What to do
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Go car-free in Noosa these holidays with great Go Noosa ways to get around town until 26 January 2021 – there are free buses including the free Loop Bus, discounted ferry passes, dedicated ‘Drop & Go’ zones, park & ride centres, and more.
For the best way to see Noosa, take the Noosa Ferry and earn a discounted frequent travellers pass – hop on and off all day between the Noosa Marina at Tewantin, Noosaville, Noosa Sound and Hastings Street, Noosa Heads.
The Free Loop Bus runs every 15 mins from 7am to 7pm, and every 30 mins from 7-11pm between Noosa Heads, Noosa Junction, Noosaville and Noosa Sound, clockwise from the Hastings St bus terminal, along Noosa Drive, Weyba Road, and Noosa Parade.
Three 2-minute Drop & Go Zones are located on Noosa Parade, at the Hastings St bus interchange, and on Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads for your car passengers.
Free Translink bus services operate from the hinterland to Tewantin, Noosaville, Noosa Heads, Noosa Junction, Sunshine and Peregian Beaches.
There’s paid parking at Noosa Heads Lions Park every day to 17 January.
There’s live music, paella $16pp (gluten-free), full café menu, berry cider and craft beer on tap at Paella in the Paddock at Cooloola Berries farm, 856 Tagigan Rd Wolvi this every Sunday from 12.30pm. Book on 5486 7512 or just call in.
The café is open 7 days from 8am to 5pm. From farm gate to plate, try their lavender lemonade, lavender ice-cream or take home their lavender soap/handwash and candles, all locally made. You-pick blueberries $4pp.
Tickets $59.90 adult / $54.90 concession
A brilliant evening of world-class comedy from the Irishman internationally celebrated as one of live stand-up’s true masters. Jimeion is an acclaimed, hugely loved and much respected comedian known across the UK, Europe, USA and Australia.
See Noosa from the river as you get around town on-board the Noosa Ferry. There’s an extra daily service every afternoon, leaving the Noosa Marina at Tewantin at 3pm – the return leg departs Hastings Street at 3.45pm. There are 10 services per day, from the Marina to Hastings Street, with stops at Noosaville and Noosa Sound along the way.
The new 3-in-7 Visitors Pass means you can travel on an All Day Pass or Two Zone Return ticket for 3 days in a 7-day period, at a 33% saving. Tickets available at all stops and onboard.
Get aboard a Nauticycle (water bike), electric boat, stand-up paddle board or electric fliteboard with Eco Noosa River Adventures and create your own fun on the Noosa River. Book now and use the code ECO10 to save 10%. Explore the natural beauty of the Noosa River for an awesome day out for the whole family.
There’s more twilight sparkle, more music, more local vibe and so much more to celebrate in Noosa Junction with their Sounds Like Summer Fest every Friday from 5pm until the end of January. Set against the backdrop of spectacular street art, the Junction’s streets and laneways will come alive as you bar-hop and dine your way around the eat streets, next-gen FLAVAs and bars to the sweet sounds of local musos.
Check out the new 20 20 Distillery in Cooroy, with their tropical gin, single malt and grain whisky, 5 Taylor Court. See www.facebook.com/2020Distillery for booking details
Ride the Night every Friday in December and January at Aussie World, 73 Frizzo Rd, Palmview, 3-10pm, with night rides, water fun, attractions and entertainment, $30 per student, full price $38. Book online at www.aussieworld.com.au
One of the culinary stars of the Spicer’s Group, Cameron Matthews, is the new Chef-in-Residence at the former Wasabi Restaurant space in Quamby Place, Noosa Sound, at the pop-up Winston Restaurant on the Noosa River. The set menu will feature fresh, in-season Sunshine Coast produce, perfectly matched by a small, hand-picked list of Australian beverages. Dinner will be from 5pm on Wednesday to Saturday with 4 courses for $90 ; and the 6-course long lunch is on Sundays from noon for $120. Book at www.winstonrestaurant.com.au or email [email protected]
Join Epic Ocean Adventures on a guided dolphin view kayak tour, stand
up paddle tour or learn to surf on Australia’s longest wave in the
beautiful clear waters of Double Island Point, between Noosa and Fraser
Island. They’ll pick you up from Noosa and take you on a 4 wheel drive
adventure along the spectacular Noosa North Shore and Teewah Beach, and
head deep into the Great Sandy National Park.
