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

Beautiful Biosphere: Celebrate Noosa’s beautiful environment at Noosa Biosphere Day, Sun 18 Nov in the hinterland town of Kin Kin, 10am-3pm. Free event with live music, food stalls, markets, bush dancing, face painting, unicyclist, free electric bike and trike rides with Ecotekk, mural painting, craft, heritage and art displays, raffles and prizes, win lunch with a mystery guest at the Black Ant Gourmet Kin Kin General Store

Twilight markets: Head to Noosa's only night market for the Noosa Junction Twilight Markets, this Fri 16 Nov, 5-9pm, Arcadia St, with food stalls, drinks at happy hour prices all night at the pop-up bar, artisan stalls and live music by Dom Francis Music

Outdoor movies: Grab a picnic rug or chair and head to free outdoor movies in Noosa with Starry Nights Outdoor Movies! Coco screens in Noosaville Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Fri 16 Nov, 6.30pm for National Recycling Week, with free recycled activities for kids from 5-6.30pm – head out early for dinner at a restaurant along Gympie Tce and Thomas St, or grab some fish and chips to enjoy at the movie. Ferdinand screens on Sat 17 Nov at the Noosa Lions Soccer Fields, Langura St, Noosa Heads, 6.30pm, fundraiser for the club. Candy bar, popcorn and cold drinks available at both

Cuisine

Summer Celebration: Get ready to slip into summer with the Summer Celebration Ladies Lunch at Thomas Corner Eatery, Thurs 22 Nov, noon for 3 courses with a choice of main meal for $58pp. The starter is Gravlax, avocado and jalapeno puree, fried capers and citrus; main is a choice of Roasted barramundi, Gympie green beans, sauce tartare, or Confit duck, poached apricots, buttered leeks; dessert is Toasted coconut ice-cream sandwich, mango sorbet, passionfruit, coconut. Must book on 5470 2224 or at thomascorner.com.au                             

Beer-Cha: Embassy XO and Land & Sea Brewery join forces this Sat 17 Nov for Beer-Cha, a delicious 10-course Yum Cha banquet with 4 matching beers at Embassy XO, Sunshine Beach. Tickets $59 at embassyxo.com.au/beer-cha or ph 5455 4460

Trail 518: Walk the Noosa Trail Network and take a break where 3 trails meet - at Trail 518 cafe, Memorial Ave, Pomona, for great coffee, cakes, smoothies, salads and more. Open 7am-4pm. Ph 0475 756 815

Taste of Mexico: Head to Montezuma's Mexican Restaurant & Bar, 81 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction for a fresh taste of Mexico, open for lunch, dinner and drinks including their house-made sangria and a large selection of Mexican beers

Lavender, paella and berries: Enjoy a Noosa Country Drive and visit the Cooloola Berries farm gate café, 856 Tagigan Rd Wolvi, 45 mins north-east of Noosa, open 7 days, 8am-5pm for strawberry cider or ice cream, lavender scones and shortbread, local food and beautiful gifts. Every Sunday is a paella lunch, 1-4pm, with live music on the lawn – book on 5486 7512

Entertainment

Lior: Exclusive Queensland premiere performance by Lior at The J, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Junction, Fri 16 Nov, 8pm, celebrating his new album Between You and Me – fundraiser for NOOSA alive! $57.50, book at noosaalive.com.au

Wilegal: Comedian Wil Anderson brings his new show Wilegal to The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction this Sat 17 Nov, 7.30pm, about the day he took a flight to Wagga Wagga and a funny thing happened to him on the way to the show. $55/$50 at thej.com.au, the box office or ph 5329 6560

What the Butler Saw: A farcical and exciting romp into the ideals, social norms and institutions of the 1960s, What The Butler Saw is at Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd, Noosaville from 15-18 and 22-24 Nov (evening and matinee times available), $32/$28. Charity performance for Zonta Club of Noosa, 21 Nov, 7.30pm, all tickets $40 includes a light supper. Ph 5449 9343 (Tues-Fri, 10am to 2pm) or see noosaartstheatre.org.au

Radical Reels: See the most adrenaline-inducing mountain sport films from around the globe at the Radical Reels Film Tour, Wed 21 Nov, 7pm, The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction, $32/$26. Book at thej.com.au, box office or ph 5329 6560

Circus fun: Hudsons Circus is under the big top at the AFL Club Grounds, Weyba Rd, Noosaville, Wed to Sun until 25 Nov, with the Brazilian Globe of Death motorcycle stunt riders, performers, animals, aerial tricks, flying trapeze, and more. See hudsonscircus.com.au

