What to do
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From riverfront to countryside, there’s a great choice of markets around Noosa with all the fresh and local produce, fashion, art, gifts, jewellery and more to fill your basket.
In the Noosa hinterland on Saturday, 7-11.30am, the Pomona Country Markets have locally made platter boards, leather belts and handbags, natural products, plants and pots, fresh produce, jewellery and more.
I Love Eumundi Markets, full of great food, fashion, crafts, art, gifts, treasures, furniture, flowers and more, Memorial Drive, 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, 8am to 2pm, on the riverfront at Parkyn Court, Tewantin, have jewellery, gifts, locally made fashion, natural products, food and more. Catch the Noosa Ferry from Noosa Heads or Noosaville. Cafes, restaurants and gift and fashion stores are also open, and there's a skate park and free splash park nearby.
The Noosa Farmers Market at the AFL grounds, Weyba Rd, Noosaville every Sunday, 6am to noon, has a wonderful range of fresh, organic, local produce, coffee and plenty of goodies for a perfect picnic.
Pictured above, Eumundi Markets, Noosa Farmers Markets.
Sunshine Beach Surf Club hosts Funny Coast Comedy, a night of comedy, drinks and food on Friday 26 February, with comedians Jacques Barret, Nicky Wilkinson, Mick Neven and mates. They'll deliver non-stop laughter from 8pm (doors open at 6) in the Ocean View Room upstairs.
Tickets are $35pp - book here - and dinner is available on request but you must book on 5447 5491 - option 1.
Visit three local Noosa distilleries with Creative Tours and Events' new Noosa Distillery Tour. Sample a range of local gin, accompanied with cheese platters and lunch. Visit the 20 20 Distillery in Cooroy, with a guided tasting of gins, accompanied by a delicious cheese platter. Then head to Pomona Distillery for lunch with a tasting flight of gin and a delicious lunch included. The last stop is to Noosa Heads Distillery for a choice of one of their signature gin cocktails. Pick-up and drop-off from Noosa Junction, Noosa Heads, and Noosaville. Tickets $160 per person. To book, head to www.creativetours.com.au.
Oakberry Acai have opened their Noosa store on Hastings Street. With the aim to bring Aussies the real Brazilian acai experience in a fast, organic and healthy way. Visit them now on Hastings Street and check out their Instagram - @oakberryau.
Share Sangria Sundays with chefs Matt and Andy at View by Matt Golinski every Sunday, 3-6pm as the summer fun continues all weekend. They’re shaking things up on the terrace at Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas, overlooking the treetops to Laguna Bay. There’s great live music in this little Noosa paradise, Sangria and unique backyard treats. Every Sunday afternoon in summer, unlimited Paella for $26 and a jug of Sangria is $24. Book on 5455 2209
The historic Majestic Theatre Pomona runs silent films every Saturday at noon. Admission is $15 for an adult and free for kids under 16 years. Snacks, bar and refreshments are available from 11am.
Noosa Regional Gallery features 3 new exhibitions. Maleny artist Shannon Garson highlights the unique beauty of the sub-tropical rainforest landscape from a contemporary perspective in her latest ceramic works, The O-Horizon. Sunshine Coast artist Yanni Van Zijl's sensory installation, Casuistry, infers the relationship between action and consequence in an experience about human accountability for the environment. Michelle Hamer’s exhibition, Are You Having A Good Night? features hand-stitched and drawn works that explore language in the urban environment.
See the exhibitions at the gallery, riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin from Tuesday to Friday, 10am - 4pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am - 3pm until 21 March.
Catch the Noosa Ferry from Noosa Heads and Noosaville to Noosa Marina, then take a short riverside stroll to the gallery. Make a day of it and visit the Marina’s cafes, boutiques, beautiful gifts, day spa and beauty salons, yoga studio, bar and restaurants, or visit the Marina Markets every Sunday morning
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
Open until 21 March is three solo exhibitions by three female artists.
'Hill Spirits' by Katraina Lezaic features photographs of landscapes that reveal hidden histories in a morbid luminescence.
'I had too much to Dream' by Beatrice prost explores a complex merging of opposites; day and night, dreams and reality.
'State of Emergency' by Barbora Tomikova is made up of beautifully documented changes in the Australian landscape after the Black Summer bushfires in Queensland.
The gallery is also open 10am – 3pm, Tuesday to Sunday.
There’s live music, paella $16pp (gluten-free), full café menu, berry cider and craft beer on tap at Paella in the Paddock at Cooloola Berries farm, 856 Tagigan Rd Wolvi every Sunday from 12.30pm. Book on 5486 7512 or just call in.
The café is open 7 days from 8am to 5pm. From farm gate to plate, try their lavender lemonade, lavender ice-cream or take home their lavender soap/handwash and candles, all locally made. You-pick blueberries $4pp.
See Noosa from the river as you get around town on-board the Noosa Ferry. There’s an extra daily service every afternoon, leaving the Noosa Marina at Tewantin at 3pm – the return leg departs Hastings Street at 3.45pm. There are 10 services per day, from the Marina to Hastings Street, with stops at Noosaville and Noosa Sound along the way.
The new 3-in-7 Visitors Pass means you can travel on an All Day Pass or Two Zone Return ticket for 3 days in a 7-day period, at a 33% saving. Tickets available at all stops and onboard.
Join Noosa Day Tours and explore the Noosa region. Tours include The Tasting Train on the Mary Valley Rattler, a trip to Eumundi Markets and The Ginger Factory, Sunshine Coast hinterland, Noosa Country Drive, a Sunset dinner cruise - 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, 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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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