Noosa Festival of Surfing

6 mins read
Female Surfer - Noosa Festival of Surfing
Female Surfer by Troy Williams

The Legacy of Longboarding

For those who love swell and surf culture, the Noosa Festival of Surfing is a nine-day event established in 1992. It showcases the world’s best longboarders, focusing on bringing together the community to celebrate the sport. Beyond surfing, the festival puts on a show with live music, workshops, brewery experiences, guided walks and yoga. This array of events keeps locals and travellers entertained throughout the nine days.

Beyond the Waves

Noosa’s astonishing choice of beach breaks and points leave surfers flocking to its coastline to experience the consistent waves. Surfing is a core sport in the region’s culture, tourism and economy. Forming part of the World Surfing Reserve, it is no surprise that Noosa hosts this incredible event.

A Global Gathering

During the festival, surfers from all over the world, from professional surfers to world champions and young guns, travel to the event to get involved. If you are not already in awe by their skill, you will learn to love the art of surfing after watching nine days of incredible surfers take to the waves.

Man’s Best Friend Hits the Waves

In 2012, VetShopAustralia founded TheΒ Noosa Surfing Dog Championship as part of the Noosa Festival of Surfing. This has become a popular part of the event due to its entertainment value not forgetting the skill and coordination between the dog and his owner. The duo must compete on a standup paddleboard to win the Best Wave award. This display of loyalty and trust from mans best friend has grown into the largest dog surfing competition of its kind in the world.

Giaan Rooney and Chris de Aboitiz are pictured at the 2012 Surfing Dog Spectacular, sponsored by VetShopAustralia

Giaan Rooney and Chris de Aboitiz are pictured at the 2012 Surfing Dog Spectacular, sponsored by VetShopAustralia

Plan Your Visit

The Noosa Festival of Surfing is held annually in March, and if you are in the area, expect accommodation and dining options to book out quickly due to the crowds attending. Take some time to watch the surfers move gracefully in the water from the beach, headland or boardwalk. The festival pays tribute to the ideal conditions and integral part surfing plays within the town’s culture.

Your 2024 Noosa Festival of Surfing Itinerary

Mark your calendars for an exhilarating 10 days at the Noosa Festival of Surfing 2024, from March 8th to 17th. With accommodation deals up to 40% off, it’s the perfect time to plan your stay. Here’s a detailed schedule to ensure you don’t miss out on any of the action:

Daily Delights and Special Events

  • Noosa Beach Bar: The heart of the festival, open every day from March Fri 8th-17th, 12 pm to 9 pm at Noosa Main Beach. Entry is free!
  • Welcome to Country: Immerse yourself in local culture right at the opening on March 8th, 5:30 pm at the Noosa Beach Bar.
  • Birth of the Endless Summer: A cinematic tribute to surf culture on March Fri 8th, from 6 pm to 10 pm at Noosa J Theatre. Tickets are $36 for adults and $29 for kids 15 and under.
A female surfer silhouetted by the setting sun on the horizon over the ocean at tea Tree Bay, Noosa National Park.
A female surfer silhouetted by the setting sun on the horizon over the ocean at tea Tree Bay, Noosa National Park.

Competitive Spirit and Surfing Showdowns

  • 2024 Surfing Divisions: Catch the wave from March Sat 9th to 17th, starting daily at 7 am. Competitions take place at First Point, Rivermouth, or Castaways Beach.
  • Barney Cools Beach Bar Takeover: Experience the ultimate beach vibe on March Sat 9th and 10th, from 12 pm to 9 pm at the Beach Bar.
  • VetshopAustralia Surfing Dog Championships: Cheer on the surfing pups on March Sat 9th at 3:00 pm, First Point, Noosa.
  • Mixing of the Waters & Paddle Out: Join this meaningful ceremony on March Sat 9th at 4:30 pm, Noosa Main Beach.

Wellness, Art, and Community Gatherings

  • Active Escapes Beach Training Session: Kick off your day with a workout on March Sun 10th, 6 am to 7 am, Noosa Main Beach.
  • A Dog’s Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty meal on March Sun 10th at 8 am, The Noosa Reef Hotel. It’s $35 per adult and $20 per child.
  • Local’s Day by Surf Outlet Store: Mingle with the community on March Tues 12th from 3:30 pm, location to be announced.
  • Tourism Noosa presented by Ecovantage: An exclusive event on March Tues 12th, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the Beach Bar.
  • She to Sea Art Show: Celebrate surf art on March Wed 13th, 2 pm to 6 pm, Beach Bar. Free entry!
  • InNoosa Magazine Launch Party: Be part of the scene on March Thu 14th, 4:30 pm, at the Noosa Beach Bar. Free entry!
  • Breath & Ice w/Rich Burrows: Dive into wellness on March Sat 16th, 7 am to 9 am, Noosa Main Beach. Tickets are $50 per person.
  • Brewfest Noosa: Cap off the festival with craft beers on March Sat 16th, 12 pm to 9 pm at Noosa Dolphins Rugby Club. General admission is $39.

Keep up with the latest by checking the Noosa Festival of Surfing website. Get ready for a celebration of surf, sun, and community spirit. Whether you’re riding the waves or soaking in the coastal vibes, there’s something for everyone at Noosa this March.