With a multi-cultural palate, and commitment to locally-sourced produce, Noosa features an enviable reputation when it comes to all things cuisine.

It’s a destination where fine dining, coffee haunts and casual takeaways are represented in equal measure, offering a smorgasbord of options for dining out any day or night of the week.

While some of these venues are renowned nationally others are local treasures. So, let’s pull back the veil on some of the region’s hidden gems with the ultimate tips and insight on how to eat like a local in Noosa.

Dinner for Two

Whether it’s beachside, a Thai-style garden or cuisine that’s second to none, Noosa has an array of restaurants with an intimate, upscale ambience.

Noosa Main Beach is home to some of the most acclaimed, including Sails and Bistro C. Both sit only metres from the sand, offering the perfect vantage point of the ocean and Noosa’s twinkling lights.

In the heart of Hastings Street you’ll find Rococo Noosa, a go-to for live music and award-winning contemporary cuisine.

Further down the river is the dining precinct of Quamby Place where a series of local restauranteurs have carved out a culinary niche. Here you’ll find multiple award- winning restaurants, all serving up specialties to whet the appetite.

The riverside ambience lends itself to romance, while at the helm of each establishment are recognised and highly acclaimed chefs.

For those seeking a truly unique dining experience, dining adventure awaits a little farther afield, at the nationally renowned institution that is the Spirit House. Heralded as one of Australia’s “best dining experiences”, the Spirit House is located in Yandina and more than lives up to its reputation.

The restaurant features stunning contemporary Thai cuisine, but arguably it’s the ambience that truly steals the show. The establishment is set in lush tropical surrounds, complete with a tropical pond and transforms into a magical wonderland that will take your breath away.

Family Favourites

Despite its upmarket reputation, Noosa more than willingly accommodates those in search of a casual meal. From surf clubs with spectacular views to unique hinterland restaurants, a bevvy of local haunts sees diners spoiled for choice.

Family-friendly surf clubs of note include Noosa and Sunshine Beach where the views are spectacular and the food suits every palate. Weekend breakfasts are a highlight along with family-friendly ambience.

For a little Noosa tradition and an endless menu of seafood, Maisie’s at Gympie Terrace is a favoured local haunt. Here, the history of Noosa is revealed in comfortable surrounds that suit a lunch or dinner in search of serious comfort food.

Meanwhile, the hinterland haven of Eumundi also serves up some unique treats. For a pub meal in an eclectic beer garden that comes complete with child-friendly facilities, try the recently revamped Imperial Hotel or for an eclectic experience and some truly fine cuisine, lunch or dinner at the Bohemian Bungalow is definitely worth a taste.

If you’re looking for a host of options in one convenient local place, Noosa Marina offers access to affordable fish and chips, pizza, steak and Australian cuisine in one easily accessible precinct, that’s situated right on the water.

Coffee Haunts

Great coffee is a major passion of Noosa locals, and in recent years a host of haunts have sprung up to cater to the caffeine craving. Among the best are Padre Coffee at Noosaville, where lovers of all things caffeine can indulge in the full roasting process, and Costa Noosa at Sunshine Beach where the blend is local and the day starts early.

Meanwhile, Belmondos on Rene Street at Noosaville not only serves up great coffee but affords coffee lovers the opportunity to peruse some of the finest locally sourced produce, meat and organic items available.

It would be remiss to leave Tewantin out of the mix, with some seriously good coffee attracting an ardent following in this not-to-be-missed Noosa town. A few years ago Zabe opened, delivering great coffee, an eclectic vibe and arguably a new lease of life to the main street.

Market Fare

With a passion for fresh produce, Noosa just loves its local markets. And, if you’re looking to seriously eat like a local, there’s some bargains and great fare to be had.

Standout produce and food markets include the Eumundi Markets, which serves up a vast variety of street food each Wednesday and Saturday, and the Noosa Farmers Markets held at the AFL grounds on Weyba Road every Sunday.

