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

40 years of Eumundi Markets: From just 3 stalls and 8 visitors, the Original Eumundi Markets (every Wed and Sat morning) has grown into a world-renowned market, and this Sat 23 March celebrates its 40th anniversary as thousands will wander through 250+ stalls. Nickelby The Magician performs at 10am and noon; Tristen Bird tells Australian country stories from 9am; and live looping rock violinist Lawrence Gratton performs. The Discover Eumundi Heritage and Visitor Centre has a ‘then and now’ exhibition until 1 June, open Mon-Fri, 10am to 3pm, Sat 10am to 2pm

Cuisine

A Taste of Sri Lanka: Chef Peter Kuruvita brings the exotic flavours of his beloved Sri Lanka to A Taste of Sri Lanka at his Noosa Beach House Restaurant on Thurs 28 March, 6.30pm. More than 15 dishes will be served family-style, and there’s a cocktail on arrival. Cost is $89pp. Book on 5449 4771

Beer and bao: Embassy XO in Sunshine Beach has a beer and bao special from 3-6pm, Wed to Sun. Tuck into a pork sandwich and Stone & Wood beer for just $9. Ph 5455 4460

Bioshop Noosa Market Day: Try tastings of local products at the Bioshop Noosa market day, this Sat 23 March, 10am-1pm at Belmondos Organic Marketplace, Rene St, Noosaville. Spend $50 in-store on the day and go into the draw to win a gourmet organic hamper

Duck into Gusto: If you love duck, check out Gusto Restaurant on the river, Gympie Tce, Noosaville with two great specials in March, which include a complimentary glass of wine. Lunch is Potato gnocchi, duck and mushroom ragout, pecorino, Mon-Sat, $27. Dinner is Duck pie, mash, peas and onion gravy, Mon-Fri, $35. Book on 5449 7144

Bottomless brunch
: The new Bottomless Brunch launches at Miss Moneypenny's, Hastings St this Sun 10 March, 10am-4pm, with four brunch stations (Calabrese, Santorini, Positano or St Tropez), $10 brunch cocktail menu, full bottle service and a roaming champagne service. From $45pp for a 2-hour sitting, DJ from midday. Must book on 5474 9999 or missmoneypennys.com

Waterfront dining: The River Deck Restaurant at Noosa Marina, Tewantin, overlooks the Noosa River for absolute waterfront dining for lunch Mon-Sun, dinner Tues-Sun, and breakfast on weekends. On Wed, enjoy a seafood platter for 2 for $100 per couple. Thurs is steak night with a choice of steak dinners and a glass of wine or River Deck's beer for $35pp. Book on 5474 1100

Autumn Italian by the water: Noosa Waterfront Restaurant & Bar has a new autumn menu with local, seasonal produce including Fraser Isle Spanner Crab, Noosa Red tomatoes, Lime Caviar finger limes and the restaurant's own vegie garden. They blend a modern Italian cuisine with a beautiful setting overlooking the Noosa waterways along Gympie Tce, Noosaville. Arrive by road or boat! Open Tues to Sun for lunch and dinner – book on 5474 4444

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

The Big Time: NOOSA alive! and Ensemble Theatre Sydney present the Queensland premiere of David Williamson's The Big Time, a satirical comedy set in the ruthless world of celebrity, 21-23 March, The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction, nightly at 7.30pm ($65) and Sat matinee at 2pm ($60). Stars Claudia Barrie and Zoe Carides. Book at thej.com.au or ph 5329 6560

Schubert, Smetana and a teen star: Noosa Orchestra presents 15-year-old virtuoso violinist Beatrice Colombis at concerts at the Good Shepherd Church, 115 Eumundi Rd, Noosaville on Sun 24 March, 2.30pm; and at Cooroy Memorial Hall, 23 Maple St, Cooroy on Sun 31 March, 2.30pm. The orchestra, Noosa String Ensemble and Noosa Strings will also perform, along with Beatrice’s grandfather, Paul, on viola. Tickets $27.50 adult, $25 concession, $5 student, pre-purchase $22.50 at noosaorchestra.com.au

