The British and Irish Lions should have foresaken surfing on Queensland's Sunshine Coast to recover and prepare properly for the series-deciding third test against Australia, former coach Clive Woodward has said.

The Lions, who lost the second test 16-15, have decamped to Noosa, the balmy, sun-bathed resort north of Brisbane for a three-day retreat and training camp before they face the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.

Pictures of the players frolicking in Noosa's sub-tropical waters on Sunday were posted on their official website and Woodward said he felt it was not the proper way to prepare.

"Players are hardly capable of walking up stairs properly on the morning after a game, so to sit on a coach, then in cramped economy seats, then back on a coach would only worsen the stiffness and swelling," Woodward said in his column in the Daily Mail newspaper.

"These guys are battered and bruised but you do not need to fly to Noosa to get some rest and rehabilitation. It is the last place I would take the team.

"You have to lick your wounds and feel sorry for yourself for 24 hours and then get to Sydney to prepare for the biggest match of your lives."

Lions captain Sam Warburton was left behind in Melbourne to have scans on a hamstring injury and Woodward said the rest of the team should have done the same and made just one flight to Sydney on Monday.

"The Lions needed a lie-in and a full day in the team hotel with the world-class recovery facilities that were on their doorstep in Melbourne," he added.

The Lions had a scheduled day off on Monday, though it did not stop their head of communications Greg Thomas welcoming the possibility of further sunshine.