About Noosa Quays

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the Noosa Sound waterfront.

Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it’s a destination that’s centrally located and easily reached.

The Noosa River awaits

Winding its way from Lake Cooroibah and meandering through Tewantin to the Noosa Spit, the Noosa River is one of the region’s true jewels come summer, winter, autumn or spring.

It’s a destination that draws locals and visitors alike to bask on its banks, dine at its restaurants and simply enjoy a seemingly endless life of waterfront pleasure.

From its sparkling waters, Noosa life takes on a whole new hue, so here are five ways to enjoy a day on the river, Noosa style.

Messing about in boats

Not only is the Noosa River renowned for its beauty and the access it provides to a host of shoreline delights, the river offers some of the best fishing spots and wildlife vantage points available in the region. And there are a host of ways to explore by hiring your own boat, or with the guidance of more experienced personnel.

Along the river at Gympie Terrace and at the Noosa Marina, multiple operators offer chartered fishing tours, eco-tours, party boat hire, and jet ski rental, allowing you a guided tour or the relaxed opportunity to take in the river at your own steady pace.

Stand-up style

If a quieter pace takes your fancy, the calm waters of the river offer the perfect opportunity to indulge in one of the region’s true passions – stand-up paddle boarding.

Paddle boarders are a familiar sight along the river, gently easing their way down or upstream at any time of the day. Early morning or sunset are particularly popular, allowing paddle-boarders to take in the quiet ambience of a spectacular Noosa sunset or sunrise, with accommodation providers like Noosa Quays amongst those offering ready access to this relaxed mode of exploration.

Sporting renown

When a more competitive edge beckons, the river well and truly provides, with canoeing, outrigging and rowing also among the popular pastimes. Renowned clubs like the Noosa Outrigger Canoe Club call the river their home, with over 130 members spanning the ages of 20 to 80.

While competitive paddling takes place at venues across the region, the recreational/social side is hosted in the calm waters of the river and nearby canals.

We are sailing

Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club is at the heart of the river community, offering a sailing and rowing program that’s the envy of many a waterfront town.

The club is renowned for its Youthsail program, regattas, and weekly racing, but also schedules regular courses for adults looking to learn to sail.

Meanwhile, school holidays see a host of holiday sailing programs on offer, catering to children as young as six.

Sunset cruises

Few things offer such a spectacular perspective of Noosa as a sunset cruise down the river, and a host of operators willingly accommodate this unique experience of the region.

Among them are the Noosa Ferry, which provides a one-hour cruise that includes gliding past the fine waterfront homes of Noosa Sound, and getting up close to the Lake Weyba wildlife before taking in the sunset at the river entrance.

About Noosa Quays

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the Noosa Sound waterfront.

Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it’s a destination that’s centrally located and easily reached.

Noosa Quays shares the region’s passion for its pristine waterways, with kayaks and stand-up paddle boards available for guests to simply walk into the waters at our doorstep and experience the beauty of Noosa from the river.

The festive season sees Noosa in all her finery, with a vibe that embraces all the enchantment and excitement of the holidays.

Beaches beckon, the river sparkles, and restaurants, cafes and eateries offer up their finest fair. This is the season of quintessential Noosa where she showcases her endless list of relaxing, entertaining, and enticing attributes but with a distinctly festive feel.

If the festive season finds you in Noosa, here’s just a taste of the activities on offer over Christmas and New Year’s.

 

Lights, camera, festive spirit

While famous for her tourism, community is at the heart of the Noosa area, and across the region communities light up, decorate and celebrate the Christmas feel. There’s giant Christmas trees, sparkling street lighting, and many businesses and households also embrace the action.

The best streets for Christmas lighting are highlighted in local papers, but the townships of Cooroy, Noosa, and Noosa Junction all embrace the Christmas feel.

Insider’s tip: Start the evening with a meal in Hasting’s Street, Noosa, watch the Christmas Tree light up, and then embark on a drive to see the local houses in all their Christmas-lit glory.

