Packed full of fun art and music the Noosa Festival of Water splashes in for its 11th year at the Noosa Botanic Gardens and Lake Macdonald in the heart of the Noosa Hinterland on Sunday 28th June, from 10 am until 3 pm. This year’s Amphitheatre program includes the fabulous Lyndon Davies and the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers and wildlife specialist Martin Fingland. There will also be top local music from bagpipes, harps and the catchy roots/reggae/dancehall tunes of Sunshine Coast band Bearfoot, to the “earthy blend of hiphop, funk and soul with an island roll” sound of Andrea Kirwin and band .
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The Festival highlights the diversity of life in and around our waterways with information displays, wildlife shows, guided bird and fauna walks around the gardens and free kids activities including face painting, jumping castle and kids’ creative art activities. Budding anglers can also learn to fish at the ‘Take a Kid Fishing Clinic’ with the experts from the Lake Borumba Fish Stocking Association. The annual Lake Mac Bass Fishing competition will also be held in conjunction with the Festival. Entry forms are available from Hooked on Angling and Outdoors, Hilton Terrace, Noosaville, or click on the link to download a copy.
This year the Festival welcomes the Noosa Botanic Artists and the Spinners and Knitters, who will have a gallery of their art works on display in the Rotunda near the rear of the Amphitheatre. Snake and reptile shows will run throughout the day, and Festival patrons can also try out Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kayaking on Lake Macdonald free of charge.
The Noosa Landcare group will be giving out free trees to Noosa ratepayers with a current rate notice, and the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee (MRCCC) will be offering free dam, creek or bore water testing, as well as an opportunity to win prizes in the Mary River Detective game!
As well as their display and fund raising raffle, the Friends of the Noosa Botanic Gardens are offering guided walks of the Gardens, and there is also an opportunity to take part in a guided bird walk with Cooloola Nature’s Kelvin Neilsen.
There will also be a selection of food vendors including the Tewantin Noosa Lions, Mr Whippy, German Sausages, Rude Food Dude and more!.
The 2015 Noosa Festival of Water is sponsored by Noosa Council, Seqwater, the Burnett Mary Regional Group, the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee, Noosa Landcare, Hooked on Angling and Outdoors and an army of volunteers who contribute their services to the Festival each year.
Entry to the Festival is free. For more information, visit the Noosa Festival of Water on Facebook or contact the MRCCC on 07 5482 4766.
2015 Amphitheatre Program
10.15 am Noosa Pipe Band – Bagpipes pipe in to the Amphitheatre
10.45 am Ray Reville, Fraser Coast Wildlife Sanctuary – Presentation on Fraser Island Dingoes
11.00 am Anya La Zanya and Ziko Hart – African and Celtic Harp
11.30 am Official Opening Cr Tony Wellington, Noosa Council
11.40am Welcome to Country – Lyndon Davies & the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers
12.15 pm Bearfoot Roots/Reggae/Dancehall tunes
1.00 pm Hooked on Angling and Outdoors – Presentation to the Winners of the Lake Mac Bass Fishing Competition
1.15 pm Andrea Kerwin and Band – Folk, Soul, Reggae and South American rhythms
2.00 pm Martin Fingland, Geckoes Wildlife Native animals presentation