No prizes for guessing why the Sunshine Coast, north of Brisbane, was so named – yes, you’re so right, for most of the year, including during the southern hemisphere winter, it basks in warm sunny weather attracting holiday makers from colder climates.
In June, HELEN PERRY was one such sun-seeker; Noosaville her destination.
Back in my 20’s, when I first visited Queensland, I was told the Gold Coast was for the young and the Sunshine Coast for the old.
On visiting both, I pretty much agreed and still do to some extent; that’s because these days I’m one of ‘the olds’ who were there in abundance over winter. On the other hand I saw plenty of younger people living it up around the Hastings Street quarter of Noosa.
There, the upmarket shops were busy, the beaches, crowded and the bars, buzzing. Cafes looked pretty packed at popular eating times and a festive mood prevailed.
Thankfully, though I’m not zimmer frame material yet and I certainly didn’t feel old, this time around I did opt for the quieter surrounds of Noosaville, where the serene river outlook and less hectic shopping is just five minutes drive from Hastings Street.
We stayed at Rimini Holiday Apartments – partly because when I was looking online it said, ‘heated pool’. Mmm, Sunshine Coast in June is not always hot enough for me to plunge into the sea or a cold pool so this appealed.
I booked by phone and managed a great special of $AU500 for four nights (two people) in a one bedroom apartment with balcony overlooking said pool and a tropical garden. Normally, this would be priced at about $150 per night for longer stays with some price movement either side depending on the time of year and availability.
We couldn’t have been more pleased. Rimini Holiday Apartments (21 in all) was about 50 metres back from Gympie Road which runs along the riverfront and is lined with cafes and shops on one side, the reserve on the other. This time I was happy to forego a water view to be just strides away from the noisier action.
What’s more, there were plenty of restaurants at our corner so we could wander up for a bite and not have to worry about driving after a wine or two.
Rimini (the name referencing a lovely Italian seaport) not only offered us an ideal location but also secure covered parking and a most comfortable, sunny one bedroom apartment with free WiFi. The pool as mentioned was heated, the spa, hotter again, and the courtyard with loungers was sheltered and warm.
Noosaville really was a little gem. It was as if the rest of the world didn’t exist and with so much of the world troubled, we felt privileged to be enjoying this peaceful and beautiful village.
I know Queensland has loads of wonderful holiday spots and the wider Noosa district itself offers a host of options but, next time I won’t have to trawl internet booking sites – I’ll know just where to go – I just hope next time is soon!