 

Carols

Throughout December, Carols are a regular fixture on every community calendar across the Noosa Shire. For those visiting the region and staying in Noosa, the Carols on the River on December 17 are the Christmas event not to be missed.

Held on the Noosa River in the Lions Park adjacent to the Sailing Club, Carols on the River is a family-friendly event featuring the finest live entertainment and food stalls, all enjoyed as a spectacular sunset paints the river in ever-deepening hues.

Carols on the River will be held on Sunday, December 17, from 7pm.

Insider’s tip: Catch the Noosa Ferry to the Sailing Club, and pack a picnic to enjoy.

 

Noosa Waters Christmas Boat Flotilla

Noosa revels in her waterfront and the annual Noosa Waters Christmas Boat Flotilla embraces it in all its glory.

Held on Friday, December 22, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the community event. For those unfamiliar, the Flotilla sees the area’s boats decked out in all their Christmas glory, offering a passing parade of the waterfront variety.

The best vantage points include the parks and foreshores of Noosa Waters, and this is a family-friendly evening to foster the Christmas spirit.

Insider’s tip: Pack a picnic dinner and secure your spot early. The Flotilla starts at Saltwater Avenue, at 7pm, winds its way through the waterways of the Noosa Waters, and concludes at the end of Noosa Quay.

 

Christmas markets

Whether you seek a last-minute gift or a festive Christmas ambience there are a host of Christmas markets for locals and visitors to enjoy.

The renowned Eumundi Markets add extra sessions to their weekly Wednesday and Saturday schedule, with twilight markets held on Friday evenings throughout December. Featuring live music, light shows, street food and even a visit from Santa, these twilight markets add that magical feel to the festive season.

Meanwhile, Noosa Junction hosts its twilight Christmas markets on Friday, December 15, and Peregian Beach offers a chilled-out Sunday market on December 15. All feature authentic artisan wares, live entertainment, fabulous street food and a laidback feel.

Insider’s tip: Look for authentic Noosa Christmas gift offerings at the markets. This artistic community creates a variety of one-off pieces destined to delight family at Christmas.

 

Christmas dining

Noosa is renowned for her hospitality and the festive season sees some of the finest chefs and fare on offer. Most venues remain open across the Christmas period, providing a welcome alternative for Christmas lunch or family entertaining during the busy Christmas season.

Insider’s tip: Book early. The festive season is busy in Noosa, and many restaurants can book out well in advance.

 

New Years

Noosa’s spectacular river forms the backdrop of the annual New Year’s fireworks with a family-friendly time of 9pm along with the traditional midnight fireworks.

The best vantage points can be found all along the river, from Tewantin to the Noosa Spit. Meanwhile, even local restaurants get in on the fireworks action, with big names like Ricky’s River Bar and Grill adding their personal touch to the midnight fireworks.

Insider’s tip: Secure your position early and enjoy a relaxed afternoon barbecue, picnic or swim at the river before settling into an evening of fun.

 

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the Noosa Sound waterfront.

Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it’s a destination that’s centrally located and easily reached.

Noosa Quays is within walking distance to Hastings’s Street, and is located right on the Noosa Rover, providing a prime position to view the midnight fireworks from the comfort of your own private balcony come New Year’s Eve.

With bright sunny days and a temperate climate all year round, Noosa is truly a destination for all seasons. It’s a tourism icon further highlighted by a calendar of events that showcase the region’s assets throughout the year.

If you’re planning a Noosa escape in 2018, here’s a quick guide to the events and activities that shape the region’s seasons.

 

Summer – Surf, sea and sand

Summer sees quintessential Noosa shine in all its glory. The days are longer, brighter and filled with renowned Noosa assets like surf, sand and sea.

This time of the year revolves around the beach and bountiful waterways, with most activities taking a water-focused form. As a result it’s one of the most popular times of the year for tourists, who are drawn to the picture-perfect sandy shores, Hastings Street excitement, and general Queensland vibe of the summer holidays.

