Jump on a free Sunbus holiday bus around Noosa every day to 27 Jan, including a new park-and-ride Loop Bus between Hastings St, Noosa Junction and Weyba Rd, Noosaville. 6 existing bus routes around Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach, Peregian Beach, Noosa Junction, Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Noosa Parklands, Tewantin, Noosa Civic, Cooroy, Cooran and Pomona are free.
The new Loop Bus leaves every 15 min, 7am to 7pm, from the Hastings St bus stop; along Noosa Drive to Noosa Junction; and then Weyba Rd and Noosa Pde in Noosaville. It also stops at the new park-and-ride facility at the AFL ground on Weyba Rd. It then departs half-hourly from 7pm to 10pm.
If you have to drive, there are more than 250 paid car parking spaces at Noosa Heads Lions Park every day to 12 Jan. Download the free Go Noosa app from 14 Dec to make the most of the services, including a Noosa journey planner. See noosa.qld.gov.au/go-noosa
Discover amazing flowers, food and fun at The Ginger Flower & Food Festival this Friday 17 January to Sunday 19 January.
The Ginger Factory, 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina, bursts with colour and flavours, showcasing an exquisite range of ornamental gingers and heliconias. Popular presenters Soil to Supper’s Cath Manuel and Horticulturalist, Paul Plant will share their words of wisdom during informative garden talks over the three days.
Meet chefs including local favourite Matt Golinski, Lisa Maher from Makepeace Island and Dylan Campbell, resident mixologist from Sum Yung Guys, highlighting all that is fresh to the Sunshine Coast and how their ingredients pair so well with ginger.
All the food and fun that the Ginger Factory is famous for will also be on offer, including the Ginger Town shopping, Ice-Creamery, Live Bee Show*, rides* on Moreton the ginger train and Overboard boat ride.
*Fee applies for tours and rides.
Bring a rug and settle in for a free family movie under the stars at the beachside park in Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach, in front of the Peregian Beach surf club on Fri 24 Jan, 6.30-8.30pm. Have an early dinner in the village then watch Toy Story 4 as the sun goes down.
EVENT CANCELLED: Paddington screens at Coolum Flicks in the Park this Sat, 18 Jan, 6-8pm, Tickle Park, Coolum Beach. Bring along a rug and enjoy a movie under the stars with your family and friends. Screening commences around 6:30pm.
Take a guided tour and discover more about the Noosa National Park with new morning and night walks from Outdoor Adventure Australia. Spot animals in the ocean, on land and in the air on 3hr morning walks on Fri, Sat, Sun, Mon from 7am.
See the sun set on 2hr night walks, Mon and Tues, 6pm as the forest transitions from day to night, and find the nocturnal animals (headlamp provided). Cost $30. See outdooradventureaustralia.com/hiking or ask at the Noosa Inspiration Centre in Hastings St
Check out the renovated Sunshine Beach Surf Club, Duke St and Belmore Tce, that re-opens this Sat 17 Jan for drinks and food with a fantastic view over the ocean
There’s a week of fun and fundraising for wildlife rescue and fire services at The Imperial Hotel & Eumundi Brewery from Sat 18 to Sun 26 Jan. A Beerometer will measure donations received for the RSPCA Wildlife Rehabilitation Centres, Rural Fire Services and The Australian Red Cross, with $4 donated every time you buy any of the 5 Eumundi beers on tap or selected wines. Also donation tins and raffles.
On Sat 18 Jan, there’s live music in the Beer Garden with The Brown Trouts, Zac Gunthorpe, Tobias and vinyl DJs from noon til 6pm, and then Shannon Carroll from 6.30-9.30pm.
On Sun 19 Jan there’s free live music in Dick Caplick Park, 2-5pm with Jack and Paris Smith, Marshall Boys and Joe Man Murphy.
On Sun 26 Jan, the Australia Day Appeal has free live entertainment in the Imperial Beer Garden from noon with Renny Field, Benny O, Forrest Run (Ayla) and vinyl DJs. All proceeds from the sale of chicken wings on Australia Day will go to the appeal.
Kids can get creative and have some fun with sand, making their own bottle sand art at Tewantin Noosa RSL, Memorial Dve, Tewantin, Tuesday 21 Jan at 11am. Cost is $3 per child
There's Kids Australia Day Disco with DJ Antix on Wednesday 22 Jan at 6:30pm.
The 40 Under 40 Exhibition opens at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11A Maple St, Cooroy, Fri 17 Jan, 6-10pm. All welcome. It showcases the local, young, vibrant and talented art scene in the region who are 40 years old and under. Also live music bySuperYacht, food from Paco's Tacos and a bar is open. Also live pyrography (wood burning) from Veronica Spittles, Ketakii Jewson-Brown with the spoken word, Dylan Sparks with spoken word and impromptu poetry, and Laura Vecmane's ephemeral installation.
On the 19th and 22nd January, Noosa Event Cinemas presents the charming ballet Coppélia as a part of the Royal Opera House 2019/2020 Live Cinema Season.
Ninette de Valois’ story of love, mischief and mechanical dolls features intricate choreography set to Delibes’ delightful score. The exquisite filmed performance will showcase the technical precision and comedic timing of the whole Company, bringing the colourful storybook world to life in this treat for the whole family.
Returning for 2019/20, the Live Cinema Season screenings will bring breathtaking filmed performances of the world-class ballet and opera from London’s Royal Opera House to the big screen, meaning Australian audiences will never be far from the action. Live Cinema Season screens across 20 Event Cinemas / Greater Union locations, visiting the below in QLD:
Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for concessions, $102 for a multi-pass to six titles.
