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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 24-30 October 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

Reality Bites: Hear from some of Australia’s best non-fiction writers including Caroline Overington, Matthew Condon, John Birmingham and Maxine McKew at Reality Bites Festival, 22-26 Oct with workshops, conversations and special events.  Join the Poets’ Speakeasy and Australian Love Stories launch, the Green Room, Eumundi, Fri, 6-8pm, free event; Literary Lunch with Class Act Maxine McKew, Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort; Fri, $77; Celebration Event with Keelen Mailman, Eumundi School of Arts Hall, Sat, 6pm, $40/$35; and more

Buggy Fest: Celebrate the Meyers Manx beach buggy which turns 50 this year – the Manx Club Australia is throwing a party on Noosa North Shore this weekend with a beach run and highway run this Sat 25 Oct and a free show and shine display at Noosa North Shore Resort this Sun 26 Oct, 10am-1pm

Tastes of Noosaville: Gourmet food, local artisans, live music, face painting and more are at the first Tastes of Noosaville night market, Thomas St, Fri 24 Oct, 5-9pm, presented by Noosa Farmers Market

Classic boats:
Lovely wooden boats celebrate Noosa’s river history in the Noosa Classic Boat Regatta, Sat 25 Oct, 9am-noon, Noosa Marina, Tewantin. Have breakfast or coffee at Noosa Marina, see the boat parade to Woods Bay, Noosa Heads and Round the Sound Rally.

Tri sports
: The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival starts this Wed 29 Oct with the Noosa Run Swim Run on Main Beach, 6.30am. The festival continues to 2 Nov with running, cycling and swimming events, a huge lifestyle expo, family fun, fireworks, live music and more

Cuisine

Tea-Licious: Treat yourself to home-baked Devonshire morning tea and luncheons in Noosa Country at High Tea-Licious, Wimmers Lane, Cooroy, Tues-Sat, 9.30am-4pm 5472 0296

X-cellent: If you love yum cha, Embassy XO in Sunshine Beach has a great yum cha lunch every Fri, Sat and Sun, noon-3pm. Or enjoy their modern Asian dishes with an Australian twist for dinner Tues-Sun, bar opens 5pm. Ph 5455 4460

ENTERTAINMENT

Outdoor flicks: Halloween starts early with Hotel Transylvania (PG) screening at Coolum Beach Flicks, Tickle Park this Sat 25 Oct, free entry, 6.30pm. Grab a blanket and dinner in Coolum before the show

Shrinks: The latest play by award-winning playwright Timothy Daly, Shrinks, is at Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, Sat 25 Oct, 7.30pm and Sun 26 Oct, 2pm. It’s a warm and witty story of psychotherapists Vivienne and Thomas whose life together has become an over-analysed rut and is turned upside down by a free-spirited patient with dance moves to die for. Join in the Bossa Nova beats. Pre-booked tickets $33/$25 online or ph 5473 9498, or at the door $38/$30. There's also a Boosa Nova dance class on Sat, 5.30pm, $15!

Katie Noonan Songbook: Celebrate the 102nd birthday of Eumundi School of Arts with Katie Noonan and her Songbook project with cellist Louise King and chanteuse Ebony Hamacek, Fri 24 Oct, 6pm, $40/$35 includes dinner, dessert and drink. See realitybitesfestival.org

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa this week (24-30 Oct)
  • Jay Whalley (Frenzal Rhomb) is at The Green Room, Imperial Hotel, Eumundi with Jud Campbell and Not To Regret this Sun 26 Oct from 3pm, $15+BF, book at the venue or oztix.com.au. On Fri 24 Oct see 8 Ball Aitken from 6.30pm; on Sat see Ricky the Rockstar from 1.30pm
  • Cooroy Originals this Sun 26 Oct, Apex Park, 1-5pm, with Olivia Ruth, Barry Charles and the Deeper Beat, Carl Wockner, Cleveland Blues Music. Free admission
  • Coolum Surf Club has a soloist in the bistro Fri 24 Oct from 6.30pm and Destiny’s Plan play from 9pm
  • Phill Skinner is free at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin Fri 24 Oct, 5.30pm
  • Kim Banffy is at Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi on Sat 25 Oct, noon-2pm and Caroline Trengrove and David Flower are on Sun, 1-3pm
  • At Noosa Beach House, Hastings St this Fri 24 Oct see DJ West, 8.30-11.30pm; on Sun it’s Flamarique, 2.30-5.30pm; and on Wed 29 Oct, it’s Andrew Lawson, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Michelle Brown is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club on Sun 26 Oct, 2.30-5.30pm
  • At KB’s, Nomads Noosa, see Alan Kelly solo this Sun 26 Oct, 6-9pm and in a duo on Wed 29 Oct, 8-11pm
  • The Vibe are free at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 26 Oct, 3pm
  • We Want More are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL Fri 24 Oct, 8pm, $10; Ultimate Bee Gees are free on Sat 8pm; Mal Clarke from Bullamakanka is free on Thurs 30 Oct, 7pm
  • Smokin’ Mirrors are at Cooroy RSL this Fri 24 Oct, 6pm
  • At Cafe Le Monde, Hastings St, DJ Massroom & Willow, Fri 24 Oct, 9pm; DJ Wintex on Sat, 9pm; Dave Flower Band on Sun 3.15pm; Noosa Songwriters Guild has live music on Thur 30 Oct, 6.30pm

Why not?...

Eco Cruise: See and learn about Noosa’s history and amazing birds, river life and flora on the Noosa Eco Cruise, Tues and Thurs, includes river cruise, nature walk, morning tea and all-day Noosa Ferry pass (same day) – save $20! Must book on 5449 8442

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

Markets
: Find something yummy or unique at markets around Noosa this weekend. Original Eumundi Markets are on Wed and Sat morning with hundreds of stalls with goods and produce made, baked and grown locally, On Sun, pick up the freshest and yummiest produce and treats from Noosa Farmers Market, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, 6am-noon; or catch the Noosa Ferry with stops from Hastings St (Sheraton Noosa jetty) and along the river to Noosa Marina, Tewantin for the weekly markets with live music, art, craft. Also see the Marina’s beautiful gift shops, boutiques and beauty spa, and stay for lunch at a riverfront restaurant.

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

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

Aqua fun:
Learn to water ski, wake board, tube and banana boat ride at Oz Ski Resort, 60 Junction Dr, Coolum Beach, with your own instructor - boat driver and all equipment provided. Individual and group bookings are available and it's great fun for birthday parties. Or have fun at the largest inflatable Aqua Fun Park in the world. Ph 0498 120 542.

Balinese spring: Rejuvenate for spring with a 2-hour Balinese spring ritual at Ikatan Spa – a hibiscus scrub/wrap, massage and facial for $255. Exfoliate, brighten and nourish the skin and finish with a mineral make-up application. Ph 5471 1199

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 or visitnoosa.com.au

Welcome spring:
Aqua Day Spa at Sheraton Noosa Resort & Spa has a luxurious spring spa experience to awaken the sense and restore the balance. Enjoy a 30-min back, neck and shoulder massage, 1hr La Prairie facial, glass of bubbles and a Thalgo gift – all for $165 (valued at $330). Book on 5449 4777

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

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

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

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

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 and crabbing: 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

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:
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

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)