Meanwhile, Christmas in Noosa is embraced in a truly Australian way, with a host of beachside carols, community markets and street parades to enjoy.

This holiday joviality continues beyond to New Year’s, with fireworks, entertainment, sailing schools, and so much more.

 

Autumn – Finest food and wine

As the crowds of summer subside, Noosa explores her further assets, embracing the hospitality pedigree for which she is renowned. This is the season of the finer things in life, culminating in the world-renowned Noosa Food and Wine Festival that showcases Australia’s brightest and best chefs and is held in May each year.

It’s also the time of year when many enjoy a welcome respite from city life. Throughout autumn and including Easter, the days are just a little cooler, yet the beach remains ever-alluring, offering the opportunity to enjoy long, languid days spent enjoying the endless waterfront.

For surfers, this is when the swell is at its finest, the beaches are less crowded and the waves beyond belief, with international events like the Festival of Surfing held on Main Beach in March.

 

Winter – A welcome respite

While southerners may beg to differ, Noosa indeed has a winter, and revels in the chance to rug up and toast the season by a welcoming fireside.

Despite a ‘chilled’ vibe, the days are crisp, clear, and the beach still inviting, prompting even locals to dip their toes in the welcoming sea. It’s a time when many tourists from cooler climes seek the respite of a destination guaranteed to deliver beautiful weather and an escape from the cold.

Meanwhile the picturesque Noosa Hinterland, including Montville and Maleny, embraces winter proper, with Christmas in July, fireside meals and weekend escapes.

 

Spring – A reinvigorating vibe

As the Jacaranda comes into bloom and bright red Poinciana’s herald the warmer months to come, Noosa gets sporty, as only this lifestyle-loving region can.

This is the season when fitness is very much on the agenda, with seminal events like the Noosa Triathlon attracting sports enthusiasts and spectators alike.

Spring brings the warmer weather but minus the humidity as locals and tourists flock to the beach. The summer is yet to embrace the crowds, the beaches are warm and welcoming as Noosa gears up to do it all over again for the next hospitable year.

 

Whatever the season and events you seek, Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the Noosa Sound waterfront.

Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it’s a destination that’s centrally located and easily reached.

The countdown is on to one of the biggest events on the national sporting calendar, with Noosa readying to embrace athletes and spectators alike for the annual Noosa Triathlon from November 1-5.

This year marks a special occasion for the five-day festival, with organisers celebrating 35 years of what has come to be known as the largest triathlon event in the globe.

And this home-grown triathlon isn’t just an event for the national and global sporting elite. It’s is a Multi Sport Festival celebrating fitness, health and fun, against the idyllic backdrop of picturesque Noosa.

So let’s lace up our running shoes and take a quick spin around the event that is the Noosa Triathlon.

The race

Featuring a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run, the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival attracts 8500 triathlon competitors for the Sunday event and 12,000 participants across the five-day festival. It’s classed as one of Australia’s premier sporting events, commanding international interest along with some of the biggest names in the triathlon sphere.

Participants can enter as individuals or in teams, but this has been the stomping ground for current and up -coming athletes since 1982.

And there’s far more to this sporting celebration than the flagship triathlon. Over the course of the festival there are a host of other events to enjoy for people of all ages.

These include a kids-only triathlon, a Breakfast Fun Run, golf tournament, ocean swim, and both men’s and women’s cycling to name just a few.

The ethos

The main event may boast some of some of the biggest names in sport and be backed by Ironman, but it’s a celebration that attracts far more than the sporting elite.

The entire event is dedicated to fitness, fun and healthy living, while showcasing the spectacular region of Noosa. Live entertainment, sun-filled days, stellar surf and superb sportsmanship are the order of every day throughout the festival.

Getting involved

So popular is this annual fixture on the triathlon calendar that individual race entries to this 35th anniversary event sold out in 48 hours, but there’s still a host of ways for people to get involved.

