Noosa comes alive in May
The perfect weekend getaway for any season
ANYONE who thinks Noosa is best suited to summer escapes has never savoured the delights of a visit in May.
With the last of summer’s warmth still lingering, but the cool and calming autumn air washing over the region, one of Australia’s most desirable holiday destinations is truly at its most spectacular.
Our Noosa adventure starts at Noosa Springs Resort.
We arrive late on a Friday night after a long and demanding day of work, but the stresses of the past eight hours vanish as we head down Resort Way into the sanctuary of what is a truly world-class resort.
We check in and go immediately to Relish Restaurant, part of the resort’s sprawling, Mediterranean-themed reception and clubhouse facilities.
Our table is on the restaurant’s balcony and we are instantly immersed in many of the features that have made Noosa Springs such a renowned destination – the lush, subtropical setting, the soothing sounds of water features that snake their way through the resort, and a menu bursting with seasonal flavours. It was a night of pure relaxation and indulgence.
Day two presented a far more challenging yet just as enjoyable proposition – a round on the resort’s 18-hole championship golf course, rated one of Australia’s best and most challenging. It delivered on both fronts.
The 18 holes meander through lush rainforest and spring-fed lakes. It is as demanding as it is picturesque, testing all facets of one’s game.
In one instance it wants you to shape a long iron over a bunker and short of inescapable rainforest, the next it has you bombing a drive gun-barrel straight 220 metres over a water hazard. It certainly is a mental and physical test.
With the round complete we were faced with a most welcomed dilemma – spend the afternoon soaking up the atmosphere of the resort, or venture outside.
A short debate of the pros and cons over a cold beer (again at Relish Restaurant), we decided it was time to get a taste of the renowned attractions. It was a decision that did not disappoint.
We travelled a short distance to Noosa Heads, where a pristine beach lapped by sparkling seas is a two-minute walk from the dynamic retail and dining hub that is Hastings Street.
We relaxed on the golden sands of Main Beach under crystal blue skies, escaped into the sanctuary of the Noosa National Park, dined under lush green trees illuminated by fairy lights, and enjoyed a wine with sprawling ocean views.
Day three and the prospect of having to return to our everyday lives would have been far more daunting if not for our final taste of resort life – the Noosa Springs Spa.
After a short tour we are left alone to enjoy the world-class spa facilities on offer.
We head straight to the purpose-built and designed hydro massage pool, which features strong underwater jets that massage your body.
From there it’s in the steam room, on to the blitz shower and then an hour unwinding in the relaxation room.
It was the perfect end to a Noosa escape that had it all, but left us wanting more.
And we will savour a little more this weekend when we return for the Noosa Food and Wine Festival.
PICTURE-PERFECT: The golden sand and sparkling seas at Noosa Main Beach.
The Noosa Springs golf course is one of Australia’s best resort courses. It proved as challenging as it is picturesque.