HOME AND AWAY
NOOSA on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is the epitome of the great Australian escape — pristine beaches, stunning national park, meandering river and a vibrant food and wine scene. The popular holiday spot has varied accommodation options, but if it’s space and independence you’re after, The Rise on Noosa Drive is the perfect place to park your thongs. Its airy apartments and villas have all the trappings of home (kitchen, dining area, comfy sofas, television and laundry facilities). So if you fancy a cosy dinner in after a day at the beach, you’re all set. Choose from a single-level apartment, penthouse or two-storey villa — in a one, two or three-bedroom configuration — set in lush, landscaped gardens, replete with ponds and waterfalls and a 20m infinity pool. Get friends together and head to the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival (May 16-19), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year; The Rise is opposite Lions Park, home to the festival village, and a gentle walk from Hastings Street with its bars, restaurants, shops and galleries. Two-night weekend specials are available until June 30, from $500 for a one-bedroom apartment (usually $720) to $790 for a three-bedroom penthouse (usually $1180). More: therisenoosa.com.au; noosafoodandwine.com.au.