What to do
Noosa Beach House has a couple of delicious options for lunch this weekend – will it be the Champagne Lunch on Saturday 1 August or 5-Pot Curry Lunch on Sunday 2 August? They’re ready to pop the cork and welcome you back in style with their famous 3-course Champagne Lunch on Saturdays, with bookings from noon to 2pm. Select your champagne of choice - Moët & Chandon for $119pp; or Moët & Chandon Rosé or Veuve Clicquot for $139pp.
Their 5-Pot Curry Lunch is back this Sunday 2 August from midday – and every Sunday in August. Dine on authentic dishes from Peter Kuruvita’s beloved Sri Lanka, with traditional flavours from recipes handed down through the family. The selection of 5 fragrant curries is served with rice, roti and condiments for $49. Vegetarian options available. Beverages are on consumption.
Noosa Beach House Restaurant is at 14-16 Hasting St, Noosa Heads. Book at noosabeachhouse.com.au/reservations or call 5449 4754
Get a double dose of Mad Max at the Eumundi Drive-In this Saturday 1 August with a screening of Mad Max 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road. Load up the car and head for the Eumundi Showgrounds, 1 Black Stump Rd, screening from 6pm. Pre-book tickets at $30 per car at ticketebo.com.au/starrynights. The candy bar will be open for popcorn, lollies and soft drinks.
For dinner, bring a car picnic or pre-order from The Imperial Hotel Eumundi (ph 5442 8811), Sala Thai (ph:5442 8804) or Il Mio Posto (ph 5442 7026) and pick it up on the way to the drive-in. See facebook.com/starrynightsoutdoormovies
The gorgeous Catalina Noosa is back on the waters of the Noosa River, with Lunch on the Water this Saturday 1 August and Saltwater Sunday. There’s dancing, dining and cocktails on the Noosa River for Lunch on the Water from 11.30am, $55. Saltwater Sundays are an afternoon of beachclub vibes with a DJ, local food and the terrace bar, from 1.30-5pm, $35. Book online early for these events as there’s only a maximum of 50 places per cruise. Cruises leave from the Catalina Jetty, 172 Gympie Tce, Noosaville.
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 this 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.
Also on Saturday, the Original Eumundi Markets and I Love Eumundi Markets are full of gorgeous food, fashion, crafts, art, gifts, treasures, furniture, flowers and more. I Love Eumundi Markets cover the terraces on Memorial Drive, Parkside Markets next to Dick Caplick Park, Eumundi Square and Pavilion Markets, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7.30am to 2pm,
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 Kin Kin Creations Market start up again this Sunday 2 August from 8am to noon in the Noosa hinterland, with fresh produce, plants, burgers, yoga from 9-10am, handmade cards, second hand items and clothes, locally made ceramics, and more.
The Noosa Marina Markets this 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 historic Majestic Theatre Pomona runs silent films every Saturday at noon – see Mockery, from 1927, starring Lon Chaney this Saturday 1 August. Admission is $15 for an adult and free for kids under 16 years. Snacks and refreshments are available. See themajestictheatre.com.au
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 three 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, open 10am to 3pm, Tuesday to Sunday. 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 - call ahead on 0407 768 516 for opening 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
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
Can you foil the Professor's plans in The Revenge of Professor Katz and beat the record-holders who did it with 10:45 minutes remaining? Or do you have what it takes to be a bank thief on an epic heist to the loot in the bank vault? Book a session at Red Lock Escape Rooms in Noosa Junction – perfect for some rainy weather – and find out! Book online
The Ginger Factory is much more than just ginger, although the ginger is amazing too! Kids can decorate their own gingerbread man - then eat it, there’s the Overboard boat ride, Moreton train ride, a ginger factory tour, live bee show where you’ll learn all about the day in the life of a bee, delicious meals and snacks at the Ginger Café, ice cream, beautiful subtropical gardens to wander through, and great shopping!
open every day from 9am till 5pm, free admission but some experiences are ticketed. The Ginger Factory is at 50 Pioneer Rd, Yandina
Warm your soul along with your tastebuds at O-Ren brewhouse and modern Asian restaurant, 5/30 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, with its fusion of funky cocktails, Copperhead Brewery craft beers on tap, and modern Asian, share-style cuisine.
With their gorgeous Asian-inspired décor and nightly specials like Beef wontons with a hot and sour broth, pickled mushrooms, wakame seaweed and bok choy; and Noosa blue swimmer crab yellow curry, cooked on the boat locally and hand-picked fresh by Chef – you’ll be warming up in no time. Open Wednesday - Friday from 5pm till late, and on weekends from noon till late.
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
Chef of the Year Alanna Sapwell has opened her pop-up restaurant, Esmay, on the Noosa River waterfront at the former Wasabi Restaurant and Bar site. While Wasabi has sadly closed, they're now hosting Esmay for 3 months, with Alanna (previous head chef of ARC and Saint Peter, Gourmet Traveller Best New Talent, Delicious Produce Award Next Gen Chef, Courier Mail Chef of the Year) in charge.
Alanna’s cooking celebrates Queensland produce with a nostalgic twist, supporting ethical, regional food and practices, and she’ll be making the most of Wasabi’s Honeysuckle Hill Farm produce. Expect great food, warm service and a gorgeous waterfront view with a set menu including delights such as crispy mountain potatoes, nettle and truffle, or crab and coral toastie, local flathead with chestnut mushrooms and Warrigal greens, organic spatchcock from Bendele Farm at Kilkivan with black garlic and bread sauce, and tangelo delicious pudding.
Open from Wednesday to Saturday from 5pm, and on Sundays for a long lunch from noon. Book online at esmaypopup.com.au
If you have a passion for 4WD and don’t like the hassle of dealing with sand, salt, rust protection and maintenance after each adventure, let Discovery Fraser Tours handle the hard work for you with their new hassle-free Discovery Fraser 4WDriveshare subscriptions. Access a pool of purpose-built 80 and 100 series Toyota Landcruisers to discover Fraser Island, Double Island Point and the Cooloola Coast, Double Island and the Cooloola Coast from Noosa as you head to the beautiful Noosa North Shore and beyond.
Leave the cleaning and vehicle maintenance to Discovery Fraser Tours in their safe, easy-to-drive 4WDs. The Discovery App gives safety information, tide times, local info, contact information, special deals and more, and there’s a free itinerary builder to maximise your island experience. Find out more and book at discoveryfraser.com or free call 1800 111 126
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.
It’s deliciousness all the way for coffee, breakfast, lunch and drinks at Larder and Baked Café in Noosa Junction. Try their tasty and wholesome poke bowl with salmon, karaage chicken or miso-glazed vegetables; in-house baked sweets; amazing winter soups; smoothies and fresh salads, Monday to Saturday from 7am to 2pm at 1/29 Sunshine Beach Road, Noosa Junction (just over the hill from Hastings Street and Main Beach). Takeaway also available – see larderandbaked.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 everynight from 3pm until late, and Saturday to Sunday from noon until late. Book on 5474 9999
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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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