SEA MEETS COUN­TRY

PEP­PERS NOOSA RE­SORT & VIL­LAS 33 A View­land Drive Noosa Heads

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It’s what hap­pens when you think no-one’s watch­ing that is the mea­sure of a re­sort. From our bal­cony on one of the Sun­rise pent­houses in Pep­pers Noosa Re­sort & Vil­las on the Sun­shine Coast, I saw a small girl cry­ing. She’d fallen over and her sis­ter, only a year or two older, was try­ing to com­fort her. Both girls were dis­tressed. Sam, whom we were in­tro­duced to ear­lier as the con­tact point for pen­t­house guests, hap­pened to be walk­ing past, on her way home by the look of it, and im­me­di­ately rushed to the girls’ aid. Drop­ping her bag and her dry-clean­ing, she scooped up the in­jured child in her arms and car­ried her to the re­cep­tion, all the while sooth­ing her with kind words.

We’ve stayed at Pep­pers Noosa be­fore but this trip was mem­o­rable for an­other rea­son – we were in­tro­duc­ing our Amer­i­can ex­change stu­dent to the won­ders of an iconic Aussie beach precinct. Jack hails from the land-locked state of Mis­souri, and his jaw vis­i­bly dropped when he saw the ocean. Main Beach and the Noosa Na­tional Park were shin­ing at their best on the week­end of our visit. “Awe­some,” he ex­claimed. “I’ve never seen a beach with moun­tains right nearby; it’s like the sea meets the coun­try.” Ain’t that the truth. We Queens­lan­ders are blessed with abun­dant nat­u­ral beauty.

Aside from long walks and sun­screen-soaked swims in the ocean and the re­sort’s two pools, we took Jack on a food crawl: Pad­stows, newly opened in Noosa Junc­tion, for a burger; Massimo’s for gelati; and El Cap­i­tano, oc­cu­py­ing the beau­ti­ful white space that was Ber­ardo’s, for pork and fen­nel sausage pizza.

Back in our hill­top pen­t­house, with three bed­rooms and bath­rooms, a li­brary of books and DVDs and an en­vi­able chef’s kitchen, we re­laxed and soaked up the views of the ocean. Head­ing home to Bris­bane af­ter a buf­fet break­fast at the re­sort’s View restau­rant , we stopped at Aus­tralia Zoo at Beer­wah to spend time with koalas, crocs and roos. As Jack would say, “awe­some”.

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