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

Fight for the Bight: There’s live music, with Zac Gunthorpe and Shannon Carol, a screening of Patagonia’s surf movie Nevertown and a Q&A with Belinda Baggs and the Surfrider Foundation at Land & Sea Brewery’s Fight for the Bight fundraiser this Sat 13 July, 5pm, Venture Dve, Noosaville, in support of the Great Australian Bight Alliance’s stand against deep-sea oil drilling. Free entry. See details here

Slow Woman Flea Market: Join Woman by Abby Rose at 7/14 Arcadia St, Noosa Junction for their first Slow Woman Flea Market, Sat 13 July, 8-10am. Buy, swap and sell once loved clothing and wares and play a small part in circular fashion. Free

Cuisine

Christmas in July: There’s live music, a 3-course meal, decorations and all the trimmings at the River Deck Restaurant’s Christmas in July dinner, Noosa Marina, Friday 19 July, 6.30pm, $60. Must book on 5474 1100

Love Noosa Lunch: The Love Noosa Lunch at View by Matt Golinski Restaurant, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Viewland Dve, Noosa Heads, is inspired by the chef’s knowledge and love of sourcing local specialties and produce. 2 courses, glass of wine and barista coffee, $32, every day, 12pm -2.30pm, book on 5455 2209

Bastille Day Bottomless Brunch: Celebrate Bastille Day this Sun 14 July at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St with 4 French-influenced brunch stations. A selection of traditional French cuisine including terrine, beef bourguignon, coq au vin, bouillabaisse, chowder, eclairs, croissants and more. Option of free-flow brunch cocktails, Champagne specials, DJ from midday. 2hr seatings from $45pp, 10am – 4pm. See missmoneypennys.com or call 5474 9999

Seasonal special: Enjoy some of the region’s best produce and beautiful Noosa River views at Thomas Corner Eatery, cnr Gympie Tce and Thomas St Noosaville with a set 2-course meal plus a glass of wine for $40, or set 3-course meal for $49, Mon to Fri. The menu changes every 2 weeks. Book on 5470 2224

Winter Feast
: Cosy up at Pitchfork Restaurant, Peregian Beach for their 3-course Winter Feast menu with Baked goat’s cheese, honey walnut truffle dressing, crispy toasts; Choice of one main (changes daily); and Passionfruit roulade, Turkish delight ice cream, Persian fairy floss. $50 per person, available any day through to August. Must specify when booking - ph 5471 3697

XO Night:
Embassy XO at Sunshine Beach has 3 courses and a glass of wine or beer for $49 on Wed and Thurs from 6pm. Or for an early snack, their Beer & Bao is just $9 for a yummy pork sandwich and Stone & Wood Beer, available Wed – Sun, 3pm-6pm

Country coffee
: Take a Noosa Country Drive to Cooroy, Pomona, Doonan, Eumundi, Cooran or Kin Kin in the Noosa hinterland, or ride your bike and get your country coffee fix at unique, cosy and cool cafes such as Trail 518, Spilldebeans, Hollyhock Cottage, Kin Kin General Store, The Vintage Junction, A Little Shop of Soul, Buttercups Cupcakes, Deadly Espresso and more 

Entertainment

One-act plays: See the 3 finalists in the Noosa One Act Playwriting Festival at Noosa Arts Theatre, 163 Weyba Rd, Noosaville, 11-19 July: Little Angels, set in the 1960s in a Catholic home for unmarried mothers; A Very Messy Engagement, a humorous take on the life of a couples’ therapist; and Black Matter, about the life and struggles of an ex-footballer. Tickets $32, $28, $23. Book at noosaartstheatre.org.au or ph 5449 9343