You’ll get up close to Bottlenose Dolphins, turtles, rays, birds and more. Enjoy the views of the Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands, Fraser Island and pristine Honeymoon Bay. No experience required – suitable for 7 years of age and over. All equipment and light snacks provided. See epicoceanadventures.com.au or ph 07 5372 8066
The beautiful riverside destination of Noosaville, just a few minutes from Hastings Street, is a melting pot of holiday fun, with water sports from the thrill of jet skiing to kayaking, stand-up paddling, water-bikes, a wonderful choice of river cruises and fishing tours, or hire a boat and explore for yourself. There are also plenty of choices for food and drinks, from a sunrise coffee to seafood lunch and delicious dinners, sunset cocktails, burgers, fish and chips, and ice-cream for any time of the day. Find more river adventures here
After a fabulous renovation, XO Sunshine Beach (formerly Embassy XO) has reopened with a fresh new look and new menu – still with their delicious modern Asian tastes and bar bites. Open 6 nights for dinner (closed Mondays) and lunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Also see the gorgeous new mural by Cam Scale and Loretta Lizzio in the dining room. Phone 5455 4460 to book
From a New York city skyline mural to Japanese suburban patterns and imagined mechanisms, three new exhibitions at Noosa Regional Gallery explore the art of architecture.
New York Rambling by Irish-born Queensland artist Miriam Innes is a 25m, hyper-realistic charcoal sketch that reveals the rich complexity of the city’s skyline that wraps around the gallery’s walls. You’ll be transported to the iconic city and invited to closely examine the famed architectural splendour and the hustle and bustle.
Brisbane artist Elysha Rei draws attention to the often neglected details found in suburban structure in her exhibition, Furusato: Patterns from Pilgrimage. The large-scale hand-cut paper works map her journey through Japan as she retraced her ancestral steps, documenting patterns and celebrating the Japanese design aesthetic through the ancient Japanese art of ‘Kirie’ or paper-cutting.
Melbourne artist Daniel Agdag’s exhibition, Miscellaneous Assemblies also deals with paper and sits at the nexus of sculpture and motionography, with fantastical and whimsical forms of imagined mechanisms and structures.
See the exhibitions at the gallery, riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin from Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 4pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 3pm until 23 January, 2021 (check for public holiday closures). Catch the Noosa Ferry from Noosa Heads and Noosaville to Noosa Marina, then take a short riverside stroll to the gallery.
IMAGE: Daniel Agdag, Sets for a Film I'll Never Make (dimensions variable) 2019, CODA Apeldoorn.
Join Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours for an unforgettable day trip along the 'Beach Highway' from Noosa, past the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point Lighthouse and on to Rainbow Beach. Look out for dolphins, whales and turtles as you are driven from Noosa in a comfortable 4WD vehicle along the white sandy beaches, with the Pacific Ocean on one side and dunes and bushland on the other. Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours are Advanced Eco Certified and your guide will keep you entertained with information and stories along the way. Lunch is included. Book on 5486 3131 or at www.greatbeachdrive4wdtours.com
Scuba dive or snorkel in the beautiful clear waters on the reefs around Noosa and the Sunshine Coast with Subsurface Scuba and the Reef Clean Team – see wobbegong sharks, turtles and all the amazing marine life. No experience necessary, See www.subsurfacescuba.com or book on 07 5493 9097
Welcome the heat with the new Summer Saison beer on tap at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Drive, Noosaville. It’s brewed from the base of their popular Kolsch and fermented warm with a Belgian saison strain to give it an apricot, bubblegum, up-front sweetness, a dandelion/herbal bitter aroma and a bitter orange peel pallet with a crisp, dry finish. Land & Sea is open from Wednesday to Sunday from noon for lunch and dinner
Spend Sunday afternoon relaxing with delicious food, cocktails, spritzers, sparkling, wine, beer and entertainment at the Bottomless Lunch at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St, Noosa Heads. The multi-selection set menu includes a 2-hour beverage package and a 3-course set menu for $95 (upgrade to GH Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne for $130) or a 7-dish set menu for $115 (upgrade to GH Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne for $150).
Gather your friends for a long lunch and reserve your table in 2-hour time slots from noon until 4pm – the entertainment goes from 2-5pm. Book on 07 5474 9999
Don’t worry about lugging all your gear to the beach – you can hire it from Noosa Beach Surf Hire and let them take care of it while you relax. Just bring your swimwear – they have the rest to make for a great day at the beach. Laze back in luxury Italian lounge chairs, cabanas and umbrellas. They have a great range of stand-up paddleboards and malibus as well as beginner soft surfboards, single or double kayaks and UV protection. They even have wetsuits, rash shirts and security lockers. See them on the beach right in front of the Noosa Heads Surf Club or see noosabeachsurfhire.com.au
Experience a unique perspective of Noosa’s Biosphere with Paradise Seaplanes – their adventure flights take off from the Maroochy River in the only Wilga 80 seaplane (warbird spy plane) in the southern hemisphere. You’ll have an unobstructed panorama of the world below as they fly you slowly over land and sea – even with doors off if you want!
Flights are limited to 2 or 3 passengers and your pilot can tailor your flight to your interests. Get half price off for the third person when you book online for 3 people these school holidays – just use the promo code HALFOFF3RD. Flights from Thursdays to Mondays, 9am-3pm. See paradiseseaplanes.com.au
Matt and Andy at View by Matt Golinski are shaking things up for spring on the terrace with Sangria Sundays, noon to 3pm. Latin and world vibes with sangria, unique backyard treats and DJs on the decks will bring something new to this little Noosa paradise at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Viewland Drive, Noosa Heads. Unlimited paella - $26, jugs of sangria – $24. For reservations call 5455 2209.
