11 of the best things to do at night on the Sunshine Coast
Don’t succumb to a cup of tea and an early night. The sun may have set on the Sunshine Coast but you can still continue to rock climb, sing and sink a hole-in-one late into the night.
Whether you’re flying solo or hanging with your crew these 10 things to do at night will keep the good-times flowing long after golden hour.
Blow off expectations
Let’s face it, you’ve probably come to the Sunshine Coast for the natural wonders – it is more sunrise yoga than all-night bender – but there’s no reason why you can’t continue your Attenborough-like appreciation when the lights go out. Pack your tent and your tripod and travel to Rainbow Beach to pitch up for the night and test your star trail photography skills from the moonscape-like Carlo Sandblow.
Kayne’s dropped the mic – now it’s your turn
Having been named people’s choice best regional live venue for 2018 at the Queensland Music Awards, it’s widely known that Solbar in Maroochydore hosts some of the best live acts on the Sunshine Coast. Gigs run Thursdays to Sunday but if you think you should be up under the bright lights, head down for the open mic night held every Wednesday. If you can play, rap, sing or strum it’s your turn.
Chill with world cinema
Fancy a different take on movie night? Ditch Netflix and chill with fellow film buffs to take in an independent or arthouse movie from around the world screened by Maleny Film Society. Movies are projected every second Saturday in the main hall of the Maleny Community Centre on Maple Street. Best of all, food and drinks from local cafes are available to turn the night into a full dinner and show extravaganza.
Take your taste buds dancing
If you prefer sipping a tipple at a bar head on down to Whisky Boy located on the river in Noosaville. Take your taste buds on a tour of some of the great whisky-producing regions of the world with a tasting flight. You can choose from either the Australian or Japanese boutique distillers or head to Scotland for a lineup of 12-year-old scotch. With a delicious food menu, this is one place to pull up the barrel and let the night age gracefully.
Karaoke at Noosa Surf Club
Don’t go breaking my heart with another boring night in. If you’ve been blessed with golden tonsils and fancy yourself a bit of a Sinatra, or just want to whip out your Elton John glasses, then head along to Noosa Surf Club for karaoke every Wednesday and Thursday night from 7:30pm. If your friends sound more like a screeching alley cat than a crooner, slip away and just enjoy an evening on the deck overlooking Noosa main beach.
Night dive on HMAS Brisbane
Wetsuit, fins and mask, diving light – check! It’s not your usual checklist before a big night out, unless you’re planning on taking the plunge. HMAS Brisbane – located an easy 30-minute boat ride from Mooloolaba – is an amazing wreck for night dives. Join Sunreef for a dedicated night dive to witness the wreck in all its nocturnal abundance, otherwise, the team at Scubaworld head out for a double dive trip leaving early afternoon, with the second dive at night. (Psst. Here are 12 more shipwreck dives you might want to conquer.)
Drag your friends out to bingo
Nambour was known as the sleepy country town of the Sunshine Coast until an art-deco inspired cocktail lounge called The Bison Bar opened and started to host great live artists every month. However for something more flamboyant, join the Queen of the Sunshine Coast, Melony Brests, and her right-hand gal Sall Monalla, for a game of Drag Queen Bingo. Held the first Thursday of every month, arrive early to grab a cocktail and be seated by the 7pm ball drop.
Swing on down to putt-putt
The ’80s are alive and pumping at the Big Top in Maroochydore. It’s time to grab your golf putter and head to Holey Moley Golf Club where coloured visors are in. With 18 holes spread over two themed courses, you can either opt for a quick 9 or play the whole 18. Try to sink a hole-in-one in The Simpsons lounge room before jumping your gold ball over parked buses like Evel Knievel. Don’t worry if your skills are lacking and you fear you might die from dehydration out on the course, drinks can be delivered mid-game. Once you’ve donned the green jacket try your hand at skittling the ten pins at Strike bowling.
Art more your scene? Visit Caloundra Regional Art Gallery for a late-night event incorporating either a performance, such as Flamenco guitar, a workshop, or even sitting down for a meal with handmade ceramics. Held on the 3rd Friday of every month, Friday 3 Live runs from 6-8pm. Keep an eye on the website for the changing mix of artists.
Be bowled over with bouldering
If a good night for you involves ropes then you’re in luck with Rockit Climbing Gym staying open until 9pm every weeknight. Chalk your hands and strap on the harness to challenge yourself on one of their 21 climbing walls. With instructors on the floor, newbie climbers can ask for guidance and advice on how to tackle the trickier sections. With single-entry passes and membership packs available you’ll be free to live out your Cliffhanger fantasies to your heart’s content.
Watch a show millions of years in the making
As long as there are stars twinkling overhead, romance won’t die. Grab your date and treat them to a viewing of the night sky at the Mapleton Observatory with an open night for the general public held once a month. If you want more time gazing through the telescope consider booking a private function for between 1 and 10 people and you’ll know Sirius from Uranus in no time.
PS. If you’ve been up all night tracking the stars across the sky and need a caffeine hit, try these hidden gems.