28th annual Festival of Surfing set to be swell

The surf’s up and anticipation are building as Noosa readies to host the iconic event that is the annual Festival of Surfing that’s now on!

Running from March 2 until March 10, this internationally renowned surf festival attracts around 800 competitors each year, and they come from far and wide to compete in more than 15 different divisions and events.

So, grab your board as we ready to ride the wave of what’s in store for 2019.

The Festival

Spanning eight days, the Noosa Festival of Surfing is renowned as the biggest surf festival in the world by competitor numbers. Held each year since the 1990s, it sees First Point the focus as competitors of all ages and surf styles take to the waves.

The event attracts international surf superstars and local legends alike, with the festival featuring grommets, grandpas, dogs, body surfers, specialty and pro divisions.

In fact, the Noosa Festival of Surfing is acclaimed as one of the most diverse surfing festivals in the world, incorporating everything from longboards to noseriders, tandem and more.

This year the World Surf League is also part of the event for the first time in nearly a decade, with the longboard world championship set to feature a field of over 60 surfers in both the men’s and women’s events.

Meanwhile, it’s not just on the water where all the action takes place.

A truly festive vibe

All eyes might be on the line-up but there’s also a wealth of action on the shoreline, with a packed agenda of entertainment and activities that embrace the truly festive vibe.

Each weekday, the morning kicks off with yoga on Main Beach out the front of Sails, then over the course of the event there are activities like sandcastle workshops, art exhibitions, surf-focused films, heritage surf walks, and even a workshop on the science of surf drones.

Of particular note is the perennially popular dog surfing event, which will take place this weekend. From 2 pm on Sunday, these avid surfers of the four-legged variety carve it up with their companions in simply spectacular style.


Throughout the event many local venues will also throw open their doors to embrace the celebration, with charitable dinners, parties, live entertainment and trivia all on the agenda.

Thomas Surfboards kicks off the festivities with the opening party this Saturday night. Sunday sees a charity dinner at Peppers, Land and Sea Breweries offers a touch of trivia on Monday, and Band of Frequencies plays Halse Lodge on Wednesday before a massive closing weekend.

The final days of the event include an Original Rock’n’Roll party at the Reef Hotel on Friday, the Café Le Monde party on Saturday and the closing party at Miss Moneypenny’s on Sunday where the first Men’s and Women’s Champion of the Noosa Open Longboard Championship will be crowned.

Full details about the events and their locations are available here.

About Noosa Quays

Located within walking distance of Noosa Main Beach and Hastings Street, Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the Noosa Sound waterfront.

The perfect place to relax and enjoy all the activity and excitement of the Noosa Festival of Surfing, the resort features spacious river view apartments tucked away in its own tropical gardens.

Noosa Quays shares the region’s passion for surfing and the water, with kayaks and stand-up paddleboards available for guests, and the resort even boasts its own private beach.

You can learn more about Noosa Quays or make a booking here.

Featuring fresh produce and a love for the finer things in life, Noosa boasts an enviable line-up of great eateries.

And in amongst this almost endless list of stellar dining options are some firm local favourites sought out by stalwart regulars for their welcoming vibe, excellent service and enduringly popular menus.

These are the region’s indefatigable hotspots, the jewels in the crown of the resident dining scene. If you’re looking to know where the locals go, here are our tips on how to eat like a local in Noosa.

Popular newcomers

With a climate perfectly suited to sipping pale ales, Noosa has recently warmly welcomed the arrival of its very own boutique brewery scene.

Two of the most popular are Land and Sea at Noosaville, and Copperhead at Cooroy. Both offer the opportunity to test and try in-house brews while relaxing over delectable food in funky and ambient surrounds.

Simply great food

Some restaurants feature an enviable reputation that sees their renown spread like wildfire. Rock Salt at Quamby place is among them, along with Pitchfork at Peregian Beach, and Sum Yung Guys at Sunshine Beach.

Each of these eateries is located in a warm and welcoming dining precinct and all offer a consistent commitment to quality ingredients, cooked to perfection.

The Sunday scene

A long lazy Noosa weekend deserves a long lazy lunch, and this is where Noosa’s hinterland and surrounds truly deliver.

For a casual Sunday lunch in a tropical beer garden, try the Imperial Hotel at Eumundi, or if a touch of history beckons head to Boreen Point and the Apollonian Hotel.

