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

Christmas events: See the lighting of the Noosaville Christmas trees this Fri 7 Dec from 5-7pm at the Noosa Boathouse lawn, Gympie Tce, with music from the SandFly’s. On Sunday, it’s the Tewantin Christmas Carnival in RSL Memorial Park, Poinciana Ave, Tewantin, 4-8pm with free rides, a visit from Santa, Christmas carols, live entertainment by Contraband, fireworks at 8pm, food and drinks. The longest running carols event on the coast, the 54th Peregian Beach Christmas Carols are on Tues 11 Dec, 5-10pm in Peregian Beach Park, with live music, entertainers, fireworks at 9pm, and Santa skydives in at 6pm. Also community Christmas carols in Eumundi on Saturday and Doonan on Sunday, and Santa arrives at the Fabulous Foodie Fare at Eumundi Markets this Fri night. For more details, and also where to find Santa around town this week, fun things for kids to do on the holidays, and opening hours for restaurants and cafes from Christmas Eve to New Year’s Day, see the NOOSA FESTIVE SEASON GUIDE

NOOSA FESTIVE SEASON GUIDE:
Tree Place: Exhibition, artist talks and workshops which began when an ancient Eucalyptus tree fell and was saved from wood chipping – Tree Place opens at Noosa Regional Gallery, Riverside, Pelican St, Tewantin this Fri 7 Dec and continues to 27 Jan. Jandamarra Cadd is guest speaker on opening night, 5.30pm. Gallery open Tues-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat-Sun, 10am-3pm 

Cuisine

Best in Noosa: A unique chance to learn from a legend of Australian cuisine, Mark Best, at a masterclass at The Cooking School Noosa this Sat 8 Dec, 9.30am - 3pm. Includes lunch and matched, premium beverages, and a chance to learn from this three-hatted, internationally renowned chef. $250. Email wasabi.events@hotmail.com to book

Cruise and dine: Relax and watch the ever-changing and spectacular Noosa River scenery go by, on-board the Noosa Cruiser Restaurant & Bar - it's the best of both worlds! Cruising this weekend with a Champagne breakfast cruise, Cruise 'n' Drinks, Sunset Dinner Cruise, Surf 'n' Turf Lunch Cruise and Seafood Lunch Cruise. Book on 0419 216 236

Entertainment

Basil! The Faulty Towers Theatre Restaurant is at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Sat 8 Dec, 8pm. Be entertained by Basil, Sybil and Manuel while you enjoy a 3-course dinner, $70, tickets at reception 

Rooftop movie: Polar Express screens at Cooroy Library Rooftop Flicks, Maple St, Cooroy, Fri 7 Dec, 6.30pm, entry by donation

W:t: Noosa Arts Theatre and Joining the Dots Theatre present W;t, a humorous and poignant look at what it means to face the issues of life, purpose and death while discovering beautiful poetry and compassion along the way – until Sat 8 Dec, $40/$38. Book at noosaartstheatre.org.au

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 7-13 Dec

  • Lou Slips is at Café le Monde, Hastings St, this Sat 8 Dec from 8pm; and Black Rabbit George is on Thurs 13 Dec from 5pm
  • The Claptomaniacs at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 9 Dec, 3pm, free
  • Ryan Giles is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 7 Dec, 4-6pm; Reel to Real are on Sun, 2-5pm
  • Todd Keightly is at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Fri and Sat, 7 and 8 Dec at 8.30pm, and on Sun 2-5pm
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Flamarique this Fri 7 Dec, 7-10pm Brad Schultz on Sat, 7-10pm; and Got You Covered on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Mark Moroney on Sat from 5-8pm, Andrew Jolly on Sun from 4-7pm, and Mark Moroney on Thurs 13 Dec 5-7pm
  • 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
  • A Girl called Goose are at Tewantin Noosa RSL this Fri 7 Dec, 8pm; and Arthur Black is on Thurs 13 Dec from 6pm
  • Sunday sunset session at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Sun 9 Dec, 4.30pm
  • Jessamy Fox plays in the beer garden at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Fri 7 Dec, 6.30-9.30pm. The Brown Trouts play on Sat from noon to 4pm, and Tobias Robinson from 6.30-9.30pm. On Sun, see Benny O from 2-5pm
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
  • Live music at Tewantin-Noosa Bowls Club, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, Fri from 6.30pm, free
  • Live music at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 7 Dec, 6pm, free
  • Live music at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 9 Dec, 6.30-8.30pm
  • Live music at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville, Sun 9 Dec, 3.30pm, free
  • 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
  • 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

Alice in Wonderland: Noosa Arts Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland, a pantomime set in Lewis Carroll's fantastical Wonderland and featuring well-known characters including The White Rabbit, Tweedle Dum & Tweedle Dee, The King & Queen of Hearts, The Caterpillar, Cheshire Cat and more. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 January 2019 (Saturdays at 11am and 2pm; Sundays at 1pm and 4pm). All tickets $15 at noosaartstheatre.org.au; or the box office, 163 Weyba Rd, Noosaville, phone 07 5449 9343 (open Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 2pm).

Why not...

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: 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! 

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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