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

Stories at Sunset: Hear from Gubbi Gubbi man Lyndon Davies about local indigenous and Noosa River and catchment history, Aboriginal Dreaming, caring for country, hunting and gathering, and a traditional fire lighting at Stories by Sunset this Sun 31 July, 4.30-6.30pm, at "Doggie Beach", Noosa Woods/river mouth end of Hastings St (first off-road carpark past Noosa Woods). Also authentic Aboriginal tastes and bush tucker with Dale Chapman at a tasting table. Presented by Noosa Integrated Catchment Association

Comedy festival: Some of the funniest comedians from this year’s Sydney Comedy Festival are hitting the road and bringing all-star comedy showcases to Noosa this Thurs 28 July at The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, 7.30pm. On the bill are Mike Goldstein, The Stevenson Experience, Amanda Gray, Bart Freebairn, Luke Heggie and John Cruckshank. $37. Ph 5329 6560 or see thej.com.au

Gallery exhibitions: Noosa Regional Gallery has 3 new exhibitions from now to 21 August: Belongingness - Identity to one's Sense of Place by Sunshine Coast artist Hope O’Chin; As One - a celebration of working together for community by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists living with disability, featuring works by artists from the Nandjimadji art group; and Red Desert Gathering, from Australia’s Central Desert, supporting the indigenous custodians of the lands surrounding Alice Springs. The gallery is Riverside, Pelican Street, Tewantin, open Tues-Fri 10am-4pm, and Sat-Sun 10am-3pm. Take the Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina and stroll riverside to the gallery and gallery shop. 

Cuisine

Winter dining special: Thomas Corner Eatery, overlooking Noosa River, has an inviting winter special – order 2 mains meals and they’ll include a complimentary bottle of red or white wine. Available Mon-Fri from 5.30pm, on the corner of Gympie Tce and Thomas St, Noosaville. Book on 5470 2224

Bonjour
! For a taste of France in the Noosa hinterland, visit Maison de Provence in Garnet St for amazing desserts, brioche, lunches, coffee and much more! Ph 5472 0077

Entertainment

Tango Tuesdays: Head to Aromas Noosa on Hastings St for a half-hour tango lesson every Tuesday from 6pm, or just watch the action with dinner and a drink from 6.30-8pm. Argentinian cocktails and nibbles available

Live music: Check out great live music in Noosa from 29 July – 4 August
  • Brother Fox, The Mouldy Lovers and Jay Bishoff and Friends at Sound Feast, free community music event at The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Heads, Fri 29 July. Open mic 6-7.30pm, followed by bands. Open to all ages. Sign-on from 5.30pm
  • The Deep Purple Experience at Villa Noosa Hotel, Mary St, Noosaville, Fri 29 July, 8.30pm; ‘70s dance floor anthems with DJ Funk Master from 10.30pm, $10 pre-sale at moshtix.com.au or $15 on the door. On Sat, Greenthief, 8pm, $10 at the door
  • At Sunspace Café, 6 Beddington Rd, Doonan, there’s an Open Mic night with Peter Hunt this Fri 29 July, 6-8pm (dinner from 5pm); and Lee Hardisty performs during the KonMari Market on Sun 31 July, 9am-1pm
  • Shayne performs at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri night 29 July
  • Michelle Brown is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Sun 31 July, 2-5pm
  • Hayden Hack is at El Capitano, Hastings St, this Sat 30 July at 7.30pm
  • Noosa Beach House, Hastings St has Tony Boyd this Fri 29 July, 8-11pm; Andrea Kirwin on Sun 2.30-5.30pm; and live music on Wed 3 Aug, 6.30-8.30pm
  • At Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, see Plan B this Fri 29 July, 6-8pm
  • In the beer garden at Imperial Hotel, Eumundi see David Flower this Fri 29 July, 7pm; Sami McGrath and Ethan Roberts on Sat, 7pm; and on Sun see Spider and the Fly, 2pm
  • Janice Duo are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 31 July, 3-6pm – courtesy bus available, call 5447 5491
  • Battle of the Rising Stars at Noosa Surf Club this  Sun 31 July at 2pm
  • Phil Emmanuel – Back to Basics is at Tewantin-Noosa RSL this Fri 29 July, 8pm; Neil Diamond Superhits Show is on Sat, 8pm; and Ishka is on Thurs 4 Aug, 6pm
  • Mooncoin and Alan Kelly Trio Irish bands at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel on Thurs 4 Aug, 7-10pm
  • Band of Frequencies  are at Café Le Monde, Hastings St this Fri 8pm; DJ on Sat from 8pm; Christian Patey, Anna and Jordan, and Solafreq on Sun 31 July, 4pm; and live music on Thurs 4 Aug from 6pm
  • 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
  • Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club, 65 Hilton Tce, Tewantin has live music this Fri night 29 July
  • Dubarray Duo are at Peregian Beach Hotel this Fri 29 July, 7pm; and Barry Charles is on Sat, 7pm

Why not...

Food, fun, float: Australia's one and only BBQ Aqua Donut is now in Noosa! It’s a 2hr river experience on an Aqua Donut with a gas BBQ station surrounded by seating for up to 10 people; quiet, eco-friendly electric engine; shade umbrella; Bluetooth music system; all cutlery, plates and cups provided. No boat licence required – just bring your food, drink and smiles! Great for friends, families, clubs, groups and work colleagues to get together and party in a one-of-a-kind boat. See aquadonut.com or email support@aquadonut.com

Drive the open beaches:
Leave the highway and drive the open ocean beaches only 20 minutes from Noosa, with new 4WDs for hire from U Explore 4x4. Surf at Double Island Point, see the coloured sands of Teewah Beach. It’s a perfect day trip for all the family. Ph 1300 36 80 11 to book or see uexplore4x4.com.au

Become an ocean explorer:
To celebrate the release of Disney·Pixar’s Finding Dory, SEA LIFE Mooloolaba is offering kids of all ages the chance to become ocean explorers on an underwater Finding Dory adventure! The interactive quiz trail will entertain the kids as they learn about conservation, protecting Dory’s home, and the easy things they can do to help preserve our reefs and coastlines. The Finding Dory adventure is at SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba, about 30 minutes from Noosa, until 31 July 2016. Book tickets online and save

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

Fish Noosa River
: Have some fun fishing the full length of the Noosa River whether you want to learn to fish, are an experienced angler or just want a fun time, with Noosa River Fishing Safaris – they’ve got charters for everyone! Ph 0429 030 823 or see noosariverfishing.com

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 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

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

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!

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 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

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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