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.

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.

Holiday by the Sea…

…where adventures and relaxation meet

Noosa is full of adventure, places to relax in serenity and new discoveries, which makes it the perfect place for the holidays. Those who have never been to Noosa may think of it as just a town with a great beach, but locals and frequent visitors alike know it’s a collection of villages, each with its own influences and flair, waterways and scenery that host a range of adventures.

Of course, Noosa’s stunning Main Beach is a main attraction with sports and festivals happening throughout the year. And right alongside is famous Hastings Street, where visitors can enjoy a view of the sea over an ambient dinner at an award winning restaurant.

Just a short drive away is Noosaville’s popular main street, Gympie Terrance, known for its eclectic cafes and abundance of waterfront eateries. Thomas Street, adjacent to Gympie Terrace, offers boutique shopping and picturesque riverside ice cream shops and iconic eateries.

Sunshine Beach and Peregian Beach are all just moments from Noosa, offering open beaches and diverse cuisines and cafes. The wide, open beaches host a variety of banks for an endless, uncrowded surfing session along with patrolled sections for swimming. After a cool dip in the ocean, enjoy laidback beach bars or superlative espresso and spend an idle hour with a favourite magazine under a broad umbrella.

Next to Noosa Main Beach, you’ll find Noosa Groyne, a perfect spot to learn to surf. For those looking for a deeper connection with nature this holiday season, the Noosa National Park beaches are not only beautiful and popular with surfers, but nearby trails are popular for koala sightings, picnics and beautiful scenery.

Noosa is Queensland’s first UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which is an international recognition of the balance kept between environments that are natural, and those with people. In fact, over 30% of Noosa is protected, including waterways, parks and forests, creating a thriving safe haven for 44% of all of Australia’s bird species and 700 native animal species.

After a day spent with nature, join the locals at the popular markets, and enjoy some of the freshest food on the continent at Noosa Farmers’ Market.  Or find unique artisan gifts and live entertainment at Eumundi markets held every Friday, Saturday and Wednesday in the hinterland. While there explore the adorable town of Eumundi, where shops, bookstores, vintage clothes shops and more line the streets of this storybook town.Noosa Marina also holds markets each Sunday, which is easily accessible via the Noosa Ferry which stops along the Noosa River. Noosa Junction’s Twilight Markets are held the third Friday of every month.

To stay close to the action, check out Noosa Quays Resort, which is tucked among its own tropical gardens on its private beach. The ultimate spot for relaxation, the resort features oversized balconies on every room, with all but one apartment looking directly at the serene Noosa Sound. For more information about booking at Noosa Quays, contact us