Noosa Rainbow River Festival

Every March, Noosa brings the Queens back to Queens-land and joins in the spirit of Mardi Gras with the Noosa Rainbow River Festival.

Partygoers celebrate with a weekend of festivities, kicking off with welcome cocktails by the river followed by Melony's Drag Bingo on Noosa's famous Gympie Terrace. Saturday features Noosa’s Mardi Gras Party, with a range of wonderful acts. Wrapping up on Sunday with the highlight of the weekend, the family-friendly River Parade and picnic, led by the fabulous Noosa Catalina.

Festival organiser Kirsty Patten:

“The Festival has something for everyone – from a family-friendly, BYO riverside picnic, through to a dance party with drag performances”.

“We invite our visitors and the whole Noosa community to join us on the Noosa River for the famous annual River Parade, hire a boat, bring your own or join the official Rainbow Party boat and party in the sun on a two-hour adventure up and down the Noosa River and canals”.

“Be flirty, be daring and definitely be fabulous!”

Noosa Shire, Queensland, Australia




We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging.