What to do
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Pop in to Pucca (pictured) this week as they celebrate Aussie gin week with a curation of gin cocktails created by some of Australia’s best distillers including the Noosa Heads Distillery. Try a cucumber mojito or find your own perfect drink to enjoy with Pucca’s southern coastal Indian street foods, under the fairy lights in Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Junction. Open Thursday and Friday from 5pm and weekends from noon until late.
Pomona Distilling Co, Reserve St in the Noosa hinterland, has small batch craft spirits made with local sustainable ingredients and native botanicals. Also delicious food including share plates, grazing platters and sides – and a Lemon meringue tart with a gin and tonic gel. Open Wednesday to Sunday.
Try Fortune Noosa Heads Distillery’s Noosa Gin or their Pho Gin collab with Sum Yung Guys – both received silver medals in the 2020 Australian Distilled Spirits Awards, or their bronze medal-winning 'Fortune' Signature dry gin. The distillery is in Venture Drive, Noosaville, open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from noon to 8pm
It’s your last chance to see Here We Stand, Always, a First Nations art exhibition featuring work from more than 50 artists who reside on Gubbi-Gubbi land, the traditional owners of this region, at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre. 11A Maple St, Cooroy – open until 22 November, 10am to 3pm. Also join a Masterclass with Sara Moore - Connecting to Nature, Ochre Paint + Cultural Creations, Saturday 21 November, 10am-2pm, $85.
See indigenous murals depicting the Kabi Kabi Spirit Animals of the Noosa region, from the mountains to the sea and bush at the Noosa Visitor Information Centre in Hastings Street. The wall mural by local Kabi Kabi artist Maurice Mickelo depicts the Spirit Animals of the Noosa region – from the Bush Turkey who originated in the mountains, to the Snake in the bushlands, the Lungfish and Crab where the bush meets the waterways, and the Stingray and Shark in the ocean. They are all connected by the unique river system that runs through the Noosa region. The Noosa Visitor Information Centre is open 7 days a week from 9am – 5pm. We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we live and pay our respects to the elders past, present, and future.
Images above, from left: Art at the Butter Factory Arts Centre in Cooroy by Luke Barrowcliffe and Jandamarra Cadd; the Kabi Kabi wall murals at the Noosa Visitor Information Centre
The beautiful riverside destination of Noosaville, just a few minutes from Hastings Street, is a melting pot of holiday fun, with water sports from the thrill of jet skiing to kayaking, stand-up paddling, water-bikes, a wonderful choice of river cruises and fishing tours, or hire a boat and explore for yourself. There are also plenty of choices for food and drinks, from a sunrise coffee to seafood lunch and delicious dinners, sunset cocktails, burgers, fish and chips, and ice-cream for any time of the day. Find more river adventures here
Take A Sentimental Journey and join Melly Melody to celebrate the life and music of Doris Day with a swinging band performing favourites from screen, studio and bandstand, Sunday 22 November, 4pm at The Majestic Theatre, Pomona, $35/$30 concession, bar open. Tickets at www.trybooking.com
Connect to Country and learn about the region’s biodiversity at a special event around the Lake Cootharaba region, Walk on Country, presented by the Noosa Environmental Education Hub with Aunty Beverley Hand, a Kabi Kabi Traditional Custodian who has a wealth of knowledge about our local ecosystems. Learn to connect with nature through all the senses and open your eyes to our shared responsibility for restoring and protecting the region’s biodiversity, Tuesday 24 November, 8.30-11.30am. Email [email protected] for bookings and payment. Cost is $150/$75
From a New York city skyline mural to Japanese suburban patterns and imagined mechanisms, three new exhibitions at Noosa Regional Gallery explore the art of architecture.
New York Rambling by Irish-born Queensland artist Miriam Innes is a 25m, hyper-realistic charcoal sketch that reveals the rich complexity of the city’s skyline that wraps around the gallery’s walls. You’ll be transported to the iconic city and invited to closely examine the famed architectural splendour and the hustle and bustle.
Brisbane artist Elysha Rei draws attention to the often neglected details found in suburban structure in her exhibition, Furusato: Patterns from Pilgrimage. The large-scale hand-cut paper works map her journey through Japan as she retraced her ancestral steps, documenting patterns and celebrating the Japanese design aesthetic through the ancient Japanese art of ‘Kirie’ or paper-cutting.
Melbourne artist Daniel Agdag’s exhibition, Miscellaneous Assemblies also deals with paper and sits at the nexus of sculpture and motionography, with fantastical and whimsical forms of imagined mechanisms and structures.
