Most of the restaurants and cafes on Hastings Street are now back, offering their delicious food for dine-in and/or takeaway. The Hastings Street Association has put together a list of what's open - find out here.
The Original Eumundi Markets reopen this Saturday 11 July at 80 Memorial Drive from 7am to 2pm. Meet the talented hands behind hand-crafted furniture, homewares, artworks, ceramics, fashion and jewellery; unique gifts for the house and garden; chat to the farmers and bakers selling fresh produce and gourmet delights; and wind down with massage and natural therapies. The market is also open Wednesdays from 8am to 1.30pm. See eumundimarkets.com.au
Vive le France! Celebrate Bastille Day Parisian-style at Frenchies Brasserie in Thomas St, Noosaville between 14 and 18 July. As well as their à la carte menu, they'll also have a special 2 or 3 course menu designed by head chef Fabian Oliveau, with an entree of Escargots, main with Boeuf Bourguignon and dessert is Apple tarte tatin. 2 courses for $54 per person or 3 courses for $69. They're also open for a la carte dining in or takeaway from Tuesday to Thursday from 3pm, and Friday to Sunday from noon. See facebook.com/frenchiesbrasserienoosa for details, times and to book
Dress up as your favourite superhero for the special Superheroes Train from the Mary Valley Rattler on 11 July and you could win a prize. Make sure you arrive early for a chance to meet the drivers and Steam Man before you hop aboard and steam your way to Amamoor! The train leaves Old Gympie Station at 10am and arrives back at 1pm. There’s morning tea, on-board, lunch at the station café with your beverage of choice, and a Certificate of Travel. Adult $125, Child (2-12 years) $60, under 2 free. Must book at maryvalleyrattler.com.au
Ignite your passion for food and cooking at a hands-on cooking class with life’s a feast, with $25 off all cooking classes and gift voucher purchases. Book now until 31 August 2020 and schedule your cooking class before 30 September 2020. Gift vouchers are valid for 3 years. Just use the code “letscook” when booking. Classes start on 18 July – book at lifesafeast.com.au
Miss Moneypenny’s is bringing the beat back to Hastings Street with Noosa Ocean Beats Live from their bar at 6 Hastings Street every Saturday from 9pm until midnight. It’s ’80s new wave, synth pop, tropical house and deep house essentials, brought to you by international resident DJ Avor and supporting guests. Book a table for late night eats or stroll in for après dining drinks. Miss Moneypenny’s is open Wednesday to Friday from 3pm until late, and Saturday to Sunday from noon until late. Book on 5474 9999
Make a day of a Noosa Country Drive this Saturday 11 July and head to Pomona in the Noosa hinterland for some of our best local produce, step into historic buildings, see a silent movie and finish off with the locally distilled gin by the fire pit.
Your journey starts at the Pomona Country Markets in Stan Topper Park, in the centre of town from 7-11.30am. Pick up some fresh fruit and veges, local coffee and food, plants, clothes, jewellery and more – there’s also live music.
Then immerse in a bygone era at the historic Majestic Theatre at 3 Factory St with a screening of the silent movie, Belle of Broadway, from 1928. It screens from noon to 1pm, doors open at 11.30am, and snacks and refreshments are available. Adult $15, kids under 15 years are free – no need to book.
