From breakfast to cocktails, cruises to movies, there’s plenty to keep you entertained this Australia Day long weekend in Noosa.
The NOOSA AUSTRALIA DAY FESTIVAL in Lions Park, right by the Noosa River in Gympie Tce, Noosaville, has live music, great food and plenty of entertainment for everyone, Sunday 26 January from 7am to 4pm.
Tunes and BBQ at Miss Moneypenny's: Miss Moneypenny's in Hastings Street has DJs and a sizzling summer BBQ on the deck this Sun 26 Jan with nu-disco, tropical and soulful house tunes by Mark Maxwell and Paul Mondot from 3pm. Miss Moneypenny's Is open from 11.30am – late. Book on 5474 9999.
Puppets, paint, reptiles and dance at The Reef: This Australia Day long weekend Noosa Reef Hotel on Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads has free kids fun with an Aussie puppet show, face painting, bubble fun, reptile show, an Aussie dance party and more, from Thursday 23 January through to Sunday 26 January! Bookings are recommended.
The Imperial Hotel: Have a beer and chicken wings on Australia Day at The Imperial Hotel & Eumundi Brewery and you’ll be helping to raise funds for wildlife rescue and fire services. On Australia Day, Sunday 26 January, there’s free live entertainment in the Imperial Beer Garden from noon, with a line-up that includes Renny Field, Benny O, Forrest Run (Ayla) and vinyl DJs. Every time you buy any of the five Eumundi beers on tap or selected wines during the week, you’ll be donating $4 to the fundraising efforts, and donation tins and raffles throughout the week will add to the funds. All proceeds from the sale of chicken wings will go to the appeal.
Mary Valley Rattler Australia Day Express Train: The historic Mary Valley Rattler will run the Australia Day Express train, departing from the Historic Gympie Station at 10am and returning at 1:30pm on Monday 27 January. The Express train will journey through the stunning Mary Valley with family fun games onboard and a best-dressed competition. ADULTS AT KIDS PRICES! MUST BOOK HERE.
Eumundi: The fun in Eumundi starts with the Aussie breakfast in the Old Railway Building at the Original Eumundi Markets, off Lonergan Lane, 9-11.30am. There’s a delicious bacon and egg breakfast prepared by the Rotary Club of Eumundi, entertainment from the Park Bench Ukulele group, balloon artistry by Miss Donna, Giant Games and face painting. Then in the evening, bring a picnic blanket and settle in for a free Aussie movie under the stars, Oddball, starring Shane Jacobson and an awesome dog, 6.30-8.30pm.
Pomona: Celebrate the Australia Day weekend at Pomona Distilling Co, 18 Reserve St, Pomona in the Noosa hinterland and raise funds for wildlife and the local fire service at the gourmet Aussie BBQ. There’s a weekend of fun, cocktails, food and entertainment this Sat and Sun, 25 and 26 Jan, with live music, gin cocktails, local beers on tap and family friendly games.
Cruise and a snag: Cruise the Noosa waterways this Australia Day, Sunday 26 January with Noosa River & Canal Cruises - and they'll even provide a free sausage sizzle. noon to 4pm. BYO drinks and snacks if sausages aren't your thing. The cruise leaves from The Jetty, 186 Gympie Tce, Noosaville at noon, returning around 4pm. FIND OUT MORE AND BOOK HERE or phone them on 0414 727 765.
Pictured above, from left: Noosa Australia Day Festival in Lions Park, Noosaville; DJS and BBQ on the deck at Miss Moneypenny's; the Mary Valley Rattler.
Jump on a free Sunbus holiday bus around Noosa every day to 27 Jan, including a new park-and-ride Loop Bus between Hastings St, Noosa Junction and Weyba Rd, Noosaville. 6 existing bus routes around Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach, Peregian Beach, Noosa Junction, Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Noosa Parklands, Tewantin, Noosa Civic, Cooroy, Cooran and Pomona are free.
The new Loop Bus leaves every 15 min, 7am to 7pm, from the Hastings St bus stop; along Noosa Drive to Noosa Junction; and then Weyba Rd and Noosa Pde in Noosaville. It also stops at the new park-and-ride facility at the AFL ground on Weyba Rd. It then departs half-hourly from 7pm to 10pm.
If you have to drive, there are more than 250 paid car parking spaces at Noosa Heads Lions Park every day to 12 Jan. Download the free Go Noosa app from 14 Dec to make the most of the services, including a Noosa journey planner. See noosa.qld.gov.au/go-noosa
Bring a rug and settle in for a free family movie under the stars at the beachside park in Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach, in front of the Peregian Beach surf club on Fri 24 Jan, 6.30-8.30pm. Have an early dinner in the village then watch Toy Story 4 as the sun goes down.
