SEA MEETS COUNTRY
PEPPERS NOOSA RESORT & VILLAS 33 A Viewland Drive Noosa Heads
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”.