Front and centre on one of Queensland's best beaches

When it comes to waves I can be a bit of a wuss, preferring to bob gently like a tea bag instead of being propelled jet liner style to the beach, which is why I love to swim at Noosa's Main Beach.

Here the waves are consistently gently and the temperature is normally mild.  Add that to the shopping opportunities in nearby Hastings Street and its wide selection of dining delights and there's not really much more I could ask for.  Except maybe a scenic walk to the Noosa National Park in the morning and a ferry ride on the river each afternoon.

Have I ticked all your boxes too?

Staying with Noosa Main Beach on one side and Hastings Street on the other is a little bit of heaven to me.  Simply walking out past the three pools at Seahaven for a beach swim is hard to beat, unless it's sitting on the deck watching the world unfold itself at your feet.

Seahaven has been a Noosa holiday destination for many years but its recent renovation has brought a new level of comfort and sophistication to the accommodation.  The apartment I stayed in was compact but exceptionally well designed with space in all the right places - particularly the living area and beach-front balcony.

Clever use of large sliding opaque glass doors to divide the main bedroom, bathroom and small second bedroom, gave a feeling of space and minimalist tranquility. The second bedroom was a bit bare and more suitable for children than a traveling companion.  Lucky the friend who stayed with me is not the complaining type.

The bathroom was another modern marvel with a spa bath and a shower but no shower screens. Having used similar set ups I was skeptical but it did work and was easy to use.

There was everything required for a holiday kitchen - dishwasher, fridge and two hot plates so there's no temptation to whip up a huge feast.  And why would you?  With Noosa's great selection of restaurants at your doorstep, this is a holiday where relaxation and enjoyment are the first priorities.

Free Internet is another bonus here.

What I liked:
  • The location and ease of beach access is hard to beat. 
  • Rooms are thoughtfully designed with modern simplicity.  
  • The hair dryer was powerful and easy to use.
  • Undercover car parking.
  • The complex was full but I hardly heard any noise from other guests.
Didn't like:
  • Only one mirror in the bathroom. A second mirror with a power point is a great help when two people want to get ready at the same time.

My room:  308 - Third floor, beachfront standard 2 bedroom $550 per night, three night minimum.

Best rate: $199 for two nights in a Studio apartment.

Recommended for:  Good for families with young children or couples looking for a relaxing break.

Best tip: Throw away your car keys when you stay here and enjoy the easy proximity to everything.

Kerry Heaney

Disclaimer:  Ed+bK was a guest of Seahaven.