The Apollonian was relocated from Gympie and has its origins in gold mining times. Sunday sees this laid-back establishment serve up a sumptuous spit roast as the kids play on rolling green lawns.

Special occasions

When it comes to five-star eateries, Noosa has no shortage of venues that are locally and critically acclaimed, and many are located just a short walk from Noosa Quays.

They include Wasabi, which receives chef’s hats year-in, year-out for its Japanese-inspired menu, and Ricky’s which is also nationally recognised and industry-acclaimed.

Both restaurants feature stunning views of the Noosa River, along with beautiful ambience and immaculate décor.

Quintessential Noosa

On those stunning Noosa days when the ocean dons its azure blue and the beaches are bathed in sunlight, Main Beach is the place to be for dining in true Noosa style.

If you’re looking for the quintessential Noosa experience, Sails, and Bistro C are the pick of the venues. Both are just metres from the beachfront and offer the opportunity to watch the passing parade while enjoying fine fare against the backdrop of gentle waves.

Casual by the beach

If casual dining with a side helping of unrivalled beachfront views is the order of the day, then the region’s many surf clubs are the go-to local favs.

Sunshine Beach Surf Club tops the list, along with Noosa Surf Club at Main Beach. Both offer a warm, accommodating vibe and extensive menus. Meanwhile on the river, the sailing club features a glistening view all the way to Tewantin and the Noosa River mouth.

Fresh produce

Want to cook like a local? We’ll let you in on a little secret. Fabulous local produce is available every Sunday at the Noosa Farmer’s Markets. Located at the sporting grounds on Weyba Road, it’s a captivating mix of gourmet creations and locally grown, fresh produce.

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 might be world-renowned for Main Beach and endless rolling surf, but much-loved lifeblood of the local community and equally enchanting alternative to the open water is the Noosa River.

Overlooked by historic towns like Tewantin and offering twinkling vistas to the endless Noosaville eateries of Gympie Terrace, the river is the place the locals go for a relaxed day “messing about on boats”, lolling about on boogie boards and savouring the ambience with a spot of stand-up paddle boarding.

Noosa Quays Resort is fortunate enough to overlook this backyard paradise, so here’s our ultimate guide to summer activities on the Noosa River.

By ferry

If you’re seeking to get acquainted with all the blissful beauty the Noosa River affords, Noosa Ferry Company is the perfect place to start.

Stopping all along the river, the ferry operates between Noosa Marina at Tewantin and Noosa Heads. Along the way, it takes in the sailing club, numerous jetty stops and a host of nationally renowned eateries including Ricky’s, Wasabi and Rock Salt at the restaurant enclave of Quamby Place.

By boat

Dotted along the Noosa River foreshore are a host of commercial jetties where operators offer watercraft for hire, including pontoon boats.

Available for half or full-day hire, the pontoon boats are the perfect option for those looking to explore the Noosa River by themselves.

Most feature toilets and barbecues, so a full day’s outing of swimming, eating and relaxing can be enjoyed at destinations along the river that are only accessible by boat.

By board, kayak and canoe

A perennially appealing aspect of the Noosa River is that it offers sheltered, calm waters that are ideally suited to an endless array of water sports.

Kayaking, canoeing, sailing and stand-up paddle boarding are among the most popular, and any day of the year at any time of the day, you’ll likely find people on the river taking in the ambient surrounds.

At Noosa Quays we have kayaks and paddle boards readily available for guests, so you can enjoy a unique perspective of Noosa and the river from the vantage point of the water.


Ask the locals where they take their children to swim on a hot summer’s afternoon, and inevitably amongst the list of top spots is the river.

The calm waters offer the ideal location for swimmers of all ages. It’s also a prime position for families and children to play at playgrounds, stroll the foreshore, build sandcastles and enjoy a lunch or evening barbecue.


An eco-cruise

The Noosaville foreshore might be a much-loved local haunt, but river activities extend far beyond Tewantin, with a wealth of tour operators showcasing the biodiversity and ecology of the river.

Local businesses like the Discovery Group offer full and half-day tours of the river and the Everglades beyond, allowing a unique insight into the river’s flora, fauna and history.

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 paddleboards available for guests to simply walk into the waters at our doorstep and experience the beauty of Noosa from the river.

