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)

Events this week

Ginger Flower & Food Festival: The Ginger Factory’s Ginger Flower & Food Festival has a great line-up for foodies and garden lovers, 18-20 Jan, 9am to 5pm, 50 Pioneer Rd, Yandina. More than 3000 ginger and heliconia plants for sale, guided garden walks and talks, ginger cooking demonstrations with local chefs including Matt Golinski, market place, live entertainment, free entry


Summer Twilight Market: Special festive summer Noosa Junction Twilight Market under the palms in Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, just over the hill from Hastings St, this Fri 18 Jan, 5-9pm with live music by SoLar, street performers, street food, artisan stalls and a pop-up bar

Holiday fun: See the Noosa Summer School Holiday Guide for school holiday fun around Noosa, including outdoor movies, learn to sail or surf, Alice in Wonderland, art and crafty fun, The Rogue Toad on the Noosa Ferry, and plenty of splashy fun to help you cool off

Free buses:
Jump on a free bus around Noosa (only buses that run within the Noosa Shire), including a temporary shuttle to and from Peregian Beach. Or park and ride to Noosa Junction and have a coffee, go shopping or check out the laneway art before hopping on a bus to Noosa’s Main Beach, just over the hill, or the Noosa River. Read more here 

Tree Place
: Exhibition, artist talks and workshops which began when an ancient Eucalyptus tree fell and was saved from wood chipping – Tree Place at Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin until 27 Jan. Gallery open Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm (except public holidays). Workshops coming up include Mark Making with Trees (13yrs+), Fri 11 Jan, $35; Sensory Landscape (adults), Thurs 17 Jan, $110; and Mutual Making communal divination readings on the gallery lawn, Sat 19 Jan, free. Must book on 5329 6145. See noosaregionalgallery.com.au for times and details.  

Cuisine

Mexican Food Safari: Black Ant Gourmet hosts a Mexican Feast at Kin Kin General Store in the Noosa hinterland this Sat 19 Jan, 3-course shared banquet, $30 adult, $15 (3-12 years). Book on 5485 4177

Japanese grill: Try the trust-the-chef set menu with Sumi Open Kitchen’s kappo dining, Japanese-inspired charcoal grill with vegan and vegetarian available, open for dinner Wed to Sun 5.30-10pm in The Pavilion, 19-21 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction. Also organic wine and sake. Book on 5447 3270

Entertainment

Crazy fun with Ugandan food, music and dance: The Gods Must be Crazy screens at The Majestic Theatre, Pomona this Sat 19 Jan, 6pm, food from 5pm, proceeds to Ugandan charity Volset. Tickets through themajestictheatre.com.au adult $15, child $5; or $20 at the door if not sold out (food, drinks extra)

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 18-24 Jan
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Mark Moroney on Fri, 7-10pm; and Andrea Kirwin on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Mood Swings on Sat 19 Jan from 5-8pm, Angela Iimura on Sun from 4-7pm, and Andrew Jolly on Thurs 24 Jan 5-7pm
  • Juzzie Smith, Alisha Todd, Tribal Groove and Ruba Tuba are at Original Eumundi Markets this Sat 19 Jan, 9am-1.30pm
  • Ryan Giles is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 18 Jan, 4-6pm; and Carl Lynch Duo are on Sun, 2-5pm
  • Triple Js are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 18 Jan, 8pm; Robbie Bostock String Spectacular is on Sat from 8pm; and Goran Sedlar Duo play on Thurs 24 Jan from 6pm
  • AJ Duo are at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Fri 18 Jan, 8.30pm; Sexual Chocolate are on Sat 8.30pm
  • Sorah Snow is at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville, Sun 20 Jan, 3.30pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel, see Tango Rose this Fri 18 Jan, 7pm; on Sat see Solar from 3-6pm, and Brad Schultz from 7pm; on Sun, see Elsom & Co from 3pm; and on Thurs 24 Jan, Mark Moroney plays from 5.30pm
  • Streams play in the beer garden at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Fri 18 Jan, 6.30-9.30pm. On Sat, The Brown Trouts play from noon to 4pm, and Benny O from 6.30-9.30pm. On Sun, see Tobias Robinson from 2-5pm; and on Wed 23 Jan, Andrea Kirwin plays in the beer garden from noon to 3pm
  • Jan Fonix is at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 20 Jan, 3pm, free
  • Nato, Mass Room and Lou Slips are at Café le Monde, Hastings St, this Sat 19 Jan from 8pm; and Hayden Hack is on Thurs 24 Jan from 5pm
  • Noosa Irish night with live music every Thurs from 7pm at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads
  • Live music at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 18 Jan, 6pm, free
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
  • Live music at Rococo Bistro Noosa, Hastings St, every night, including Andrea Kirwin, The Dreggs, Jay Bischoff and Flamarique, free, ph 5474 9600
  • Sunday sunset session at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Sun 20 Jan, 4.30pm
  • Live music at Tewantin-Noosa Bowls Club, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, Fri from 6.30pm, free
  • Live music at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 23 Jan, 6.30-8.30pm
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • The Supper Club at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St every Sat from 9pm has laidback, late-night grooves from DJ Keiko. Love Summer Sundays from 2pm with chilled Balearic beats by DJ Jamie Porteous and Ibiza Global Radio

