DOWNTIME TO-DO LIST
GOT THE KIDS SORTED AND LOOKING FOR WAYS TO SPEND YOUR ADULT DOWNTIME? OPTIONS ABOUND AT PARADISE RESORT!
DO NOTHING Take a guilt-free break and relax in the adults outdoor spa area located next to the big waterpark and open daily from 9am-7pm. Equipped with an outdoor heated spa and lounge chairs, it offers parents a place to unwind and soak up the sunshine child-free. It’s the perfect location to devour a good book or magazine.
GET ACTIVE OK. We’re not going to be Judgy Mcjudgersons, but, if the idea of downtime is actually getting a sweat up, Paradise Resort can work with your needs too. The Cardio Gym is equipped with a treadmill, bike, rowing machine, fit balls and yoga mats, is open 24 hours and is free for use of hotel guests only. Children are not permitted in the gym at any time. Perfect.
DRINK UP Now you’re talking! On Mixology Mondays, discover the art of mixing cocktails with a demonstration by the resident mixologist. You will be entertained with tips and tricks on how to blend your own cocktails at home and invited to taste a range of seasonal cocktails and enjoy special offers at the bar afterwards.
You can even play “Cocktail Tasting: The Game Show” where each contestant tastes four different cocktails before braving the contests and trivia questions. The Cocktail Champions will be rewarded with gold medals and drink vouchers, so make sure you arrive game ready to take part in this hilarious game show.
And then we have two important words for you: Sangria Sundays. All-day glasses of sangria are just $5. Enough said. EAT UP Set your inner Masterchef free with Paradise Resort’s various cooking demos and tastings. For example, they host cheese and wine tastings on Wednesday at 4.30pm where participants relax for a blissful hour to sip on wine and share an array of cheeses.
MUSICAL MELODIES You can either listen to the soothing sounds of the visiting musicians and their live music, or, take part in some fun musical games. ‘Super Star Karaoke’ will bring back all the hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s to let you show off your singing skills while letting your hair down. And ‘Finish That Lyric’ is a game to test your music knowledge and see how well you really know your lyrics.
There is certainly no shortage of great spots to grab a bite along the Sunshine Coast, but Noosa might just have the highest concentration of beachside bistros and upmarket bars. Miss Moneypenny’s Restaurant and Cocktail Bar has shot to the top of everyone’s ‘must-try’ list in recent years, competing with the likes of Sails and Bistro C - two longstanding local favourites. But if you’re after a hearty breakfast, The Drop on Noosa Drive shouldn’t be passed up – their haloumi and roast vegetable breakfast bagel is to die for!
And while we’re on the topic of food, glorious food, add Noosa Farmer’s Markets to your Sunday itinerary. It’s a one-stop shop for all of the best fresh produce the region has to offer, with everything from locallygrown fruit and vegies to nuts, herbs, homemade marinades and sauces, cheeses and fresh bread. If retail therapy is what you’re after, you can’t go past Hastings Street. This fashion Mecca has it all, from big brands to one-off boutiques. Two of our top picks are Alterior Motif and Bow & Arrow Trading, which both offer a great range of Australian labels and designers.
Walk from Noosa Heads to Alexandria Bay and you will understand why people travel for days to visit this sunny coastline. The aqua water and shady gum trees of Noosa National Park are quintessentially Queensland, and home to some very shy residents – look up and you just might spot one. If you’re up for the adventure, the rock pools (or ‘fairy pools’ as the locals call them), are a sight for sore eyes - or sore legs, as they’re quite a way into the park! Located between Winch Cove and Hell’s Gates, this is the perfect spot to relax and recuperate before making your way back to the car.
Learning a new skill is daunting enough, but there’s something about surfing that makes the learning curve seem almost impossible to navigate. When it seems like every great surfer was born with a board in their hands, the thought of even trying to stand up seems pointless. But you’ll be surprised to know that surfing is nowhere near as impossible as you might think. Whether you’re 5 or 55, it’s an awesome sport that can be picked up by pretty much anybody – it just takes a little practise and some words of encouragement from people in the know. That’s probably why so many people, both tourists and locals, head to Currumbin Alley Surf School to learn the craft – their team of surf-mad instructors will have you up on your feet in no time. MEET KATE AZARNIKOW…
22-year-old Kate has been with Currumbin Alley Surf School for a year, but has been surfing since she was 6. “My brother surfed and I wanted to do whatever my big brother did, so I convinced my dad to take me with them to surf at Point Roadknight Beach in Victoria,” Kate says. “Dad told me to ride my first wave on my belly, but I quietly agreed to disagree – I jumped straight up to my feet and rode down the face of the wave. I was hooked.” Kate lists her biggest surfing accomplishment as being part of the Disabled Surfers’ Association, a day full of smiles and laughter, and says she’s keen to surf Sri Lanka in the future. She loves helping people to achieve their personal goals in surf lessons, and often hits the Beach Shack at Currumbin after a big day in the water. MEET MATTEO DELLAGIACOMA…
The first time Matteo stood up on a surfboard was around 10 years ago in the Canary Islands of Spain, with his good friend Jose. “We had an epic day and since then I’ve never stopped surfing,” he says. Matteo lists his biggest surfing accomplishment as being able to have heaps of fun in the water, every day, and says he wants to surf tons of different sports around the world while learning new things at the same time. “The most rewarding thing about teaching people to surf is seeing all different kinds of people having fun, coming out of the water with the biggest smile,” says Matteo. “The most important thing in surfing is to have fun.” When he’s not having heaps of fun in the water, you can find Matteo at Zipang Japanese in Currumbin.
MEET JAMES WOODS…
James has been surfing since he was 6, when he gave it a go in a river with his dad. He’s been a coach since 2010 and absolutely loves seeing his students improve under his tutelage. A personal milestone for James was when he learned to do 'wafts' (Google it!). He’s keen to travel more and surf the world. After a big day of surfing, you can find James at Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Club enjoying the view. MEET SAM CHILCOTT…
And finally, the man behind Currumbin Alley Surf School... Sam learned to surf with his dad when he was 5 years old, on the same waves he now teaches his students on. “My biggest surfing accomplishment has been being able to travel all over the world and surf places I dreamed about when I was a kid,” says Sam. “I’m going on a boat trip in the Menatawais later this year. I can’t wait.” When he’s finished imparting his surfing wisdom on the students of Currumbin Alley Surf School, you can find Sam at Caribour in Tugun or at local-fave Zipang. The thing that keeps him teaching? “Seeing how happy learning to surf makes people is super rewarding!”