Noosa is gearing up for a smorgasbord of culture and creativity when the Noosa Alive returns to the region on Friday, July 19.

Running over 10 days, Noosa Alive features some of Australia’s premier artists and performers, all showcased against the picturesque backdrop of one of the country’s favourite tourist destinations.

Here’s what’s in store at Noosa Alive, 2019…

10 days of arts and culture

With a history that dates back almost 20 years, Noosa Alive is designed to highlight some of Australia’s finest culture and arts over 10 action-packed days.

From performances to art exhibitions, intimate music acts, comedy sketches and talks, the event features theatre, literature, music, dance, film, visual arts, cuisine and barrier-breaking forums.

This year’s line-up includes performances by Queensland Ballet, musician Tim Freedman of the Whitlams, comedy duo the Umbilical Brothers, GANZA Capella, Modern Maori Quartet, a one-act play festival, plus so much more.

The performance line-up will be complemented by speaking events, fine food and informative workshops, including lunch with veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien at View by Matt Golinski, a writer’s workshop at the Noosa Library, and a Slow Food with Film evening.

Meanwhile, the whole family can be part of the action on Saturday, July 20 when Noosa Alive hosts food stalls, fun and entertainment at the Lions Park on Gympie Terrace, in a family afternoon event which culminates in fireworks at 6pm.

Noosa Alive history

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

Events and performances are hosted across the Noosa region, with major venues including the J theatre at Noosa Junction, Noosa Arts Theatre at Weyba Road, Noosa Library, and Noosa Regional Gallery.

More information about this year’s line-up and venues is available at noosaalive.com.au.

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.

Is city life getting you down? The prospect of a long winter ahead chill you to your bones? Or do you just fancy a little rest and relaxation to recharge those near-spent batteries? It’s time for an escape to Noosa.

Whatever your preferred escape style, we’ve got you covered with our top suggestions for a long weekend road trip that won’t break the bank, doesn’t require a passport and is destined to deliver all your favoured activities when it comes to a weekend reprieve.

Rest and Relaxation

As any Noosa resident will be more than happy to explain, this is a region that takes relaxation to a new and sublime next level.

Come Friday afternoon, slip into something more comfortable and savour some cocktails on Hasting’s Street. Stroll the beach late Saturday morning and tuck into a surf club breakfast. Then treat yourself to the full relaxation experience at any number of upmarket day spas.

Now we’ve got those knots ironed out, sample some fine food at Sunshine Beach and spend Sunday curled up with a good book. You’ll feel a million miles from the stress of the real world, but you’re less than two hours from Brisbane.

Surf’s up

Right about now (and pretty much any time of year) Noosa is serving up its ever-dependable swell, so strap that surfboard to those roof racks and ready to hit the road.

If it’s not pumping at First Point, it will be at Sunshine, or alternatively, go stand-up on the river from our doorstep. Regardless of where your water-loving ways take you, the combination of nature and the pristine ocean is more than enough to satiate any salty dog’s soul.

Shopper’s Paradise

Have the credit card at the ready and some cold hard cash in reserve, Noosa might not be a mecca, but it’s got some serious retail credentials.

Luxury brands abound on Hasting’s Street, Noosa Junction and Gympie Terrace are all about boutiques, and if you’re looking for some artisan offerings, there’s no going past Eumundi. We’ve got a quick retail fast fact to add here, the Eumundi Markets each Saturday and Wednesday happen to be the biggest and best in Australia.

Meanwhile, if your credit limit extends past Saturday, there are further Sunday markets at Noosa Marina and perfect local produce on sale at the famous Farmer’s Markets.

Family Friendly

From the beach to the national park and the river, there’s plenty to keep the family entertained over a long weekend in Noosa.

Our top picks for family-focused activities include Noosa Main Beach any day and any season, the parks of Noosa River, a cruise on the Noosa Ferry, any number of family-friendly restaurants and some fauna-spotting adventures in the region’s plentiful national parks.

Oh, and you’re more than welcome to stay with us

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

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 Food and Wine Festival to serve up a mouthwatering four-day event

Each year the Noosa Food and Wine Festival serves up an appetising array of food, wine, live music and cooking demonstrations against the specular backdrop of one of the nation’s most picturesque destinations.

It’s a mouthwatering four-day event that sees the country’s finest chefs in attendance with the nation’s best produce at their fingertips in celebration of the region’s enduring love affair with food.

This year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever before, encompassing the beachfront, the best local restaurants, celebrity chefs, fine wine, fabulous food and the upmarket ambience for which Noosa is renowned.

Four flavoursome days

Running from May 16 to May 19, the Noosa Food and Wine Festival is a foray into the finer things in life and attracts ardent food enthusiasts from across the nation.

The annual event sees an entire pop-up village established in central Noosa dedicated to tastings, cooking demonstrations and food and wine-focused experiences.

Meanwhile, the region’s renowned restaurants and most stunning natural locations play host to everything from beachside brunches to satiating lunches and carefully crafted dinners created by some of the country’s most acclaimed chefs.

There’s a focus on local offerings and regional produce along with representation from some of the world’s biggest names in wine, beer and the culinary realm.

The finest dining experiences

World famous Noosa Main Beach and a host of acclaimed local restaurants all feature sensational dining experiences across the four days.

With the sand beneath your toes, the Pacific Ocean as a backdrop and the vibrant green of the Noosa National Park framing the view, Noosa Main Beach hosts a series of events, commencing with an opening party at sunset on May 16 and concluding with the popular Beach Sundowner event on May 19.

The nation’s best chefs

As guests relax at the beach, the nation’s finest chefs and most famous winemakers will be hard at work, taking over the kitchens and wine cellars of some of the most well-known local restaurants to showcase their skills.

Meanwhile, at Festival Village further, famous chefs will be offering an insight into their culinary expertise with demonstrations and cooking masterclasses.

Big names at this year’s event include the likes of Neil Perry, Matt Golinski, Matt Preston, Adriano Zumbo, and many, many more.

A festival feel

The Festival Village will offer a hub for most of the beer and wine tastings along with food experiences that see chefs and local food producers teaming up.

Festival Village features a range of areas and experiences including a River Lounge, the Drinks Lounge and an exclusive VIP lounge.

Black tie affairs

This year sees a new event feature in the line-up as Moet & Chandon celebrates their 150th anniversary. Known as Noir Noosa, the event will see Hastings Street transformed into a glamorous and theatrical celebration for a black-tie Gala Dinner spanning appetisers and a four-course menu.

The Noosa Food and Wine Festival commences on May 16 and runs until May 20, with tickets and a full guide to events available here

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.

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

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.

Entertainment

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.