The school holidays are here for Queensland and with NSW and Victoria starting at the end of this week, Noosa is going to be busy entertaining all the little munchkins in town.
Noosa Crest is ready for and waiting for everyone to arrive and enjoy the Resort facilities. We have just updated all the beach towels for guest use, purchased new tennis balls for the flood lit tennis court, updated the DVD library with all the latest releases and upgraded the wireless internet just in time.
The weather has been beautiful, up to 28 degrees each day so make sure you pack your sunscreen, bathers and hat because you’ll need it. We have compiled a list of activities during the school holidays for all kids to enjoy:
Magical Act to Astound
The Magic Circus Show is a circus with a difference, it features a magical hour of spectacular entertainment. Award winning magic performers Nickleby The Magician and Great Scott will amaze audiences with a selection of astounding tricks including the famous trunk illusion where doves appear out of thin air. And get set for a finale that will leave you stunned.
Catch this magical circus at The J (Noosa Junction) on Friday, September 23rd at 10am. Tickets are $12 or $10 each for groups of eight plus and can be purchased from www.thej.com.au
Gen Y skip hits stage
Josh Thomas’s goofy grin and floppy hair is a regular occurance in lounge rooms across the country as the Generation Y team captain on Network Ten’s Talkin’ Bout Your Generation. He may be shy real life but, he’s not afraid to put his personal life out there in his stand-up shows. He’s previously discussed past relationships, his sexuality and random musings from his life, and in his latest show he promises more of the same. Get ready for a night of random stories and jokes. Josh Thomas will perform at The J on Thursday September 29th. Doors open at 6.30pm and the show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets are $40 at www.thej.com.au
Every Kid can be an artist
Children have the chance to pain a self-portrait, create a cartoon flip-book and a family-tree wall during the Noosa Regional Gallery’s free school holiday program.
The various workshops cater for kids aged 4 – 12. Sessions cost $15and include all materials. And on Saturday, September 24 from 11am – 2pm children and families will have the chance to engage with Surrealist artists through multimedia, drawing and making activities, capture their own surrealist vision of the world and discover how some of the most powerful and imaginative art of the 20th century was created.
A day on the river
Take advantage of the warm spring weather and head out on the Noosa River with O Boat Hire, Gympie Terrace, Noosaville who have a September special available: hire a deluxe or barbecue pontoon for a full day and receive a 10% discount, plus the use of two free fishing rods. Book on 07 5449 7513
The Popcorn Pirates will perform two daily shows for budding buccaneers, starring Captain Salty and Pirate Pepper. Their highly energetic and interactive shows are filled with silly pirate banter, catchy ditties and cheeky irreverence. Kids will need to pass the Popcorn Pirate training test which includes how to talk like a pirate, dress like a pirate and smell like a pirate!
Admission is $3 per child or $18 which includes a ticket for Overboard, Adventures of a Stowaway boat ride and the Ginger Train tour.
Entry to The Ginger Factory is free. Also see the Taste of Ginger Tour and Superbee Live Bee Show with delicious honey tastings afterwards
Pirates of the Valley
Captain Rattlebones is calling for all his pirates to assemble at Old Gympie Station to board The Blueskellies Diesel Express for a treasure hunt through the Mary Valley. Travel in heritage carriages hauled by a diesel locomotive to Amamoor and Kandanga Stations, where you can look for hidden treasures and enjoy a sausage sizzle and drink. Cost: Adult $30 and Child $20
Phone: 07 5482 2750 / www.mvhr.org.au
Kids cooking classes at River Cottage Restaurant
Join the River Cottage Restaurant’s kids’ cooking classes for some hands-on lessons in making bread, a savoury dish and dessert. Kids will learn either meat roasting, brownies, ravioli, chocolate pudding or strawberry cake, and will leave with samples of their cooking, notes and recipes, a full tummy and a souvenir t-shirt. Cost is $65 per child.
Phone: 07 5449 7441
Funsail Sailing Program at Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club
Learn to sail on the beautiful Noosa River with Noosa Yacht & Rowing Club’s Funsail school holiday sailing program for children 6-17 years. The program is an introduction to the Get Into Small Boat Sailing scheme, developed by Yachting Australia.
Learner sailors are welcome to come as many days as they would like. The program teaches children basic techniques. Lunch and an afternoon snack are provided, along with life jackets. Cost is $85 per day for Introduction to Basic Skills Level 1, or $65 per day for holders of Basic Skills Level 1 and/or 2 Accreditation, or $55 per day with your own boat with Basic Skills Level 1.
Bookings are essential.
Phone: 07 5440 7407
Luxury Tours with Private Transfers
Marvel at the whales in Hervey Bay, travelling with Private Transfers’ boutique service. They are offering transfers in a luxury Mercedes from the Sunshine Coast to Hervey Bay, departing at 9am for the afternoon whale watch tour with lunch, and returning late afternoon. Cost is $210 per passenger.
Or try the Ginger Experience: Pick up from your accommodation and return to The Ginger Factory at Yandina in a luxury chauffeured Mercedes vehicle. See the Super Bee Live Bee show – 40 mins fully guided. Take the Taste of Ginger Tour – 40 mins fully guided, with delicious ginger product tasting included. And take a ride on the historic cane train, a unique way to see the complex and gardens. Follow the antics of the Gingerbread Man in the Overboard Boat Ride as he travels around the globe, featuring fully animated, colourful handmade puppets.
The special combo ride and tour package with 4 attractions and 2 tastings will keep the family entertained for 3 hours. All inclusive price is $99 for adults.
Travel in luxury to the cooking class of your choice: Spirit House Thai Cooking School or Buderim Ginger Cooking School.
You can also purchase gift vouchers for someone’s special birthday or a special occasion.
Phone: 0422 382 217
It’s as wild as life gets these school holidays at Australia Zoo with the opening of the new African Safari exhibit. In a first for Queensland, guests on the new African Safari will tour the new savannah open-range field, watching giraffes, rhinos, cheetah and zebras, all from the comfort of the Safari Shuttle.
In African-inspired fun, Baala Baajo will perform daily African dancing and drumming workshops. To celebrate the release of Rio on DVD and Blu-Ray, Australia Zoo is holding the Blu-Ray premiere of the film in the Crocoseum on Saturday September 24, with a Samba Workshop at 2pm, special appearance from the zoo’s magnificent macaws at 2.30pm, and Rio screening at 3pm.
Laurie Lawrence’s Water Safety Show ‘Kids Alive Do the Five’ is back at Australia Zoo – teach your kids how to be safe in and around the pool this summer, with shows at 10am and 1.30pm, from September 26-30.
All this, plus FREE face painting, a major prize draw and a colouring competition. Pre-book your bus transfer to Australia Zoo at reception.
Head into the great outdoors
With our beautiful spring weather, it’s the perfect time to discover some of the Noosa region’s natural beauty. Bordered by sea, river, rainforest national parks and bush, Noosa is the ideal base for a range of outdoor activities. Explore the Everglades by kayak or on a boat tour, frolic on Fraser Island or head out for a beach safari, abseil down Mt Tinbeerwah, go horse-riding on Noosa North Shore, hire a bike or go fishing, take a thrilling ocean ride, watch the whales, try skydiving, take a river cruise or guided walk, or learn a new hobby such as stand-up paddling or surfing in our safe waters.
There are many professional tour operators who’d love to show you and your family our beautiful region, speak to reception for details.