Keep this resolution: drop the stress

WHAT will be your new year resolution?

Lose weight and get fit? Eat healthier? Spend more time with loved ones? Cut the stress? Drink and smoke less? Travel to new places?

As the new year clicks over, these old "resolution chestnuts" pop up and, I'm sorry to say, none ever really carries much weight.

While we can't help with the smoking and drinking, we can with fun holiday solutions to drop the stress, lose the weight and travel the state… so here's cheers to a happier and healthier 2016, Queensland-style.

Drop the stress

Dory from the movie, Finding Nemo, said it best: "Hey there, Mr Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you've gotta do? Just keep swimming."

When you're down in the dumps, a little Great Barrier Reef therapy will go a long way. There are plenty of active reef experiences - scuba, snorkel and swims - dotted along the reef and coastlines including the two-day, one-night Reefsleep (with Cruise Whitsundays), where the sound of the ocean can wash your cares away.

Get on my line, you darn yellowbellies.

It's not a line from a Yosemite Sam cartoon, but rather a call to join the Annual Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition in the South Burnett.

This uber-stress reliever for fisher folk is happening February 13 and 14 and families are welcome.

Lose the weight

Strike while the resolution iron's hot with a New Year's Day sunrise run along a Sunshine Coast beach with the folks from Noosa Running Tours, or sign up for The Colour Run - also known as the "happiest 5km run on the planet" - at Bokarina on January 16.

For the more resolute amongst us, the Mooloolaba Triathlon Festival from March 11-13 offers up Olympic distances on the Sunshine Coast and The Gold Coast Triathlon on April 10 attracts athletes who want to go the distance in gorgeous surrounds.

Plus, the Cairns Airport Ironman (June 12) has arguably the most scenic bike course in the world and follows some of our favourite coastline in the Tropical North.

Eden Health Retreats' daily activity schedule reads like a boot camp on super-charged organic herbs.

In attention to cardio fusion, laughing yoga and the splendidly named Club Mud, you'll find neuro aerobics, flying foxes and martial groove on the activities schedule.

Travel the state

We can't promise you'll trim those unwanted kilos on a holiday diet, but we do know this is one new year resolution you'd be mad not to keep.

If you want to generate zero carbon points (that can be new year resolution number seven), then book a safari tent in the Nightfall Wilderness Camp, and "glamp it up" in a private pocket of the Lamington National Park, 90 minutes south west of Brisbane.

Guests get to join the owners as they forage for produce, sample local organic food and learn about the camp's environmental practices.

Then there's Spicers Peak Lodge, officially Queensland's highest non-alpine lodge retreat, which offers views of the World Heritage-listed Main Range National Park.

Activities include a rainforest bushwalk, mountain bike adventures or a four-day guided trek. Those who prefer the indoors can enjoy a degustation dinner menu, or relax in the pool, or in the library or indulge in a treatment or massage.


Great Barrier Reef

Boondooma Dam Yellowbelly Fishing Competition

Noosa Running Tours

Eden Health Retreat

Nightfall Wilderness Camp

Spicers Peak Lodge

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