School holidays are on the horizon again and Queensland's Sunshine Coast is a great place to enjoy a family break. Getaway
asked Giaan Rooney to check it out.
More than just a hotel, Novotel Twin Waters Resort has just had a $9 million makeover and it has something for everyone.
Nestled between the Maroochy River and the Pacific Ocean, the resort has beachfront location. There are 365 rooms and suites with views of gardens and the seven-hectare central lagoon.
Kayaks, catamarans and windsurf boards are complimentary and the beach is patrolled by life savers. A water trampoline with inflatable sides is loads of fun.
Then there's an 18-hole championship golf course, an aquatic driving range, tennis courts, arcade games room, children's pool, heated pool and spa, day spa, archery, bicycles and lots of other things to keep everyone happy. The Dolfi Kids' Club is a real winner. Staffed by qualified childcare professionals, there are themed sessions in the morning and afternoon every day, and evening sessions on Friday and Saturday nights.
There are four foodie options, from cafe-style and casual bar to a fancy restaurant. Lily's on the Lagoon has contemporary Australian and Asian-influenced meals and great views. Of course, drinks and ice-cream is available all day every day.
Cirque Espace Circus School
This is a training facility with four key activities: flying trapeze, static trapeze, Astro Boing and a juggling school.
Juggle School is recommended for ages seven and older and participants learn a myriad of fun circus skills from professionals, including plate spinning, devil sticks, unicycling and low tightwire rope.
They offer numerous packages where you can try a combination of activities. They range from half an hour to full day programs.
The latest craze to hit Twin Waters are these wonderful two-wheelers. You can enjoy them in the Resort's 14 hectares of bushland.
Australia's first all-terrain Segway tours were recently introduced and there are two on offer. A 90-minute tour goes through bushland, jungle, estuary, beach and paths. A 20-minute run travels along a slalom-type track. The shorter version is more or less a "get to know a Segway" experience.
Gen II Segways can go anywhere and the Sunshine Coast is the only place in Australia where you can enjoy them. They weigh around 50kg and have a top speed of 20km/h.
Segways are great fun but have a serious side as well. They are used as people transporters around industrial complexes, warehouses, stadiums and parks. They are also popular with police and military forces.
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Novotel Twin Waters Resort rooms start at $159 a night. Over-water Lagoon Suites start at $339. They have a separate lounge, double spa bath, separate shower and over-water balcony.
Cirque Espace 90-minute flying trapeze classes are $60. Static trapeze tuition is $50 for 45 minutes. Astro Boing is $10 for seven minutes. Juggling workshops are $25 an hour.
Segway Experience Tours cost $110 for 90 minutes and $50 for 20 minutes. They run from Thursday to Sunday at 10am and 1pm.
Virgin Blue has one-way flights to the Sunshine Coast from:
- Sydney $114
- Adelaide $169
- Canberra $179
- Hobart $200
- Perth $299
There are limited seats which may not be available at peak times or on all flights. Fares quoted are one-way booked on the internet. An extra $15 will be charged for phone bookings. A credit card surcharge of an additional $2 per person per one-way flight is applicable. Fares are correct at September 16, 2010, and are subject to change.
Prices correct at September 16, 2010.
For further information
Ph: 136 789
Novotel Twin Waters Resort
Twin Waters 4564
Ph: 1800 072 277
Twin Waters 4564
Ph: 0412 552 286
Ph: 0408 614699 or 1800 734 929