2019 Noosa Festival of Water

Family Festival Fun

NOOSA FESTIVAL OF WATER – 10am to 3pm SUNDAY 30TH JUNE

2019 will be the 15th year the Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee (MRCCC) has hosted the Noosa Festival of Water at the Noosa Botanic Gardens where Lake Macdonald provides a stunning backdrop for the event.  The Festival is an entertaining and educational family friendly event, which aims to increase awareness of the unique ecological and environmental attributes which help to make Noosa such a special place to live. The Festival provides opportunities and information for families and individuals so they can play their part in conserving and protecting the environment, even in their own back yard or rural property. 

The magnificent Grecian style Amphitheatre on the shores of Lake Macdonald will showcase a fantastic program of entertainment throughout the day, featuring Lyndon Davis with the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers, the incredible musical talent of Jasmin and Amy Thompson of Phenix, and Festival favourite Geckoes Wildlife’s Martin Fingland with his collection of furry, feathered and slithery native wildlife.  In the afternoon, the Famous Jimmies, a local five piece band of highly experienced musicians, will delight the audience with their traditional, toe tapping Irish music featuring a range of instruments from the mandolin to the Uillean pipes.  You can also catch Jampot – a group of young local musicians from the Noosa Hinterland, with a set they describe as acoustic punk, country funk and conscientious rock.  James Batchler’s impressive vocals lead the group through a repertoire of original songs.  This upcoming young band is definitely going places and is a must see!

Noosa Festival of Water welcomes the Empress of Weavery, Renee Bahloo, who will be providing free instruction on how to weave with native and introduced fibres – most notably the dreaded Cat’s Claw Creeper vine, an introduced species from South America which has rapidly colonised Australia bushland destroying rainforest and riparian habitat.  If you would like to learn more about Cat’s Claw and be involved in collecting the vine for weaving at the Festival, please get in touch with the MRCCC.

There’s also an opportunity to tour the Gardens with the Friends of the Botanic Gardens. Two free tours providing information about the history of the Gardens and species planted will depart from their propagation house near the Gardens’ exit at 11.30 am and 1.15 pm.

The MRCCC are offering free water testing for residents wanting their creek, dam or bore water sample tested for agricultural or horticultural suitability.  Noosa Landcare will be giving out two free trees to Noosa residents with a current rate notice.  The Noosa Community Biosphere group will be selling heavily discounted stainless steel water bottles which can be filled at Unitywater’s Back to Tap refill station, reinforcing the Festival’s move away from the sale and use of plastic water bottles.

Sunshine and Cooloola Water Testing will be offering residents sample bottles for testing of private water supplies (tanks and bores) for bacteria, ecoli, pathogens and chemistry.

As well as Snake and Reptile shows throughout the day, there will be a diverse offering of community groups providing information and displays.  Children and their parents can learn about the local environment in the Creative Kids marquee where the Noosa Biosphere Association are hosting activities focussed on caring for our local land and water.  The Festival also offers free face painting, and a selection of food and drink vendors including options for vegetarians and vegans.

The MRCCC hosts this free annual event with support from Noosa Council, Unitywater, the Burnett Mary Regional Group and Queensland Water and Landcare. 

The Festival is also supported by the staff at the Noosa Botanic Gardens, Noosa Landcare, and hundreds of volunteers dedicated to caring for our natural environment.

For more information, call the MRCCC on 07 5482 4766, email admin@mrccc.org.au and visit us on Facebook for Festival updates.