She set out to showcase the region as a sporting destination, but distance runner Eloise Wellings found there’s just as much to explore off the track on the Sunshine Coast.

For us, the single most important factor in a good holiday is good food,’ Eloise Wellings, mother of one and dual Olympic runner, said.

“[And] the Sunny Coast delivered.”


Waking up to sweeping ocean views, a platter of fresh fruit and local produce is Eloise Wellings’ idea of a perfect holiday.

Luckily for her, the Sunshine Coast delivered all that and more.

Eloise flew in to the region direct via Sunshine Coast Airport with her husband Jonathon and daughter India Rose for a well deserved mini break and a hit of Vitamin D escaping the Sydney winter. Eloise also wanted to trial the 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon course prior to the annual event on 19thAugust 2018/

From their luxury beach-side apartment at Alexandra Headland’s Oaks Seaforth Resort Eloise had a bird’s eye view of the Marathon’s start and finish line, but she quickly found there was more to the Coast than fitness.  


In particular, the food.

“If you're eating out I'd hit up the Alexandra Headland or Mooloolaba Surf Club for a carb load before the race, both offer amazing pizza and pasta,” Eloise shared on her Instagram.

“Head to The Alex for a post-race celebratory dinner and wine, then get fresh on Monday with a poke bowl on the beach.

“Good coffee found all over but our fave was at Colombian Coffee Co.”

Quick to embrace the outdoor lifestyle, Eloise found early morning runs along the sand and post-run dips in the sea the perfect recovery sessions.


As a young family the Wellings chose to visit some of the Coast’s main attractions including Yandina’s Ginger Factory, where India enjoyed “one of her best days” ever.

They also visited Sea Life Sunshine Coast, where they got up close and personal with the marine life.

What a perfect way to spend a “delightful little family getaway”.

About Eloise Wellings

Eloise dreamt of representing her country in the Olympic Games since she was a child. But it wasn’t until the London Olympics in 2012 when that dream finally came true. The long distance runner competed in the 10,000m and 5000m track events, before more recently, completing again in the 2016 Rio Olympics. There she made history to become the highest placing Australian athlete in the 10,000m track event, coming in 10th place. Eloise is also the founding Director of the Love Mercy Foundation supporting Northern Ugandans through sustainable development projects.

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