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Central and North Burnett Times - - TRAVEL - BY Jor­dan Philp The writer was a guest of Noosa Tourism.

AFEAR of heights had put me off even think­ing about my sun­set ab­seil at Mt Tin­beer­wah. It all be­came very real when I was wear­ing the har­ness and hel­met while look­ing out at the Sun­shine Coast hin­ter­land dot­ted with gul­lies and farms be­low me.

Heart rac­ing and palms sweat­ing, but to­tally fo­cused on the mo­ment, I walked back­wards over the edge and a sense of calm rushed over me.

An ex­pert in­struc­tor, Jesse, en­cour­aged from the top of the cliff as I dan­gled about 40m above the ground and looked out at a slowly low­er­ing sun cast­ing a mix of gold, pink and or­ange tex­tures across the lush hin­ter­land.

If you’re look­ing for a week­end away where you can come back feel­ing in­vig­o­rated, look no fur­ther than the Sun­shine Coast and Noosa Heads.

Af­ter the heart-pump­ing mo­ment on the moun­tain, I re­turned to the small surf­ing town of Noosa, which was my wife’s and my base for the week­end.

The sea­side des­ti­na­tion at the north­ern end of the Sun­shine Coast has long been a haven for es­cape – the beaches are pris­tine, the vibe is in­cred­i­bly laid­back and the un­touched coast and hin­ter­land can be ri­valled by few other des­ti­na­tions.

Plus it’s easy to find good cof­fee. Stay­ing in a mod­ern self-con­tained hol­i­day apart­ment big enough for a fam­ily at Ho­tel Laguna on world-fa­mous Hast­ings St, I was only a short walk away from the Noosa Na­tional Park, bou­tique shop­ping, and vi­brant bars with live mu­sic and restau­rants serv­ing up fresh sea­sonal foods.

If you en­joy a good drop, love fresh and de­li­cious oys­ters and ocean trout or maybe have a sweet tooth for the best tri­fle you will ever taste then don’t skip on the restau­rant Sea­son on Hast­ings St.

There’s plenty of food op­tions to suit all bud­gets in the area. Want steak cooked to per­fec­tion com­ple­mented by a sea­sonal and de­li­cious menu? Try Pad­stows in nearby Noosa Junc­tion. Or, if you’re on the hunt for a clas­sic parmie, head to the Noosa Heads Surf Club with its 180-de­gree ocean view.

And if ab­seil­ing is not on the to-do list, there are plenty of other ac­tiv­i­ties on of­fer.

If the wa­ter is more to your lik­ing, ca­noe­ing through the mir­rored wa­ter­ways and wilder­ness is an ex­pe­ri­ence you won’t eas­ily for­get.

Be­ing sur­rounded by noth­ing but bush and trees hang­ing over the river was a mo­ment of real peace dur­ing a six-hour ca­noe tour in the Noosa Ever­glades. The ob­ser­va­tional dead-pan Aussie hu­mour mixed with trivia about the re­gion served up by the ca­noe tour guide was an added bonus.

“And in the un­likely event the boat sinks, don’t worry – the river isn’t deep enough so we can sit on the top of it and drink beer un­til help ar­rives.”

Good ad­vice.

And a visit to Noosa would not be com­plete with­out getting wet. An­other top way to en­joy the Noosa River is on a stand-up pad­dle board.

The staff at fam­ily run busi­ness Noosa Stand Up Pad­dle makes even begin­ners like my­self feel con­fi­dent enough to glide along the river in al­most no time.

A week­end away at Noosa Heads has it all, whether you’re an ad­ven­ture seeker, look­ing to switch off for a few days or a cou­ple who wants a ro­man­tic get­away.

It’s one of the rea­sons this town nes­tled into the north­ern part of the Sun­shine Coast has been one of my favourite places to travel to. Vi­brant, colour­ful, re­laxed and in­spired is ex­actly how I would de­scribe Noosa and how it made me feel.

PHO­TOS: JOR­DAN PHILP

◗ The Sun­shine Coast hin­ter­land pro­vides a great back­drop for a sun­set ab­seil­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and, top right, an ex­pert stand-up pad­dle­boarder shows off some cool moves. Be­low right, the Noosa Ever­glades.

HIGH TIME: Whether you’re an ad­ven­ture seeker, look­ing to switch off or just want­ing a ro­man­tic get­away, Noosa is the place to go.

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