A local’s guide to the Sunshine Coast

When it comes to romantic picnic spots, must-visit beaches and delicious food, the Sunshine Coast ticks all the boxes. Videographer and visual content creator Krista Eppelstun reveals her favourite spots to soak up the good life.

Favourite dinner spot

Fish on Parkyn in Mooloolaba has been my favourite restaurant since moving to the Sunny Coast seven years ago. The food is consistently to die for and the service always impeccable. Nestled between the beach and the river, it’s super relaxed yet stylishly elegant. A little on the pricey side, I don’t get there too often however it’s always at the top of my list for something a little bit special.

Best place to party

Lot 104 in Mooloolaba | A local's guide to the Sunshine Coast

I’ve had a few after-work drinks (which have ended up stretching out to midnight) at Lot 104, lately. Right in the heart of Mooloolaba, it’s definitely where all the ‘cool kids’ are yet it’s still really welcoming, with a variety of different age groups always having a good time.

Must-do activity

The Spirit House Yandina | A local's guide to the Sunshine Coast

Most of my activities revolve around food and we have one of the best restaurants in Australia here – Spirit House. If you happen to find yourself on the Sunshine Coast and you appreciate amazing Asian food, Spirit House is a must. It’s a little off the beaten track in Yandina, but it’s definitely worth venturing out for a meal.

Food wise, I also recently discovered vegan and raw Kind Living Café in Maleny. Again, it’s a little away from the coast yet worth the drive just for the food!

Can’t-beat-it breakfast

The Eggy Bread (French Toast) at Sweathearts Café in Eudlo. Yes, this is a bit of a plug as it’s my mum’s café but seriously, nothing beats her Eggy Bread. It was my favourite breaky growing up and still is!

Favourite weekend activity

A morning swim at Mooloolaba beach and then a coffee at Good Bean Espresso Bar. Directly across the road from the beach at the southern end of the Mooloolaba Esplanade, the atmosphere is always buzzing and the coffee is the best on the coast. You can also toast your own raisin toast for $2! Great for a budget breakfast out.

Most romantic spot

A picnic by the river at Point Cartwright. I love packing up a cheese platter, bottle of wine, and my picnic blanket and spending the afternoon by the river. It’s definitely something I enjoy doing almost every weekend when the weather is good. Nothing beats the serenity and the view as the sun goes down over the river.

Best free activity

Mooloolaba Beach | A local's guide to the Sunshine Coast

The beaches! When the sun is shining there is no better place to be. There are plenty of beaches with waves if you surf, or if you like your ocean on the calm side, go for Cotton Tree or the southern end of Mooloolaba beach.