When you are leading a stressful life as I was, you usually do not even realize it until it is too late. Only after some types of trauma people do start paying attention to the tempo of their lives and how much stress they truly feel. Also, living in modern cities additionally produces a great level of stress which does not occur in the county. Long commutes to/from work, long lines at supermarkets, traffic jams and too many people constantly around you. This has been a subject of many studies, books and essays, from David Riesman in 1950 to David Foster Wallace in 2005, but no solutions can be found except a little time off. When you feel the need to leave stressful city life, here are a couple of ideas you might want to try in Australia’s Sunshine Coast.
How to Reach Sunshine Coast?
Being quite close to Brisbane – about a hundred kilometers north – and well connected by planes, buses, trains and ferries, this piece of Heaven is accessible to anyone looking for relaxation. Whether you prefer peaceful afternoon doing nothing or are a fan of more physical activities, you will find something here. This is why this area is perfect for people looking for an escape from their everyday lives and stressful way of living: it is welcoming, versatile and suitable for all ages. Among many possible choices, I will give you three that are in my opinion the best for relaxation.
Maleny Botanic Gardens
Taking a few days off from work and staying at home makes less sense than not taking free time at all. Therefore, you should go somewhere you have never been before and choose the locations that are different from your usual surroundings. This is where Maleny Botanic Gardens come as a suggestion that will relax your mind and body at the same time. Located in the beautiful town of Maleny, it offers something for every member of the family, from personal contacts with animals and birds, ideal for the children, to hiking tours in the woods for adults.
However, if you get tired from tranquil walks through rainforests while taking in the natural beauty of flowers and animals, there is a special treat – Devonshire Tea that has several variations around the world, but here is served on a gazebo with a spectacular view. Additionally, you are also provided with accompanying deserts that complete the enjoyment.
Living Valley Springs
This complex is a great combination of several different ways to regain your inner peace and rejuvenate after long months of constantly working in a stressful work environment. It offers you not only a quality time in nature, among the greenest parts of Sunshine Coast, but also gives you a chance to completely move away from all sources of trouble in your life and forget about the outside world. With a plethora of packages varying from one to twenty one days, you will surely find something that will soothe you and make you a bit calmer.
Probably the best package is the three-day rejuvenator that includes the essence of what this jewel among resorts in Australia has to offer. From remedial and facial massages and time at the pool to good healthy good, fitness classes and gym sessions or, on the other hand, walks on the beach and hiking in the mountains at the break of dawn – there must be an activity you will enjoy. Finally, this resort offers spas, health consultations, weight-adjusting programs, mountain climbs, educational seminars and advices on lifestyle/dieting.
Personalized Option: Queensland Diving
This is not set in a particular resort, but is the most adequate choice for certain people. Adventurers are often interested in diving – even though this can sound too hard and physically challenging at first, it actually is not. Just imagine diving into the infinite blue sea and being surrounded not only with absolute silence, but with beautiful sea life, too. You do not have to visit the Great Barrier Reef in order to enjoy diving, but you can pick this experience in a number of smaller resorts – inspect whether they offer this option or not, but most do. This way, diving enthusiasts do not have to settle for something they do not want, but combine a health resort with their favorite outdoor activity.
These are, of course, not the only options you have for de-stressing, relaxing and making your life a little bit simpler on the Sunshine Coast. Other choices include various coastal tours, visits to botanic gardens, shopping tours at the Ginger Factory, as well as things like kite surfing or mountaineering. Ultimately, you can just choose a nice resort and forget about your worries for a couple of days – it will surely do you good.