See the exhibitions at the gallery, riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin from Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 4pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 3pm until 23 January, 2021. Catch the Noosa Ferry from Noosa Heads and Noosaville to Noosa Marina, then take a short riverside stroll to the gallery.
IMAGE: Daniel Agdag, Sets for a Film I'll Never Make (dimensions variable) 2019, CODA Apeldoorn.
The Goonies and Gremlins screen in an ‘80s double feature at the Eumundi Drive-in, by Starry Nights Outdoor Movies Friday on 27 November, Eumundi Showgrounds, gates open at 5pm, screening from 6.30pm, presented with The Imperial Hotel Eumundi. A percentage of ticket sales will be donated to Movember. Cost is $30 per car – pre-sold only at www.ticketebo.com.au/starrynights. Candy bar open and bring a car picnic or pre-order takeaways from The Imperial Hotel Eumundi (5442 8811), Sala Thai (5442 8804) or Il Mio Posto (5442 7026)
Join Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours for an unforgettable day trip along the 'Beach Highway' from Noosa, past the Coloured Sands, Double Island Point Lighthouse and on to Rainbow Beach. Look out for dolphins, whales and turtles as you are driven from Noosa in a comfortable 4WD vehicle along the white sandy beaches, with the Pacific Ocean on one side and dunes and bushland on the other. Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours are Advanced Eco Certified and your guide will keep you entertained with information and stories along the way. Lunch is included. Book on 5486 3131 or at www.greatbeachdrive4wdtours.com
Eclectica exhibition art awards open at Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple Street, Cooroy on Friday 27 November, with an opening event on Saturday 28 November from 4pm - free entry but booking is essential via
CoVibes 4 on Saturday 28 November at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi with Emily Wurramara, Volcanic Lovers and Jem Cassar-Daley, 7pm, pre-sale only $35 (+ booking fee) through Oztix, 18+ event.
Cirque De La Fantaisie, The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, Saturday 28 November, 11am and 6.30pm, $42, book at www.thej.com.au
Noosa Eat & Drink - A Summer Celebration, 4-6 December
Cheers to Beers Summer Dinner at Noosa Springs, 4 December, noosasprings.com.au
Scuba dive or snorkel in the beautiful clear waters on the reefs around Noosa and the Sunshine Coast with Subsurface Scuba and the Reef Clean Team – see wobbegong sharks, turtles and all the amazing marine life. No experience necessary, See www.subsurfacescuba.com or book on 07 5493 9097
Welcome the heat with the new Summer Saison beer on tap at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Drive, Noosaville. It’s brewed from the base of their popular Kolsch and fermented warm with a Belgian saison strain to give it an apricot, bubblegum, up-front sweetness, a dandelion/herbal bitter aroma and a bitter orange peel pallet with a crisp, dry finish. Land & Sea is open from Wednesday to Sunday from noon for lunch and dinner
Coast Academy of Song and Dance perform the children's show, The Snow Queen at The J, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, this Saturday 21 November at 1.30pm and 6pm, tickets $38 each - book at www.thej.com.au
Take the Great Up-cycling Challenge in November at the Pomona Railway Station Gallery in the Noosa hinterland, with a competition that invites you to recycle resources that would otherwise be called waste. There are exhibitions in the gallery's Banana Shed, Carriage Room, Lawson Shed and other venues, and workshops at Pomona and District Community House. Free entry, great prizes.
Drop in for free demonstrations during the week including weaving with waste and whittling a spoon - see www.pomonartgallery.com for details
Play 9 holes of golf on Fridays at Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort in Noosa Heads, including motorised cart and then enjoy a main meal of your choice in Relish Restaurant for $75pp. Bookings essential. Phone the Golf Shop on 5440 3325
Spend Sunday afternoon relaxing with delicious food, cocktails, spritzers, sparkling, wine, beer and entertainment at the Bottomless Lunch at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St, Noosa Heads. The multi-selection set menu includes a 2-hour beverage package and a 3-course set menu for $95 (upgrade to GH Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne for $130) or a 7-dish set menu for $115 (upgrade to GH Mumm Grand Cordon Champagne for $150).
