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Sunshine Coast boys' weekend

Thursday, August 27, 2009
The new term for boys' weekend is "mancation" — made up of "man" and "vacation". There are no girls, no wives, no mums and no work. Jason Dundas headed to Queensland's Sunshine Coast to join a group on a mancation and it all began at Big Kart Track.

Big Kart Track

The largest commercial go-kart track in Australia, Big Kart Track's 1.2km-long and 8m-wide track is just the place to burn off some testosterone. It has big sweeping bends, challenging chicanes, lots of hairpins and long straits. It is of international standard and can run 50 karts at a time. There is a separate track for children.

Self-confessed adrenaline freak Ferre De Deyne built the track and has run the business for the past 26 years. He still gets a buzz as he see the chequered flag drop at the end of 10 crazy laps.

Suncoast Cable Watersports

If there's any testosterone remaining, Suncoast Cable Watersports is the place to put it to use. Situated in the small community of Bli Bli, Suncoast Cable Watersports is the home of wakeboarding, the second fastest-growing water sport in Australia after surfing. It also offers the largest range of kneeboarding, skiing and wakeboarding obstacles, including three kickers, three floating flat bars, a dragon slider, A-frame, step-up slider, small box, giant fun box, C box and wedge, taxi box and rooftop rail.

There are only three cable water-sport parks in Australia, so you're likely to run into some pros at Suncoast who can perhaps teach you a few moves.

The Retreat Beach Houses

Of course, when you're on a blokey weekend, you need somewhere to stay — to recover from activities and get ready for the next lot.

The Retreat Beach Houses on Peregian Beach have absolute beachfront and exclusive beach access. Nestled in sand dunes and native reserve, the site includes a lagoon-style pool, all-weather tennis court, barbecue entertainment area and secure undercover parking. There are outside hot and cold showers.

The free-standing architect-designed houses have one, two and three bedrooms on offer, all with ceiling fans, a northeast-facing balcony on each level, two bathrooms and a powder room — plus a laundry so you can arrive home with a suitcase full of clean clothes!

The houses are close to the laid-back Peregian Beach Village, where there are good places to eat and drink. Hastings Street in Noosa is just a 10-minute drive away.

Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Club

Queensland is the only state where surf clubs are allowed to have bars and restaurants to help fund the lifesavers. The Noosa Heads Surf Lifesaving Club welcomes visitors and is the best place to eat and enjoy a few drinks while overlooking the world-famous Noosa beach.

You can try your luck on the poker machines, Keno or the TAB and if you don't happen to win, you'll be helping put lifesavers and their equipment on the beach. The club showcases the best in local music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights as well as karaoke on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Read ninemsn Travel's Insider's Guide to the Sunshine Coast

Location

Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

Cost

The Retreat Beach Houses start at $165 a night.

Suncoast Cable Watersports wakeboarding costs $28 for one hour, $38 for two, $43 for four hours and $48 for a day. The cost includes safety instructional, helmet, wakeboard, kneeboard, skis and lifejacket. Please check the website for seasonal operating hours at www.suncoastcablewatersports.com.

Big Kart Track entry is free with a range of prices to drive the karts, starting at $30 for 15 minutes, half-an-hour for $50 and $75 for an hour. Helmets are supplied and it operates every day between 9am and 5pm, closing at 10pm on Friday, Saturday and during Easter and Christmas holidays.

Prices correct at August 27, 2009.

For further information

The Retreat Beach Houses
390 David Low Way
Peregian Beach 4560
Ph: (07) 5448 1922
Fax: (07) 5448 1057
www.theretreat.com.au
info@theretreat.com.au

Big Kart Track
Steve Irwin Way
Landsborough 4550
Ph: (07) 5494 1613
www.bigkart.com.au

Suncoast Cable Watersports
367 David Low Way
Bli Bli 4560
Ph: (07) 5448 7555
www.suncoastcablewatersports.com
info@suncoastcablewatersports.com

Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club
69 Hastings Street
Noosa Heads 4567
Ph: (07) 5474 5688
www.noosasurfclub.com.au
nhsurf@nhslsc.com.au

User comments
Geee ... Let's go on a "men's" weekend of Coronas and karting. Maybe if you some new-wave metrosexual ... I'll stick to cheap motels, fishing and the nearest local pub thanks.
Sorry but every male I know would definitely include girls on his "boys weekend". Nevermind the wife or girlfriend sitting at home like a good little dog, name me one time men go out together and don't wind up at a strip club or a brothel? Absolute PIGS the lot of you.
You have got to be joking, honestly? I waited and watched your segment, what a let down. 1. Corona Beer, not even the Mexicans drink the stuff, at approx $0.25 each, grossly over priced cheap beer. 2. "a powder room", Woo Hoo, how blokey is that? I must use the powder room, thats right because I have to load my powder musket, now that I might conceive as 'blokey'. Jason, if this is your idea of a "Mancation", then sorry Bloke, count me out, except for the Karts, then I am definitely in. Robbo.

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