Coming up

The Australian AC/DC Show is free at Noosa Heads Surf Club on Sat 2 Feb, 8.30pm with support from Lucid Louie

Luka Bloom performs at The J Noosa on Wed 27 Feb, 8pm, presented by Adrian Bohm

Butterfingers at the Villa Noosa, Fri 1 March - 15 Years of Fatboys tour, 8pm $34.70

Katie Noonan and Elixir are at The Majestic Theatre, Pomona on Fri 1 March, 8pm, for an evening of music and poetry on the Gratitude And Grief national tour, 8pm, $43.35

An Evening with Leigh Sales Book Launch at The J Noosa, Friday 1 March, 6.30pm, $17

Divinyls are at the Villa Noosa on Fri 22 March, 8pm, featuring Mark McEntee, Lauren Ruth Ward, original Blondie guitarist and Divinyls alumni Frank Infante, and a new rhythm section

Dan Sultan – Aviary Takes Tour, The J Noosa, Saturday 27 April, 8pm, $43

Dave Hughes – Hairy, at The J Noosa, Friday 3 May, 8.30pm, $49.90/$45

Why not...

Art sale: Noosa artists have a range of paintings, wall hangings, prints, cards and more at Noosa Arts and Crafts Association’s Artastic sale, 19-20 Jan, 9.30am to 3.30pm, Wallace House, 1 Wallace Drive, Noosaville

Ghost Air: Take a scenic flight above Noosa in Ghost Air’s luxury helicopter, flying over Main Beach and Noosa National Park to discover hidden bays and caves. Cruise down the coastline or head over the river precinct towards the pristine Noosa North Shore. Fly/dine/fly to your favourite hinterland restaurant. VIP transfers available. Flights from $150 per person. Ph 0402 268 867 or email info@ghostair.com.au
 
Solar-powered canoe adventures: Explore the nearby Maroochy River and Wetlands Sanctuary in a unique solar/electric-powered canoe for 4 people on a 3hr guided or self-guided adventure with Eco River Rides that will bring you close to nature. Walk the Sanctuary boardwalks or spend your time in the upper reaches of Coolum Creek. Call 0439 425 670 or see ecoriverrides.com.au for all details. No paddling required

Logging-in on holidays: If you need to take time out from your time out and log-in while on holidays, the Peregian Digital Hub co-working space is ideal for people in tech, with gigabit internet and great facilities. It's just 400m from Peregian Beach with great coffee shops and restaurants nearby, and free buses run between Hastings St and the Hub's front door during school holidays. The Hub offers a special day pass for tech nomads visiting Noosa for $30 plus GST. See peregianhub.com.au/coworking/ 

River hire from Hastings St: Hire a boat, kayak or stand-up paddle board from Hastings St with Boardwalk Boats and explore the Noosa River (no boat licence required). Stop off for lunch or bring a picnic, pull up and go swimming or even do some fishing. Paddling around the smooth waters of the canals is a great way to get a different perspective of Noosa River. You can also paddle down to Lake Weyba which is full of local wildlife. Ph 5455 3755 

A taste of K'gari: Get a Taste of K’gari, World Heritage-listed Fraser Island on a half-day cruise with Whalesong Cruises, leaving from Great Sandy Straits Marina, Urangan, Hervey Bay at 9am and returning at 2pm – easily enjoyed on a day trip from Noosa. Explore white silica sands, kayak in crystal clear waters, try your luck at shore fishing or simply enjoy the scenery. Book on 4125 6222 or see whalesong.com.au 

Eco Cruise:
See 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

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!

