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This Week in Noosa and Festive Season Guide 2014-15

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 19-25 December or please see below

Our annual NOOSA FESTIVE SEASON GUIDE is packed full of information on dining out, Christmas carol events, New Year's Eve fireworks and school holiday fun in the Noosa region. Download the NOOSA FESTIVE SEASON GUIDE 2014-15 or CLICK HERE for the e-flip book.

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

Christmas Carols: The 50th anniversary of Peregian Beach Christmas Carols has sing-a-longs with Darren Percival, Luke Kennedy, Alys Longmate, Nippers Choir and more, Mon 22 Dec, 5.30pm, in front of Peregian Beach Surf Club. The RACQ helicopter will drop off Santa at 6pm and fireworks are at 8.30pm

Christmas fun: Join Christmas celebrations around the Noosa region. See our NOOSA FESTIVE SEASON GUIDE at visitnoosa.com.au/thisweek for details. Noosa Carols on the River, Sun 21 Dec, 7pm has carols, glow products, food, a visit from Santa and fireworks, Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville. The Eumundi Lantern Parade at Eumundi night markets, Fri 19 Dec, has street performers, carollers and live music. Noosa Chorale’s Wassail Christmas Cheer Concert, Sat and Sun, 19-20 Dec, 7.30pm at The J, Noosa Heads celebrates in traditional fashion with eating, drinking and merry singing, $30. Eumundi Christmas carols at Eumundi Amphitheatre, Sat 20 Dec, 5.30pm features Toni Zaffa and Funkzilla, Isaac McGovern, Cirque Espace, lantern parade and Santa, free entry. Pomona Night of Lights, Sat 20 Dec, Stan Topper Park, 6-9pm has carol singing with Andrea Kirwan, Pomona Choir, children’s lantern parade, visit from Santa

Cuisine

Tastes of Noosaville: Gourmet food, local artisans, live music, face painting and more, Tastes of Noosaville night market, Thomas St, Fri 19 Dec, 5-9pm

Festive fare: Have you booked your Christmas lunch in Noosa? Many restaurants have amazing festive feasts – check out our NOOSA FESTIVE SEASON GUIDE to see what’s open

ENTERTAINMENT

Outdoor movies: Starry Nights Outdoor Movies presents Elf (G) and Monty Python’s Life of Brian (M), Eumundi Drive-in, Black Stump Rd, Fri 19 Dec, gates 5pm, screening 6.30pm, $25 per car, $10 per walk-in. Arthur Christmas screens in Peregian Beach Park, Sat 20 Dec, 6.30pm, entry by donation for Nippers. The Santa Clause screens at Noosaville Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Tues 23 Dec, 6.30pm, free. See starrynights.com.au

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa this week (19-25 Dec)
•    The Greater Western Sydney Giants Big Big Sound band play at Noosa Surf Club, Fri 19 Dec, 9pm, with Giants staff and players including Dylan Addison, former Aussie Test cricketer Gavin Robertson on drums, former Wiggle Craig Abercrombie and Tommy Monteith on guitar
•    Mick Lindsay is on the deck at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 21 Dec, 3-6pm
•    Angharad Drake is at Bohemian Bungalow, Eumundi on Sat 20 Dec, noon-2pm and see Rachel Ritzau and Mal on Sun, 12.30-2.30pm
•    Dodgy Rog is at the Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin Fri 19 Dec, 5.30pm
•    At Noosa Beach House, Hastings St this Fri 19 Dec see DJ West, 8.30-11.30pm; The Vibe on Sun 2.30-5.30pm and Flamarique on Wed 24 Dec, 6.30-8.30pm
•    At Cafe Le Monde, Hastings St, see DJ Wintex Fri 19 Dec, 8.30pm; DJ Nixd and Jatroy, Sat, 8.30pm; Thump on Sun 3.15pm
•    Red Betty are at Tewantin-Noosa RSL Fri 19 Dec, 8pm, $10; That 60s Guy is free on Sat 8pm
•    Cool off in the Kamel Bar beer garden at Nomads Noosa and see Andrew Healey this Sun 21 Dec, 7-10pm, and on Wed 24 Dec, 8.30pm
•    Col Meredith Duo is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club on Sun 21 Dec, 2.30-5.30pm
•    At the Green Room, Imperial Lionheart Hotel, Eumundi, see Pete Allan this Fri 19 Dec 6.30pm and Ricky the Rockstar on Sat 1.30pm
•    Coolum Surf Club has a soloist in the bistro Fri 19 Dec from 6.30pm and Destiny’s Plan from 9pm
•    Live music at Shades Wine Bar, Wednesday and Saturday evenings

Why not?...