These include:

  • A Breakfast Fun Run
  • Run Swim Run event
  • The Superkidz and Special Triathlon on Saturday morning.
  • The Subaru Noosa Australian Open Criterium, and Asics Noosa Bolt on Saturday afternoon.
  • Legends Triathlon, attracting a premium field of sporting legends

Best spectator spots

There are plenty of vantage points to enjoy all the action, adrenaline and endurance of the triathlon.

You can catch the swim leg from the Lions Park at Noosa Heads, take in cycling from Noosa Parade, through Tewantin and beyond along Noosa-Cooroy Road. Meanwhile, the run traverses Noosa Parade and around to Weyba Road, and there will be road closures at varying times.

The Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is one of the ultimate ways to experience the health-conscious, outdoor-loving lifestyle for which Noosa is renowned. It’s the opportunity to witness the true sporting elite, take part in a family-friendly event, or revel in the region’s beautiful surrounds.

You can learn more about all the activities on offer and further details of the event route at the official website.

Noosa Quays is located within short walking distance of all the action and excitement of the Noosa Triathlon.

A premium Noosa accommodation provider, it offers deluxe apartments on the waterfront at Noosa Sound. Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it is centrally located and easily reached.

 

Spring sees the natural beauty of Noosa further unfold as the region readily embraces a host of activities firmly focused on the great outdoors. It’s a time of year when the sun almost endlessly shines, the beaches are warm and welcoming, and al fresco dining is the order of every day.

If you’re looking for spring pursuits that truly tick all the right leisure and relaxation boxes, here’s a quick snapshot of Noosa activities to indulge in the ambience of spring.

Eumundi markets

Every Wednesday and Saturday the historic hinterland town of Eumundi transforms into a bustling outdoor marketplace featuring local artisan offerings, gourmet delights, giftware and more. The Eumundi Markets draw visitors from all over Australia to explore over 600 stalls showcasing the region’s artistic and craft talent.

Spend a morning perusing the wares then relax over lunch at the Imperial Hotel, or watch the passing parade from the comfort of bookstores, bakeries and coffee houses that line the main street.

Noosa National Park

At the eastern end of Noosa’s bustling Hastings Street the quietening oasis of the world-renowned Noosa National Park awaits. Here, a series of walking trails allows you to explore the coastline in all its glory, with the opportunity to sight a koala or two along the way.

The trails are generally suited to all levels of fitness and there are a host of spots to stop, relax in the sunshine or take a dip in the sparkling blue waters of the Coral Sea.

Ginger Factory and Spirit House

Just off the highway southwest of Noosa is one of the Sunshine Coast’s oldest and most surprising towns – Yandina. This former logging and sugar hub now boasts a host of tourism delights including The Ginger Factory, Nutworks and renowned Spirit House restaurant.

Set in lush and expansive tropical gardens, entering the Spirit House is akin to opening a window into a little piece of Thailand, with a spectacular ambience and equally sensational cuisine.

Peregian Beach

Nestled on the coast between Coolum and Noosa, the welcoming township of Peregian Beach offers a laidback feel reminiscent of childhood days at the beach.

This precinct, so adored by locals, features a patrolled beach, expansive park and playground along with boutique stores and a host of restaurants. On the first and third Sundays of the month, the parkland adjacent to the beach also plays host to vibrant artisan markets and live entertainment.

Noosa River

Come springtime the waters of the Noosa River become a playground for locals and visitors alike. Catch a ferry down the river from Tewantin to Hastings Street, or take a stroll along its banks and spend a day shopping, dining and indulging in great coffee.

If the waters prove too enticing to resist, there are a host of activities to enjoy like kayaking, paddle boarding, boat hire and more.

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the waterfront at Noosa Sound. Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, the Noosa beaches and all the dining and activities on offer, it is centrally located and easily reached.

Whether you’re a scenic style cyclist or a mountain bike maverick, Noosa is pure paradise when it comes to two-wheel pursuits.

