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

School holidays: From magic, slime and theatre to African drums, Smurfs and indigenous story-telling, the Noosa Spring School Holiday Guide has plenty of fun for all ages


Twilight Markets: The Noosa Junction Twilight Markets have all your favourite food, drinks at happy hour prices at the pop-up bar, artisan stalls and live music by Izack Hunt this Fri 21 Sept, 5-9pm, Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, 5-9pm. A family fun event for everyone

Indigenous Festival: ‘Come This Way’ to Booin Gari, an indigenous cultural festival, Tues 25 Sept, Noosaville Lions Park, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, 9.30am-3.30pm, with song, dance, art, craft, stories, yarning, bush tucker tastings and water craft, hosted by Gubbi Gubbi Dance, with Emily Wurramara, contemporary dance by Soraya, Chris Tamwoy, Tania Rose, Fred Leone, Drums of Mer and Mufassa and band. Free entry

Cuisine

Spring wine lunch: Celebrate Matt Golinski’s new menu at a Spring Wine Lunch at View by Matt Golinski, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Noosa Heads, Fri 28 Sept from noon with 3 courses and matching wines, and a glass of bubbles on arrival. Hosted by Matt, presented by IN Noosa Magazine $89, must book online

Ugly Duck Preserves: Hear about handcrafted boutique preserves made from fresh seasonal produce when Michelle Mascher from Ugly Duck Preserves speaks at the Slow Food Noosa breakfast, Thurs 27 Sept, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, 7.45am. Cost is $32. Book online
 
Champagne lunch: Noosa Beach House launches Noosa’s first Champagne lunches, just in time for spring and summer, every Sat and Sun, noon-4pm (last reservation at 2pm) for a 2-hour, 4-course tasting experience with cascading Champagne. Choose Moet & Chandon $99pp, Veuve Clicquot $129pp or Dom Perignon $299pp. Book on 5449 4754

Gusto lunch special
: Gusto’s September lunch special, available Mon-Sat, is Roast harissa-crusted chicken breast, butternut pumpkin, pine nut and baby gem salad, $27, includes a glass of wine. Enjoy the beautiful Noosa River views from the deck. Book on 5449 7144

Taco Tuesday: Tacos and great, locally crafted beer at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville with $5 tacos on Tuesdays from 5pm

Entertainment

Cosi: Noosa Arts Theatre presents Cosi, a play set in 1971 when young graduates put on a show with patients at a mental institution. It explores the power of madness, politics, theatre and love, and shows that when chasing your dreams, it helps to be a little crazy. Shows from 20-23 and 27-29 Sept, 163 Weyba Rd, Noosaville; $32/$28/$23. Book at noosaartstheatre.org.au, box office or ph 5449 9343 

The Cabana Club: The Cabana Club has a new home at Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, 2nd Sat of the month with smooth tunes from DJ Pauly and the best sax melodies from Sharif D. It kicks off this Sat 8 Sept, 2-5pm, bar open, free entry 

Street art: A Street Shows its Art, Butter Factory Arts Centre, Cooroy, is the work of 9 hinterland neighbours, with painting, ceramics, printmaking, jewellery and sculpture – all made on Gumboil Road. On show until 16 Oct 

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 21-27 Sept
  • Live music at Rococo Bistro Noosa, Hastings St, every night, including Andrea Kirwin, The Dreggs, Jay Bischoff and Flamerique, free, ph 5474 9600
  • Free live music with Sound Feast at The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction, this Fri 21 Sept, 6pm with The Fergies, Andrea Kirwin and Band, Niq Reefman, Chris Matthews and belly dancers All ages. Bar and food available
  • Captain Squidlicker & The Sinking Ships are at Café Le Monde, Hastings St, this Fri 21 Sept, 8.30pm; Kurt.Is and Jack Crowe are on Sat, 8pm; and Che Burns is on Thurs 27 Sept from 5pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel, see Sky Eater this Fri 21 Sept, 7pm; Craig Madden on Sat, 3pm; and on Sun see Mark Moroney from 3pm
  • Brad Schultz is at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Sun 23 Sept, 3-5pm
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
  • BB & The Kings are at Tewantin Noosa RSL Fri 21 Sept, 8pm; Joe Cocker Tribute on Sat, 8pm, free; and Jason Kemp is free on Thurs 27 Sept from 6pm
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Andrew Jolly this Fri 21 Sept, 7-10pm; Mark Moroney on Sat, 7-10pm; and Clint Francis Duo on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Angela Iiumura on Sat 22 Sept, 5-8pm; Andrew Jolly on Sun, 4-7pm; and Gabor on Thurs 27 Sept 5-7pm
  • Radioactive are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 23 Sept, 3pm, free
  • At Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville, Andrea Kirwin performs this Sun 23 Sept from 3.30, free. Open mic night every Thurs from 6.30pm
  • Benny-O is at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Fri 21 Sept, 6.30pm. On Sat, Brown Trouts at noon; and Matter Of Time from 7pm. On Sun, Adam & Ash from 2-5pm
  • Sunday sunset session at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Sun 23 Sept
  • Ryan Giles is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 21 Sept, 4-6pm; Hurricane Duo are on Sun, 2-5pm
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • Noosa Irish night with live music every Thurs from 7pm at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads
  • At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 21 Sept, see Reverend Billy from 6pm 
  • Live music at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 26 Sept, 6.30-830pm 

