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Noosa Festival of Surfing

It’s 9 days of beautiful waves, boards, beaches, surfing, music and fun as the Noosa Festival of Surfing rolls into First Point. It kicks off with the WSL Noosa Longboard Open, 22-25 Feb, with pro surfers from around the world. The age, logger, open and team divisions run from 26 Feb to 1 March.

Other events include:

  • Eco Brewing Co Beach Bar open every day with live music on the sands at Main Beach
  • Opening ceremony and paddle-out, Fri 21 Feb, 5pm
  • The Thomas Surfboards Opening Party, Sat 22 Feb.
  • Meet the WSL Pros, Mon 24 Feb, 8pm, Halse Lodge, Hastings St
  • Board Meeting Charity Dinner, Fri 28 Feb, 6.30pm, Sunshine Beach Surf Lifesaving Club, $135.
  • The hounds of swell at the Vetshop Dog Surfing, Sun 1 March from 1.30pm at First Point.
  • Beach training and yoga with Active Escapes on Noosa Main Beach, Sat 22 Feb, 7am (group); Sun 7am (Yoga) - $10 per event
  • The Drop Music Festival, Sat 29 Feb with The Presets, Boy and Bear and more.
  • Surf Art Expo at Heads of Noosa Brewery, Rene St, Noosaville opens on Sat 22 Feb, noon, The Unknowns play from 5pm – expo and Taproom are open all week in conjunction with the festival.
  • She to Sea Female Surf Culture Exhibition on Tues 25 March, 5-9pm at Halse Lodge, Hastings St.
  • Spoons – A Santa Barbara Story surf documentary, The J Theatre, 60 Noosa Drive, Noosa Junction, Wed 26 Feb, 7pm, $20/$15 + $2 booking fee. Book at thej.com.au or 5329 6560
  • See more at noosafestivalofsurfing.com

Noosa Junction Twilight Markets

Cruise through summer at Noosa's only night market, Noosa Junction Twilight Markets this Fri 21 Feb, Arcadia St, Noosa Junction, just over the hill from Hastings St, 5-9pm. There’s food stalls and food trucks, happy hour prices all night at the pop-up bar, artisan stalls and laidback live music with Esteban Live

Aperitivo Long Lunch

The Aperitivo Long Lunch at Locale Noosa, Hastings St this Sun 23 Feb is a fundraiser for the Australian Wildlife and Nature Recovery Fund. Enjoy Aperol Spritz with your favourite Italian cuisine including pizza, risotto, salumi and delicious salads made with fresh produce from Locale’s own Maravista Farm, while listening to live music by Niki De Saint.

Ticket $80 includes Italian long lunch + Aperol Spritz on arrival. Additional Aperol Spritz cocktails $12, shared tables. Book at localenoosa.com.au

Flickerfest – short laughs comedy

Flickerfest short film festival bring its Short Laughs Comedy program to the The J in Noosa Junction, Fri 28 Feb, 7.30pm with a selection of award-winning films from around the world, $20 adult/$18 concession. Book at thej.com.au

Royal Opera House Live

The Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season screens The Sleeping Beauty at Noosa Event Cinemas on 23 and 26 Feb, with Tchaikovsky’s enchanting score and Marius Petipa’s original choreography, filmed at London’s Royal Opera House. Ticket $20 adults, $18 concession - see eventcinemas.com.au/roh

Tour natural wonders

Discover local natural wonders with friendly locals and see some of the Sunshine Coast’s most breathtaking views as the Sunshine Coast Tour Company takes you on an unforgettable half-day tour of the superb nature that surrounds Noosa.

Sit back in the mini-bus and hear the local stories on your way to discovering rainforests and chasing waterfalls. Tour departs Noosa every Sunday with pick-up from your Noosa holiday accommodation. Book online - see The Sunshine Coast Tour Company

Warplanes adventure flight – save 20%

Put yourself in the cockpit of an incredible ex-RAAF Wirraway or Trojan aircraft for an unforgettable adventure flight over the Sunshine Coast with Warplanes. They’re offering a 20% discount on all flights until the end of February.