With beaches that stretch almost as far as the eye can see and surf breaks that include some of Australia’s most iconic, the Sunshine Coast offers an ideal backdrop for mastering the art of surfing.

In fact, Noosa in particular holds an important place in Australia’s surfing history and has long been regarded as one of the best venues in the country for surfers, courtesy of its wide variety of picturesque breaks.

From the rolling swell of Noosa to the wide-open waves of King’s Beach, here are the top spots and schools to learn to surf on the Sunshine Coast.


Quite simply, the Sunshine Coast features a stunning variety of beaches, with Noosa arguably at the top of the list.

Since the late 1950s, Noosa has been a focal point of both national and international surfing and is widely regarded as the first place a surfboard was used in Queensland.

Since then, its popularity has grown, with Main Beach, Little Cove, First Point, Tea Tree Bay, Granite Bay, and Alexander Bay all offering sensational swell suited to varying abilities.

The reason for Noosa’s enduring popularity is its relatively protected north facing location. Year round it tends to offer rotund, yet soft, gentle waves that are ideal for learning to surf.

Meanwhile, the natural backdrop of white beaches and pristine waters is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

For those seeking their first experience surfing, Little Cove offers a scenic destination and generally easy waves. But if you’re looking for some pro assistance, Main Beach is a great place to start.

Here, a host of surf schools run all year round. Accessed from the Noosa Woods, they are found near the Rock Wall on Main Beach.

Schools of note include:

The open beaches

From Sunshine Beach right through to Caloundra, the open beaches offer superb swell, but conditions can be more challenging and treacherous for those new to the sport of surfing.

If you’re looking to learn to surf on an open beach, Coolum offers the perfect environment. The beach here is wide and flat and located adjacent a park and shopping precinct.

Coolum Surfing School is the go-to surf school in this location, offering long board and short board surf lessons, with all equipment provided.

Further south, the surfing culture is also well and truly alive in Maroochydore, where accredited coaches at Maroochy Surf School takes advantage of quintessential Queensland surf locations like Maroochydore Beach and Mooloolaba.

Meanwhile, stunning Alexandra Headland also gets a look-in courtesy of XL Surfing Academy, who offer private classes, group classes and school holiday programs.


Like Noosa, the southern end of the Sunshine Coast is renowned for its surf culture and the Caloundra region serves up rolling breaks in spades.

From Dicky Beach to Happy Valley and Currimumdi, the southern beaches offer a variety of aspects that ensure there’s always suitable conditions to be found which are perfect for beginners.

Taking full advantage of this variety is Caloundra Surfing School, who take the pick of the beaches to host their surf schools on any given day.

About Noosa Quays

Located within walking distance of the Noosa River, Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the waterfront at Noosa Sound.

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.

Whether it’s a mid-week getaway or a weekend retreat, a couple of days well-spent in Noosa are the perfect way to shake off the shackles of city life.

With a bevy of beaches, a dining culture that’s destined to delight and boutique retail and markets to satisfy even the most seasoned shopper, it’s a destination with something to suit families, nature lovers, beach seekers and romantics alike.

If you’re looking to take in all the activities for which Noosa is renowned but are working on a limited timeframe, here’s our guide to 48 hours in Noosa.

A Sunshine sunset

Sunset drinks are the order of the evening after arriving in Noosa and making yourself at home. Head across to Sunshine Beach, pull up a table and chair on the deck of the surf club and enjoy a cool ale or crisp white overlooking the Pacific.

Stay on for dinner or retreat to one of the many lively restaurants in this beachside enclave, with Italian, Asian and tapas among the boutique taste sensations on offer.

After dinner drinks can be enjoyed at the Marble Bar, before tucking yourself in for a welcome rest in advance of a busy day ahead.

Main Beach morning

On a sparkling Noosa morning, the region’s famous Main Beach awaits. Join surfing pro’s and locals in the swell of the Noosa lineup, stroll along the waterside and take in the National Park, or feel the salt sweep away the cares of the world as you enjoy a quick dip in the Coral Sea.

After working up an appetite, it’s time for a wholesome breakfast, and Hastings Street offers a wealth of options to satiate the appetite.

Refreshed and reinvigorated, a little retail awaits, with the designer stores and chic boutiques of offering leisurely way to shop.

Pick yourself a suitable outfit, because a beachside lunch beckons.

Seaside lunch

Two of Noosa’s flagship restaurants offer the perfect option of a long waterfront lunch, with Sails and Bistro C both serving up equally fine food and views.

