A short break can be just as good as a long holiday, and far easier to plan. Getting a fortnight off work, or stepping away from our daily lives for a week can feel impossible, but everyone can, and should, put things on hold for 24 hours.

We all need to take regular breaks and one or two holidays a year aren’t enough. If you want to dial down stress and take care of yourself, it’s better to take multiple short breaks throughout the year. Here’s how to de-stress next time you’re in Noosa.

Early morning

It’s worth getting up early to watch the sunrise over the ocean at Sunshine Beach or from the National Park. This is the most peaceful time of day, and the coolest, so it’s the best time for a relaxing walk in the National Park.

Try the Japanese art of “forest bathing” if you want to ramp up the relaxation and just spend time enjoying the bush. Or, if you’d prefer to work up a sweat, pump those arms while you walk, alternate running and walking, or follow the hilly Tanglewood Track.

Even if you miss the sunrise, mornings are the perfect time to enjoy a water-based activity like stand-up paddle boarding, surfing or kayaking. Book a lesson or take a tour with a local guide.

Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to Gympie Terrace on the Noosa River and pick one of the many cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy breakfast with river views.

Late morning

There’s no other spa in Australia, or anywhere in the world, like ikatan Day Spa in Noosa. Set in a mature tropical garden, you’ll feel as if you’re in Bali as soon as you walk through the arched wooden gateway.

If you need to relax fast, this is the place. Phones must be placed on silent for utter peace and quiet, and the staff are highly trained in the art of beauty and well-being, but also laid back and friendly

Treatments, including facials, massage, body treatments and manicure and pedicures, have been specially created to maximise feelings of well-being, and are customised to suit individual guests.

The three-hour day spa packages are most popular with locals, while a two or three-hour package is perfect for couples. For guaranteed relaxation, we recommend an organic facial, chi massage, and a foot or head massage in the garden room.

Lunch

Make sure you leave plenty of time to enjoy ikatan’s gardens after your treatment with a complimentary pot of T2 tea or sparkling wine. Better yet, order a sharing platter with cheese and fruit, or a taster plate with dips, and select a low sulphate European white, rose, red or sparkling wine from the wine list.

Take your time and enjoy the experience. During the summer months, it’s too hot at the beach anyway, so you’re better off relaxing, enjoying the breeze in the shady garden, or sitting in a pavilion with a rattan fan whirring gently overhead.

Late afternoon

When the sun starts to lose its heat, and the light softens, head to the beach to swim, check out the action in the surf or do a spot of people watching at Main Beach. If you want a quieter beach, try Little Cove or Sunrise Beach.

Evening meal

Noosa is home to some of the best chefs and restaurants in Australia so it’s a foodie’s delight. Hastings Street and Gympie Terrace are the best places for restaurants. Just go for a walk and read the menus to see what takes your fancy. Try to choose a restaurant with fresh, local produce and look out for seafood specials.

Sleep

For a complete escape, stay at the Phoenix Bed and Breakfast close to ikatan Day Spa in Eumundi. The guest accommodation and pool are separate from the main house, very private, and delightfully luxurious. In the morning you can enjoy a gourmet breakfast while you take in the views and listen to the birds sing.

Just thinking about spending a day like this melts the stress away. There’s no better way to relax and practice self-care.

How would you like to spend 24 hours in Noosa?