Artist Talk with Richard Bell: Bell’s bold and deliberately provocative works aim to create discussion and reflection as an ongoing process of activism. Join Bell in the space of his group exhibition Violent Salt to hear from this exciting contemporary Australian artist, this Saturday 18 January, 10.30am. FREE but must book as limited places available. Book at noosaregionalgallery.com.au/school-holiday-workshops
Art Adventures: Introducing art through hands-on sensory fun on Thursday 23 January, 10.30am-11.15am! A program designed for pre-school aged children and their parents/carers. Aprons provided - prepare to get messy! $5 per child. Limited places available. Bookings essential at noosaregionalgallery.com.au/art-adventures
The Gallery Creative Space Feature Activity: Island Fashion on Tour. A FREE regional touring project for children and families with hands-on art-making activities created by QAGOMA in collaboration with Australian and Pacific artists. Daily until 26 January. No bookings necessary. See noosaregionalgallery.com.au/free-activities
Noosa Regional Gallery is Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin - catch the Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina from Noosa Heads or Noosaville.
Image: ‘Island Fashion’ at the Children’s Art Centre, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Photograph: Katie Bennett.
The Indee Comedy Theatre presents the pantomimes Hansel and Gretel and the Gingerbread Cottage, plus The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, at the Yandina School of Arts Hall, Farrell St, 18 Jan at 3pm, and Sun 19 Jan at 11am. Adult $15, child $10. Book on 5472 8200 or tickets at the door
Little Seed Theatre Company's summer production brings to life the much-loved story of Charlotte's Web at the Eumundi School of Arts hall, 16-19 Jan at 6.30pm, also 17 and 18 at 2.30pm. See little-seed.com.au
Take a guided morning or night walk in Noosa National Park with Outdoor Adventure Australia and discover the amazing flora and fauna of this beautiful coastal environment.
There are morning walks on 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21 January at 7am. Book at outdooradventureaustralia.com/noosa-walks. Night walks are at 6pm on Monday and Tuesday nights. Book at outdooradventureaustralia.com/night-walks. Cost is $30 per person.
Or abseil Mt Tinbeerwah in Tewantin National Park, overlooking Noosa's coast and hinterland on Saturday 18 January. Be guided by an energetic, professional and fun team! Check out the video of them at ‘work’ on the mountain!
The Majestic Theatre in Pomona screens The Gods Must Be Crazy this Sunday 19 January, 3-5pm for a fundraiser for Uganda. Tickets $15 adult, $10 concession, $5 high school student, free for younger kids. Buy at the door, 3 Factory Street, Pomona or online.
The Noosa River’s calm waters are perfect for swimming, jet ski fun, kayaking, fishing, stand-up paddling and a variety of boat cruising options. Idyllic at sunset, pack your picnic blanket, or dine out at Noosaville’s restaurants or bars. See visitnoosa.com.au/river-fun
Take a stroll through the seaside village of Sunshine Beach and find tasty, healthy and thirst-quenching treats from breakfast through to late night. There are awesome breakfasts and great coffees at a choice of cafes; yum cha and Asian delights at Embassy XO; tapas, pizzas, boutique beers, wines and cocktails at Marble Bar and Bistro; and great tastes all day – check it out!
All day breakfast: Cooroy RSL has a new all day breakfast – sleep-in as late as you like! Available Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm, and weekends from 10am to 5pm with bacon and fried eggs, ham and cheese omelette, bacon and egg rolls or wraps, waffles with ice cream and maple syrup – and more. The biggest menu item is the bargain $16.80 for 2 rashers of bacon, 2 fried eggs, grilled tomato, hash brown, 2 chipolatas served with toasted sourdough bread. Ph 5447 6131
Pictured from left: The Royal Artillery, Pseudo Mind Hive and Joe Man Murphy
The exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery, Violent Salt, discusses issues surrounding racism and discrimination against First Nations peoples and minority groups; and the lack of respect for, and desecration of culture and the natural environment. Features Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Vernon Ah Kee (QLD), Richard Bell (QLD), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Megan Cope (QLD), Karla Dickens (NSW), Sarah-Jane Norman (VIC), Yhonnie Scarce (VIC/SA) and Jemma Wyman (QLD). The exhibition runs to 26 Jan, gallery open Tues-Fri from 10-4pm and Sat-Sun from 10-3pm, Riverside, 9 Pelican St, Tewantin.
Image: Richard Bell, Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang Peoples, You Can Go Now 2015, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 240cm. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Check out the taproom at Noosa’s newest brewery, Boiling Pot, 130A Eumundi-Noosa Rd, Noosaville, open Thurs and Fri from 5pm til late, and Sat and Sun from noon til late. Apart from great cold beers, there’s pizzas, platters and plates - and schnitzels on Thurs. Ph 5449 8360
Take a shopping spree around Noosa’s villages – discover the unique boutiques, galleries and homewares from Hastings Street to Noosa Junction, Noosaville’s riverfront Gympie Tce and industrial precinct, surfside villages of Peregian and Sunshine Beach, and out to the hinterland towns of Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin where you can uncover a treasure or two.
Or buy a voucher for a Noosa adventure from the Noosa Inspiration Centre in Hastings Street.
Need mead? If you’re heading to Pomona for, the Noosa hinterland town is home to Queensland’s first meadery, Amrita Park, 417 Pomona Kin Kin Road, Pomona, where they produce delicious ‘honey wine’ from raw honey and exotic local fruits. Their tasting room is open every Saturday from 11am – 5pm, otherwise by appointment. Hand-made gifts and artworks are also available. See amritaparkmeadery.com.au