It’s the opportunity to enjoy the passing parade, while watching the sunlight dance across the ocean and drinking in views that stretch all the way to Noosa North Shore.

Sunset cruise

Come late afternoon it’s time to stroll towards Noosa Sound where the Noosa Ferry awaits to transport you to the next destination.

Take in the views of waterfront houses, and the impressive vista of Noosa Hill as you glide along the river at a leisurely pace towards Tewantin.

You can bring a bottle of the finest sparkling as you toast a first day well spent in Noosa, enjoying all the ambience of Noosa River from poll position on the water. After a round trip to Tewantin and back along the river, your point of departure is the stylish Quamby Place.

Here you can choose from some of the region’s most acclaimed restaurants, with Ricky’s, Wasabe, Rock Salt, and Woodfire Grill amongst the fine dining options available.

Market marvels

Day two sees you awaken to a wealth of market options, with local markets running at Eumundi on Wednesday and Saturday, and Noosa on a Sunday.

The Eumundi Markets are renowned the world over for their artisan offerings and locally made items. Meanwhile, the Sunday Noosa Farmers Markets are a firm local favourite, with gourmet delicacies, local produce and fresh flowers all available.

After a morning spent perusing and picking up all sorts of unique wares, relax over lunch at the Imperial Hotel, Eumundi or stroll the edge of Lake Weyba at Noosaville.

The river awaits

The final stop on your two-day itinerary is the Noosa River, where Gympie Terrace serves up a mix of boutique retail and an endless array of restaurants.

Settle in for a parting lunch, take a leisurely paddle on the river in a kayak or stand-up paddle board, or stroll the waterfront of Gympie Terrace amidst the endless holiday vibe.

Then, enjoy a relaxed afternoon spent in the welcoming atmosphere of the sailing club. From here you have the perfect vantage point of families at play in the park and tiny sailing boats zigzagging across the water.

It’s the end of 48 hours in Noosa, but the adventure’s just begun – there’s so much more on offer for the next time you return.

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’s sporting pedigree is set to be in the spotlight come October 31 as the region gears up for the internationally renowned event that is the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sports Festival.

Drawing large crowds of sporting enthusiasts, supporters and internally ranked competitors alike, the five-day event is one of the most anticipated on the Sunshine Coast calendar.

Whether you’re in it, supporting loved ones or just keen to be part of the festive sporting atmosphere, here’s our guide to all the fun and excitement of the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sports Festival.

The festival

Heralded as the largest triathlon event in the world, the Noosa Triathlon isn’t just a race but a festival that lasts five days and spans a host of idyllic locations in and around picturesque Noosa.

The event celebrates sports, healthy lifestyles, fitness and fun with a mix of competitive races and charity events that all offer sport and entertainment coupled with sun, sea and surf.

The renowned festival culminates in one of the most popular events on the Ironman calendar, with the main triathlon on Sunday, November 4 featuring a 1.5km swim, 40km bike ride, and 10km run.

On its own the tri draws a competitive field of 8500 athletes and is 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, and this has been the breeding ground for some of Australia’s top athletes since 1982.

But even if you’re not an elite athlete, the five-day festival features something for everyone to enjoy.

Festival Events include:

  • Run Swim Run
  • Noosa Charity Golf Day
  • Tour de Noosa – Garth Prowd Ride
  • Jaybird Noosa Breakfast Fun Run – Fundraising for National Breast Cancer Foundation
  • Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim
  • Noosa Superkidz Triathlon
  • Tingirana Special Triathlon
  • ASICS Bolt
  • Australian Open Criterium

The schedule

October 31 – The Noosa Triathlon and Multi Sports Festival kicks off bright and early at 6.30am on October 31 with the Run Swim Run event. Attracting adult and junior competitors, this event takes place at Noosa Main Beach.

November 1 – November 1 sees a more relaxed, party vibe, with the charity golf day at Tewantin Golf Club from 11am followed by the official launch party from 6pm at Festival Village in Noosa Woods.

November 2 – Things start to really heat up come Friday, with the Tour de Noosa – Garth Prowd Ride commencing at 6am from the Noosa Surf Club, followed by the Jaybird Noosa Breakfast Fun Run which starts at Noosa Woods at 7.30am. The Noosa 1000 Ocean Swim takes place that afternoon at 4.15pm at Main Beach, while the Noosa Sports and Lifestyle Expo runs throughout the day at Festival Village.

