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

School holiday fun: From ice skating, Willy Wonka and snowballs to Harry Potter trivia, wildlife and baby animals, there’s plenty to do in Noosa these school holidays. See our Winter School Holiday Guide online or CLICK HERE to download.

Ocean swim: Try an ocean swim in the calm waters of Noosa's Laguna Bay at the World Series Swim Noosa Open Day at Noosa Main Beach this Sun 26 June, 8am-noon. Four distances: 1km, 2km, 3km and 5km. Also swim clinics, stretch Yoga for swimmers, sports massage, recovery station and merchandise clearance. Enter online at worldseriesswims.com.au

Festival of Water: Celebrate Noosa’s beautiful nature at the Noosa Festival of Water this Sun 26 June, 10am-3pm, around the amphitheatre overlooking Lake Macdonald, Noosa Botanic Gardens, Lake Macdonald Drive, Cooroy. Snake and reptile shows, free kids' fishing clinic, Lake Mac Bass fishing comp, free boat trips to Mary River Cod Park and Gerry Cook Hatchery, Geckoes Wildlife native animals show, free stand-up paddling and kayaking, face painting, jumping castle, live music and more. Bring a picnic and wander the gardens or food and drinks on sale. Free courtesy bus along Lake Macdonald Drive. Free entry

Twilight markets: Flava Bar, artisan stalls, great food, live music with Carl Wockner and more at the family-friendly Noosa Junction Twilight Markets this Fri 24 June, 5-9pm, Arcadia St, Noosa Junction (just over the hill from Hastings St). Take a stroll down Lanyana Way and see A Carnival of Flowers at the Ultimate Florist from 6pm

Burlesque and fireworks: Big Bang Burlesque - A Vintage Variety Show at The Shed at Aussie World, about 35mins south of Noosa, this Sat 25 June, 7pm is a night of sassy - sultry energy. From $30 (+BF) online at aussieworld.com.au or $35 at the door (if available)

Fluro Friday
: Wear your brightest fluro and head to Noosa’s First Point every Fri at 6.30am for Noosa Fluro Friday, enjoying the waves and removing the stigma around mental health. Open to all!

Cuisine

Turning Japanese: FOMO at Duke St, Sunshine Beach is turning Japanese on Thursdays, 5-9pm with house-made gyoza dumpling $1, edamame bowl $5, okonomiyaki $5, miso soup $4, with Japanese wine and beer available

Slow Food breakfast: Hear about Good Garlic with Luke Stacey at the Slow Food Noosa breakfast, Thurs 30 June, Peppers Noosa Resort & Spa, 8am. Book on 0409 300 007 or email info@slowfoodnoosa.com

Gusto lunch
: Enjoy stunning river views from the sunny deck at Gusto Restaurant, Noosaville and their June lunch special – Braised chicken Dijonnaise, creamy mash, crispy pancetta and roast field onions for $27, including a glass of wine, available Mon-Sat. Book on 5449 7144

Entertainment

West African grooves: Keyim Ba, an 8-piece band with a rhythm section born in West Africa play reggae, funk and rap at The J, Noosa Heads, this Fri 24 June, 7.30pm, $39 adult, $30 for 16yrs and under. Ph 5329 6560 or see thej.com.au

One-Act Play Festival: See 3 finalists in the Noosa Arts Theatre National One-Act Playwriting Competition, 30 June, 7.30pm ($22); 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15 July at 7.30pm; and 2, 3, 9, 10 and 16 July at 2pm. Tickets $31 adult, $27 concession, $22 U17, except for shows on 15 and 16 July (all $34). The plays are Harry’s Bounty by Pauline Low; Dead Loss by Richard Harris; and A Poet Passes by Allan Mackay. 16+ show, contains adult themes. Ph 5449 9343

Full Moon Dance: Jeff Lang, Hatfitz & Cara, Fat Picnic and DJ Nemos at the Full Moon Dance this Sat 25 June, 7pm, Verrierdale Hall, 460 Verrierdale Rd, Noosa hinterland. Tickets $25 at Oztix or for cash at Berkelouw Books Eumundi, Bean Drop Noosa Junction and New Earth Cafe Coolum. Limited tickets at the door (cash only). 18+, fully licensed