Coming up

The Great Noosa Trail Walk will be held on the long weekend of 29 September to 1 October. Experience some of the very best of Noosa hinterland’s nature, culture and communities on this guided walk along trails that traverse Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin through farmlands, forests and spectacular lookouts. Do the walk at your own pace, stop at local cafes, antique shops and attractions along the way. $240 per person includes camping fees, some meals and luggage transportation. Book at greatnoosatrailwalk.com.au

Singin’ for the Rain!, variety show fundraiser for drought relief at The J Noosa, 6 October, 7.30pm. See some of Noosa’s best talent singing and dancing to your all-time favourite songs. Tickets $45 each, book at thej.com.au or ph 5329 6560 

Queensland Celtic Festival, The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Saturday 6 October, $30 

Mojo Juju at The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Saturday 3 November, $25 pre-sale, $30 at the door 

Wil Anderson - Wilegal at The J Noosa, Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm 

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

Why not...

Try kiteboarding: Come and try kiteboarding with Adventure Sports Kitesurf Australia on Sun 23 Sept, Castaways Beach, 11am - 1pm. Experienced instructors will show you the basics. Must book on 5455 6677

 
Art Party Fun: Try painting for fun with Art Party Fun at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Drive, Noosaville, Wed 26 Sept, 6.30pm. All materials included, no experience needed - $1 chicken wings. Book on 0416 342 015

Magic of Noosa: Noosa's pristine sandy beaches, sparkling waters and iconic coastal scenery have inspired a new exhibition by local artist Julia Carter, Magic of Noosa, which opens this Sat 22 Sept, 3-5pm, 6/33 Gateway Dve, Noosaville. All welcome. Continues until 6 October, open 10am-4pm

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

Boardwalk Boats
: Get out and about in Signature Bowrider, Pontoon or Warrior Cruiser, stand-up paddle or kayak around the beautiful Noosa Sound canals, check out the Noosa River, nature and houses, or kick back and relax on the river with family and friends. Jetty located at Hastings Street. Ph Boardwalk Boats on 5455 3755 
 
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 

See the whales: Watch amazing humpback whales and even swim with them from Whale One in Mooloolaba, tours daily from $69 per adult, $49 child (4-14yrs), $199 family. Pick-up available for $30 per person. Book Whale One online or ph 1300 942531 

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  

Sweet strawberries: Pick your own beautiful, fresh strawberries for $10/kg at Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, on the Noosa Country Drive. Or visit their farm gate, open every day 8am to 5pm for all things strawberry ice-cream, cider and desserts. Also Paella in the Paddock every Sunday, noon to 4pm with live music – relax while the kids play. $15pp – please book on 5486 7512 

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 

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!

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

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 

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'

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. 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

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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Inaugural Noosa Classic Gran Fondo cycling event

Inaugural Noosa Classic Gran Fondo cycling event

Nat Bromhead | Bicycling Australia

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Cycling in Noosa - from bush to beach

Cycling in Noosa - from bush to beach

Visit Noosa

​Cycle Noosa’s coastal and hinterland roads and trails and you’ll find yourself riding alongside the beautiful waters of the Coral Sea and Noosa River, on rainforest tracks, and roads that lead to mountain climbs and country cafes. Mountain bikers, road racers, weekend riders, triathletes, families and those who haven't ridden for years all find a place to pedal in Noosa.

New tastes, stays, shopping and ways to explore Noosa

New tastes, stays, shopping and ways to explore Noosa

Visit Noosa

​Discover new tastes, stays, shopping and ways to explore Noosa, the Relaxation Capital of Australia. Here are a few great new experiences, tastes and cool bars in town – just another reason to book your Noosa holiday.

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