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

Open House: 30 of the Sunshine Coast’s most intriguing buildings open their doors at Sunshine Coast Open House, Sat 20 Oct – a unique chance to tour architecturally diverse, sustainable and historic buildings including Gabriel Poole’s Lake Weyba House, Cooroy Library, Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre, The Majestic Theatre at Pomona, Bark Architects and Peregian Beach Digital Hub. See sunshinecoastopenhouse.com.au
 
Car Show: The Cooroy Car Show this Sun 21 Oct at Johnson Park, Mary River Rd, Cooroy has displays of classic cars, vintage, custom, hot rods and more, kids entertainment, 9am. $5, children under 15 free. Presented by Combined Coastal Car Club

 

International films: See the world differently at the Noosa International Film Festival, 25-28 Oct. Australian and international short fil, new feature length films, Q&A with directors, workshops and special events in Noosa and Eumundi. Terror Nullius screens Thurs 25 Oct, 1-3pm; Dancing the Invisible with Jill Bilcock, 3.30-5.30pm at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas. See niff.com.au

Twilight market: Noosa Junction Twilight Markets this Fri 19 Oct, Arcadia St, 5-9pm have food stalls and food trucks, drinks at happy hour prices all night at the pop-up bar, artisan stalls and live music by Mimi Music. A family fun event for everyone
Oct, and Oktoberfest Beerfest have been cancelled due to the weather. 

Cuisine

Oktoberfest: Celebrate Oktoberfest in Noosa at Bavarian Hof restaurant, 239 Gympie Tce, Noosaville, this Fri to Sun 19-21 Oct from noon til late – $59 for the Oktoberfest Feasting package, Bavarian "oompah" music and a photo booth. Dress in Oktoberfest costume for $5 off your bill per person, book on 5455 5523. Land & Sea Brewery in Venture Dve, Noosaville have a new Oktoberfest range of German-styled pilot beers on tap, Hefeweizen, Roggen Bock, Smoked Alt and Vienna Lager

Moonlight over the Marina: Dine on the Noosa Marina deck, Tewantin, under the full moon, Thurs 25 Oct, 6pm, overlooking Noosa River, for a 3-course menu from Riverdeck Restaurant ($90pp), Italian Marina Restaurant & Pizza ($80pp), Cafe VinCino ($80pp) or Noosa Harbour Fish Market and Noosa Amore Gelato ($55pp), with music on the Noosa Ferry deck and dancing on the Marina boardwalk. Silent auction. Click here to book

Entertainment

Greatest Showman: Your favourites from The Greatest Showman in this tribute show at The J, Noosa Heads, Sat 20 Oct, 3pm and 7pm, $45/$35, presented by Hamburger Music Productions and the Performing Arts Factory. Book at thej.com.au

Outdoor movie: See Ferdinand at a free outdoor movie night this Sun 21 Oct, Noosa Lions Football Club, Girraween Sports Complex, Eenie Creek Road, Noosa Heads. Food available, bar from 5.30pm, BYO chairs and blankets, no BYO alcohol

String quartet: Acacia String Quartet presented by Noosa Music Society, Good Shepherd Lutheran Centre, cnr Goodchap Street and Eumundi Rd, Noosaville, Sun 21 Oct, 4.30pm, $40/$10. Book at thej.com.au