November 3 –  On Saturday morning it’s the young athletes’ time to shine, with the Superkids Triathlon commencing at 7.30am at Chaplin Park, Noosaville. This is immediately followed by the Tingirana Special Triathlon which begins at the same location straight after the start of the Superkids event.

That afternoon, the Australian Open Criterium women’s race takes place at 2.30pm at Noosa Parade, followed by the Legends Triathlon event at 3.20pm, the ASICS Bolt at 4pm and the Australian Open Criterium men’s race at 4.40pm.

November 4 – Sunday is all about the main event and a little celebration. The Triathlon commences at 6.15am at Main Beach as competitors hit the surf for the 1.5km swim. It’s followed by the 40km ride out through Tewantin and along Noosa-Cooroy Road, and the run along Noosa Parade and Weyba Road.

From 11am things are in party mode, with a Festival Village Sunday Sesh featuring live music, the fireworks spectacular at 6pm and a party that lingers long into the evening at Noosa Main Beach.

A detailed schedule of events is available here.

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 Main Beach 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.

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.

Noosa Alive

Noosa is set to showcase Australia’s finest culture when it throws open its doors and welcomes artists, musicians, playwrights and patrons alike for the 17th annual Noosa Alive festival this month.

Running from July 20 – 29, the event will feature over 250 artists across 10 days of dance, music, literature, food, thought, theatre, film and visual arts.

Here’s an insight into the festival’s history and the line-up of events scheduled for this year.

The festival

Described as “Australia’s premier regional performing arts and culture festival”, Noosa Alive has become one of the most popular fixtures on the region’s annual calendar.

The event sees galleries, theatres, halls and outside venues all utilised as part of a jam-packed line-up of performances, speakers and musical events.

This year it will feature three world premieres, six Australian premieres and five Queensland premiere performances staged in intimate venues throughout Noosa.

Names of note attending the 2018 Noosa Alive festival include singer Katie Noonan, the Queensland Ballet, poet laureate Michael Leunig, opera sensations the Ida Girls, popular young music theatre performer Blake Bowden, Carlotta, Queen of the Cross, journalist Peter Greste and more.

The 10-day festival will also feature arts in situ, slow food events and progressive dinners, a three-day food festival in Hastings Street, and a festival of literature, with a further highlight being fireworks on Saturday, July 21 on the river at Gympie Terrace.


The Noosa Alive festival has a history dating back almost 20 years after a group of talented artists decided the region needed a cultural festival.

The first event was staged in 2002, with prominent Australian playwright David Williamson, author Kristin Williamson, internationally renowned violinist Brett Dean, environmental activist Dr Michael Gloster, restaurateur Leonie Palmer-Fisher together with Rick Clayton and Ros McCauley the major instigators of the festival.

Over the years it has evolved to become one of Queensland’s finest cultural festivals drawing thousands of people to the Sunshine Coast to experience the best of drama, cabaret, dance, theatre, music, literature, visual arts and more.


Major venues for this year’s event include the Noosa J Theatre, Noosa Arts Theatre, the Pomona Majestic Theatre and the Butter Factory at Cooroy, but a host of outdoor spaces are also employed along with the region’s acclaimed restaurants.

Meanwhile, history is also in the spotlight with a series of heritage walks centred on the region’s hinterland townships.

The full program of events and venues is available at Noosa Alive.

About Noosa Quays

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

Situated 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 arts, culture and entertainment and is perfectly positioned to enjoy all the excitement, culture and intrigue of this year’s Noosa Alive festival, with the Noosa Arts Theatre and Hastings Street just a stroll away.

Just under two hours from Brisbane, the Noosa region offers a smorgasbord of activities to while away a wintery weekend at the beach, in the hinterland or enjoying an endless array of markets and culinary delights.

If you’re planning on packing the car, hitting the highway and heading to Noosa, here are our top picks on trips to make while staying at Noosa Quays.

Oh, so central

Situated in proximity to some of the finest coastal enclaves and hinterland townships, Noosa is a simply superb destination where you can base yourself for a fun-filled weekend of activity.