Cruise along the pristine Noosa River and lakes to the Noosa Everglades with Everglades Eco Safaris. This ancient wilderness is at Noosa’s doorstep and you can sit back, relax and take in the beauty on-board a boat as experienced tour guides take you on a journey through mirrored landscapes. Day tours depart Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from Habitat Noosa Everglades Eco Camp on the shores of Lake Cootharaba, only 25 min from Noosa Heads. There’s a complimentary return shuttle bus to/ from your Noosa accommodation. Book at evergladesecosafaris.com.au or phone 5485 3165
For a great day out in Noosa, catch a Noosa Ferry from Hastings Street, Noosa Sound or Noosaville to the Noosa Marina, right on the Noosa River at Tewantin, then spend the day on the boardwalk, from coffee and breakfast to gelato, lunch, fish and chips, sunset drinks and dinner at the many waterfront dining spots, cafes and bar. There’s also a great range of gift and homeware stores including the White House (filled with beautiful gifts, clothes, jewellery and more), boutiques, a yoga studio, beauty salons and day spa, river cruises open every day, and markets on Sunday mornings. The return journey on-board the ferry takes 90 minutes, or our tip is to buy an all-day pass for $25 and hop on and off as many times as you like
Take a Noosa Country Drive to the hinterland town of Cooroy, about 20 minutes from Noosa Heads for a day of shopping, art and antiques, views, golf and more. The pretty greens of Cooroy Golf Club in Myall St welcome visitors for a round of social golf (also to play in member competitions for players with an official Golf Australia handicap) – bookings are essential on 5447 6258. The easy-walking, 18-hole course is challenging but enjoyable for golfers of all levels. Golf equipment and electric golf carts are available for hire and the clubhouse is open for a drink with the locals after the game.
The historic Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple St, has 2 new exhibitions - see all the details above. Also see the eclectic mix of creative work in the artisan store and wander around the grounds of the historic Cooroy Mill Place Precinct.
Find a vintage or antique treasure at The Shed @ Cooroy, 15 Diamond St, with interesting second hand, collectables, decorator items and retro wares - there's coffee and cakes in their cafe and you can even bring your dog to their garden! Cafe open until 1.30pm, shop until 2pm.
See beautiful functional and exhibition glass art at Annie McDonald Glass Art Studio in nearby Black Mountain - open every Saturday morning or call ahead on 0407 768 516 for other times.
Book a table for lunch or dinner at Saw and Mill, 5 Opal St, open Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 9pm (ph 5472 0907); or at Cooroy RSL, 25 Maple St, open every day for all-day dining (book on 5447 6131); or for something unique, try Copperhead Restaurant Brewery, open daily for lunch and dinner at 52 Kauri St, and their ever-changing, small
Pictured above, from left: Cooroy Golf Club, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre and Annie McDonald Glass Art Studio.
For the most adrenaline-filled way to see Noosa’s coastline, let Skydive Noosa take you to their Noosa Dropzone which is now open 7 days a week – they’ll jump out of a plane with you as you soar above the coast for amazing views, heading for one of the greatest beach landings in Australia. It’s pure fun! Ph 1300 815 245
Noosa North Shore wilderness trail, Mt Tinbeerwah hill climb, surf beach trail and a beach tour are some of the unique ways you can explore Noosa’s nature on an easy, fun electric bike tour with EcoTekk Noosa. Or hire an e-bike, e-trike or scooter from half a day to a full week and head out on your own adventure.
Guided tours are a great way to experience some of Noosa’s lesser known places – cross the Noosa River on the car ferry and take the Noosa North Shore Wilderness Trail or do the Mt Tinbeerwah Scenic Tour for a hill climb in Tewantin National Park. The Surf Beach Trail Tour is a scenic ride along the Eastern Beaches coastline to Peregian Beach, or soak up the sun on fat-wheel e-bikes on the Beach Tour along the sands of Noosa North Shore.
The bikes require little effort and can be used by anyone at any fitness level – they take the hard work out of cycling and can even climb hills – and you don’t have to worry about parking. See ecotekk.com.au or phone 0426 246 342
The Noosa Queen sets off on their fabulous sunset cruises from this Friday 12 June, 4.15-5.45pm for a glorious cruise along the Noosa River – just $15 per person. They also have afternoon cruises from noon-1.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, leaving from Noosa Marina, Tewantin (follow the big green footprints). Numbers are restricted to 20 people so bookings are essential on 0488 734 220
If you don't nab a seat at a table, plenty of our best restaurants are also offering takeaway. Just stop by one of Noosa's beautiful beaches (look out for whales from the eastern beaches), find a grassy place along the Noosa River foreshore or a lake, or a quiet hinterland spot and ... hello picnic with a Noosa view! See eatlocalnoosa.com.au for some of the restaurants now offering takeaway
Take a shopping spree around Noosa’s villages, with many of our retailers open again and ready to welcome you. 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