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 16 - 22 Nov
  • Radiators are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Sun 18 Nov, 1pm, $30. Also see Tennessee Lights on Fri 16 Nov, 8pm; Outtawak are on Sat, 8pm; and Mojo Duo are on Thurs 22 Nov from 6pm
  • Sunny Coast Rude Boys are at Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Sat 17 Nov, 8pm, $15 at hotel (ph 5442 8811) or through Oztix. Also see Fat Picnic, Ogopogo and Graham Moes this Fri 16 Nov, 7.30pm, tix $15 pre-sale at hotel, or $20 at door. Chris Ramsay is on Fri, 6.30-9.30pm; on Sat, see The Brown Trouts from noon; and Charlie Bob Nelson from 6.30-9.30pm; and Alan Kelly on Sun from 2-5pm
  • Avoka perform at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville, Sun 18 Nov, 3.30pm, free
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Taylor Moss this Fri 16 Nov, 7-10pm; Brad Schultz on Sat, 7-10pm; and Clint Francis Duo on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Andrew Jolly on Sat 17 Nov, 5-8pm; Angela Iimura Sun, 4-7pm; and Mark Moroney on Thurs 22 Nov 5-7pm
  • Sevader and Nathan Ramsay are at Café le Monde, Hastings St, this Sat 17 Nov from 8pm; and Shannon Sol Carroll on Thurs 22 Nov from 5pm
  • Global Nation Music are at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Fri 16 Nov, 8.30pm; Genexis are on Sat from 8.30pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel, see Tapestry this Fri 16 Nov, 7pm; on Sat see Phil Barlow at 3pm and Cheyne Starkie at 7pm; on Sun see Shannon Sol Carroll at 3pm
  • Carl Lynch is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 16 Nov, 4-6pm; Hurricane Duo are on Sun, 2-5pm
  • Chris Reynolds Duo are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 18 Nov, 3pm, free
  • Live music at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 21 Nov, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Live music at Tewantin-Noosa Bowls Club, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, Fri from 6.30pm, free
  • Live music at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 16 Nov, 6pm, free
  • 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
  • Sunday sunset session at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Sun 18 Nov
  • Noosa Irish night with live music every Thurs from 7pm at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads
  • 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

Coming up

John Schumann (Redgum) and Shane Howard (Goanna), The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Saturday 1 December, $45

Why not...

Win 10 Grand: Sunshine Beach Surf Club gives you a chance to win 10 Grand in the Hand this Sun 18 Nov, 2-4.30pm to support the Nippers. Also 20 random draws of $100. Tickets are $100 each which gives you an entry in the draw, and entry to the club for 2 people on Sun with food, drinks and live music. Phone the club on 5447 5491 to book

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

Flying high: See Noosa and surrounding areas in all their glory from above on a scenic flight with The Recreational Flying Co. Choose from their 3 amazing flights and see lakes, mountains, forests, beaches and farmland from the air: Fraser Island, Noosa and the Coloured Sands, or Mary Valley flights available. Free ground transfer to and from Noosa to the aerodrome. Book on 0414 587 188 

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!

Grab Rock: See spectacular Noosa views as you abseil down the cliffs of Mt Tinbeerwah with Grab Rock, just 15mins from Noosa Heads. Training and equipment provided – for beginners to adrenaline junkies. Finish with an easy walk back to the top for a spectacular sunset. Ph 0458 001 725 

Amamoor markets: The new Amamoor Station Markets are on every Saturday, 7am-noon with locally sourced and made fruit and veg, plants, flowers, arts and crafts, vintage and antique goods, food trucks. See the Mary Valley Rattler steam train around 10.30am. Also history of the railway in Amamoor. Take a Noosa Country Drive to the Mary Valley, about 45 mins north-west of Noosa Heads 

New at the Gallery: Noosa Regional Gallery, riverside, 9 Pelican St, Tewantin has 3 new exhibitions, Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize 2018, DRAW (Student Drawing Award 2018) and Godwin Bradbeer: Drawn to the Dark. Catch a Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina then enjoy a short stroll along the river to the Gallery, open Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm. Open until 2 Dec 

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 whales 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   

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; Harbour Wine Bar is open all day for coffee, meal or a drink; 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  


Birds-eye view of paradise: Join Paradise Seaplanes for an amazing flight in the quietest piston-engined seaplane in the world! The Wilga Warbird was designed for surveillance, has more glass than a helicopter and excels at flying low and slow. Intimate tours for up to 3 people take off from the Maroochy River and whisk you away over the glorious coastline and Noosa Biosphere Reserve. A must-do experience, Thurs-Mon. Book online or phone 1 3000 66672  

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

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

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

Stay in Noosa country:
Why not extend your stay and experience Noosa’s country while on holiday here? Book for a relaxing hinterland escape in a cosy B&B or hinterland retreat, surrounded by hiking and biking trails, lakes, mountain lookouts; and country villages

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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