Scoot around: Get around town on a scooter and hire from Scooter Mania. 50CC hire for beginners from $35 for 4hrs to multi-day. No gears, easy parking and plenty of fun. Ph 0404 086 462

Eumundi Markets: Take the new Eumundi Markets Round-Trip Shuttle with Coast to Hinterland Tours this Sat or Wed with pick-up and drop-off from Coolum and Noosa accommodation and 3 hours to wander the markets, $35 adult, $27 child. Ph 1300 004 903 or book at toursunshinecoast.com.au 

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. Pictured : Ikatan Spa Noosa. Phone the Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au/relax  

Stand up paddle: Explore Noosa’s beautiful waterways on a stand up paddle board – lessons and hire boards are available for the Noosa River or Laguna Bay. It’s easy to learn how! Ask at the Noosa Visitor Information Centre or phone 13000 NOOSA

Picnic on the river: Pack a hamper of local delicacies and lunch aboard Noosa River and Canal Cruises as you explore the stunning Noosa River, Weyba Creek and the beautiful hidden waterways of the Noosa Sound canals. Learn about the river’s history and ecology in an entertaining and light-hearted commentary during a relaxing afternoon on the water. Daytime Cruises depart at noon from The Jetty, Noosaville and 12.30pm from The Sofitel on Mon, Tues, Thurs and Fri. BYO food and drinks. Glasses, tea and coffee provided. Catering available by arrangement – ask us about fresh sandwiches and fruit salad or delicious fish and chips! Ph 0414 727 765

Rattler fun: Take a beautiful Noosa Country Drive through the Noosa hinterland and Mary Valley to the historic Mary Valley Rattler steam train station in Gympie. Free station tours every Wed and Sat at 11am with stories of the Mary Valley line, its people and history. The Rattler will be pulling into and out of the station over the coming weeks. Also Tunes by the Tracks every Sun, noon-3pm – book your table at the Station Café on 5348 9606  


River fishing: Fish the full length of the beautiful Noosa River from salt to fresh water with Noosa River Fishing Safaris, catering for all levels of experience. Becky, the river boat, is a fishing limousine with full sun canopy, toilet facilities, large casting platform, live fish and live bait holding tanks. They also supply high quality fishing equipment and coaching if required. Half-day, 2hr group and private charters, ph 0429 030 823 

Sub surface: With beautiful clear winter waters, take a half-day whale watching and snorkelling tour with SubSurface Scuba, leaving from Noosa or Mooloolaba, $69pp. See beautiful coral, fish and maybe even turtles on the local reefs. Full day snorkelling and diving tours, and shark dives also available. Ph 5493 9097 or email dive@subsurfacescuba.com 


Thrill rides
: See Noosa National Park and Main Beach from the water on a jet boat thrill ride with Noosa Ocean Rider (ph 0438 386 255) or Noosa Thriller (ph 0412 735 624) – free courtesy bus for Noosa area pick-ups). The wave-jumping tours into Laguna Bay and around the headland give the best views of hidden bays, beaches and caves. Also look out for dolphins and whales!

Relax on the river
: Enjoy the Noosa River with Pelican Boat Hire’s huge range of boats, from luxury BBQ pontoons to open dinghies, kayaks, SUPs and tour adventures – try fishing, take a picnic and pull up on a sandbar or just cruise the waterways. No license required. Child and dog friendly. Ph 5449 7239 

Coast to Hinterland Day Tours: Sit back and relax while Coast to Hinterland Tours show you some hidden gems and well-known attractions. Tours include Australia Zoo & Ginger Factory (Tues), Markets, Gympie Heritage and Wine Tasting (Wed); Rainforest, Views and Maleny (Thurs); Montville High-Tea and Wine (Fri); and Markets, Feijoas and Gardens on Sat. From $68, pick-up from Noosa  

Scenic flights: Experience breathtaking views over Noosa, the Coloured Sands, Fraser Island, lakes and hinterland, spot dolphins from the air and land at Orchid Beach with a scenic flight or charter with the Recreational Flying Co – they can event teach you how to fly! Free transport to and from the airstrip. Ph 0414 587 188.

