This goal setter made a plan at the start of the year that, each quarter, our little family would take a mini break – just us, no work, to reconnect, feed the travel bug and make some new memories. Our natural choice for a luxury weekend away this spring was Noosa – beachfront bliss.

446a4981The kids have become hotel connoisseurs of late and they star-rate our holidays according to the number of TVs, depth of the bath, buffet spread and size of the pool. It was five stars all the way for Seahaven (how about that name, by the way! We may just become regulars!) as every room came with its own goggle box. Whether you choose to BYO groceries and stay in, versus embracing the glorious food options along the Noosa strip, our unit was sublime. Sleek, stylish and the pool was metres from our full wall of sliding glass doors, which offered uninterrupted views to Noosa’s main beach. Staying beachside off Hastings Street was bliss.

Being top of my list for a luxury weekend away I had to do the traditional stroll along the world famous Hastings Street, lose myself in the local book shop to find a great read, splurge on some new swimmers and take in a treat of the frozen kind – Massimos Gelataria drawing this crowd.

Each trip is different to this Sunny Coast holiday spot from basking in the waves at the surf beaches to embracing the beauty of the bush, our tribe embraced a new adventure boarding the Noosa Ferry to explore the Sound. Suffering a serious case of house envy, we soaked up the views and the pleasant calm of Noosa Sound as we chugged along to the Marina where we were welcomed like long-lost cousins by Sue, owner of The Riverdeck Restaurant. Meet the local wildlife, she said, before ushering the kids to the deck to help feed the pelicans. We took in the refreshing river views, warm sunshine and sampled the freshest fish from their locally blessed menu as the kids tried to tame the wild birds and get the smell of squid off their hands. The Noosa Marine Markets (every Sunday from 9am to 2pm) were in full swing so we browsed our way through, as we made our way back to the ferry.

aussie-world-2While on the topic of food (and Noosa has its fare share of divine delicacies), we adore the alfresco dining options off Hastings Street so ended one day at Café Le Monde, one of Noosa’s longest running restaurants, relaxing to chilled tunes and filling our bellies. Literally steps from Seahaven’s entrance is Zachary’s Pizza, which recently moved locations and fills the ground level. The kids dove into their favourite pizza, while us parents toasted our day with top cocktails enjoying this convenient, stylish set up – plus they offer room service for those lazy nights in.

All good things must come to an end but not before we got our game on at the infamous Aussie World, that iconic milestone sitting behind the Ettamogah Pub you all see trekking along the Bruce Highway. What fun we had! With our little fella now officially over 100cm tall, it was all for one and one for all as we could all tackle the rides together. It’s not a huge park to explore, but we kept it real on the plunge, giant slide, swinging ship and were totally boggled (yet thrilled) by Professor Bogglesworth’s Illusionarium.









Keeley O'Connor

Keeley O'Connor  

Keeley has always been a keen entrepreneur and creative and takes great pride in growing her business in parallel with her young family. Keeley started in online publishing with ‘Savvy Mama’ in early 2009 going on to publish print titles over the past decade, including haven, a family lifestyle publication and scout for the Gold Coast holiday-maker more recently. She has grown a vibrant and engaged digital community of followers via her digital and social channels and continues to expand her business with haven creative services // www.havencreative.com.au