In fact the region boasts some of Australia’s top cycling events that see Lycra lovers flock to this north coast paradise each year to take part in a host of premium competitions. Why? Well it’s all about the bountiful bevy of beautiful scenery and mixed terrain.

But if a leisurely ride is more to your liking, then Noosa is no novice at taking the scenic route. She’s more than willing to dial down the adrenaline and serve up some truly casual two-wheel action.

Here are some of the best cycling routes available to take in all the sun-filled glory of Noosa and surrounds.

A river retreat

The Noosa River is the social lifeblood of this region, attracting locals and visitors alike for morning strolls, sparkling sunsets and champagne cruises. And perhaps one of the most effective ways to take in its beauty is from the comfort of a bike.

For cyclists the river owes much of its popularity to flat terrain and smooth paths that allow you to experience all the glory, ambience and even a little history of the region in one easy pedalling swoop.

Hastings Street haven

Few places are as iconic as Noosa’s bustling Hastings Street, and even this haven is accessible by bike. Skip the traffic and set out from Noosaville to cross canals and observe the sights before entering Hastings Street proper.

Then it’s a choice of left or ride to revel in the full beauty of the beaches in every direction. Left will see you head to the Noosa Spit, via the enchanting Noosa Woods. Or go right and witness the spectacular scenery along a coast road that takes you directly to the entrance of the acclaimed National Park.

Beach beauty

Did we mention Noosa lays out the welcome mat for cyclists? Well few routes are quite so spectacular as cycling along the coast and taking in the bountiful and beautiful beaches.

Start at Noosa Junction and head south to cover some seriously rewarding coastal ground all the way to Peregian Beach. Oh and if you need to refuel, pause to enjoy a well-earned breakfast, lunch or coffee at simply stunning Sunshine Beach.

Mangroves and macchiatos

A major feature of the Noosa region is its seemingly endless waterways, and Weyba Creek is another great destination for cyclists.

Set off from Gympie Terrace and enjoy the wide shady path that takes you through Noosaville to the Sunday Farmers Markets or to a bevy of popular cafes before looping back to the river.

 Quick tips

Cyclists can legally ride on all paths in the Noosa region unless they’re otherwise signed. Just remember to keep left, warn pedestrians you intend to pass, and always overtake on the right.

Noosa Quays

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the waterfront at Noosa Sound. Located within easy reach of Hastings Street, Noosa River, and the Noosa beaches, Noosa Quays is centrally situated and easily reached.

From endless coastlines, hikes and lookouts, to the coasts best food and wine, the Sunshine Coast has it all! We get how hard it can be to fit in all the glorious sights and attractions. Here’s our guide for the top 5 things do on a Winter’s day on the Sunshine Coast.

1. PICK-YOUR-OWN! At the Strawberry Fields

The Carmichael family has been pumping out strawberry sweetness since the 1980’s, and there’s even more to come this winter! With the picking season open from June to November, it’s the perfect winters day treat. And if you fancy something sweet while you’re there, be sure to visit their Café and splurge on more berry sweetness, like their homemade strawberry ice cream or pancakes – so berry good!

2. The BIG Pineapple

Just like all great regions, a big statue of a fruit or animal is a must. And lucky for us we have the Big Pineapple! The heritage listed Big Pineapple is full of fun for the whole family. Learn about the history of Pineapple farming, from start to factory, whilst making your way up the Big Pineapple (the actual statue) to enjoy the view from top!

As a part of the Big Pineapple family, the Wildlife HQ Zoo offers visitors an intimate showcase of native and exotic animals. Plus, if you want to get up close and personal with these animals why not book an animal encounter?

3. A Day at Montville

Heading west from the Sunshine Coast ocean, you’ll find the beautiful hinterland town of Montville. A world away from our salty sea air, Montville is a small town with great food and beautiful hinterland views.

If it’s sights you are after, the Kondalilla Falls walk is a must. Or if it’s food, wine and chocolate, take a walk down the town’s main street – you will be in indulgence heaven.