Head to Pomona Distillery Co at 18 Reserve St, inside the historic Pomona Bakery building where the bar and outdoor dining area (complete with fire pit) are open and ready to welcome you with a dose of The Pomona Spirit. Try the classic Martini made with their smooth Pomona Signature Dry Gin; an espresso martini; or the Forager, one of their classic cocktails showcasing their Pomona Vodka with a shot of creme de framboise and splashes of cranberry and pineapple juice. Large and small share plates, grazing platters and sides all showcase the fresh produce from our region. Open from Wednesday to Saturday from noon, and Sunday from 11 am to 6pm – and there’s live music on Saturday and Sunday. Groups of 6 or more can book at pomonadistilling.com.au/booking
Live music is back at Tewantin Noosa RSL with Claptomaniacs this Saturday 11 July from 5-9pm. There are two dinner seatings available – from 4.45-6.45pm and from 7-9pm. The RSL is open 7 days a week for dine-in and takeaway meals in Memorial Ave, Tewantin. Bookings are essential – find out more online at noosarsl.com.au
Helitec is offering a spectacular flight in a helicopter over the Sunshine Coast beaches where you take the controls with a qualified flight instructor. Start with a 20-minute briefing, then take to the skies for a scenic 30-minute flight for $350. Book at helitec.com.au
Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours have reopened and are ready to take you on the Noosa Brewery Trail on Thursday 16 July to visit 4 local breweries in Noosa, Eumundi and Cooroy. Lunch is included along with tasting paddles at each brewery, a behind-the-scenes brewery tour, meet the brewers and return transfers with a designated driver and tour guide. The tour is from 11am-5pm and cost is $160pp. Book at sunshinecoastcraftbeertours.com.au
For some great family fun these school holidays, get the family on a Nauticycle with Eco Noosa River Adventures and explore the beautiful Noosa River! Kids ride free with every full paying adult on these fun water bikes (kids sit on a deck attached to the water bike).
It's so much fun for all the family and is right in the heart of Noosaville, along the Noosa River - find out more here.
Warm up with 3 glorious mid-week specials at ikatan Spa Noosa, set among tranquil Balinese-inspired grounds. The 2hr Lovely Lulur Package is a traditional Balinese cultural experience for women, with a 60-minute massage + Lulur Body Scrub + 30-minute mini facial, $280. Bring a friend for the 60min Cinta for two package (it means ‘love’ in Balinese, $360. Or experience the Kuta Time Package with a 30min massage + 30min mini facial, $175. Book on 5471 1199 or see ikatanspa.com
The team at View by Matt Golinski welcome you back to their sanctuary among the treetops off Hastings St from Monday 6 July. Open 7 days a week for:
Book on 5455 2209 or at viewrestaurant.com.au
Start living the dream and learn a new skill these holidays – how to drive a boat or jetski! The Noosa River is a perfect place to learn and NeedALicence has all the online and practical training to get you there, with social distancing allowing only 2 to 3 candidates per session. Do the online theory before you get here, then book in a practical test (1.5 to 2 hours for boat) and put your new licence to good use on holidays. Book at needalicence.com.auor ph 0438 110 623
Noosa Longboards has reopened in Hastings Street with their great range of surf gear, tee-shirts, shorts, surf art, handcrafted surfboards, jewellery and more. They’ve been around for 26 years and have everything that’s a taste of surfing in Noosa. See noosalongboards.com
If you’ve been missing the Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club’s bucket of prawns, the wait is over – the restaurant and bar are open again with great food, cool drinks and those amazing views over Noosa Main Beach and Laguna Bay. Open for lunch and dinner every day – 11am to 8.30pm. There’s seafood, steaks, pasta, fish and chips, salads, coffee and cakes, as well as daily blackboard menu specials. Walk-ins only, no bookings.
Cooroy RSL in the Noosa hinterland has been newly renovated during the Covid shutdown and is now open for all-day dining from 10am, Tuesday to Saturday. Dinner bookings are recommended for Wednesday to Saturday nights (ph 5447 6131) or takeaway is also available. The gaming room also opens from noon on Friday 3 July. See facebook.com/ClubCooroyRSL
Warplanes is back for adventure flights in the Sunshine Coast’s clear winter skies in ex-RAAF World War II Wirraway and Trojan aircraft – they’re offering a 10% discount on regular prices, and they can now leave from either Gympie (Kybong) Airport or Caboolture Airport. Flights from Gympie Airport take you over the Noosa/Cooroy area and are perfect for aerial aerobatics on a sunny day over Noosa’s Main Beach in front of your friends and family. Ph 0401 493 999
Come and enjoy a round of golf at the beautiful 36-hole Noosa Hills Par 3 Golf Course and receive 10% off your green fees – just mention ‘Visit Noosa’ when paying for your green fees in the clubhouse (discount applied to visitor green fees only and valid until 31 August 2020). It’s a fun and affordable day out for the whole family, suitable for all ages and skill levels.
