For a weekend getaway nothing beats the beautiful, balmy climes of the Sunshine Coast. While most make a beeline for Noosa, we prefer the allure of the less touristy, Golden Beach, just an hour’s drive north of Brisbane.
WorldMark’s accommodation at Golden Beach is stunningly lush and green with tropical gardens, anoutdoor swimming pool, tennis courts and deep water frontage on Pumicestone Passage, a narrow waterway that separates Bribie Island from Golden Beach and the Queensland mainland.
It got its name from Matthew Flinders in 1799 thanks to the abundance of pumice stone lining the shoreline and it’s one of the reasons Golden Beach holds so much charm. Its waters are still, placidly so, and beckon to us. You can kayak or catamaran on the glassy waters, charter a boat and visit isolated beaches off Bribie Island or drive directly into Bribie Island for a bushwalk.
We hire a kayak from nearby Golden Beach Hire and go in search of wildlife. Pumicestone Passage is home to dugongs, dolphins and turtles as well as over 350 species of birds so it’s perfect for a spot of bird-watching. It’s idyllic on the water. We drift along for a bit taking it all in and see some ospreys and sea-eagles. As we turn to shore, a magnificent stork flies past.
Day two and with food on our mind, we jump in the car and head to nearby Maleny. Located in the hinterlands, high in the Blackall Range, Maleny is well known for its alternative vibe and artist community as much as for its locally made and organic produce. There’s an insane amount of art here and wonderful artisan foods. This is dairy country so of course a stop at the famous cheese factory is mandatory, as is a visit to Mary Cairncross Park, the last remaining sub-tropical rainforest in South East Queensland. It’s a perfect place to picnic and has breathtaking views to the Glasshouse Mountains.
Before the day is over, we make the ten minute walk to the local surf beach and throw ourselves into the frothy water. The sun is warm on our backs and the tang of saltwater refreshing and energising
As the sun dips in the sky, we wander back to our room and stand on the balcony, cocktail in hand, looking out to sea. We breathe in the fresh sea air, feeling completely relaxed from our weekend getaway.
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Words and Video by Belind – Photo WorldMarkSP