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Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE -

While feast­ing is the aim of the game, Noosa also of­fers a les­son in bal­ance. Here are three ways to burn off the calo­ries:

WALK THIS WAY

It’s hard to beat ex­plor­ing Noosa’s nat­u­ral as­sets un­der your own steam — the na­tional park is so beau­ti­ful you won’t even no­tice the work­out. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas and the fa­mous fairy pools as the board­walk flows to bush tracks skirt­ing the head­land. Noosa Food & Wine Fes­ti­val sup­ports sus­tain­abil­ity pro­gram Trees for Tourism, so you can pat your­self on the back know­ing part of your ticket price will help pro­vide shady trees for walk­ers.

GET ON THE WA­TER

From hum­ble hire stalls on the sand to more for­mal classes, all man­ner of wa­ter­craft is wait­ing to be en­joyed. Hire a surf­board by the hour at the stall near the Surf Life Sav­ing Club or ven­ture to Noosav­ille for a pad­dle­board­ing les­son on calmer waters.

PADDLE POWER

Ex­cuse your­self from the ta­ble for a few hours to see an­other side to Noosa. Dis­cov­ery Group’s Ever­glades tour will get you set up in an “un­tip­pable” ca­noe to ex­plore what is one of only two true ever­glades sys­tems on Earth. Tree boughs twist over pas­sage­ways, cre­at­ing a se­cret, shel­tered world. The sky spills into the wa­ter with only the rip­ple from oars to mar re­flec­tions that pro­duce per­fect mir­ror im­ages in pho­tos. Rather con­ve­niently, the tour de­parts from Habi­tat Noosa where you can con­tinue your foodie mis­sion over a lo­cal lager at Cootharaba­r bistro.

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