The best month to visit Noosa is … pick a month, any month! But May truly embodies the essence of the Noosa region on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Noosa, with its beautiful beaches, lush hinterland, stunning coastal national park, pristine river, cosmopolitan lifestyle and lively calendar of events is one of the most popular beachside holiday locations in Australia.
May, the last month of Autumn in Australia, sums up why Noosa is one of Australia’s favourite seaside holiday destinations, with beautiful mild weather (14-23 Celsius); world-class events that feature the best of food and wine, sports, art and culture;
activities to showcase the glorious beaches, river and hinterland; and great deals from many operators who celebrate “Noosa Alive”, a local month-long promotion with a vibrant calendar of events and great offers for visitors.
Major events in the Noosa region during May are:
Noosa International Food & Wine Festival (May 16-19, 2013):
One of Australia’s premier food and wine events attracts 200 of the world’s most prominent chefs,
winemakers, media and food personalities – and there’s great entertainment while you
taste, sip, watch and learn. Molecular gastronomist and “Demon Chef” Alvin Leung of
Bo Innovation in Hong Kong, and Davide Scabin of Combal Zero in Turin, Italy were
among the world’s best chefs, as named in the S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant
list, who took part in this year’s Qantas Best Dinner in the World as part of the festival.
Noosa Ultimate Sports Festival (early May): A weekend of sporting events for
participants of all ages and fitness levels – there’s an ocean swim in the blue waters of
Laguna Bay, Noosa Half Marathon, 10km run and 5km run/walk, paddling, a family bike
ride, and 100km cycling event that takes in a coastal stretch and hinterland towns with
views to nearby World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
The Australian Body Art Carnivale (mid-May): Held in the hinterland town of
Eumundi, the Australian Body Art Carnivale is centred around body art in its many
forms – from face painting to cutting-edge full body painting using airbrush and
sponge and brush, as well as special effects.
What makes Noosa, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, so special is its low-rise and leafy
surrounds, laidback atmosphere and year-round warm and sunny climate, combined
with award-winning restaurants and cafes, array of accommodation and great range
of nature-based activities and adventures. Noosa is easily accessible from Brisbane’s
International and Domestic Airports.
For more holiday inspiration, see www.visitnoosa.com.au