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)
 

THE NOOSA FESTIVE SEASON GUIDE has festive fun, Christmas carols, New Year's Eve events and restaurant opening hours from Christmas Eve to New Year's Day 

Upcoming Events

Sunshine Coast Masters: Defending champion Peter Senior is joined by Ian Baker-Finch, Rodger Davis, Mike Harwood, Peter O’Malley, Wayne Grady and more at the Sunshine Coast Masters, teeing off at Noosa Golf Club, Tewantin on Tues 13 Dec. The golf continues at Pelican Waters and Twin Waters Golf Clubs on 14-15 Dec. Ph 5447 1407

Festive fun: The Noosa Festive Season Guide has Christmas events, where to see Santa, sing carols and much more! Highlights this week:

Cuisine

Festive beer lunch: Festive beer, bugs and beef lunch at Sirocco, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Fri 9 Dec, noon, with 3 courses of bug tails, Cape Grim beef short ribs and dessert, matched with an award-winning premium beer from Yenda Craft Beer, $55pp. Ph 5455 6688

Sportsman's luncheon: Join Collingwood Brownlow winner Dane Swan; St George Dragons grand final halfback and Super League halfback Noel Goldthorpe and Maroons fullback Colin Scott at the Sportsman's luncheon at Villa Noosa Hotel, Fri 16 Dec, Mary St, Noosaville, noon to 3pm, $80 for 2-course lunch and 3hr drink package. Ph 5430 5555

Entertainment

School of Rock: Katie Noonan, Jack Carty and the Band of Frequencies join 3 local children’s bands at the Eumundi School of Rock concert, Fri 9 Dec, 6-10pm, Eumundi School of Arts Hall, Memorial Drive. $35 adult, $15 child (5-18yrs), $80 family, U5 free – book at eventbrite.com.au

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 9-15 Dec
  • Peregian Originals in Peregian Beach Park this Sun 11 Dec, 1-5pm has Fat Picnic, Annie J and Fusion, Jesse Morris Band and Touch. Free, family friendly
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has Brad Schultz this Fri 9 Dec, 7-10pm; Craig Madden on Sun 2.30-5.30pm; and Andrew Lawson on Wed 14 Dec, 5.30-7.30pm 
  • At the Imperial Hotel, Eumundi this Fri 9 Dec see DJ Leatherlab in The Bunker, 8pm, free; and Sunny Coast Rude Boys on Sat, 8pm, free 
  • Oka is at Villa Noosa Hotel this Fri 9 Dec, 8pm, $20 pre-sold at moshtix.com.au or $25 on the door; 
  • DJs at Café Le Monde, Hastings St this Fri and Sat, 8pm; Black Rabbit George is on Sun 11 Dec, 4pm; and Andrea Kirwin on Thurs 15 Dec, 6pm
  • Carl Lynch at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club, Fri 9 Dec, 3.30pm and Col Meredith plays on Sun, 2-5pm
  • Mood Swings are at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri night 9 Dec
  • Live music at Buddha on Hastings this Sun 11 Dec, 4pm
  • See Bryant Ward at Bohemian Bungalow in Eumundi this Fri 9 Dec, 6.30pm; and Solar on Sun from 1pm
  • Sami McGrath, Tiama Ogburn and Bri Green at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Sun 11 Dec at 2pm
  • 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 
  • Live music at Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina this Fri 2 Dec, 6pm
  • Kissperience are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL this Fri 9 Dec, 8pm, $20; Phil Emmanuel is on Sat, 8pm; and Fabian plays on Thurs 15 Dec, 6pm
  • Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin has live music this Fri night 9 Dec
  • Hear great live music at aroma’s, Hastings St this Thurs and Sun, 5-8pm

Why not...

Family art day: Free children’s art activities at Noosa Regional Gallery Family Day on Sun 11 Dec, 10am-3pm, riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin, based on current exhibitions – learn how to create handmade books, mono-prints, rubbings and Christmas gifts by Noosa River

Free Christmas yoga: Celebrate with yoga, song and meditation at Yoga Circle’s free Christmas Kirtan and restorative community class, Sun 11 Dec from 4pm at 8 Thomas St, Noosaville, followed by a sunset catch-up on Noosa River with music from Bhavana

Youthsail: Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club’s school holiday program starts on Mon 12 Dec with instruction on the water for different ages including Youthsail ($55 per day) and Tackers for 6-12yrs ($365 for 5 days). Must book on 5440 7407 or see nyrc.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

Markets: Find something yummy or unique with locally made products, art, craft and food at markets around Noosa: Original Eumundi Markets, Wed and Sat morning; Noosa Farmers Market, every Sun, 6am-noon, AFL grounds, Weyba Rd, Noosaville; Noosa Marina Markets, every Sun, 8am-2pm, Parkyn Court, Tewantin; Pomona Country Markets, 2nd and 4th Sat every month, 6.30am-noon, Stan Topper Park, Pomona; Peregian Markets, 1st and 3rd Sun every month, 7am-12.30pm, Kingfisher Park, Peregian Beach Foreshore; Kin Kin Creations Market, 1st Sun every month, 9am-1pm, Kin Kin Oval; Eumundi Square Markets, every Wed, Fri and Sat, 7.30am-2pm; Noosa Kids and Baby Market, last Sunday of every month, Good Shepherd Lutheran College, 115 Eumundi Rd, Noosaville, 8-11am.

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

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!

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

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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