The course is set on 74 acres of beautiful bushland, home to kangaroos and other native wildlife – and it’s only 7 minutes from Noosa River and 12 minutes from Hastings Street. Open 6am to 6pm, 7 days a week in Hollett Road, Noosaville. Golf equipment available for hire. Stay for a drink at the newly refurbished clubhouse. Ph 5449 1666
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
The Ginger Factory has reopened with a few changes to discover including a new shop fit-out, new café menu and Moreton the train back on the tracks. Entry to The Ginger Factory, at 50 Pioneer Rd, Yandina is free, and it’s open 7 days a week, 9am to 5pm. There are rides, activities and tours (some incur fees) including Moreton the train, the Overboard boat ride, live bee shows and Buderim Ginger factory tours. Also explore the tropical gardens and the Ginger Shop, and refuel at the Ice Creamery and Ginger Café. See gingerfactory.com.au
The Cooroy Butter Factory Arts Centre has reopened with three new exhibitions: A Day in a Life, hyper-realistic works of Lew Brennan; Echoed Rhythms, 3D art from Greg Kinman, Paula Bowie and Melissa McCullagh; and 'Physical Video - On Tour, a selection of video art from QAGOMA. The exhibitions continue until 4 August and numbers will be limited to 20 visitors at a time in the gallery.
The gallery is open 10am to 3pm from Tuesday to Sunday at 11a Maple Street, Cooroy.
Image: Paula Bowie, Ancient Oil Lamps - ceramics.
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 I Love Eumundi Markets, covering the terraces on Memorial Drive, Parkside Markets next to Dick Caplick Park, Eumundi Square and The Pavilion Markets have reopened - held Wednesday and Saturday morning with plenty of social distancing and hygiene stations in place. There's live music and a colourful market full of country characters, set in the historic township of Eumundi near Noosa Heads.
Make sure you check out the boutique shops and cafes in the main street of Eumundi while you’re there, and book ahead for a meal at the historic Imperial Hotel (ph 5442 8811), washed down with some fresh-outta-the-taps Eumundi Pale Ale.
The Noosa Marina Markets are every Sunday from 8am - 1.30pm with a great range of arts, crafts, clothing, health and beauty, jewellery and more – also live music. It’s a relaxing outing by the Noosa River – catch the Noosa Ferry from stops between the Sofitel Jetty (riverfront in Hastings Street), Noosa Sound, Noosaville and the Marina on Parkyn Court, Tewantin. Check out the waterfront bar, fish and chips, restaurants, ice cream and cafés while you’re there.
Habitat Noosa Everglades Eco Camp, on the shores of Lake Cootharaba, in the Noosa hinterland is open for camping, glamping, caravanning, water sports and dining. Watercraft including canoes, stand-up paddleboards, kayaks and motorboats are available for hire, straight from Habitat’s beach, for the day - or why not extend your stay for an overnight getaway?
The CootharaBAR bistro is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner during Queensland school holidays (27 June to 12 July). See habitatnoosa.com.au for information and bookings
Apart from Ayurvedic treatments, massage and facials at Sensaura Day Spa in Hastings St, they also have yoga classes on their beautiful tropical balcony on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays at 9am. Yoga spaces are limited to 4 (minimum of 3), and must be booked at least 24 hours in advance by phoning 5473 5360. If it’s pampering you’re looking for, they’re offering 20% off all treatments during June – relax on the balcony with a water or herbal tea before and after your treatment. See sensaura.com.au
Explore the beautiful Mary Valley, right next to the Noosa hinterland with Ride On Mary...Kayak & Bike Bush Adventure. They’re offering a 20% discount* on Wednesdays for groups of 4 or more people for guided or self-guided kayak and/or bike tours.