Noosa itself has an enviable reputation for its waterfront lifestyle where outdoor activities abound. Start your weekend on a temperate winter’s eve enjoying all the sights and sounds Noosa has to offer, with a sunset stroll on the beach, fine dining at Hasting’s street or a more relaxed meal by the river at Gympie Terrace.

With some R&R under your belt, Saturday morning sees you set to embrace all the ambience the greater region has to offer, and it’s all just a short drive away.

Beachlover’s dream

For a breathtakingly beautiful start to your Saturday, hit the road early, travelling over the Noosa Hill, through Noosa Junction and towards Sunshine Beach. Sunshine is the first in a truly spectacular line-up of beaches, all of which unfold before the windscreen as you take a leisurely drive down David Low Way.

Pause to indulge in the sights, dip your toe in the endless Pacific or take a more active approach with a morning walk along the beach. There are plenty of beachside enclaves to catch a quick coffee or enjoy a surfside meal, with beachy townships in abundance all the way south to Caloundra.

Hinterland havens

Just 20 minutes from Noosa a series of Hinterland havens await, with townships of note including Eumundi, Cooroy, Pomona and more. These are the destinations where the history of Noosa truly shines, antiques are in abundance and there are plenty of unique shops and cafes to explore.

For a truly spectacular Hinterland experience, take the time to venture a little farther afield, turning off the Bruce Highway at Nambour and climbing to the township of Flaxton. From here, it’s a truly scenic drive to Montville and Maleny, with lush vegetation and spectacular mountains framing a full coastal view.

This tourist route is a renowned as a weekend favourite for locals and guests alike, offering art galleries, wineries, English-style pubs and quaint shopfronts with a host of artisan wares.

Hit the market trail

Noosa is famous for its markets, and almost every township offers up one that’s sure to delight. Kick off the weekend with the drive to Eumundi for the world-famous and Eumundi Markets. Here you’ll find one of the biggest markets in the southern hemisphere, featuring all sorts of artisan delights, most of which are handcrafted by the locals in attendance.

For a truly traditional market, hit the highway and head further south to the former logging town of Yandina. Each Saturday this township hosts a bustling flea market, with fresh produce, upcycled offerings and a fabulous community feel. Yandina also boasts a thriving traditional pub and the internationally renowned Spirit House restaurant, so factor in some time here enjoying the food as well as the wares.

Sunday morning sees one of the most popular local markets bustling with activity on Weyba Road, just outside Noosa proper. And quite frankly it’s a culinary enthusiasts dream come true. Fresh produce is available along with a host of street food, ensuring you can stock the pantry or indulge in some fine fare there and then.

Meanwhile, on the first and third Sunday of every month, the beachside at Peregian springs to life with a market that draws an ever-loyal crowd. Again, this is a place for handcrafted items, upcycled fashion and a true community feel.

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.

Four days of flavour at the Noosa Food and Wine Festival

Renowned for its embrace of all things culinary, Noosa is readying to host its most flavoursome and famous festival of the year – The Noosa Food and Wine Festival.

Running from May 17 to May 20, this event showcases the best and the brightest local, national and international chefs, along with a smorgasbord of sensational flavours to indulge the appetite of any ardent culinary fan.

Here’s a rundown of what’s on offer for this year’s festival and how to make the most of a truly Noosa experience.

What is the Noosa Food and Wine Festival?

Now in its 16th year, the Noosa Food and Wine Festival has evolved to become an internationally recognised event that draws the finest local, national and international talent to showcase an array of sensational food, wine and beer available in the majestic Noosa region.

Over the course of four days the township’s stunning waterways and beaches are the backdrop for a series of food and wine related events. These include cooking masterclasses, tastings, beachside dinners, and garden parties along with an impressive line-up of entertainment, food adventures and events.

The 2018 program

This year sees over 50 events take place across the festival weekend. Ranging from a long lunch on Hastings Street, to a sunset dinner under tipis at Main Beach, the event captures both the magic of Noosa’s landscape and the fulsome flavours of its homegrown cuisine.

The program revolves around Main Beach, Hastings Street and an exciting Festival Village overlooking Noosa Waters yet extends to Hinterland Food Trails, tours, tasting and more.

Many of the region’s acclaimed restaurants bring their skills to the festival table, with signature venues throughout the district hosting festival events.

Chefs of note attending this year’s event include Miguel Maestre, Matt Sinclair, Paul Carmichael, Kirsten Tibballs, Matt Preston, George Calombaris, and Colin Fassnidge.

