosa Dreamboats’ 1940s-style mahogany speed boat on Noosa River and lakes has tours and sunset cruises up to 5 people – 1hr Taste of Noosa, 1.5hr Lake Escape to Lake Cooroibah, and 2.5hr Grand Tour to Lake Cootharaba. Also catered sandbar picnics, spa packages and cruise and fine dining to Rickys Restaurant for special occasions.Call 0414 990 708 

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

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 


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: 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  
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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