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)

Ultimate sports: Swim, cycle and run at this weekend’s Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival, 23-24 May, with something for all sports fans and supporters. Festival Village in Noosa Woods, at the end of Hastings St has a sports and lifestyle expo and entertainment. There’s an event to suit all ages and abilities, taking in Noosa’s beautiful surrounds, including 3.8km, 2km, 1km, 500m swims from Little Cove; 160km, 85km cycles through the hinterland and 21.1km, 10km, 5km runs. See noosaultimatesportsfest.com

Morning tea: Enjoy a beautiful morning tea and help raise money for the Cancer Council at Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea events this Thurs 28 May at Noosa Blue Resort, Noosa Heads, 9.30-11.30am; and at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club, 9.30am (ph 0409 385 566)

Cuisine

Japanese at its best: Find out why Wasabi Restaurant & Bar in Quamby Place, Noosa Sound has just been named in The Australian Financial Review's list of Australia's Top 100 Restaurants. Wasabi showcasing seasonal, regional produce was number 2 of the Qld restaurants, at no 53. Ph 5449 2443 or wasabisb.com

Pop Up: Pop Up Specials are at Embassy XO, Sunshine Beach every Thursday and Friday, 4-7pm. Try $1 Duck Buns plus other great specials in the Lounge Bar this week.

ENTERTAINMENT

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 22-28 May

WHY NOT...

Botanic birds

Join nature photographer and birder Karl Granzien for a stroll through Noosa Botanic Gardens on the shores of Lake Macdonald, Sun 24 May, 7am and find out about the birds that visit Noosa. Stay for a botanic guide at 9.30am. The gardens are on Lake Macdonald Drive, Cooroy

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).

  • 5449 8442

Noosa gift

Buy a Noosa Gift Certificate from the Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St and give a Noosa experience to someone special.

  • 1 3000 66672

For more about what to do in Noosa, call into the Noosa Visitor Information Centres at Hastings Street or Noosa Marina in Tewantin. Phone +61 7 5430 5000 or 1 3000 NOOSA (1 3000 66672).

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The other side of Noosa

The other side of Noosa

Today, it’s hard not to visit a beach and see some Stand Up Paddle boarders (SUP’ers) enjoying their sport on the fringe of the surf riders. Or better still, seeing an early morning SUP’er on a quiet river or canal going through their daily core exercise. The urban myth is that SUP’ing is as old and traditional as surfing, originating in Hawaii generations ago. That’s only half true.

Toes in the sand for Noosa Festival of Surfing

Toes in the sand for Noosa Festival of Surfing

Surfing legends, old guys, gals, tandem surfers and even dogs have made Noosa beach their home this week for the Noosa Festival of Surfing. It’s referred to as “8 days of pure stoke”, “a party on the beach” and “a celebration of the spirit of surfing”, and these sum up pretty well why the Noosa Festival of Surfing holds such a special spot in the hearts of surfers.

Reflections of a Noosa summer

Reflections of a Noosa summer

It's autumn already and not that that's a bad thing. We are surrounded by absolutely bliss pretty much all year round here at beautiful Noosa. I do however find myself not quite ready to leave another summer behind me yet. So before I embrace all that autumn has to offer, I'd like to share some of the splendour and bliss of my Noosa summer.

Snapshots @visitnoosa