Once again the Noosa Festival of Water, at Cooroy's stunning Lake Macdonald and the Noosa Botanic Gardens, provides something for all ages to enjoy. Everyone is invited to come along from 10 am to 3 pm on Sunday 24th June 2018 to enjoy local entertainers and learn more about how to protect and care for the unique ecological and environmental attributes which make Noosa such a special place to live and visit.
Bring along your boardies and a towel if you want to make use of the calm waters of Lake Macdonald to learn to kayak and standup paddleboard.
The Creative Kids Marquee with activities focussed on caring for our land and water in the Noosa Biosphere is a great place for kids and parents to spend an hour or more.
For a chance to win a prize, keen anglers of all ages should register now for the Catch and Release Bass Fishing Competition which kicks off at 6.30 am on the day at Mary River Cod Park in Collwood Road. Visit www.noosafestivalofwater.org to download the entry form.
The Festival offers a rare opportunity to visit the Gerry Cook Hatchery and learn how wild populations of the Mary River cod, one of Australia's most endangered freshwater fish, are being restored. You can reach the hatchery by road or take a free boat trip across the Lake from the Botanic Gardens to Mary River Cod Park and back.
Be entertained throughout the day by fantastic local artists and experts in the magnificent Grecian style Amphitheatre. Highlights include storytelling and dance from Lyndon Davis and the Gubbi Gubbi Dancers, the wonderful sounds of Andrea Kirwin, the incredible musical talent of Phenix, the original sounds of the Strangest Dreamers and Festival favourite Geckoes Wildlife's Martin Fingland with his collection of furry, feathered and slithery native wildlife.
Bring along your current Noosa Rates notice if you want your two free trees from Noosa Landcare and take advantage of the Mary River Catchment Committee's (MRCCC) free water testing available for anyone wanting their creek, dam or bore water sample tested. Once again the Noosa Community Biosphere group will be offering heavily discounted stainless steel water bottles which can be filled at Unitywater's "Back to Tap" refill station at the Festival, so you can be a part of our commitment to move away from the sale of single use, plastic water bottles.
A diverse range of community groups will be in attendance with information and displays, and throughout the day you will be able to enjoy kids face painting, a jumping castle, Snake and Reptile shows and a great selection of food and drink.
A courtesy bus operates all day to bring people to the Festival from the parking areas along Lake Macdonald Drive. To be in the running for a fantastic accommodation package at Peppers Resort Noosa, everyone is encouraged to pick up a copy of the Festival program and lodge their feedback form at the Festival. The Mary River Catchment Coordinating Committee (MRCCC) hosts this free annual event with support from Noosa Council, Seqwater, Unitywater, the Burnett Mary Regional Group and Queensland Water and Land Carers. The Festival is also supported by Noosa Landcare, the staff at the Noosa Botanic Gardens and hundreds of volunteers dedicated to caring for our natural environment.
For more information about the Noosa Festival of Water, check out the Facebook Page, visit the website at www.noosafestivalofwater.org or call the MRCCC on 07 5482 4766.
Noosa Botanic Gardens, Cooroy
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