DOWN­TIME TO-DO LIST

GOT THE KIDS SORTED AND LOOK­ING FOR WAYS TO SPEND YOUR ADULT DOWN­TIME? OP­TIONS ABOUND AT PAR­ADISE RE­SORT!

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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.

BITES

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!

SHOP

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.

SIGHTS

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!”

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