Seaplane Flight: Join Paradise Seaplanes on their newest adventure flight - Noosa to Australia Zoo! Their Wilga Warbird is the quietest piston-engined aircraft in the world, was designed for surveillance, has more glass than a helicopter and takes off from the water for the ultimate Sunshine Coast experience. Tours for 2 that include a customised photobook take off from the Maroochy River and whisk you away over the glorious coastline and hinterland, taking in the Glasshouse Mountains and Noosa Biosphere Reserve, Thurs-Mon. Book online or phone 1 3000 66672

On the river: Combine 3 Noosa experiences – the river, food and shopping – and catch a Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, Tewantin for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anything in between, all with gorgeous river views. Café Vin Cino is open for breakfast and lunch; The River Deck, Pier 11 and Italian Marina have superb views for lunch and dinner; dine on-board Noosa Cruiser Restaurant; and Noosa Amore Gelato has gelato and more. There’s also fish and chips, fashion, chocolates, gifts, a beauty salon, yoga and day spa. Book a sunset cruise with MV Noosa Queen, a Noosa Leisuretime Houseboat, or hire a boat from Ready 2 Go Boat Hire. If you go Sunday morning, check out the Marina Markets

Country Drive: Extend your stay and experience Noosa’s country. Book for a relaxing hinterland escape, surrounded by hiking and biking trails, lakes, mountain lookouts and country villages with unique eateries, breweries and cafes. Stay in cosy B&Bs and hinterland retreats. Take a Noosa Country Drive

Explore K’gari: Fall in love with K'gari (Fraser Island), the world’s largest sand island as Drop Bear Adventures take you on a 2 or 3-day tag-along safari. Explore beautiful lakes and beaches with Drop Bear’s guides and learn about the island’s rich culture and gorgeous wildlife. Book on 0487 333 606 or see dropbearadventures.com.au

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

Take a dive: Sunreef Scuba Diving in Mooloolaba has local reef dives, and diving on the ex-HMAS Brisbane, including a night dive on Sat 14 April. They’re also a 5-Star PADI Training Centre. Ph 5444 5656

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, take a jet boat tour or try the new Nauticycle 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 (photo courtesy of AMB Magazine

Retail by the river: Take a wander through the shops of Noosaville, alongside Noosa River, with a great range of stores offering homewares, fashion, surfwear, books, jewellery and more, in styles from beachy to classic and vintage. tart your shopping trip in the Gympie Tce, Thomas St and Mary St area, before relaxing at one of the many cafes and restaurants. If you’re driving, head a bit further on to Gateway Dve for some great warehouse-style fashion and homewares showrooms, or take the Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, Tewantin for boutiques, gifts, restaurants and bars on the river

Horse riding:
Go horse riding in Noosa through bush, lake, rainforest or open beaches. Equathon has daily horse riding tours along Noosa North Shore beaches and a 7-day bush tour. Noosa Horse Riding takes you on a beautiful ride in and around Lake Weyba, just 10 minutes from Noosa Heads. And Mary Valley Adventure Trails, near the Noosa hinterland has rides through lush farmland and rainforest. Call the Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA for details or see visitnoosa.com.au/play

Stand up paddle: Explore Noosa’s beautiful waterways on a stand up paddle board with Noosa Stand Up Paddle. Relaxed group classes, hire boards, private lessons or SUP yoga with fully qualified instructors. For all ages and experience. They’re at 172 Gympie Tce, Noosaville

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'

Markets, movie and art: Take a Noosa Country Drive to Pomona, about 25 minutes from Noosa Heads, on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month for the Pomona Country Markets, 7am-noon, with fresh food, fruit and vegies, local arts and crafts, musicians and more. Then head to the grand Majestic Theatre in Pomona for a silent film screening, with accompaniment on the piano or organ by local legend Ron West, $15 adult, free for school-aged kids, tickets at the door (ph 5485 2330). Also visit the Pomona Railway Station Art Gallery and Noosa Museum in Pomona.

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 NOOSA (66672)

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

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

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 (66672)
 
 
 






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