Be part of the 12-hour yogathon for bushfire relief at Aloha Active Noosa this Saturday 25 January. There are 12 back-to-back classes from 6am to 6pm - minimum $10 entry (donations also welcome), with all proceeds going to bushfire relief. Head to Aloha Active Noosa in Noosa Blue Resort, Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads
Bring a friend or bring up to 7 friends, find clues and try to solve the mystery as you escape at Red Lock Escape Rooms, 28 Sunshine Beach Rd, Noosa Heads. Families, groups and friends from 10 years + can test themselves against the Bank Heist and Vegas Hangover rooms. There’s also a Mobile Escape Room. See redlockescaperooms.com.au or ph 1300 415 413
Island Fashion on Tour. A FREE regional touring project for children and families with hands-on art-making activities created by QAGOMA in collaboration with Australian and Pacific artists. Daily until 26 January. No bookings necessary. See noosaregionalgallery.com.au/free-activities
Noosa Regional Gallery is Riverside, 9 Pelican Street, Tewantin - catch the Noosa Ferry to Noosa Marina from Noosa Heads or Noosaville.
Image: ‘Island Fashion’ at the Children’s Art Centre, Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane. Photograph: Katie Bennett.
The Noosa River’s calm waters are perfect for swimming, jet ski fun, kayaking, fishing, stand-up paddling and a variety of boat cruising options. Idyllic at sunset, pack your picnic blanket, or dine out at Noosaville’s restaurants or bars. See visitnoosa.com.au/river-fun
Take a stroll through the seaside village of Sunshine Beach and find tasty, healthy and thirst-quenching treats from breakfast through to late night. There are awesome breakfasts and great coffees at a choice of cafes; yum cha and Asian delights at Embassy XO; tapas, pizzas, boutique beers, wines and cocktails at Marble Bar and Bistro; and great tastes all day – check it out!
All day breakfast: Cooroy RSL has a new all day breakfast – sleep-in as late as you like! Available Mon-Fri, 9am to 5pm, and weekends from 10am to 5pm with bacon and fried eggs, ham and cheese omelette, bacon and egg rolls or wraps, waffles with ice cream and maple syrup – and more. The biggest menu item is the bargain $16.80 for 2 rashers of bacon, 2 fried eggs, grilled tomato, hash brown, 2 chipolatas served with toasted sourdough bread. Ph 5447 6131
Café Le Monde, Hastings St has live music and DJs every Fri from 6pm; Sat from 9pm and Thurs from 5pm
Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm
Sip on ‘80s throwback cocktails at Noosa Ocean Beats at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St, basking to the sounds of new wave, synth pop, tropical house and deep house essentials featuring International resident DJ Avor (Ger) and supporting guests, every Saturday from 4pm. Then the Supper Club featuring DJ Keiko (Jap) on the deck from 9pm/ There’s also live DJ entertainment at the Bottomless Brunch every Sunday from midday
Live music at Tewantin-Noosa Bowls Club, Hilton Tce, Tewantin, Fri from 6.30pm, free
Live music at El Capitano, Hastings St on Wed, 6.30pm, free
Live music at the Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin, every Fri, 5.30pm
The exhibition at Noosa Regional Gallery, Violent Salt, discusses issues surrounding racism and discrimination against First Nations peoples and minority groups; and the lack of respect for, and desecration of culture and the natural environment. Features Abdul Abdullah (NSW), Vernon Ah Kee (QLD), Richard Bell (QLD), Daniel Boyd (NSW), Megan Cope (QLD), Karla Dickens (NSW), Sarah-Jane Norman (VIC), Yhonnie Scarce (VIC/SA) and Jemma Wyman (QLD). The exhibition runs to 26 Jan, gallery open Tues-Fri from 10-4pm and Sat-Sun from 10-3pm, Riverside, 9 Pelican St, Tewantin.
Image: Richard Bell, Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang Peoples, You Can Go Now 2015, acrylic on canvas, 180 x 240cm. Courtesy of the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.
Check out the taproom at Noosa’s newest brewery, Boiling Pot, 130A Eumundi-Noosa Rd, Noosaville, open Thurs and Fri from 5pm til late, and Sat and Sun from noon til late. Apart from great cold beers, there’s pizzas, platters and plates - and schnitzels on Thurs. Ph 5449 8360
Take a shopping spree around Noosa’s villages – 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.
Or buy a voucher for a Noosa adventure from the Noosa Inspiration Centre in Hastings Street.
Need mead? If you’re heading to Pomona for, the Noosa hinterland town is home to Queensland’s first meadery, Amrita Park, 417 Pomona Kin Kin Road, Pomona, where they produce delicious ‘honey wine’ from raw honey and exotic local fruits. Their tasting room is open every Saturday from 11am – 5pm, otherwise by appointment. Hand-made gifts and artworks are also available. See amritaparkmeadery.com.au