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:
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
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 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
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
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
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
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.
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!
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
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.