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

Runaway Noosa Marathon and Swim Noosa: Runaway Noosa Marathon this Sat 25 May has 5 distances, from 5km to a full marathon, along Noosa’s streets and by the river. Finish your race weekend with an ocean swim in Laguna Bay off Noosa Main Beach at Swim Noosa on Sun 26 May, with distances from 500m to 3.8km. Register from 2-7pm at Noosa Heads Lions Park on Fri, or 4.30-9.30am on Sat. Please note there are some road and car park closures. Roads will be closed on Saturday morning along Noosa Pde, Weyba Rd, Gympie Tce, Hilton Tce and Hilton Esp, with detours in place. For details of road closures, please click here. A shuttle bus for event goers will run between Noosa Junction and Noosa Heads Lions Park on Saturday

Movies and twilight train: The Valley Rattler presents Movies in the Mary Twilight Train this Fri 24 May. Depart Historic Gympie Station, Tozer St on the Silver Bullet at 5.30pm for a twilight journey to Amamoor where short films from the Heart of Gold International Short Festival will screen. Return to Gympie at 9pm. Food and beverages available before departure and at Amamoor Station. BYO picnic blanket or deck chair. $30/$15, must book – see maryvalleyrattler.com.au or ph 5482 2750

ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE: 
Noosa Regional Gallery presents The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower, an affiliate exhibition of the Victorian-based ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE 2019 festival, until 16 June. Free entry, gallery open Tuesday - Friday 10am – 4pm, and Saturday - Sunday 10am -3pm, Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin. Join porcelain sculpture artist Sarah Rayner for a talk and morning tea at the gallery on Saturday 15 June, 10.30am (free talk but please RSVP via noosaregionalgallery.com.au/artist-talks). Noosa Regional Gallery is a short, riverfront stroll from Noosa Marina cafes and restaurants - catch the Noosa Ferry from Hastings Street or Noosaville 

Cuisine

Lunch with Merv Hughes: Cricket legend Merv Hughes is at the Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club sportsman's luncheon on Fri 31 May, 11am, 3-hour premium food and drink package, tall stories, memorabilia auctions, lucky door prizes - supporting junior and disabled sports. $110, book on 5440 7400 or at the club, Gympie Tce, Noosaville

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

Shorts on Stage: Noosa Arts Theatre, Weyba Rd Noosaville has 10 fast-moving, entertaining 10-min plays with drama, comedy and the absurd, 25-26 May at 2pm, and Sat at 7.30pm, $25/$20. See noosaartstheatre.org.au

Music on the water: Noosa Cruiser Restaurant & Bar has a sunset cruise on the Noosa River with live music from Better Together on Thurs 30 May, 5-9pm, $45, includes canapes from around the world, book at noosacruiser.com

Concert under the stars: The Piano Wizard performs at Noosa Springs Golf & Spa Resort, Noosa Heads, this Fri 24 May, 5.30-8.30pm, on the greens in front of the clubhouse – free. Bring your own chair, picnic blanket or cushions. Food stall and licensed bar open. No BYO food or alcohol. Ph 5440 3333

Anywhere Festival: With performances anywhere but a theatre, see strange and wonderful shows at the Anywhere Festival, until 26 May, including Spooners for Crooners at the Country Life Hotel, Kin Kin, Noosa hinterland this Sat 25 May, 2pm. See www.anywhere.is

Improvised comedy: Love laughing? Love having fun? The new Noosa Improvised Comedy night is every Thursday, 6.30-7.30pm at Lexis English, 6 Lanyana Way, Noosa Junction – learn how to improvise in a friendly, no-pressure environment, create games, scenes and skits guaranteed to have you laughing in no time. No experience required. $5 suggested donation per workshop

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 24 - 30 May

  • Sound Feast has free live entertainment this Fri 31 May, 6pm, The J, 60 Noosa Dve, Noosa Junction with Z Star Trinity, Cigány Weaver, Karl S Williams and Niq Reefman. All ages, food and bar open
  • The Hillbilly Goats are at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi, this Sat 25 May, 7.30pm, $20 through Oztix or $25 at the venue. Streams play on Fri 24 May, 6.30-9.30pm. Also on Sat, The Brown Trouts from noon to 4pm; Dean Gray from 6.30-9.30pm. On Sun, Alisha Todd from 1-4pm; and jam session on Thurs from 7pm
  • Jordan Mayhew and Todd & Reece Carroll perform at the Dolphins Sunday sesh, 26 May, 3-6pm, Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club, Bicentennial Dve, Sunshine Beach, bar and kitchen open from 2pm, child-friendly
  • Jay Bishop is at Noosa Heads Surf Club, Hastings St this Fri 24 May, 8.30pm till late; AJ + Band are on Sat, 8.30pm till late; and Brad Schultz performs on Sun, 3-5pm
  • Carl Lynch is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 24 May, 4-6pm; Michelle Brown is on Sun, 2-5pm
  • Nato and Benny are at Café le Monde, Hastings St, this Sat 25 May, 8pm; and Tobius is on Thurs 30 May from 5pm
  • The Noosa Boathouse has The Sandflys this Fri 5-7pm, and Ollie Murk at the Sunday Sunset Session, 26 May, 4.30-7.30pm
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Riviera Bar & Lounge has Mark Moroney this Sat 25 May, 5-8pm; Andrew Jolly on Sun, 4-7pm; and Andrea Kirwin on Thurs 30 May, 5-7pm. Noosa Beach House Bar has Brad Schultz on Fri, 7-10pm; and Andrea Kirwin on Sun, 3-6pm
  • Fiona O’shea & The passenger are at Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 24 May, 6pm
  • Mark Moroney plays at the Taproom, Heads of Noosa Brewery, 85 Rene St, Noosaville this Sun 26 May, 2-5pm
  • Live music at Tewantin Noosa RSL, Tewantin, this Fri and Sat from 8pm; and Thurs from 6pm
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • Live music at the Original Eumundi Markets this Sat 25 May
  • 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
  • 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 10 Hastings St Café this Fri, Sat, Sun, Wed and Thurs, 6-9pm
  • Live music at El Capitano, Hastings St, on Wed 29 May, 6.30pm

Why not...

Teddy Bears Picnic: Bring your teddy bear to the Teddy Bears Picnic in the park at Aussie World, Palmview, about 30 mins south of Noosa, this Sat 25 May from 10am. There'll be face painting, story time and a picnic with the princesses. Teddies also available for sale in the Fun Shop, and picnic packs available. Fun rides, attractions and more. General admission pricing applies, save online - single $38, family of 4 $136, under 3 years free. See aussieworld.com.au

Pastel Power and Squiggle & Giggle: Pomona Railway Station Gallery has new exhibitions from 25 May - 25 June: Pastel Power by Anne Yang in the Carriage Room and Squiggle & Giggle by Orange Studio Art Group in the Banana Shed. Anne Yang will give free pastel demonstrations at the gallery every Fri and Sat, 11am-1pm. The Signal Room has a new exhibition from local artists

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 

Sky high:
Go sky high with Ghost Air’s special 15min scenic flights in the Luxury Eurocopter from $150pp, departing from Noosa Airfield and flying over Noosa Main Beach and Noosa National Park, discovering hidden bays and caves only seen by air. Then explore the magnificent Noosa River precinct and The Spit where the river meets the sea, with views of the Noosa North Shore’s pristine sands. See ghostair.com.au or ph 0402 268 867

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:
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:
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 

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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