Take a walk on the wild side…

…through the wilderness along the sunshine coast

From 21 August 21 through 3 September, the Sunshine Coast is offering a unique and delightful experience as locals and tourists are invited to celebrate the beautifully bright and fragrant wild flowers, grown only in the Wallum heathland, that offer a unique Australian ecosystem, found in areas including Noosa National Park, Girraween Nature Refuge (Sunrise Beach), Weyba Nature Reserve (Lake Weyba), Marcus beach high dunes, Coolum Beach and Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge (Noosa North Shore). The Sunshine Coast Wildflower festival will feature 16 guided walks in areas between Bribie Island and Noosa. Walk through the National parks and up mountains to discover an amazing and diverse array of colors, shapes and blossoms for a one of kind experience.

Festival highlights include the Arthur Harrold Nature Refuge, Noosa North Shore, Noosa National headland section wildflower walk, and the Girraween Nature Refuge Wildflower walk, featuring the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association. Also included are the Weyba Nature Refuge biodiversity walk with Friends of Lake Weyba, Marcus High Dunes and Lake Weyba with friends of Lake Weyba and Noosa Parks Botany group. Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Weyba and the coast. This year’s festival events are free, however, some bookings are required for some events.

Stay close to the action at Noosa Quays, the ultimate Holiday Oasis. The spacious and tastefully decorated two, three and four bedroom apartments bring the majesty of the Noosa Sound with its prolific bird life, sweeping river views and hint of salt in the air from Noosa’s beautiful Main Beach just minutes away, right to your feet. Relax, unwind and rejuvenate, Noosa Style, while enjoying all that Noosa has to offer. Take advantage of a day spent kayaking, or take a romantic and breathtaking gondola ride from the private Jetty at our Quamby Place Noosa accommodation. For more information, phone Glenn or Suzie on 07 5449 2699 or email reception@noosaquays.com.au


Artistic views of Noosa…

…from urban towns to hinterland

The Noosa Art Award will host its Finalist Exhibition from now until 26 June. These finalists are selected from a group of entries coming from all across the nation, with art “reflecting the unique character of modern Australia’s coastal and hinterland environments, both urban and natural.” These finalists have passed regirorous rounds of judging already, with only 64 finalists remaining. The winner will receive a $10,000 cash prize.

In addition, The Lyn McCrea Memorial Drawing Prize will be awarded in the memory of Lyn McCrea, a contemporary visual artist, art educator and collector. This award seeks to promote excellence among drawing artists on the continent, and is a national acquisitive award.

Just a picturesque ferry ride away from the Noosa Regional Gallery, lies Noosa Quays, tucked among its own tropical gardens and private beaches. Oversized waterfront balconies overlook serene views of the foreshore of the Noosa River, and the private jetty makes water travel easy. Located right on the shallow waters of the Noosa Sound, the private shores are perfect for paddle boarding or kayaking, while our relaxing sauna is perfect for wine and relaxation. For more information, click here Noosa accommodation

Get on board with a new hobby…

…that’s blissful to the core

It’s no secret that Noosa is known around Australia as a surfer’s paradise. In fact, even where the waters are calm and serene, you can still see boards everywhere. Whether on sweeping waves or smooth waters, our abundance of lakes, canals and river here make it a prime location for all sorts of water sports.

In the 1950’s, it is said that a group of surfers were watching tourists in Waikiki, near Honolulu, as they tried to learn to surf. The surfers stood on their boards and began taking pictures of the entertaining tourists, who likely had never been on a board before. When they did this, they realised how much their visibility increased, and thus, “SUP-ing,” or stand up paddling, was born.

In the year 2000, there was an extended period of flat surf which encouraged more people to try SUP-ing when they couldn’t surf. The result was a surge in this core body workout.

Today, most boat and surf board hire businesses, scattered throughout Noosa, offer stand up paddle hire. If you haven’t learned the sport but are looking for the perfect place to learn, Noosa is ideal. Its abundance of calm waters makes learning easier, and allows you to go at a more comfortable pace than in the ocean. The best part is, once you learn, you can take your board almost anywhere to practice the sport! Noosa Stand Up Paddle and Stand Up Paddle Surf both offer lessons for a variety of ages and skillsets, so you can pick up a new hobby that allows you to see every inch of the blissful waters from the best vantage point you can have.

If you’re looking to spend a weekend learning how to SUP, you couldn’t find a better launching spot than Noosa Quays resort. Because all but one room are directly waterfront, you’ll have the freedom to take your board out anytime the waters call. The oversized balconies attached to each luxury apartment allow you to overlook family and friends as they practice too! Noosa Quays private beach is also just a few minutes from popular Hasting Street and Noosa’s Main Beach, so you’re tucked away in paradise just minutes from the action. For full details and images of our individual rooms, click here Noosa apartments