100 things to do on the Sunshine Coast
There’s a lot more to the Sunshine Coast than just its endless (and spectacular) beaches.
This list of 100 things to do is a year-round guide of inspiration. See how many you can tick off your list!
1. Grab dinner to go as you check out the funky stalls and live music at Nights on Ocean, held every second Friday night of the month.
2. Do an op shop hop along Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore to hunt for some vintage goodies (we highly recommend the Salvos’ retro corner).
3. Take a dip at each of the sandy and rocky beaches along the Noosa Heads Coastal Track in Noosa National Park. Keep your eyes to the treetops to spot snoozing koalas along the way.
4. Grab the kids and head to Maleny Dairies for a tour of the farm and factory. Your munchkins can pat the cute baby calves and you can try their tasty cheeses.
5. Devour a creamy injectable donut topped with your favourite chocolates or candy from Sunshine Sunshine Espresso, tucked into the back streets of Currimundi.
6. Pick up fresh fruit and veggies, sourdough bread, native flowers – and a German sausage while you’re at it – at Shane Stanley’s Farmers Markets in Maroochydore. They’re on every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
7. Get up early and climb Mount Coolum to watch the sunrise. It’s worth every one of those steep steps!
8. Taste-test one (or all) of the five best degustation restaurants on the Sunshine Coast.
9. Hand-feed kangaroos, take a silly snap with a giraffe, ride a camel or go a morning walk with a tiger at Australia Zoo.
10. Take advantage of the free admission and visit The Ginger Factory in Yandina. While you’re there, hop aboard ‘Moreton’ the ginger train for a tour of the gardens.
11. For a day of family fun head to Aussie World, where unlimited rides and foot-long hot dogs await!
12. Grab some fish and prawns fresh off the trawlers – and a side of chips too of course – at the Mooloolaba Spit.
13. Take an afternoon stroll at Point Cartwright and watch the sun set behind the hinterland.
14. Dodge laser beams in a game of mission impossible at Laserzone.
15. Listen to some tunes while the kids check out the circus workshops and craft activities at the Caloundra Music Festival, on 30 September – 3 October 2016.
16. Channel your fast and the furious side on the Big Kart Track in Landsborough – the largest commercial go karting track in Australia!
17. Grab a coffee from Salvage Design in Warana and browse their beautiful range of vintage, up-cycled and pre-loved furniture and home decor.
18. Become a seal trainer for a day or come face-to-face with a shark at Sea Life Mooloolaba.
19. Enjoy the best in Australian country music at the Gympie Music Muster, on 24-27 August 2017.
20. Pick strawberries fresh from the fields in Palmview, and while you’re there try a scoop or two of the cafe’s homemade ice-cream.
21. Get your rockabilly on and order the famous BEST BURGER at Ricks Garage retro diner in Palmwoods.
23. Spot humpback whales on a luxury cruise with Whale One from June – November every year.
24. Or better yet, get all up in the action and go swimming with them on day trip with Sunreef Scuba Diving Services.
25. Shop for some locally-made, artisan treasures at the Eumundi Markets, open every Wednesday and Saturday.
26. Board the M.V. Noosa Queen for a sunset cruise along the Noosa River.
27. Feast on a cultural banquet of music and arts at the Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival (dates for 2017 TBC).
28. Nab yourself a treehouse booth and get munchin’ on some vegan tapas washed down with a few herbal-infused cocktails at Elixiba in Maroochydore.
29. Treat yourself to a day of pampering at Ikatan Day Spa in Doonan.
30. Hike to the peak of one of the Glass House Mountains. There are walks for both beginners and more experienced climbers.
31. Check out the local talent at Open Mic night at Solbar in Ocean Street, Maroochydore, on every Wednesday.
32. Buckle your seat belts for an adrenaline-pumping ride with Mooloolaba Jet Boat.
33. Hire a BBQ pontoon from Swan Boat Hire in Maroochydore and enjoy some shrimp on the barbie (okay maybe just some steaks and sausages) as you cruise down the Maroochy River.