Hire single or double kayaks and explore Imbil’s beautiful Yabba Creek, take a dawn or dusk self-guided kayak tour, or hire a mountain bike and ride the Mary Valley Rail Trail from Imbil to Brooloo - check out the country village of Imbil with its coffee shops and cafes along the way. Explore forest, mountains and creeks with easy-to-read maps provided. See rideonmary.com or ph 0400 297 678.
Right in the heart of Noosa Junction, just over the hill from Noosa Main Beach and Hastings Street is KB’s bar and Koala Bites with indoor and outdoor dining, open on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 5.30pm. Also available for takeaway – and they can even host your function! Got an 18th or 21st birthday, hen's or bucks’ night coming up? Ph 5447 3355
Noosa Quad Bike Tours in the Noosa hinterland are a half day of fun and thrills, starting with a safety briefing and training before you hit the trails through Woondum National Park, stopping at rock pools along the way. They supply all the gear and you don’t need any prior experience, just a valid driver’s licence. They’ll even pick you up from Noosa. Book on 0418 874 036 or see noosaquadbikes.com
Noosa Regional Gallery has resumed their wonderful exhibitions, Mary Macqueen’s A Retrospective and Rosie Lloyd Giblett’s The Spaces Between the Trees. The gallery is located riverside, 9 Pelican St, Tewantin, open 10am - 4pm from Tuesday to Friday, and 10am - 3pm on Saturdays. Catch the Noosa Ferry from Hastings Street, Noosa Sound or Noosaville all the way to the Noosa Marina, then just a short riverside walk to the gallery. See noosaregionalgallery.com.au
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
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
Treat yourself with a 55-minute winter spa massage for $110 at the Noosa Springs Spa, Links Drive, Noosa Heads, or a customised organic Eminence facial for $120 – or do both for $225. Must book on 5440 3355 before 31 August 2020 – ph 5440 3355 or email email@example.com
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 $10 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
Meet the little blue penguins at SeaLife Sunshine Coast which has opened its doors again to welcome you to their underwater world in Mooloolaba, just south of Noosa. You can even step inside their habitat for a Penguin Encounter, meet the cheeky birds up close, hand-feed them a fishy feast, go on a behind-the-scenes tour and discover how the team cares for the colony.
See sharks, thousands of colourful tropical fish, live coral and a delightful colony of seals in action in the Seal Presentation, which is included in the admission price. Places are strictly limited so please pre-book your tickets online at sealifesunshinecoast.com.au
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, sailing and a wonderful choice of river cruises and hire. Let Pelican Boat Hire, 180 Gympie Tce, Noosaville fix you up with a self-drive pontoon boat (they’ll even supply the fishing gear for free) and take yourself off on to the beautiful blue waters of the Noosa River. Or hire a kayak or stand-up paddle board for some glorious fresh air exercise. And make time for a photo with the Big Pelican! See pelicanboathire.com.au
Many of our fave Noosa restaurants and cafes are back and welcoming diners in. Check out Eat Local Noosa on Facebook or Instagram or see eatlocalnoosa.com.au and get your mouth watering. Make sure you phone to book first as customer limits imposed through COVID-19 restrictions mean many places will book out quickly. See a few of our top picks below
The beautiful new-look Sunshine Beach Surf Club is open for lunch, dinner and drinks with amazing ocean views – you might even spot a whale!! Must book for the restaurant as places are strictly limited – phone 5447 5491
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
Cycle Noosa’s beautiful riverfront, coastal and hinterland trails while you’re on holiday and hire a bike from Bike On Noosa – they’ll deliver it to your door, with everything you need, including map, helmet and lock. They have cruiser e-bikes, performance mountain bikes, carbon road bikes, kids and family bikes. Ph 5474 3322 or see bikeon.com.au
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
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