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 24-30 June
  • Planet Bliss with Tijuana Cartel, Sahara Beck and The Lyrical at The J, Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads this Sat 25 June, doors open 5pm, music from 6pm, bar and food available, $30 earlybird or $35 on the door
  • Anna & Jordan, Phoebe Sinclair, Jackalpac and The Barleyshakes at Cooroy Originals, free, family-friendly outdoor concert this Sun 26 June, 1pm, Apex Park, Cooroy
  • Song Remains – Led Zepellin Experience at Noosa Surf Club this Sat 25 June, 9pm; Battle of the Rising Stars on Sun at 2pm
  • Dubarray Duo are at Peregian Beach Hotel this Fri 24 June, 7pm; Alfanant play on Sat, 7pm; and Sunday Songfest on 26 June, 1-6pm has Paul Robert Burton, Craig Madden, Ebony Hamacek and Alex Henriksson in a fundraiser for Land Water Future
  • Mo’ Swagger are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 26 June, 3-6pm – courtesy bus available, call 5447 5491
  • In the beer garden at Imperial Hotel, Eumundi see Hayden Hack this Fri 24 June, 7-11pm; Malia Sterling and Luis Jacobsen on Sat, 7-11pm; and on Sun see Ant Syms, 2-6pm. In The Bunker on Sat, 8pm, see The Strangest Dreamers
  • At Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, see Taylor Moss this Fri 24 June, 6-8pm
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has Andrea Kirwin this Fri 24 June, 8-11pm; Brad Schultz on Sun 2.30-5.30pm; and Andrew Jolly on Wed 29 June, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Café Le Monde, Hastings St has DJs this Fri and Sat from 8pm; Ryan Delaney and The Weary Eyes, Asher Chapman and Solafreq on Sun 26 June from 4pm; and Zac Gunthorpe and Tusk on Thurs 30 June from 6pm
  • Bostocks play at Tewantin-Noosa RSL this Fri 24 June, 8pm; ABBA Live is on Sat, 8pm; and Custard Apples are free on Thurs 30 June, 7pm
  • Mooncoin and Alan Kelly Trio Irish bands at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel this Thurs, 7-10pm
  • Michelle Brown is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club on Sun 26 June, 2-5pm
  • Shayne performs at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri night 24 June
  • Afternoons in Havana this Sun at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St, 1pm with chilled Latin house music, $10 pizzas and Latin American cocktails
  • Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin has live music this Fri night 24 June

Why not...

FUNdraiser Cruise: Join Noosa River and Canal Cruises for a relaxed afternoon cruising Noosa’s stunning waterways, listening to music and enjoying delicious canapes and cold beverages this Sun 26 June, 3-5pm for a fundraiser for a local family whose mum is dealing with brain cancer. Tickets $60pp all-inclusive, catering donated by Tewantin-Noosa RSL Club. Departs The Jetty, 186 Gympie Tce, Noosaville. Book on 0423 006 885

Win a car!
Buy an Original Drink at Boost Juice Noosa in Hastings St for a chance to scratch and win 1 of 2 new Mazda 2 cars from now until Sunday 17 July. Other great instant prizes to be won including Boost vouchers

New at Secrets Shhh:
Secrets Shhh in Hastings St has new arrivals including pretty pink and enchanting yellow designs, June birthstone pearl designs, and save 10-50% storewide at the mid-year clearance until Thurs 30 June (terms and conditions apply, see in-store)

Recharge:
See paintings using a cold wax method with bold colours and strong structure by artist Pam Miller at her Recharged exhibition until 29 June at Pomona Art Gallery, 10 Station St, Pomona, Mon-Fri 10am-4pm and Sat 10am-2pm

In-spa-ration:
Warm up with a 60min hot rock massage, Uspa organic facial and mineral make-up application in the Balinese-inspired surrounds of Ikatan Spa Noosa, Grays Rd, Doonan, 2 hours for $255.Melt away tension and stress from muscles, warm up and chill out. Ph 5471 1199

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 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

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 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

Noosa charm:
Take home a hand-stamped “Noosa” charm to remind you of your wonderful time in Noosa. This unique handmade jewellery is available from Earth Jewel Creations design store in Arcadia St, Noosa Junction

Walk up and drop in:
Check out the 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

Explore:
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 and head to the hinterland. Phone the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 66672 or call in at Hastings St or Noosa Marina

Whale One: Special prices on early season whale watching with Whale One at Mooloolaba – $59 (use promo code WEBWW). Book online using promo code. 

Hire a motorbike: Aussie Biker, a motorcycle rental specialist, has a large range of rental motorcycles including Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BMW etc - head for a Noosa Country Drive. Also trail bikes that can be ridden on the beach - perfect to do the Noosa to Rainbow Beach loop

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!

On the river:
It's beautiful weather to try a stand-up paddle, kayak, or drive yourself in a Boardwalk Boats bow rider, pontoon or cruiser around the beautiful canals at Noosa Sound. Check out the wildlife and houses or just kick back, relax and enjoy the Noosa River with family and friends. Call Boardwalk Boats on 5455 3755

U Explore:
Hire a fun and easy new 4WD from U Explore 4x4 Auto Rentals, leave the highway behind and explore Noosa North Shore. See uexplore4x4.com.au or ph 1800 36 80 11

Horse trails: Go horse riding through farmland, rainforest and mountain lookouts with breathtaking views with Mary Valley Adventure Trails, near the Noosa hinterland. Rides for experienced riders to beginners, with fit, well behaved horses and competent guides. Ph 54 811489 or see adventuretrails.com.au

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 and a cruise on Mon 25 April, and Sat 30 Apr, $15, 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

Holiday photos:
Take home lasting memories of your Noosa holiday with a SurfShots Noosa photo shoot – sessions on Noosa Beach, Tea Tree, Little Cove or other locations. Book a casual and fun family photo shoot. Surfshots Noosa can also shoot you in the water, or if you’re a surfer, they can shoot you carving up the waves. Ph 0411 215 111

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 new 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

Shell art:  Make your own shell and driftwood art at Tres Noosa, 1 Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, every Sat at 2pm and every Sun at 10am. Dream catchers, hangings, photo frames and mirrors. From $30 (all included). Kids and adults welcome. Book on 0422 927 700

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 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

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 

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

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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