34. Tee-off at Pelican Waters Golf Club, followed by drinks at the restaurant’s deck bar.
35. Go horse riding along the beach at Noosa North Shore with Equathon Horse Riding.
36. Learn to make five authentic (and incredibly delicious) Thai dishes at the Tamarind Cooking School.
37. Travel back to medieval times at the Sunshine Castle Bli Bli. The daily treasure hunts are a treat for the kids!
38. Take your time browsing through the boutique shops along Hastings Street in Noosa Heads, stopping for a coffee with a beachfront view at one of the many cafes.
39. Get a taste of Lebanon at Zahtar in Maroochydore’s Ocean Street. If you’re not sure where to start, order the Lebanese Table for your beginner’s introduction to Middle Eastern cuisine.
40. Head to Top Shots Fun Park for fun-fuelled day of indoor rock climbing, mini golf, blaster boats and arcade games!
41. Get your buzzer ready from Buderim Tavern’s trivia and $10 ‘pot and parmy’ Tuesday nights.
42. Make your way to the Nook and Cranny in Nambour for dinner – happy hour $5 pizzas are available between 6pm-7pm.
43. Bounce, slip and slide your way to physical exhaustion at the Aqua Fun Park at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort.
44. Take an underwater adventure and explore the four volcanic pinnacles near Double Point Island on a scuba diving tour with Wolf Rock Dive Centre.
45. Try something different for breakfast and order the Okonomiyaki Green Pancake from Little Boat Espresso in Marcoola.
46. Kick it old school on date night and go bowling at Suncity Tenpin in Alexandra Headland.
47. Hire a front runner from O Boat Hire and head out for a day of fishing through the Noosa River channels. (Fishing gear’s included!)
48. Start your day with an a la carte brunch followed by wine tasting at Flame Hill Vineyard in Montville.
49. Go back in time when you catch a silent film at Queensland’s longest-running operational film theatre, the Majestic Theatre in Pomona.
50. Get your adrenaline pumping doing loop-the-loops and rolls in an aerobatic stunt plane.
51. Make like Scuba Steve and dive the Ex HMAS Brisbane shipwreck.
52. Kick back with delicious cocktails, comfy couches and great music at The Bison Bar in Nambour.
53. Explore Mooloolaba’s canals by kayak with Hire Hut.
54. Go on a canoeing and camping safari through the Noosa Everglades.
55. Fill up on a tasty Thai lunch while sitting on a picturesque red pontoon, built on a calm pond and nestled in a bamboo grove, at The Spirit House in Yandina.
56. Enjoy scenic views of Mooloolaba on a seafood lunch cruise with Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba.
57. Get your retail therapy fix with this ultimate shopping guide to the Sunny Coast.
58. Visit the Queensland Air Museum in Caloundra to channel your inner Maverick or Goose and see more than 65 restored aircraft from various decades. Time your visit with one of their Aero Engine Run Days – on in January, April and September – for even more grunt!
59. Spend a lazy Sunday listening to live jazz and sipping on sangria at The Piano Bar.
60. Browse the amazing collection of vintage and designer clothing and antiques at the Collective Haus in Yandina.
61. Tuck into pizza and pasta with a view of Mooloolaba Esplanade and beach at Augello’s.
62. Stock up on sweet treats at the chocolate and candy shops while you stroll along Montville‘s main street.
63. You’ll be giving Kelly Slater a run for his money when you learn how to master the waves with Coolum Surf School.
65. See Caloundra from new heights when you land on the beach with Sunshine Coast Skydivers.
66. Have a beach barbie with your friends and family at one of the best outdoor BBQ spots on the Sunshine Coast.
67. Feast on chicken wings at Alex Bar and Grill’s Wednesday Wing Nights in Alexandra Headland.
68. Pour your own beers at Taps in Mooloolaba.
69. Take part in a guided meditation session at the Chenrezig Institute in Eudlo.
70. Ignore TLC and DO go chasing waterfalls at Kondalilla National Park.
71. Who said the Sunshine Plaza was just for shopping? Hire one of their paddle boats and kill some time exploring the natural waterway.