Warplanes’ experienced pilots can tailor a flight to suit you in their WWII RAAF training aircraft. Fly over the Glasshouse Mountains, beautiful beaches or try some aerobatics. Warplanes adventure flights leave from the Gympie airfield at Kybong and Caboolture Airport, about 1hr south of Noosa on the Bruce Highway. Ph 0401 493 999

Live music in Noosa from 21 - 27 Feb


  • The Lime Spiders are at The Reef Hotel, Noosa Heads, Thurs 27 Feb, 8pm, tickets $24.50 at oztix.com.au
  • The Sunnyboys are at The Shed at Aussie World, about 30 mins south of Noosa along the Bruce Hwy at Palmview, this Fri 21 Feb, 8pm to celebrate the release of the Sunnyboys 40 album, supported by Rocket Science. 18+, $63+booking fee, tickets at feelpresents.com
  • On Fri 21 Feb at Peregian Beach Hotel, Tane performs at 3.30pm and Shannon Sol Carroll at 7pm. At the summer sessions on Sat, see Midnight Tango, Tim Fuchs, Julian Wood and Alex Millington & Jangoh from 3pm. On Sun, Elson & Co play from 3pm
  • Zuric ‘n’ Brown are at Noosa Heads Surf Club, Hastings St this Fri 21 Feb from 8.30pm till late; The Claptomaniacs are on Sat from 8.30pm; and David Zuric is on Sun from 2-5pm
  • Tewantin Noosa RSL, Tewantin, has live music on Fri 8pm; Sat from 8pm; and Thurs, from 6pm
  • John Veloso is at the Noosa Boathouse Sunset Bar for the Sunday Sunset Session this Sun 23 Feb from 4.30-7.30pm
  • Brad Schultz is at Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville this Fri 21 Feb, 4-6pm. Col Meredith is on Sun, 2-5pm
  • Sip on ‘80s throwback cocktails at Noosa Ocean Beats at Miss Moneypenny’s, Hastings St, on Sat from 4pm with DJ Avor. 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
  • Café Le Monde, Hastings St has live music and DJs every Fri from 6pm; Sat from 9pm and Thurs from 5pm
  • El Capitano, Hastings St has live music on Thurs from 6.30pm
  • DJ Karlos is at Noosa Beach House Bar, Hastings St this Fri 21 Feb from 7-10pm; Zac the Muso is on Sat from 7-10pm; and Carl Lynch is on Sun from 3-6pm
  • Better Together are at Cooroy RSL, Maple St, Cooroy this Fri 21 Feb from 6 – 9.30pm
  • In the beer garden at the Imperial Hotel Eumundi, see Mitch & Trey this Fri 21 Feb, 6.30-9.30pm; on Sat, The Brown Trouts from 12-4pm and Harii Bandhu from 6.30 – 9.30pm; on Sun, see Ordio from 2 - 5pm. There’s a jam session in the Bunker on Thurs 27 Feb from 7pm
  • Live music at the Harbour Wine Bar, Noosa Marina, Tewantin this Fri 21 Feb from 5.30pm
  • 10 Hastings St Cafe has live music every Wed to Sun from 6-9pm, along with delicious tapas, paella and sangria
  • Live music at the Original Eumundi Markets this Sat 22 Feb
  • 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 
  • Zachary’s in Hastings St has live music from local artists every Sat from 8pm 

Quilters exhibition | Davida Allen artworks | ArtPlay

Noosa Regional Gallery hosts 2 new exhibitions, The Wallace House Quilters: A Life in Patches, and Davida Allen: The Autobiography of Vicki Meyers: Close to the Bone. The gallery is Riverside, 9 Pelican St, Tewantin.

Pack a picnic and catch a Noosa Ferry or head to the restaurants and cafes at Noosa Marina nearby.

The gallery is open from Tues to Fri, 10am-4pm, and Sat to Sun, 10am-3pm - free entry. Also find out how to become an art detective!

Image: Davida Allen, The Unbearable Luxury of Freedom 1991, lithograph, 28 x 38cm.

Relax on the river

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

Sunshine strolling

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!

Noosa Brewery Trail

Visit 4 breweries on the Noosa Brewery Trail this Sat 22 Feb and Thurs 27 Feb, 11am with a designated driver and tour guide, starting at either Boiling Pot or Heads of Noosa, then Land & Sea in Noosaville, Eumundi Brewery and Copperhead in Cooroy.

Includes beer tasting paddle at each, lunch, behind-the-scenes tours and return transfers. Pick-up available from Mooloolaba, Coolum, Peregian, Noosa Heads and Noosaville. Tickets at sunshinecoastcraftbeertours.com.au

Shop Noosa’s villages

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.

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