Wondering when to plan a holiday to Noosa, Queensland? Why not time your visit around one of the many and varied events in the region.
There are so many events and festivals on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland- whether it's watching or competing in oceans swims, triathlons and bike endurance rides or for something a little more relaxing, enjoying the sweet sounds of a jazz festival, being inspired at a cultural festival or indulging in food and wine celebrations.
Here are some of the key events taking place in Noosa in 2014 -
Noosa Summer Swim - Saturday 1st February
Join series ambassador Michael Klim on the start line and head to Noosa's Main Beach on Saturday 1st February 2014 for the Milk & Co Queensland Ocean Swim Series, featuring the Noosa Summer Swim. The event includes classic ocean swims of 1km and 2kms, along with a 300m Nippers Surf Dash and team relay format.
Sunshine Coast Pride Festival - 21st - 23rd February
The 6th Annual Sunshine Coast Pride Festival is promising to be the biggest pride event north of Brisbane and is planned over a three day weekend with activities for all age-groups and interests. The musical line-up presents an eclectic range of styles with something for everyone -from relaxed folk tunes by The Flumes to the energising dance tracks of Danielle DeLaite.
Noosa Festival of Surfing - 8th - 15th March
The biggest surfing event in the world with more than 500 competitors will again take place on Noosa's Main Beach. Presented by Jeep, with entries already received from California, Mexico, Hawaii, New Zealand, New Caledonia, France, UK, Indonesia and Japan!!! Six world champions are amongst the early entrants, including 2012 world men's longboard champion Taylor Jensen (Jeep Waterman Challenge) and reigning ISA world junior longboard champion Honolua Blomfield (Junior Women's).
The Noosa Ultimate Sports Fest - 26th - 27th April
The Noosa Ultimate Sports Fest incorporates several popular sporting events on one weekend including The Noosa Blue Water Swim, Century Bike Ride and Noosa Running Festival. It's one ultimate weekend of swimming, biking and running in Noosa's picturesque setting and idyllic weather conditions.
The Australian Body Art Carnivale - 3rd - 4th May
Australia's premier body art event is a colourful and creative festival experience for all ages and it is free! Held annually in Eumundi, the Carnivale is centred on competitions in temporary body painting showcasing brush and sponge, airbrush and special effects techniques along with face painting. Also on show are a diversity of other contemporary and imaginative arts including wearable art, vehicle art, photography, kids workshops, music and street entertainment. The theme for 2014 is Dreams & Nightmares so expect to be amazed.
The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival - 15th - 18th May 2014
The Noosa International Food & Wine Festival has earned its place as Australia's premier food, wine and lifestyle event, hosting over two hundred of the world's leading chefs, winemakers, food personalities, media and foodies over a 4 day program. The Festival will host some of the best Australian and international chefs including Franck-Elie Laloum (Shanghai), Alvin Leung (Hong Kong), Bruno Loubet (London), Neil Perry AM (Sydney), Julien Royer (Singapore), David Thompson (Bangkok) as well as Shane Delia, Guy Grossi, Peter Kuruvita, Andrew McConnell, and many others under direction of the Festival's new Executive Chef Timothy Montgomery.
Riverfest Regatta - 30th May - 2nd June 2014
The Riverfest Regatta celebrates the best of the Noosa River in late May and features an action packed weekend including a fishing competition, sailing and rowing regattas, kids fishing clinics, live entertainment and more.
The Noosa Long Weekend Festival- 18th - 27th July 2014
The Noosa Long Weekend Festival is 10-day festival of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, food, film, literature and more and is recognised as one of Australia's foremost regional cultural events. With a broad program of ticketed, low-cost and free events, the festival entertains, enlivens and inspires many different audiences and features the premiere of a play by festival founder and playwright, David Williamson.
Pomona King of the Mountain - 27th July 2014
Head to the Noosa hinterland for the Pomona King of the Mountain Festival famous for its extreme almost vertical 4.5km scramble up and down rugged Mt Cooroora.
The Noosa Jazz Festival - 4th- 7th September 2014
Recognised as one of Noosa's favourite music events, the Noosa Jazz Festival brings together more than 150 Australian and international artists producing an impressive four-day spectacular. Artists across all genres of jazz perform in Noosa's favourite restaurants, in purpose-built venues and at open-air concerts.
Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival - 29th October - 2nd November 2014
An irresistible mix of sport and entertainment, the Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival is a week-long festival that offers everything from swimming, cycling, running, golf, a serious after party and a dynamic sport and lifestyle expo. It's one of the largest triathlon events in the world which draws 6,000 competitors each year to the Olympic distance course (1.5km swim, 40km cycle and 10km run). Add into the mix a whole host of high-profile personalities for celebrity spotting and it is little wonder spectator numbers swell to more than 40,000 with a total of 10,000 competitors across all events.