72. Fill up on gyoza, sushi rolls or a bento box at Cherry Blossom Tree on the Riverwalk at the Sunshine Plaza.
73. Explore the smooth waters of Pumicestone Passage and narrow mangrove-lined marine channels into the tranquil Tripcony Bight on an epic jet ski tour of the Sunshine Coast.
74. Learn how to kneeboard, wakeboard and ski at the skate park on water at Bli Bli Watersports Complex.
75. Whet your appetite with a mouthwatering burger and onion rings from Betty’s Burgers in Noosa. Make sure you leave room for dessert – their ‘concrete’ homemade custard ice-cream creations are worth the drive alone.
76. Spoil yourself to a bed and breakfast getaway at Sunrise Cottages (formerly Monbii Cottages) in Montville.
77. Go stand-up paddle boarding on the Maroochy River in Cotton Tree.
78. Jump, bounce and flip your way through the Big Boing Indoor Trampoline Park in Birtinya.
79. Forget about sleeping in and make your way to the Caloundra Street Fair on a Sunday morning. Delicious coffee, fresh juices and homemade sweet and savoury treats are all on the menu.
80. Pencil in some well-needed downtime filled with healthy food, self-care, just the right amount of exertion, and permission to breathe with this DIY holiday detox guide.
81. Feel the wind in your hair on a Harley Davidson Motor Bike/Trike Tour of the Sunshine Coast.
82. Listen to some sweet beats by the beach at Peregian Originals! every second Sunday of the month.
83. Explore the art gallery trail from the beach through to the Hinterland.
84. Hand-feed dolphins at Barnacles Dolphin Centre and Cafe in Tin Can Bay.
85. Dig into a yum cha banquet at Embassy Xo in Sunshine Beach on a Friday, Saturday or Sunday from 12pm – 2pm.
86. Grab your mates for a game of barefoot bowls at one of the bowls clubs along the coast.
87. Walk, run or ride the Caloundra Coastal Walk that stretches from Pelican Waters around to Currimundi Lake.
88. Take off on a scenic seaplane flight from the Maroochy River (in a genuine warbird) for a bird’s eye view of the coast.
89. Stop… coffee time! Head to The Velo Project and order a sweet or savoury crepe to go with your caffeine hit. Bring your little ones too so they can enjoy a baby chino and the outdoor play area.
90. Go on an epic day trip to Fraser Island with a 4WD adventure tour. You’ll see exclusive areas of the island, swim in freshwater lakes, and more!
91. Indulge in some fine dining at Ebb Waterfront Restaurant in Maroochydore. The uninterrupted views of the Maroochy River might impress, but their lunch deals will knock your socks off.
92. Book for the three-course seasonal dinner at Homegrown Cafe in Palmwoods, held on the first Saturday of the month and featuring culinary creations made with the best local seasonal produce.
93. Grab the girls for high tea at Flaxton Gardens in Montville. Beautiful views of the hinterland and a delicious selection of sweet and savoury treats comin’ atcha.
94. For the best in locally grown, made, designed and created, check out the Peregian beachside markets held on the first and third Sunday of every month.
95. Explore the best hidden coffee spots on the Sunshine Coast.
96. Calling all vegans and vegetarians – you HAVE to try the delicious organic goodies at Greenhouse Cafe in Caloundra. Keep an eye out for their daily specials! (They have been known to make peanut butter and jelly pancakes. Just sayin’.)
97. Kick start your weekend with dinner and cocktails at Little Miss Saine on Friday nights.
98. Order the seafood platter for two at Noosa Boathouse and see if you can smash through all three tiers.
99. If you have a mega sweet tooth, head to TOME Coffee Shop in Ocean Street and try their scrumptious (and addictive, you’ve been warned) cakes and doughnuts.
100. Don’t forget your camera when you explore over six kilometres of walking paths and stunning scenery, and get up close and personal with exotic birds from all over the world at Maleny Botanic Gardens.