If you want to holiday like the rich and famous, then look no further than Noosa River.
British billionaire Richard Branson’s recently renovated Sunshine Coast ‘home’ was launched to the public last week and My Weekly Preview was granted access to the resort ahead of its opening to the public.
The heart-shaped exclusive Makepeace Island has hosted the likes of pop star Justin Bieber, will.i.am, Guy Sebastian and Natalie Basssingthwaighte and is now being marketed as a destination for corporate events, multi-generational family holidays or a swish couple’s getaway.
But, the price tag isn’t for the faint-hearted – it will set you back between $10,000 to $25,000 a night.
This will get you exclusive use of the resort, which features a lagoon-style multi-level pool, tennis court, fully-stocked bar, giant chess set, luxurious villas, chef and staff.
Makepeace Island sits on 10 secluded hectares and was styled by globally-recognised designer June Robinson Scott who created a sophisticated and stylish space with a modern Balinese twist.
4 Summer Escapes
While we can’t all escape to Sir Richard Branson’s island, there are still plenty of terrific things see and do in our bountiful region. Here are four of our other favourite ways to spend a Sunshine Coast summer’s day.
1. Explore Point Cartwright on foot – start the day with a relaxing breakfast picnic at La Balsa Park and then take a walk along the path and over the rocks and grassy area that leads up to the Point Cartwright lighthouse.
2. Buderim Forest – the 45-hectare oasis with its rainforest and cascading waterfalls might be located in the town centre, but it feels much further away. Take a picnic, have a barbecue or simply enjoy a dip in the falls.
3. Kondalilla Falls – A visit to this cool mountain retreat will make you feel miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Even on the hottest day of the year, this popular swimming hole will still be cold!
4. Beach day – You can’t go past a fun day in the sun at one of the region’s family beaches. Our picks? Kings Beach, Golden Beach and the patrolled beach at Mooloolaba’s spit. Remember to slip, slop, slap.