Noosa comes alive in May

The per­fect week­end get­away for any sea­son

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - FIND A - JOHN FARMER The au­thor was a guest of Noosa Springs.

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

PIC­TURE-PER­FECT: The golden sand and sparkling seas at Noosa Main Beach.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

The Noosa Springs golf course is one of Aus­tralia’s best re­sort courses. It proved as chal­leng­ing as it is pic­turesque.

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