4. Noosa Farmers Market

The Noosa Farmers Market is a winning market for the finest and freshest locally-grown produce. Not only is the crop top notch, but you get to meet the local farmers and producers behind the harvest!

Located around the gum trees of the Noosa Australian Football Club, on Weyba Road, the Noosa Farmers Market is filled with stalls from produce and skincare, to music, creamy cheese and amazing coffee. Happening every Sunday of the year, be sure to mark it on your calendar.

5. Wonderland in Maleny

The Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World is a place like no other. Positioned on a 14-acre wonderland, you’ll enjoy the spectacular views of layered gardens, waterfalls, lakes and picnic spots. The Bird Worlds “Walk Through Bird Aviary” is an experience like no other, where you can set your eyes on some of the most colourful and beautiful birds in the world!

Then, if you fancy a bite to eat Monica’s Café is the place to go. Accommodating to dairy-free, gluten-free, vegans and vegetarians and everyone else, Monica’s fresh seasonal menu is amazing! Don’t go past the Pane Pomodoro – it’s a town favourite.

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the waterfront of Noosa Sound. A short stroll from some of the best dining experiences Noosa has to offer.

Who wouldn’t love to indulge in a 10-day-long-weekend of music, theatre, food and thought? This July, Noosa will welcome over 120 events and 250 artists at the annual Noosa Alive! Festival.

Held on 21 July – 30 July 2017, Noosa will burst with talent, showcasing the best we have in artists, performers, authors, visual art, film, food and all things Noosa. Bigger than ever before, here’s a sneak peek of what’s on offer this July!

For the Creatives –

Shelly & Jasmin Pugh, from the renowned Pugh family of artist masters, will be hosting three Art Workshops at the Rococo Beach Club Marquee on Noosa Main Beach. Each class will encourage you to explore your artistic freedom, experiment using various art concepts and techniques and; make creative use of the beautifully natural surrounds of Noosa.

  • Thursday 27 July – Fibres & Textures
  • Friday 28 July – Portrait Freedoms
  • Saturday 29 July – Sculpture & Form

For more info, visit their event page.

For the Love of Dance –

This year’s festival hosts many amazing dance talents and styles from all around the globe. Whether it’s a Cabaret performance or a Salsa spectacular you are into, we have something for everyone.

The 2017 program will even see the Queensland Ballet back again, with a performance range of classical, contemporary and neo-classical ballet.

To view the full Dance & Cabaret program, visit their page.

For the Muso’s

Noosa Alive! is packed with amazing musical talents. But one that we cannot go past is Jeff Duff, who is performing a David Bowie songbook at this year’s festival. Straight from the stages of the Sydney Opera House, Jeff’s show “Bowie Unzipped” celebrates the life of one of the world’s most iconic performers and in the way he was best remembered; glitter, colour and glam rock. This flamboyant one-night-only performance is an unmissable experience.

For the Foodies –

Noosa is known to be a culinary powerhouse. And in true Noosa fashion, this festival showcases the best we have in food and wine, with service to match. From the shores of Noosa Main Beach under the Rococo’s Beach Club Marquee to the stunning backdrop and culinary talent of Quamby Place, this year’s event is a foodies dream. Visit the Noosa Alive! website for all food events during the festival.

For the Love of Theatre –

Noosa Alive! is proud to present “Twists and Turns and Under the Covers” a play created by the Olympic Gold Medalist, Matthew Mitcham. The production told with honesty and courage, tells Matthew’s inspiring story. You can expect more vibrancy, charm and hilariously brutal honesty as he delivers a few Public Service Announcements he’s learnt through trial and (mostly) error.

This year’s program also hosts the 40th Annual Once Act Play Festival. This festival (within a festival) premieres the top 3 finalist plays from the National One-Act Playwriting Competition.

