We’ve been on a long-overdue family holiday on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, staying in Noosa. When I say, ‘long-overdue’ that’s because it’s been almost three years since we went away, all five of us. I’m not sure how that happened as you wouldn’t think a week’s holiday would be that difficult to co-ordinate but somehow three years has slipped by.
We left just after Christmas and headed straight to the airport because I’ve done the 13-hour (sometimes 15-hour) road trip many times and I didn’t want to ruin a good holiday by taking another one. Of course, that doesn’t mean there won’t be issues because only budget domestic airlines fly into the Sunshine Coast so even though you book on Qantas, you will not be on a Qantas flight. Yes, it’s Jetstar all the way and that means delayed flights, seat pockets filled with the previous passenger’s rubbish and when your nerves are fractured and you order a gin and tonic they say, ‘We don’t have gin but we could put vodka with the tonic’. It’s all the same really, isn’t it.
Never mind! We made it to the Sunshine Coast and collected our 10 pieces of luggage that included a boogie board and Archie’s guitar in a now dented and battered case – our mistake; we only put three fragile stickers on it.
We had a car picking us up from the airport and we were all-aboard when Carl realised he’d left his phone in the seat pocket on the plane. Thirty minutes later we were on our way to Picture Point Terraces that are a three-minute walk from Hastings Street and the beach. I’m not into high-rise enmasse resorts (and actually you won’t find any such thing in Noosa, the closest being the five-storey Sheraton Hotel) so we chose Picture Point Terraces because there are just 11 apartments in the block.
Having retrieved Carl’s phone, I then left mine in the hire car and away went the driver before I realised.
The apartments are two or three bedroom but when we booked no three-bedroom were available. We were told a two-bedroom apartment would sleep five as a roll-away bed could be put in either bedroom at an additional cost of $30/night. Carl thought $240 for a roll-away bed for the eight nights was outrageous and told me to tell them ‘no thanks’ and so some friends lent us a blow-up bed and Alfie slept on that.
And as for being told an additional bed could fit in either bedroom, well that was just false and misleading. There was no way an extra bed could fit into either room so Alfie’s bed was made up for him each night on the living room floor.
If the second bedroom was disappointingly small, the outdoor terrace made up for it and contained a spa, a glorious view, an electric awning and a great area for entertaining. One night Claire stopped by for a drink and Maureen and her husband came for dinner.
Archie was going to serenade them with a few of his songs but had lost his voice from repeated bouts of vomiting the night before – long story!
The apartments are terraced up the hill and you can either burn fat by running up and down stairs all day long as you go from the entrance at the top to the beach at the bottom or there is an inclinator that’s fully enclosed and even provides a seat for weary legs.
There’s an air-conditioned gymnasium where Arabella spent a lot of time and Archie made a lot of noises about making a visit but never actually did.
The swimming pool wasn’t heated but it may as well have been as the water was very warm. There were plenty of available sun lounges around the pool and with only 11 apartments in the block you didn’t have that typical resort situation of setting your alarm pre-dawn so you can rush outside to reserve yourself a spot by the pool.
There was a sauna that the teenagers found quite a novelty and the little guy wanted to join in on the fun but there was a rule you had to be 16 which brought on a few tears but we managed to sneak him in there anyway.
The complex is advertised as being just three-minutes walk from Hastings Street (the street with all the shops, cafes and restaurants that runs along the beachfront) and I was concerned that this could be an exaggerated claim but it was surprisingly accurate with the walk down to Hastings Street being through a scenic pathway cut into the tropical rainforest.
If you are heading to Noosa I would thoroughly recommend Picture Point Terraces as the location is excellent, the views are spectacular and the apartments are modern, clean and well serviced. If you have more than two children I would definitely book a three-bedroom to avoid someone having to sleep on a blow-up bed in the lounge room.
And that wraps up a lovely week.
Picture Point Terraces
47 Picture Point Crescent, Noosa Heads, QLD
Ph: 61 7 5449 2433