The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Australia - MICHELLE ROWE

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.

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