This year’s finalists are –

  • Seeking Nirvana by Dave Wellings from Clifton (QLD)
  • The Big Lap by Bruce Olive from Buderim
  • Unforgettable by Cerise De Gelder from Victoria

To view the full Theatre program, click here.

We could go on and on with not-to-be-missed events during the festival, but it’s more fun for you to discover them yourself! There is literally, something for everyone – even the kids! If you want to experience and enjoy Noosa’s fantastic 10-day-long weekend, be sure to book your tickets and accommodation at our spacious Noosa Sound apartments in the heart of Noosa.

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the waterfront of Noosa Sound. A short stroll from some of the best dining experiences Noosa has to offer.

Noosa is a lot of things: a wining and dining mecca is just one of them. But if you want to dive deeper into the sensational food experiences Noosa has to offer, you need to know where the locals go. Here’s our top 10 Noosa dining experiences that the locals love— and you will too!

1. Fish & Chips from Red Emperor, enjoyed at Noosa River

Known by locals as some of the best fish and chips Noosa has to offer— why not take a stroll down from our noosa sound apartments to Noosa River, order a bundle and enjoy at one of the many picnic tables? We recommend trying their speciality: Red Emperor.

2. Burger and fries from Betty’s Burgers, on Hastings St

For locals, Betty’s Burgers is more than a local love affair: it’s an institution. Head to Hastings Street and indulge where the locals do. You can’t go wrong with the Betty’s Classic, some french fries and one of their famous chocolate thick shakes.

3. Sip & Share Cocktails + Tapas, by the Sea at Bistro C

You can’t say you’ve dipped your toe into the Noosa foodie scene if you haven’t been to Bistro C. Head there in the afternoon between 3-5pm, outside of school holidays, for their Sip & Share Cocktails + Tapas specials. Enjoy their famous cocktails for under $10, with a view to-die-for. that comes complimentary.

4. Lunch at the iconic waterfront restaurant: Sails

With a menu that is always reflective of the seasonal offerings from Sunshine Coast farmers, it’s no wonder why even the locals flock to famous Sails restaurant on Hastings Street. As their menu is always evolving it’s hard to pick a favourite, but you can’t go wrong with a seafood lunch.

5. Coffee and a view at Aromas

If you want to drink coffee with the locals, pull up a forward-facing seat at infamous Aromas on Hastings Street. You can usually find us watching the world go by, whilst enjoying one of their incredible iced coffees or skinny lattes.

6. Dinner and a dance at Rococo

With live music every night of the week, an awesome European-inspired menu and a first-class wine list— you can mingle with the locals till the wee hours of the morning at Rococo. Find us in a corner under the trees, or by the Baby Grand Piano.

7. Picnic at First Point

Not every Noosa food experience can be bought, some need to be experienced. Why not head to our incredible local grocers Belmondo’s or Pardon’s Fruit Market, grab what you like and pack a picnic to be enjoyed at First Point. We recommend seasonal fruit and cheese at sunset.

8. Sunset drinks on the river at Noosa Boat House

From 4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday make your way to Noosa Boat House on Noosa River to enjoy their Sunset Bar. With a range of nibbles, great wines, legendary beers and their signature cocktails— you can’t go wrong. Our advice: get there early to grab a good seat— to enjoy with a Corona or Noosa River Sling.

9. Fresh finds at the Noosa Farmers Market

One of the best kept local secrets, the Noosa Farmers Market takes place every Sunday at the AFL Club on Weyba Road in Noosaville, from 7am to midday. The market showcases the best in local produce, and makes for a perfect discovery-brunch.

10. Brunch at Cafe Le Monde

We might not be Melbournites, but us Noosa folk still enjoy a good brunch, and where better to go for brunch than to our old favourite Cafe Le Monde? Their smashed avo is always a safe bet— and for those with larger appetites— you won’t be disappointed (or hungry) after the Le Monde Big Brekky.

Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the waterfront at Noosa sound. A shortly stroll to some of the best dining experiences Noosa has to offer.

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