Below 90 minutes north from Brisbane, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has a lot to supply. We’ve put collectively simply 10 high issues to do right here, however as quickly as you arrive, you realise that is the tip of regardless of the subtropics’ model of an iceberg is.
From pristine seashores to uncommon subtropical rainforests and waterfalls, from craft breweries, distilleries and wineries to little cities full of creativity—and let’s not neglect concerning the meals—the Sunny Coast is a traveller’s paradise.
As a result of it spans each an enormous coastal space in addition to the beautiful forested hinterland, this area has a very numerous set of experiences to supply.
And whereas the seashore usually will get expectedly heat, particularly in the summertime, the hinterland, due to its elevation, is normally a good bit cooler. In winter, you may even want the hearth on within the night.
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It’s clearly inconceivable to let you know about all of the issues you are able to do on this area that stretches for over 1600km², however listed here are 10 of our favourites.
1. Sunshine Coast’s ocean drive
Get a lay of the land and take the coastal drive from Dawn Seaside simply south of Noosa all the best way right down to Mooloolaba. The 40km drive helps you to see the cliffs roll right down to the place the street is at sea stage.
Driving south means you may simply cease to soak up the view, but it surely additionally means you’re nearer to the water with no automobiles on the opposite aspect of the street getting in the best way. It is a bit like one in all our tips for driving Highway 1 on America’s west coast.
If you’re driving south, one of many first cities you’ll come to that’s at sea stage is Peregian Seaside, and it’s properly value getting out to stretch your legs, get pleasure from a stroll on the big seashore and put your toes within the water.
And take the chance of espresso right here—this little city has loads of cafes value a go to.
2. Saltwater Eco Excursions Cultural Cruise
Crusing from Penny Lane Jetty in Mooloolaba, Saltwater Eco Tours is the proper combo of being out on the Maroochy River and its canals on a century-old crusing boat and studying concerning the historic tradition and historical past of the realm on the similar time.
On the cruise, you’re joined by Bridgette ‘Auntie’ Chilli, a proud Mooloola Kabi Kabi girl, who talks concerning the historical past of her individuals who have lived within the space for 1000’s of years.
Proprietor Simon Thornalley, an Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, has restored this stunning timber boat himself, understanding the significance of heritage and legacy, and it actually provides to the environment of the expertise.
3. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and Rainforest Centre
Named after the girl and her three daughters who, from the late 1800s, started the struggle to protect this space from logging.
The Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a multifaceted view of one of many final remaining sub-tropical rainforests within the nation.
The centre is an academic hub with shows on wildlife discovered within the 55-hectare space in addition to info on its conventional custodians the Jinibara Individuals.
Upstairs gives superb views out to the Glasshouse Mountains and there are a number of walks by the dense rainforest. Even the brief Pond Stroll across the centre, which we have been restricted to due to latest storms, has unbelievable animal and birdlife to expertise.
4. Flame Hill Winery, Montville
Normally, wine and the subtropics don’t go collectively, however like we stated, the elevated hinterland has a cooler local weather.
The wine right here may not be a match for one of the best of the Barossa or Hunter Valley, but it surely’s nonetheless very drinkable. Flame Hill Vineyard’s Fiano, Montville Chardonnay and Rousanne Marsanne, and the Barbera and Traprock Shiraz are all standouts.
The cellar door, which is ready excessive on the hill above fairly Montville, appears to be like out over the hinterland and over grape vines, and it’s the proper spot to get pleasure from a drop of Queensland wine and a scrumptious lunch.
5. Go to the three Ms of the Hinterland
These three cities of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland are among the prettiest but in addition present three very totally different sides of the area.
Montville, which was established in 1887, is a artistic hub that includes each rising and celebrated artists. Procuring right here is enjoyable with its ‘olde-worlde’ atmosphere and turning waterwheel.
Maleny is famed for its meals and native produce (in addition to its personal artwork scene and delightful panorama), specifically its dairy merchandise. It’s additionally value testing The Tamarind restaurant right here, a part of Spicers Tamarind Retreat, for a meal you’ll not going neglect.
Mapleton is thought for its proximity to nature and the unbelievable walks you are able to do within the space by forests and waterfalls.
6. Spa therapy at Spa Anise, Maleny
When you’re in Maleny, be sure you put aside a minimum of two hours—ideally three—to get pleasure from a pampering at Spa Anise day spa.
Set overlooking Maleny’s rolling countryside and forests, and inside earshot of Gardner’s Falls, this spa is essentially the most heavenly slice of the entire Sunshine Coast.
7. Mapleton Falls and Rainforest Stroll
Simply outdoors the city of Mapleton, the lookout into the deep vertical tree-covered ravine and glowing roar of Mapleton Falls beckons you to discover additional.
A reasonably simple stroll takes you down the escarpment the place the waters from Pencil Creek cascade 120m to the underside. However the sounds of the waterfall are rapidly drowned by the birdcalls amongst the cover of this stunning forest.
There are fairly a number of stairs on this stroll, however the path is well-tended.
8. Eumundi Markets
Held each single Wednesday and Saturday—it doesn’t matter what—since 1979, Eumundi Markets is the most important and best arts and crafts market within the nation.
Bringing tons of of individuals from throughout to its expanse of stalls, the market transforms the quiet city of Eumundi.
Look out for the Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Develop It badges on stalls. These are the sellers that craft all the things you see utterly by themselves. And be sure you arrive hungry—the meals choices on the market are excellent!
9. Yandina—heritage pubs, Nutworks, Buderim Ginger Manufacturing unit and stay bee tour
Solely 10 minutes down the street from Eumundi, Yandina is among the oldest cities within the Sunshine Coast. The pub has been right here since 1887 and there are many different stunning heritage buildings on the town.
However on Yandina’s northern outskirts is the Ginger Factory—a enjoyable form of amusement park all based mostly all over the world’s best ginger from Buderim simply down the street. At first it sounds a bit weird, but it surely’s really very cute and a number of enjoyable. It’s additionally indoors, so the proper wet day exercise.
However even higher than the ginger rides, displays and stalls is the live bee tour.
We have been genuinely stunned at how good this was. First you hear from a bee professional about bees’ life cycles and their behaviours. You then get to observe them shut up of their hives by glass inspection home windows. Lastly you get to style the totally different honey they produce.
Do you know a single bee—in her whole lifetime—will produce lower than a teaspoon of honey?
And in case you’re after a snack or memento, simply throughout the street is Nutworks. Ostensibly a store promoting every kind of nuts, that is additionally a roasting and processing manufacturing unit. You may also rating a number of free tastings of the totally different nuts they promote right here before you purchase.
10. Crusing, kayaking and SUPing at Twin Waters Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort
On the grounds of the spectacular Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort in Twin Waters simply north of Maroochydore and simply seven minutes from the airport, you’ll discover a man-made lake.
Right here you may rent kayaks, SUP boards and Hobie 2-person crusing catamarans to get out on the water and play safely. In case you’re staying as company of the resort, the crusing and kayaks are free.
The resort is nice for households and teams of pals, and is near the seashore, different Sunshine Coast cities. It even has its personal golf course that’s internationally recognised as one of many high six resort programs in Australia.