Gather your friends for a long lunch and reserve your table in 2-hour time slots from noon until 4pm – the entertainment goes from 2-5pm. Book on 07 5474 9999
Don’t worry about lugging all your gear to the beach – you can hire it from Noosa Beach Surf Hire and let them take care of it while you relax. Just bring your swimwear – they have the rest to make for a great day at the beach. Laze back in luxury Italian lounge chairs, cabanas and umbrellas. They have a great range of stand-up paddleboards and malibus as well as beginner soft surfboards, single or double kayaks and UV protection. They even have wetsuits, rash shirts and security lockers. See them on the beach right in front of the Noosa Heads Surf Club or see noosabeachsurfhire.com.au
With a delicate fusion of modern Asian and Chinese fine dining, this weekend is your last chance to try the tasting menu at Embassy XO, Sunshine Beach – 6 courses for $82pp, and a wine pairing for 5 courses for an extra $44pp, available only until Monday 5 October. There’s also a new family-style lunch banquet, Friday to Sunday from noon to 2.30pm. Wednesday and Thursday nights it’s 3 courses for $55 (also open for dinner from 5.30pm every night except Monday). Or just head to the XO Wine bar from 3pm Tuesday to Thursday and from noon Friday to Sunday with bar menu available. Book on 5455 4460 or at embassyxo.com.au
Experience a unique perspective of Noosa’s Biosphere with Paradise Seaplanes – their adventure flights take off from the Maroochy River in the only Wilga 80 seaplane (warbird spy plane) in the southern hemisphere. You’ll have an unobstructed panorama of the world below as they fly you slowly over land and sea – even with doors off if you want!
Flights are limited to 2 or 3 passengers and your pilot can tailor your flight to your interests. Get half price off for the third person when you book online for 3 people these school holidays – just use the promo code HALFOFF3RD. Flights from Thursdays to Mondays, 9am-3pm. See paradiseseaplanes.com.au
Matt and Andy at View by Matt Golinski are shaking things up for spring on the terrace with Sangria Sundays, noon to 3pm. Latin and world vibes with sangria, unique backyard treats and DJs on the decks will bring something new to this little Noosa paradise at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, Viewland Drive, Noosa Heads. Unlimited paella - $26, jugs of sangria – $24. For reservations call 5455 2209.
Cruise along the pristine Noosa River and lakes to the Noosa Everglades with Everglades Eco Safaris. This ancient wilderness is at Noosa’s doorstep and you can sit back, relax and take in the beauty on-board a boat as experienced tour guides take you on a journey through mirrored landscapes. Day tours depart Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from Habitat Noosa Everglades Eco Camp on the shores of Lake Cootharaba, only 25 min from Noosa Heads. There’s a complimentary return shuttle bus to/ from your Noosa accommodation. Book at evergladesecosafaris.com.au or phone 5485 3165
Rejuvenate for spring at Stephanies Ocean Spa in Noosa Heads with their spring offers that will have you feeling wonderful from top to toe. The Bohemian Beauty is a rose petal foot soak and foot exfoliation, coconut and rose back exfoliation, back massage and French classical facial including a beauty globe massage and scalp massage – 100 mins of bliss for $199. Ph 5473 5353 or see
Spring is a fantastic time to get out and about and let Noosa's beautiful nature wash over you. Our tour and hire operators have so many ways for you to enjoy our sea, river, hinterland, skies and everything in between. Hire a boat on the Noosa River or join a fishing charter or boat cruise around the Noosa National Park headland; walk or ride a bike through rainforests; ride a horse or camel on the beach; learn to surf or stand-up paddle; go sky-diving or kite-boarding; take a sunset river cruise; climb a mountain ... see more here or call our local volunteers at the Noosa Visitor Information Centre (ph 1 3000 NOOSA) who have endless tips on what to do.
For a great day out in Noosa, catch a Noosa Ferry from Hastings Street, Noosa Sound or Noosaville to the Noosa Marina, right on the Noosa River at Tewantin, then spend the day on the boardwalk, from coffee and breakfast to gelato, lunch, fish and chips, sunset drinks and dinner at the many waterfront dining spots, cafes and bar. There’s also a great range of gift and homeware stores including the White House (filled with beautiful gifts, clothes, jewellery and more), boutiques, a yoga studio, beauty salons and day spa, river cruises open every day, and markets on Sunday mornings. The return journey on-board the ferry takes 90 minutes, or our tip is to buy an all-day pass for $25 and hop on and off as many times as you like
Cooloola Berries are back with their popular Paella in the Paddock on their farm, every Sunday from 1pm – 4pm (book on 5486 7512). Their farm gate cafe has packed fruit available and a full cafe menu, open daily from 8am – 5pm at 856 Tagigan Road, Wolvi
From riverfront to countryside, there’s a great choice of markets around Noosa with all the fresh, local produce, fashion, art, gifts, jewellery and more to fill your basket.
