Holidaying at home on the coast has all the right moves
I CAN be extremely lazy when it comes to exploring my own backyard.
This is my third year living on the Sunshine Coast and I think I've barely scratched the surface of what there is to see and do.
The Coast is a tourist paradise, and I've barely taken advantage of it.
Someone could swoop in on a weekend visit and potentially see more than I've done in my time here.
Last month, I decided enough was enough - it was time for a change.
So I took a trip to Caloundra, for a two-night stay at Rumba Beach Resort.
It was just what I needed - a couple's getaway and a chance to explore my own backyard all at the same time.
So my partner and I packed our bag, and took the 20-minute drive down the road to Caloundra.
The area isn't a total mystery to me, although the extent of my previous visits have lasted all of half a day - if that.
Finally, this was our chance to really kick up our heels and feel like tourists in a region that's become our home.
I was sold from the minute I looked up the resort on a map.
It had a prime position, right above Bulcock Beach, and just a block away from the main part of town.
On paper, it looked fantastic.
It set the bar pretty high for the actual experience.
Unlocking our door and walking inside our level four, ocean-view room, we had no idea what to expect. As the door opened, we stared at an apartment that felt never-ending.
We passed the first bedroom, with two single beds, and into the kitchen.
We were greeted with a lovely bottle of wine and a welcome card from the Rumba staff.
A nice touch.
From there, the partment opened up into the lounge room, the balcony and an amazing view.
Our room overlooked beautiful Bulcock Beach, with the northern tip of Bribie Island just a stone's throw away.
The size of the apartment is definitely worth a mention. It's certainly something I've never been used to.
I felt like a rock star walking in - the kitchen itself was about the size of my entire downstairs living area at home and the couch is the size of my bed.
But as delightful and inviting as the room was, we weren't going to sit inside all day. We could see so much without breaking a sweat - we were so central to everything.
Over the road was Bulcock Beach.
Around the corner from here was Happy Valley, which was more than deserving of its name. Picturesque.
From there, we had only a short stroll on the boardwalk to coffee at
Coffee Cats at Kings Beach.
When the sun eventually went down, we realised just how spoiled we were for dinner choices.
On our first night in town and after a day of exploring and swimming, we were too exhausted for a big dinner.
A short walk towards Bulcock St and we had takeaway Asian noodles, dessert, drinks and a movie waiting to greet us back at the unit.
It was harder to pick the dining venue for our second night when we had more energy.
We could have stayed for a week and still had a variety of dining options available to us.
I woke just before sunrise on my second morning at Rumba.
The early-morning walk around Happy Halley towards Shelly Beach was perfect.
Plenty of other people out and about seemed to agree with me.
Back at the resort, though, there was still fun to be had.
The pools were worth the stay alone.
We were lucky to be visiting just outside the school holidays and had the place almost all to ourselves.
The lap pool was our favourite for the most bizarre reason - the portholes and glass feature wall.
Several portholes are placed along the wall of the pool looking out to the stairs leading into the resort from the Esplanade. Another couple on the pool floor stare down into Hog's Breath Cafe and the street below.
For anyone who glanced up from their tender steak and saw the pasty white top half of my body overhead - my apologies.
We ended up getting some of the best shots of our holidays messing around with the portholes.
For a place so close to home, I couldn't have felt any further away.
And that's a good thing!
Rumba Beach Resort was a great little getaway.
WINTER ESCAPE TO CALOUNDRA
Rumba Beach Resort is celebrating the magic of perfect Queensland winter sunshine with a new value winter deal.
One bonus night when you book three nights to stay at Caloundra during winter.
From $840 inclusive for two adults plus two kids for a four-night stay in a two-bedroom Resort Spa Suite, the deal also includes a welcome bottle of red wine and box of Cadbury Roses chocolates upon arrival, full-day bicycle hire, a Caloundra Cruise experience along Pumicestone Passage, pool towels, complimentary wifi as well as a complimentary Dine in Style VIP dining discount card.
The ultimate in five-star luxury valid for stays until August 31, 2013 (excluding August 16-19 weekend).
Subject to availability.
Go to rumbaresort.com.au or call 07 5492 0555 for bookings.