From trivia to wings: There’s something new every day at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Drive, Noosaville. Mon is trivia night, then $5 Taco Tuesday, $1 Wings Wednesday, open mic night on Thurs, 15% off growler refills on Fri, and on the weekend, have brunch with share plates and breakfast cocktails Sat and Sun, and live music on Sun from 3:30pm

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 22 – 28 March
  • Mufassa at El Capitano, Hastings St, on Wed 27 March, 6.30pm
  • Catch the surf folk rock sounds of The SandFlys on Noosa River Thursday mornings 10am - midday at The Jetty, Gympie Tce, and at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Fri 22 March, 5 -7pm. Also at the Boathouse, Ollie Murk (didgeridoo, harmonica, guitar and vocals) at the Sunday Sunset Sessions on 24 March, 4.30-7.30pm
  • AJ Duo plays at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Fri 15 March, 8.30pm; Sexual Chocolate are on Sat, 8.30pm; and Brad Schultz is on Sun from 2-5pm
  • Blues Arcadia are in The Bunker at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Fri 22 March, 7.30pm, $20/$25 at the hotel or Oztix. Zac Gunthorpe plays in the beer garden, 6.30-9.30pm. On Sat in the Beer Garden, The Brown Trouts play from noon to 4pm, and Laura Louise Duo from 6.30-9.30pm. On Sun, Alan Kelly plays in the Beer Garden from 2-5pm. Jam session on Thurs 28 May, 7pm
  • Carl Lynch is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 22 March, 4-6pm; The Vibe are on Sun, 2-5pm
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Fab Tolli on Fri 22 March, 7-10pm; Mark Moroney on Sat 7-10pm; and Clint Francis Duo on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Carl Lynch this Sun 24 March, 4-7pm; and Andrea Kirwin on Thurs 28 March, 5-7pm
  • Contraband perform at Tewantin Noosa RSL, Tewantin, this Fri 22 March, 8pm; Dusty & the Divas are on Sat from 8pm; and Fabian plays on Thurs 28 March from 6pm
  • Tim Fuchs and Joskie and Jed are at Café le Monde, Hastings St, this Sat 23 March, 8pm; and Shannon Sol Carroll is on Thurs 28 March from 5pm
  • Live music at Tewantin-Noosa Bowls Club, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, Fri from 6.30pm, free
  • Live music at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville, Sun 24 March, 3.30pm
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
  • Live music at 10 Hastings St Café this Fri, Sat, Sun, Wed and Thurs, 6-9pm. Bookings recommended on 5455 3350
  • Noosa Irish night with live music every Thurs from 7pm at Flanagan’s, Noosa Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • Live music at RACV Noosa Resort, 94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, Fri 22 March, 5-9pm and Sat from 5-9pm
  • Live music at Rococo Bistro Noosa, Hastings St, every night, including Andrea Kirwin, The Dreggs, Jay Bischoff and Flamarique, free, ph 5474 9600
  • Live music at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 22 March, 6pm, free

Coming up

John Farnham, Daryl Braithwaite, Jon Stevens, Vanessa Amorosi, Thirsty Merc and Dragon at the Red Hot Summer Tour, Saturday 13 April, Noosa and District Sports Complex, Tewantin, 1-9.20pm, $119.90

Dan Sultan – Aviary Takes Tour, The J Noosa, Saturday 27 April, 8pm, $43

Dave Hughes – Hairy, at The J Noosa, Friday 3 May, 8.30pm, $49.90/$45

Why not...

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


Kayak or ride Mary Valley: 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 

See Noosa from the air: See 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 also incredible views of the nearby Coloured Sands, Fraser Island and Noosa Everglades, or amazing tours to whisk you to a nearby vineyard or mountain-top for an amazing, romantic picnic. See the Noosa Visitor Information Centre in Hastings St or Noosa Marina, or phone 1 3000 NOOSA (66672)

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:
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 (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
 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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