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Why the Sunshine State is the place to be this winter

Could the secret to beating the winter blues be as simple as planning a mid-season getaway to an RACV Resort in Queensland?

A growing number of Australians are giving the idea of working through winter the heave-ho. Instead, they’re opting to recharge their batteries with a mid-winter break at one of Queensland’s RACV Resorts. Trading in shivering through bitterly cold mornings for a leisurely round of golf followed by freshly shucked oysters and a crisp Riesling may sound like a dream come true. But sunshine, nature, wellness and clean cuisine can all be yours in just one, short plane ride.

Whether you’re enjoying a week-long trip with your family or scheduling a weekend mini-break before returning to work on Monday, a winter getaway to Queensland may just be the boost you’re looking for. Here are two options worth putting on your winter break wish list:

Poolside at RACV Noosa Resort during blue hour

Poolside at RACV Noosa Resort

A golden getaway

Currently basking in the afterglow of the Commonwealth Games, the Gold Coast is experiencing a resurgence in popularity with international and domestic travellers alike. Dig deeper into the Gold Coast and you’ll find an evolving city that is shaking off tired stereotypes to emerge as a holiday destination with much to offer the discerning traveller.

Think the Gold Coast is all about souvenir shops, skyscrapers and theme parks? Think again. These days, tucking into vegan, wholefoods in a Mermaid Beach café and sipping retro, Hawaiian-style cocktails at a hot, new tiki bar in Broadbeach is on the agenda. 

At the RACV Royal Pines Resort guests are free to embrace the alfresco lifestyle enjoyed by Gold Coast residents all-year-round.  Five tennis courts, a 27-hole golf course, heated pool and children’s water park make it all too easy to live the resort lifestyle 24/7.

Couple in bath robes holding hands and walking through One Spa, RACV Royal Pines Resort
Exterior view of One Spa at RACV Royal Pines Resort during a stunning sunset
Couple in bath robes relaxing on terrace at One Spa, RACV Royal Pines Resort

One Spa at RACV Royal Pines Resort, on the Gold Coast

For those that can manage to tear themselves away from the pool and golf green, the Gold Coast Hinterland’s walking trails offer fresh air, stunning views and wildlife spotting opportunities aplenty. For guaranteed wildlife sightings, the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary remains ever popular with adults and kids of all ages.

Back at the resort, a host of special events and activities scheduled throughout winter ensure wintertime is the right time to head to the Gold Coast. A long lunch at Trattoria Amici is what lazy Sundays are made of, while a hot stone massage session at One Spa is the ultimate winter warmer.

Long lunches? Massages? Dips in heated pools? Winter is all too easy at RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Drone view of RACV Royal Pines Resort overlooking the pool area and golf course

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Gold Coast

A five star escape

Even in winter, the Sunshine Coast lives up to its name. Swimming in the calm waters of Laguna Bay, spotting koalas while walking the forest-fringed trails of Noosa National Park, or enjoying some much-needed downtime on Sunshine Beach – all of these are viable winter-time pursuits in Noosa. 

With a prized position located within a peaceful bushland setting and a trophy cabinet full of awards (including a 2017 People’s Choice Award at the prestigious Queensland Tourism Awards), the RACV Noosa Resort is officially one of Noosa’s hottest properties.

As Resort Manager of RACV Noosa Resort, Darren McClenaghan knows that Noosa’s well-established food and wine scene is just one of the reasons people keep coming back to the area.

Family enjoying a delicious dinner at Arcuri Restaurant, RACV Noosa Resort
Set tables at Arcuri Restaurant, RACV Noosa Resort
Couple enjoying a sunset drink on the terrace of Arcuri Restaurant, RACV Noosa Resort

Arcuri Restaurant at RACV Noosa Resort, on the Sunshine Coast

“The resort’s Arcuri Restaurant champions fresh, local produce in contemporary Australian dishes. Diners can feast on pan-seared scallops, Coral Coast barramundi and slow-roasted pork belly. Guests looking for a more relaxed dining experience can enjoy wood-fired pizzas and cocktails overlooking the infinity pool with views to the wetlands sanctuary,” says Darren.

A complimentary shuttle ride connecting the resort to Hastings Street means some of Noosa’s best restaurants, cafes, bars and boutiques are also only minutes away. Whether it’s a romantic dinner to celebrate a special occasion or a quick trip to grab some gelato with the kids, Hastings Street is a go-to for resort guests from all walks of life. 

An accommodation option that truly is for everyone, the RACV Noosa Resort’s suites, apartments and villas seamlessly merge luxury with practicality. Want to enjoy a break with your pool-obsessed kids? A three-bedroom villa with a plunge pool is the answer. Hoping to carve out a slice of serenity with your partner? A one-bedroom apartment is just the ticket. 

A day spa with six treatment rooms and an outdoor infinity-edge pool heated to 29 degrees all year-round, means that winter time is the right time to head to Noosa. 

Banner photo courtesy of Tourism and Events Queensland

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