THE IN­SID­ERS I SUN­SHINE COAST, QLD

The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Australia - JIM BER­ARDO

CRUISE: Noosa River A great thing to do with friends is grab some gourmet nibbles from Bel­mon­dos Fresh Food Mar­ket, pick up a bot­tle of wine, hire a pon­toon boat for the day and cruise Noosa River. We drop an an­chor in a hid­den cove just be­low Richard Bran­son’s Make­peace Is­land and en­joy par­adise; bel­mon­dos.com; oboathire.com.

SUN­RISE: Noosa Na­tional Park It’s worth the ef­fort to get to the Sun­shine Beach end of the park early — it’s the best place on the Sun­shine Coast to watch the sun rise; noosa­na­tion­al­park.com. AD­VEN­TURE: Noosa North Shore When I’m in the mood for a bit of ad­ven­ture I get a 4WDand take a trip to Noosa North Shore. I head up 40 Mile Beach past the Coloured Sands to Rain­bow Beach; vis­it­noosa.com.au/re­gions/noosa-north-shore.

DELUXE DIGS: Freestyle Es­cape This cook­ing and art school with lux­ury ac­com­mo­da­tion in Du­long is one of those spe­cial hid­den-away places where you can re­lax and get away from it all. Owner Martin Dun­can en­sures ev­ery de­tail is taken care of and is of­fer­ing hands-on cook­ing classes with celebrity chefs; freestyleescape.com.au.

RO­MANCE: Gon­dola ride Ex­pert gon­do­lier Ri­cardo has taken many of my overseas guests on a mag­i­cal sun­set cruise of Noosa River. I love to tag along with a spe­cial bot­tle of bub­bles, but if they are in the mood for ro­mance I leave them with the ex­pert who knows all the se­cret spots; gon­do­la­sofnoosa.com.

EAT: The Long Apron My favourite dish at this restau­rant, in the Spicers Clovelly Es­tate at Montville, is the roasted duck breast with coastal honey, pear and duck ham; spicers­group.com.au/restau­rant/long-apron.

LAZY SUN­DAY: Cooroy Pay a visit to this hin­ter­land vil­lage, if only for the most amaz­ing mac­arons and a truly au­then­tic French cui­sine ex­pe­ri­ence at Eric Pernoud’s Mai­son de Provence; 13 Gar­net St, Cooroy; (07) 5472 0077.

PRO­DUCE: Noosa Farm­ers Mar­ket I shop here for Cedar Street Haloumi for our restau­rant, Ber­ardo’s; noosa­farm­ers­mar­ket.com.au; ber­ar­dos.com.au. The Noosa In­ter­na­tional Food & Wine Fes­ti­val will be held from May 16-19. More: noosafoodand­wine.com.au.

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