Secrets treat: Treat yourself or someone you love at Secrets pre-Christmas treat with 20% off gold dot jewellery items, Fri Dec 19 to Wed Dec 24, Hastings Street, Noosa Heads (conditions apply)

Theme park transfers: Australia Zoo and Aussie World theme parks are just a short trip from Noosa and Con-x-ion now does transfers to and from these attractions. Book on 5450 5933 or 1 3000 66672

Markets: Find unique gifts at markets around the Noosa region – Eumundi Nights Markets are on this Fri 19 Dec, 5-9pm with Santa, carollers, lantern parade and Christmas fun; Coolum Twilight Markets are on the foreshore this Fri, 4-8pm; Eumundi Markets are on Sat 7am-2pm and Wed 8am-1.30pm. Noosa Marina Markets are this Sun 8am-2pm; Noosa Farmers Markets, Weyba Rd, Noosaville are this Sun 6am-noon; Cooroy Grass Roots Markets, Sat 20 Dec, 7am-midnight, Memorial Hall, Maple St

Party on the water:
If you’re in Noosa with a group of family or friends, join a Noosa Ferry Sunset Cruise (Tues-Sat) for 1-2 hours of cruising along Noosa River. It’s BYO, the ferry will provide the wine glasses and ice, and you can bring along some snacks. Book on 5449 8442

Summer of golf:  Peregian Springs Golf Club
welcomes visitors to the golf course and clubhouse with their Summer of Golf special: $89pp includes 18 holes of golf on a championship course, motorised GPS golf cart, 6 Srixon balls. Only 15 mins from Noosa. Mention “Tourism Noosa offer” when booking – ph 5471 5471

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), hire a party pontoon and enjoy a river picnic, jump on a hire jet-ski, join a fishing tour, book the gondola or classic wooden power boat, the Noosa Ferry or action-packed jet boat. Ask at Visitor Information Centres in Hastings St or Noosa Marina, ph 1 3000 66672 or CLICK HERE

Tribal worlds: See the extraordinary range of exotic beads, jewellery, artefacts, pottery and rugs from Africa, India and the Himalaya at Timbuktu to Kathmandu, with a gallery of antique and contemporary beads and tribal objects collected over almost two decades. The Main Gallery is open Tues-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm. The Bead Bazaar, with expert advice on creating your own unique jewellery is open Thurs and Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm. Look for the big blue building, 50 Mary St, Noosaville, ph 5449 7988

Gondola on the river:
Enjoy a private river cruise, day or evening with Gondolas of Noosa – sunset cruises, romantic dinner cruises, moonlight dessert cruises and restaurant transfers. Bring along your own drinks and nibbles or they’ll arrange the catering with tapas and desserts from Rickys Restaurant, seats up to six guests, noon till late, 7 days per week, from the Sheraton Noosa jetty. To book, phone Ricard on 0412 929 369

Explore: Get out and about and explore with tours from Noosa to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, kayak the pristine Noosa Everglades, go cruising or fishing on Noosa River, kayak or take a jet boat tour into Laguna Bay, join a bike tour through Tewantin National Park, abseil down Mt Tinbeerwah or hire a car and head to the beautiful hinterland. Phone the Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 66672, call in at Hastings St or Noosa Marina or see visitnoosa.com.au/play

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

Kayak time:
Explore Noosa’s beautiful waterways by kayak – from Laguna Bay to the river, tranquil Weyba Creek, Noosa Sound canals, the lakes or pristine Noosa Everglades. You’ll see, hear and experience wildlife and nature as never before. Hire a kayak and take yourself or join a guided tour – many options available. Ph Noosa Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 66672, drop in or see visitnoosa.com.au/play

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 in Hastings Street or Noosa Marina, or see visitnoosa.com.au

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

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

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)