Over generations, Noosa and its surrounding region have been a rich incubator for fine music, visual arts, performing arts, and artisan makers. These traditions continue today to weave a vibrant artistic thread through our community for locals and visitors alike to explore.
Across the Noosa region, you’ll find local works showcased in galleries, studios, bars, shops, markets, laneways, parks and events. There are endless opportunities to immerse yourself in a patchwork of creativity.
Explore Noosa and Surrounds Art & Culture
Discover the creations of artists through various mediums like pottery, paintings, sculptures and ceramics. Identify beautiful pieces at markets like the Eumundi and Peregian Markets. Or, head to your choice of art galleries; especially a historical and cultural keystone to the community, the Noosa Regional Gallery.
Immerse yourself in the hinterland with a visit to the Pomona Art Gallery or the Butter Factory Arts Centre that operates both as a gallery as well as a workshop space.
Get to know the history and culture behind Noosa. Heritage walks in the hinterland will wind you through towns that stand as a witness to past times. The Noosa Museum is a wonderful place to learn about the Gubbi Gubbi people that first inhabited the region, or head to The Majestic Theatre in Pomona – the oldest running silent film theatre in Queensland where you can still watch and enjoy.
The Butter Factory Arts Centre
Located in the Noosa hinterland town of Cooroy, in a converted old butter factory that was built in 1930, The Butter Factory Arts Centre is a creative hub for art exhibitions, workshops and events, supporting and promoting Noosa Shire and surrounds as an arts destination.
Visit the factory to view current art exhibitions from local and touring artists or join a workshop program that caters to all ages, even the kids! This place is much more than an art gallery, it’s a place for the community to come together and learn a new skill under the tutor of the region’s best artisans.
You’ll also find a separate pottery studio and artist-run cooperative gift shop with handmade pottery, jewellery, cards and much more. The Butter Factory Arts Centre is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 3pm (closed public holidays). Entry is free.
Noosa Open Studios Art Trail
From Noosa’s Coast to Hinterland – October
Noosa Open Studios Art Trail provides locals and visitors with the unique chance to visit over 100 artists in their private studios over 9 days in October. Whilst there, you can learn about the artists’ creative processes, see their work and perhaps even make an art investment to call your own!
Sunshine Coast and Noosa – April to May
Since 2011, Anywhere Festival has pushed the boundaries of traditional performance by taking its fantastic program of live performances anywhere but inside the venues and making their free program available to all ages and tastes.
During Anywhere Festival, the country’s best and most passionate thespians, comedians, dancers and musicians perform for free to both locals and visitors, offering numerous unique live performances in the streets and on the beach.
Make sure not to miss Anywhere Festival throughout May. To enjoy a central location amidst all the exciting performances in Noosa, book your accommodation with Coco Bay Resort Noosa.
Noosa Alive! Festival
Across Noosa venues – July
Be inspired by imaginative one-of-a-kind cultural adventures and premiere events during 10 days of comedy, theatre, music, literature, ballet, cabaret, feasts, films, beats and sand-between-your-toes with Noosa Alive!
Noosa Alive! Festival showcases an eclectic array of events, spread throughout the Noosa region creating stories within the natural setting of our beautiful region.
This festival is one of the only times of the year that the Sunshine Coast has such a professional mix of artists on its shores with the event attracting some of the best Australian and international performers, writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, chefs, environmentalists and commentators. It’s one not to miss. Discover what’s on and when at Noosa Alive! Festival.
Noosa Busking Championships
Gympie Terrace, Noosaville – May
The Noosa Busking Championships are part of a nationwide cultural celebration of music and street performance with seven regional competitions around Australia. But on Saturday 21 May, Noosa comes alive for a fantastic weekend of live music and stunning scenery when Sounds on Noosa Foreshore – Noosa Busking Championship takes over the Sunshine Coast town for a full day of fun and performances.
Ready to immerse yourself in Noosa’s culture scene?
Enriched in art, music, food, history, and culture, Noosa is more than just a beautiful place. You’ll find endless amounts of experiences drawing you into the community; in powerful ways through art, culture, and festivals.
Book your stay at Coco Bay Resort Noosa and get inspired by the creative network of artisans, individuals, and artists whose work empowers our community.