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 12-18 July

  • Sound Feast has free live music with Barry Charles and Peter “Awesome” Wells, Niq Reefman, Linsey Pollak and Lizzie O’Keefe, and The Long Johns, this Fri 12 July, 6pm at The J Noosa, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Heads, all ages, bar and snacks available
  • Great free live music at Peregian Originals, in the beachfront park, Peregian Beach this Sun July 14 with Kimmy ‘n’ Krew, Mantis Empire, Patient Lounge and Crow Steals Fire, 1-5pm
  • Sunny Coast Rude Boys play at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Sat 13 July, 8pm, $15. Also on Sat, The Brown Trouts from 2-4pm and Benny O from 6-9pm. On Fri 12 July, TobiAs plays from 6-9pm. On Sun, Alan Kelly from 1-4pm. On Wed 17 July see Majelen from noon to 3pm
  • Antics Band is at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 12 July, 6pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel this Fri 12 July,see Cheyne Starke, 3.30pm and Oh Hello! from 7pm. On Sat, Mark Moroney, 3pm, and Gian, 7pm. Live music in Sun, 5-6pm. On Thurs 18 July see Brad Schultz from 5.30pm
  • Josh Keenan, Nic and Jack Crowe are at Café le Monde, Hastings St, this Sat 13 July, 8pm; and Andrea Kirwin on Thurs 18 July from 5pm
  • Johnny Curran is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club, Fri 12 July, 4-6pm; and Brad Schultz is on Sun, 2-5pm
  • Emma Tomlinson plays at View Bar, Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Viewland Drive, Noosa Heads, this Fri 12 July. Jaryd Puttergill is on Sat, and Liam Waller is on Sun – all from 4.30pm with special priced drinks and snacks by Matt Golinski Bar
  • The New Light play at El Capitano, Hastings St, on Wed 17 July, 6.30pm Live music at Tewantin-Noosa Bowls Club, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, Fri from 6.30pm, free
  • The SandFlys are at the Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville this Fri 12 July, 5-7pm, and at the Sandbar Café, Gympie Tce, Thurs from 10am to noon (weather permitting). They’re at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville on Sun 3.30-6pm. The Boathouse also has John Veloso on Sun, 4.30-7.30pm in the Sunset Bar
  • Miss Leading is at Tewantin Noosa RSL, Tewantin, this Fri 12 July, 8pm; The Australian Seekers Show is on Sat from 8pm; and Johnny Spitz is on Thurs 18 July from 6pm
  • Live music at Rococo Bistro Noosa, Hastings St, every night
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
  • Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St presents Supper Club featuring DJ Keiko on the deck on Sat from 9.30pm. On Sun, it’s DJ Luca for the Bottomless Brunch from noon - 4pm
  • Noosa Irish night with live music every Thurs from 7pm at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads

 

Latin night: Join dancers from Let’s Dance Latin as they bring Latin Sabor to Rococo’s, Hastings St, every Thurs, 6pm. Free 1hr class to teach the basics of salsa and bachata, then dance the night away 

Why not...

See Noosa by bike: Hiring a bike or joining a guided bicycle tour are great ways to see some of Noosa’s sights. Ecotekk Noosa has free delivery and pick-up in Noosa for hire from $39. Join their Fat Bike Beach Tour and cruise along Noosa North Shore, their Mt Tinbeerwah scenic tour, see Noosa on a 1hr tour or join the 3hr Surf Beach Trail – see ecotekk.com.au or ph 0426 246 342. Bike On Noosa has a large range of road bikes, mountain bikes, family bikes and e-bikes for hire, delivered to your accommodation, including helmets, locks and a map, or join them behind the beach on a fully guided tour in the Wooroi mountain bike trails or Off the Top from Mt Tinbeerwah. Ph 5474 3322 or see bikeon.com.au

Botanical art workshop: Join Tasmanian botanist and artist Dr Tanya Scharaschkin at a 3hr masterclass at Cooroy's Butter Factory Arts Centre, Maple St, Fri 19 July, 10.30am - 1.30pm (materials and morning tea supplied), $95, must book – see butterfactoryartscentre.com.au

