How to refuel, and refresh, like an elite netballer

26 Sep 2018

They push their bodies to the limit each day, so when elite netballers Caitlin Bassett and Geva Mentor have time off, relaxation is a must.

Keeping that in mind, it’s little wonder the netballers favour the Sunshine Coast as their preferred destination to unwind.

Both Caitlin and Geva called the Coast home for two years and have insider knowledge of the best places to refuel, and refresh, across the region.

Here they share their ultimate day out, giving holiday-makers inspiration for when they plan their next Sunshine Coast adventure.

Geva Mentor and Caitlin Bassett at Coolum Surf Club
Geva Mentor and Caitlin Bassett at Coolum Surf Club

Geva and Caitlin met for lunch at Coolum Surf Club, where they paired uninterrupted views over the ocean with fresh seafood.

Afterwards a short walk along the coastline took them to Asante Day Spa on Coolum’s main street.

Sipping herbal tea the netballers left the intensity of the netball court behind as they treated themselves to a well-deserved spa treatment.

Caitlin Bassett at Asante Day Spa
Caitlin Bassett at Asante Day Spa

With a newfound spring in her step Geva left the spa for Twin Waters Golf Club, where she swapped her netball for golf clubs and took to the driving range.

Proving her talent is not limited to the court, Geva continued her day at Cotton Tree with a stand-up paddle board on the crystal waters of Maroochy River mouth.

“I adore the weather, the beaches, the variety of landscapes from the luscious greenery and breathtaking waterfalls of the Hinterland, to the endless gold sandy beaches,” Geva said of the region.

“However, it’s the friendly, community vibe that truly warms my heart.”

Geva Mentor at Twin Waters Golf Club
Geva Mentor at Twin Waters Golf Club

Meanwhile Caitlin took a different turn, taking time out with her dog Chino to grab a coffee from Mooloolaba’s Hustle + Flow café and walk along Mooloolaba’s main beach.

From there she enjoyed a 30-minute drive to the hinterland, stopping in for koala cuddles at Australia Zoo before heading up the range to the township of Maleny.

Her first stop? Maleny Food Co which stocks more than 250 types of cheese in their drool-worthy fromagerie.

Caitlin ended her day with a walk through the sub-tropical rainforest at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve.

This is the ideal place to recalibrate and re-energise as it provides breathtaking views over the Glass House Mountains.


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