See the best of Noosa…

…on a horse riding adventure

Noosa, known mainly for its beaches, has some of its best kept secrets in the hinterland, with rainforest, picturesque farmland, country trails and beautiful lakes. Perhaps the best way to explore secret parts of Noosa, while enjoying its natural environments, is by horseback. With many experiences to choose from throughout the Noosa region, it’s easy to book tours for anyone, from beginners to experts.

Equathon Horse Riding, the 2011 Adventure Tourism Operator of the Year for Queensland, takes a tour along the Noosa North Shore, and you don’t have to have all of the fun in one day, as overnight bush adventures are available. The company is owned and operated by Triple Olympian, Alex Watson.

Noosa Horse Riding takes riders across the beautiful Lake Weyba, in the Great Sandy National Park, which is about ten minutes from Noosa Head. Tour guides lead the way, so tourists and locals alike can enjoy the experience. The company has been providing tours for over 25 years, and even private horseback riding tours can be arranged.

Mary Valley Adventure Trails offers guided tours as well, for half-days. The tours go through the State Forest, as well as the stunning and scenic Mary Valley, in the hinterland.

After a day in the saddle, Noosa Quays is a great place for the ultimate relaxation experience. Just a short stroll away from the award winning restaurants and shopping on Hastings Street, the resort is tucked away among its own tropical gardens and private beach. Oversized balconies are all, except poolside, directly waterfront, so you can relax watching spectacular sunsets over the serene Noosa Sound. For more information on our Noosa Sound apartments, phone Glenn or Suzie on 07 5449 2699 or email reception@noosaquays.com.au

Get a taste of the beach life…

…with celebrity chefs and delectable wines

On the Noosa Main Beach, Noosa River and all around Noosa, the Food and Wine Festival will be celebrated from 20 May to 22 May. Prices start at $15 for events, and guest chefs from around the continent will be joining local restaurants to offer lunches and dinners at some of the area’s best eateries. A welcoming party kicks off the event on Friday at the Main Beach, and on Sunday, events include Surfers versus Chefs BBQ breakfast competition and the Full Moon Asian Seafood Feast.

Also on Sunday, guest chefs will continue the celebration at places like Acuri, Gaston Noosa, Noosa Beach House, Woodfire Grill, Peppers Noose, Locale, Sirocco, Noosa Boathouse and Miss Moneypenny’s. Also during the weekend, at the J Theatre, Pete Evans will co-host a light dinner, presentation and Q & A session, where guests will receive his 10-week activation program, “The Paleo Way,” all for $95.

Lastly, a scenic river cruise travels to Makepeace Island where the Australian home of Sir Richard Branson will be open for lunch and an exclusive tour. Celebrity chefs Peter Kuruvita, Massimo Mele and David Pugh from Brisbane at Restaurant Two designed the seafood lunch. Limited tickets are available for $195 per person beginning 3 March. For program and ticket information visit www.noosafoodwinefestival.com.au

Just a ten minute walk from the event’s location at Noosa Heads, luxury resort Noosa Quays lies tucked away amidst tropical gardens and a sandy private beach. Travel the waterways directly to the beachfront in a private jetty, hire a water taxi, or enjoy a dinner cruise all while leaving the car behind. Award winning restaurants are just minutes away, with fine and casual dining awaiting you with exotic wine bars to explore. Retire back to your oversized balcony overlooking the beautiful Noosa Sound, or enjoy a glass of wine and the sauna. For more information on our Noosa resort, phone Glenn or Suzie on 07 5449 2699 or email reception@noosaquays.com.au