Wonder Woman Series 001: An evening of inspirational conversation hosted by Abby Vuister of Abby Rose Bikinis with founders of Alterior Motif and Clo Studios, Penny Lane and Chloe Tozer, Thurs 18 July, 6-8.30pm, at Vanilla Food, Noosa Junction, 6pm. Listen and gain insight and inspiration, network and ask local leading women how they got to where they are now. Tickets $39+bf including drink on arrival and nibbles by Vanilla Food. Must book at womanbyabbyrose.com.au

First Nations art – Hear My Voice: 18 indigenous artists come together for the First Nations Exhibition, Hear My Voice, at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre. Features works by Jandamarra Cadd, Paul Calcott, Lyndon Davis and First Nation artists from Gubbi Gubbi, Kabi Kabi Country. Free entry. On show until 23 July

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


I Hope You Get This
: Raquel Ormella’s new exhibition, I Hope You Get This at Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, 9 Pelican St, Tewantin, with Selected Works by Ted Barraclough, open to 28 July, Tues – Fri 10am-4pm, Sat – Sun 10am-3pm. Catch the Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina, check out the boutiques, gift shops, cafes, bar and restaurants, and walk along the river to the gallery

Shaped by Nature:
Ceramicist Fiona Cuthbert O'Meara and painter Alan Pirie present a collaborative exhibition, Shaped by Nature at Cooroy's Butter Factory Arts Centre, Maple St

Noosa from the air:
Take in the full beauty of this stunning region and get on-board a scenic flight with the Recreational Flying Co, Paradise Seaplanes, Ghost Air, Helitec or Air Fraser Island. There are incredible views of the nearby Coloured Sands, Fraser Island and Noosa Everglades, or tours to whisk you to a nearby vineyard or mountain-top for a once-in-a-lifetime romantic picnic. See the Noosa Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or Noosa Marina, or phone 1 3000 NOOSA (66672)

Learn to surf:
Learn to surf in Noosa’s calm waters! The water temp is still beautiful! 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!

Barefoot bowls:
Tewantin Noosa Bowls Club celebrates its 70th anniversary in June! Barefoot Bowls will be held every Sun from 3pm, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, bar and bistro open

Ocean blast:
The new Noosa Wave boat has daily ocean and river tours – a fantastic way to see Noosa’s beautiful coastline, National Park headland and marine life. Fast, smooth ride, private charters available. Whale watching tours start in June. See noosawave.com.au or ph 0458 997 188

Need a baby sitter?
To attend any of the events in Noosa, child-free, book a fully qualified nanny from Nannies of Noosa. Book online at nanniesofnoosa.com or ph 5447 1224

Horse riding
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Mary Valley Adventure Trails has horse riding lessons in Amamoor, near the Noosa hinterland, $30pp per hour. Ph 0473 371 547 or 5481 1489

Messing about on boats
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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

Kayak or ride Mary Valley
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Let Ride On Mary show you the stunning nearby Mary Valley on guided or self-guided kayak, biking and bush adventures. The Mary River winds through rainforest and eucalypt forest with mountain views. Look out for platypus, rock wallabies, lungfish, Mary River turtles, kingfishers and more. Hire bikes and explore forest and waterfalls with custom maps. Ph 0400 297 678

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/

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
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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!

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 holiday Yoga or Pilates session in a beautiful Noosa studio, on the beach or even on a stand-up paddle board. Float in a flotation tank or be pampered from top to toe with beautiful skin products and treatments. Phone the Visitor Information Centre on 1 3000 NOOSA or see visitnoosa.com.au/relax. Pictured : Ikatan Spa Noosa

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 Noosa Country Drive through the Noosa hinterland and Mary Valley to the historic Mary Valley Rattler steam train station in Gympie. Travel on a beautifully restored heritage train through the Mary Valley and its towns. The C17 steam train takes you between the historic Gympie Station with its cafe and museum, to Amamoor in the Mary Valley - return journey every Wed, Sat and Sun. The Silver Bullet runs every Friday at 10am and 11am for a 30-min ride. Or enjoy the 3-hour rattler Picnic Train on a vintage rail motor – ph 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  

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!

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

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 

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
 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, $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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