In the Noosa hinterland every Saturday from 7-11.30am, the Pomona Country Markets have locally made platter boards, leather belts and handbags, cast iron cookware, natural products, plants and pots, fresh produce, jewellery and more.
I Love Eumundi Markets, full of gorgeous food, fashion, crafts, art, gifts, treasures, furniture, flowers and more, cover the terraces on Memorial Drive, Parkside Markets next to Dick Caplick Park, Eumundi Square and Pavilion Markets in Eumundi on Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7.30am to 2pm. The Eumundi Square Markets are also open on Fridays for the Country Fare, from 8,30am to 2pm with live music, food, markets and a fashion parade.
The Original Eumundi Markets, Memorial Drive, is where they make it, bake it, sew it, grow it, and you can chat to the local makers – open Saturday from 7am to 2pm and Wednesday from 8am-1.30pm.
The Noosa Marina Markets every Sunday from 8am to 2pm, right on the riverfront at Parkyn Court, Tewantin, have a great range of stalls with jewellery, gifts, locally made fashion, natural products, food and plenty more goodies. Catch the Noosa Ferry from Noosa Heads or Noosaville to the Marina. Cafes, restaurants and gift and fashion stores are also open, and there's a skate park and free splash park nearby.
Noosa Farmers Market at the AFL grounds, Weyba Rd, Noosaville on Sunday, 6am to noon have a great range of fresh, organic, local produce, coffee, and plenty of yummy goodies for a picnic.
The Kin Kin Creations Markets are on the first Sunday of every month from 8am to noon, on the Kin Kin Oval in the Noosa hinterland, with fresh produce, plants, locally made or grown products, food and drinks, yoga, handmade cards, second hand items and clothes, locally made ceramics, craft and more.
The Peregian Markets are on the Peregian Beach foreshore on the first, third and fifth Sunday of every month, 7am to 12.30pm with upcycled, recycled, created, designed, manufactured, handmade, home grown, organic and fair trade stalls including art, craft, fashion, plants, jewellery, bath and body products, fresh produce, food, massage and more.
Lovers of vintage treasures and bespoke crafts are in for a fine time at the Viva La Vintage market at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi on the first Sunday of every month, 9am til 2pm. Find fabulous old wares and unique collectables, retro fashion gems, bespoke crafts, plants and fresh flowers. There’s also live music. The indoor market is in The Brewery. Free entry
Explore Queensland’s only two Biosphere Reserves in one day with Fraser Island Adventure Tours. They’ll pick you up in Noosa and take you through the Noosa and Great Sandy Biosphere Reserves, along golden beaches, through stunning eco-systems and lush tropical rainforests, past the Coloured Sands and on to World Heritage-listed K’Gari (Fraser Island), stopping at crystal-clear lakes and creeks.
See one of the world’s great natural playgrounds and the unique wildlife of the Great Sandy Region. The tour operates every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Ph 5444 6957
Take a Noosa Country Drive to the hinterland town of Cooroy, about 20 minutes from Noosa Heads for a day of shopping, art and antiques, views, golf and more. The pretty greens of Cooroy Golf Club in Myall St welcome visitors for a round of social golf (also to play in member competitions for players with an official Golf Australia handicap) – bookings are essential on 5447 6258. The easy-walking, 18-hole course is challenging but enjoyable for golfers of all levels. Golf equipment and electric golf carts are available for hire and the clubhouse is open for a drink with the locals after the game.
The historic Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, 11a Maple St, has 2 new exhibitions - see all the details above. Also see the eclectic mix of creative work in the artisan store and wander around the grounds of the historic Cooroy Mill Place Precinct.
Find a vintage or antique treasure at The Shed @ Cooroy, 15 Diamond St, with interesting second hand, collectables, decorator items and retro wares - there's coffee and cakes in their cafe and you can even bring your dog to their garden! Cafe open until 1.30pm, shop until 2pm.
See beautiful functional and exhibition glass art at Annie McDonald Glass Art Studio in nearby Black Mountain - open every Saturday morning or call ahead on 0407 768 516 for other times.
Book a table for lunch or dinner at Saw and Mill, 5 Opal St, open Tuesday to Saturday, noon to 9pm (ph 5472 0907); or at Cooroy RSL, 25 Maple St, open every day for all-day dining (book on 5447 6131); or for something unique, try Copperhead Restaurant Brewery, open daily for lunch and dinner at 52 Kauri St, and their ever-changing, small
Pictured above, from left: Cooroy Golf Club, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre and Annie McDonald Glass Art Studio.