Meanwhile, the Festival Village at Noosa Heads Lions Park will be the epicentre of activity offering masterclasses and the Chef’s Skills Table, a Craft Beer and Cider Corner, Pimm’s Garden Party, tastings from wineries and champagne houses, Producers Pavilion, a taste of Noosa restaurants and live music as the sun sets.

Key information

Where: The Noosa Food and Wine Festival is based at Noosa Heads

When: The event runs over four days from May 17 to May 20

Getting there: One of the busiest weekends of the year in the Noosa region, it’s advised attendees walk, make use of the shuttle bus or take public transport to the festival.

Tickets: Tickets are available for specific events like the Tipi Aperitivo Closing Party or venues like the Festival Village and can be purchased at the Festival website.

The program: A full program and further information about the Noosa Food and Wine Festival is available at noosafoodandwine.com.au

About Noosa Quays

Located within walking distance of the Noosa Food and Wine Festival, Noosa Quays is a premium Noosa accommodation provider, offering deluxe apartments on the waterfront at Noosa Sound.

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’s newest restaurants

It’s no secret Noosa embraces food and dining with a fervent, fresh-focussed passion. The region is home to renowned restaurants and acclaimed chefs alike.

In recent times this vibrant dining location has also witnessed the arrival of a new breed of innovative foodies, with quaint bars, boutique breweries and Asian-inspired gems all vying for the position of the best new offering in town.

Here’s an insight into Noosa’s newest restaurants that will see you spoiled for choice when it comes to fresh options within a dynamic dining scene.

Land and Sea

Perched within the industrial estate of Noosaville’s developing Venture Drive is a new venue that’s eliciting much talk about town. Land and Sea Brewery opened in late January offering a dining option that extends from breakfast through to dinner.

With an ethos espousing the quintessential Noosa lifestyle, it’s a laid-back place where the conversation and fresh-brewed beers readily flow.

MakiMoto Noosa

Unveiled just over a year ago, MakiMoto Noosa is a fully licensed restaurant that brings authentic Japanese flavours to the heart of Hastings Street. With takeaway options, a sushi bar and contemporary dining facilities, it’s the type of place you return to time and again.

Larder and Baked

Noosa Junction has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in recent years with the shopping precinct now featuring a wealth of exciting restaurant and cafe options.

Larder and Baked is among the latest to join this list. Open for breakfast and lunch on Sunshine Beach Road, everything here is created in-house with a menu that is fresh, innovative and healthy and sees you repeatedly returning for more.

Eddie Cheeba’s

Taking a leaf out of Melbourne’s book, Eddie Cheeba’s at Noosa Junction is an almost hidden boutique bar in a laneway of the bustling shopping precinct.

This new arrival boasts a lively ambience including hanging beer taps, recycled sleepers, and amazing wine selection and epic cocktails. Within weeks of opening, it’s attracting a loyal patronage and positive reviews.

Sum Yung Guys

Over the hill at Sunshine Beach there’s also foodie flair afoot, with the boutique dining enclave recently welcoming the arrival of Sum Yung Guys. This fun, Asian-infused restaurant has a focus on share plates and features a vibrant atmosphere to complement the mouth-watering menu.

Copperhead Brewery

A little farther afield but worth the scenic drive is a fresh restaurant that symbolises the hinterland’s feisty new attitude as a gastronomic gem.

Copperhead Brewery, overlooking Tewantin Road, features a rustic ambience, a bespoke micro-brewery and simply fabulous food that sets a new tone for this bustling greater Noosa town.

Just in case you missed them…

This exciting list of new entrants joins an ever-expanding group of offerings that have changed the face of Noosa dining progressively over the past five years.

Slightly more established, but definitely worth an honourable mention, are:

Betty’s Burgers on Hastings Street – Contemporary and quick burgers in a beachy setting (opened in 2014)

Padstow’s at Noosa Junction – A rustic watering hole/ restaurant with a focus on fresh, local and seasonal (Opened in 2015)

Woodfire Grill at Noosa Sound – Set in the premier dining district of Quamby Place, it features a family-friendly atmosphere and true foodie focus. (Opened in 2013)

Whisky Boy on Gympie Terrace – Intimate, funky and packed to the brim with fine whisky, it boasts a modern tasty menu. (Opened late 2015)

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.