Live music: Check out live music in Noosa from 19-25 Oct
  • The Dead Singer’s Band Lost Legends Showcase with songs and stories about your favourite late Aussie rock and pop legends, at The Villa Noosa, Mary St, Noosaville, Sat 20 Oct, 8pm, tickets through Oztix
  • Fineline are at Noosa Heads Surf Club this Sat 20 Oct, 8.30pm
  • At Peregian Beach Hotel, see Cheyne Starkie this Fri 19 Oct, 7pm; on Sat, see Andrea Kirwin at 3pm and Solar from 7pm; and Tapestry on Sun, 3pm
  • At Club Cooroy RSL this Fri 12 Oct, see Frank Powell from 6pm, free
  • The Unknowns, Stoker and Dear Doonan are at Café Le Monde, Hastings St, this Fri 19 Oct, 8.30pm; on Sat, Sevader and Kurt.is from 8pm; and Christian Patey is on Thurs 25 Oct from 5pm
  • 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
  • Late for Woodstock are at Tewantin Noosa RSL Fri 19 Oct, 8pm; Howlin Time are on Sat, 8pm; and The Vibe are on Thurs 25 Oct from 6pm
  • Late for Woodstock are at Sunshine Beach Surf Club this Sun 21 Oct, 3pm, free
  • On Thurs and Sun, 4-8pm, aromas, Hastings St has live music
  • Live music at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed 24 Oct, 6.30-8.30pm
  • 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. Ph 5474 9999
  • At Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort, Hastings St, Noosa Beach House Bar has Mark Moroney this Fri 19 Oct, 7-10pm; Brad Schultz on Sat, 7-10pm; and Clint Francis Duo on Sun, 3-6pm. Riviera Bar & Lounge has Mark Moroney on Sat 20 Oct 5-8pm; Andrew Jolly on Sun, 4-7pm; and Mark Moroney on Thurs 25 Oct 5-7pm
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
  • Sunday sunset session at Noosa Boathouse, Gympie Tce, Noosaville, Sun 21 Oct
  • Benji is at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club this Fri 19 Oct, 4-6pm; Hurricane Duo are on Sun, 2-5pm
  • The Dreggs are at Land & Sea Brewery, Venture Dve, Noosaville, Sun 21 Oct, 3.30pm, free
  • The Brown Trouts are at Imperial Hotel Eumundi this Sat 20 Oct, noon

Coming up

Mojo Juju at The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Saturday 3 November, $25 pre-sale, $30 at the door 

Wil Anderson - Wilegal at The J Noosa, Saturday 17 November, 7.30pm 

John Schumann (Redgum) and Shane Howard (Goanna), The Imperial Hotel, Eumundi, Saturday 1 December, $45 

Why not...

Moonrise paddle: Join Adventure Sports Kitesurf Australia for a Moonrise Paddle on Wed 24 Oct. Meet at T Boats, Gympie Tc, Noosaville at at 5.15pm for a paddle around Noosa Sound. Hire boards available – must book on 5455 6677

Noosa Brewery Trail: Join Sunshine Coats Craft Beer Tours on a tour to Noosa’s breweries, visiting Land & Sea, Eumundi Brewery and Copperhead in Cooroy, Sun 21 Oct, includes lunch, beer tasting paddle at each venue, behind-the-scenes brewery tour, meet the brewers, stubby holder and return transfers. Pick-up from noon at Noosa Junction, Noosa Heads Bus Terminal, and Gympie Tce, Noosaville, $150, ph 0438 823 377

FestEvil: Aussie World, about 30 mins from Noosa, kicks off Halloween early with FestEvil – Apocalypse, Sat 20 and 27 Oct, 5-10pm with 4 mazes, roving entertainment, music, Spooky Disco, trick or treat, rides and attractions, earlybird from $40/$35 at aussieworld.com.au. Separate kids zone.

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. 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

Boardwalk Boats
: Get out and about in Signature Bowrider, Pontoon or Warrior Cruiser, stand-up paddle or kayak around the beautiful Noosa Sound canals, check out the Noosa River, nature and houses, or kick back and relax on the river with family and friends. Jetty located at Hastings Street. Ph Boardwalk Boats on 5455 3755
 
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 

See the whales: Watch amazing humpback whales and even swim with them from Whale One in Mooloolaba, tours daily from $69 per adult, $49 child (4-14yrs), $199 family. Pick-up available for $30 per person. Book Whale One online or ph 1300 942531

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  

Sweet strawberries: Pick your own beautiful, fresh strawberries for $10/kg at Cooloola Berries, 856 Tagigan Rd, Wolvi, on the Noosa Country Drive. Or visit their farm gate, open every day 8am to 5pm for all things strawberry ice-cream, cider and desserts. Also Paella in the Paddock every Sunday, noon to 4pm with live music – relax while the kids play. $15pp – please book on 5486 7512

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

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!

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

Eco Cruise: See and learn about Noosa’s history and 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

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'

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. MV Catalina has Saltwater Sunday cruises on Sundays, 3-6pm, ph 0484 598 993

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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