For the most adrenaline-filled way to see Noosa’s coastline, let Skydive Noosa take you to their Noosa Dropzone which is now open 7 days a week – they’ll jump out of a plane with you as you soar above the coast for amazing views, heading for one of the greatest beach landings in Australia. It’s pure fun! Ph 1300 815 245
Noosa North Shore wilderness trail, Mt Tinbeerwah hill climb, surf beach trail and a beach tour are some of the unique ways you can explore Noosa’s nature on an easy, fun electric bike tour with EcoTekk Noosa. Or hire an e-bike, e-trike or scooter from half a day to a full week and head out on your own adventure.
Guided tours are a great way to experience some of Noosa’s lesser known places – cross the Noosa River on the car ferry and take the Noosa North Shore Wilderness Trail or do the Mt Tinbeerwah Scenic Tour for a hill climb in Tewantin National Park. The Surf Beach Trail Tour is a scenic ride along the Eastern Beaches coastline to Peregian Beach, or soak up the sun on fat-wheel e-bikes on the Beach Tour along the sands of Noosa North Shore.
The bikes require little effort and can be used by anyone at any fitness level – they take the hard work out of cycling and can even climb hills – and you don’t have to worry about parking. See ecotekk.com.au or phone 0426 246 342
Join Noosa Day Tours from Noosa and explore the diverse region around Noosa. Their tours include a trip to Eumundi Markets and Mary Valley Rattler; The Mary Valley Rattler Tasting Train; Eumundi Markets and The Ginger Factory; Sunshine Coast hinterland; Noosa Country Drive touring; Hervey Bay whale watching; Sunset dinner cruise; Steam and Berries with a Rattler steam train journey and lunch at Cooloola Berries - or create your own tour. Ph 07 5313 6648
Join Epic Ocean Adventures on a guided dolphin view kayak tour, stand up paddle tour or learn to surf on Australia’s longest wave in the beautiful clear waters of Double Island Point, between Noosa and Fraser Island. They’ll pick you up from Noosa and take you on a 4 wheel drive adventure along the spectacular Noosa North Shore and Teewah Beach, and head deep into the Great Sandy National Park.
You’ll get up close to Bottlenose Dolphins, Humpback Whales (in season now), turtles, rays, birds and more. Enjoy the views of the Rainbow Beach Coloured Sands, Fraser Island and pristine Honeymoon Bay. No experience required – suitable for 7 years of age and over. All equipment and light snacks provided. See epicoceanadventures.com.au or ph 07 5372 8066
The Noosa Queen sets off on their fabulous sunset cruises from this Friday 12 June, 4.15-5.45pm for a glorious cruise along the Noosa River – just $15 per person. They also have afternoon cruises from noon-1.30pm on Saturdays and Sundays, leaving from Noosa Marina, Tewantin (follow the big green footprints). Numbers are restricted to 20 people so bookings are essential on 0488 734 220
One of the most beautiful and relaxing ways to see some of the best of Noosa is onboard the Noosa Ferry - their regular ferry service between the Noosa Marina at Tewantin, Noosaville, Noosa Sound and Hastings Street, and their Sunset Cruises are running again so jump onboard (there are 7 stops), sit back and take in the fresh air from the Noosa River - a great way to arrive at restaurants, parks, shopping strips, river walks and the beach.
The first service leaves Noosa Marina at 9am, and the last service gets back at 5.05pm, with 8 services daily, 7 days a week. Numbers onboard are limited, in line with COVID-safe practices. You can buy tickets at most ferry stops, online or as you board (credit card only onboard). See the new timetable and ferry stop locations at noosaferry.com/timetable
If you don't nab a seat at a table, plenty of our best restaurants are also offering takeaway. Just stop by one of Noosa's beautiful beaches (look out for whales from the eastern beaches), find a grassy place along the Noosa River foreshore or a lake, or a quiet hinterland spot and ... hello picnic with a Noosa view! See eatlocalnoosa.com.au for some of the restaurants now offering takeaway
Take a shopping spree around Noosa’s villages, with many of our retailers open again and ready to welcome you. Discover the unique boutiques, galleries and homewares from Hastings Street to Noosa Junction, Noosaville’s riverfront Gympie Tce and industrial precinct, surfside villages of Peregian and Sunshine Beach, and out to the hinterland towns of Cooroy, Pomona, Cooran and Kin Kin where you can uncover a treasure or two