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10 things to do on the Sunshine Coast after dark

byMandalay Stuart-26 Sep 2017

Where to play when the sun goes down ...

While the Sunshine Coast is renowned for its beachside culture and its nightlife being as relaxed as its day time counterpart, after the sun sets behind the Glass House Mountains, there are pockets of bustling activity if you know where to look.

1. Aussie World’s Halloween FestEvil

Experience Aussie World’s dark side during their Halloween FestEvil M-RATED (Recommended 15+)! Back by popular demand, this night isn’t for the faint hearted but is for those who are looking for a bit of fun! Held on Friday the 13th of October, horror buffs (M15+) are invited to come face to face with their ultimate fears with a range of rides, mazes and entertainment that’s bound to shake everyone down to the bone! On 28 October, you’re in for a treat, as Aussie World turns into a Halloween FestEvil - Family Night fantasy wonderland for a night of spooky fun the whole family will enjoy.

Expect thrills and chills at Aussie World's FestEvil.
Expect thrills and chills at Aussie World's FestEvil.

2. Caloundra Twilight Markets

With a variety of markets that rotate along the Sunshine Coast’s ever bustling coastal lines, the Caloundra Twilight Market, held every Friday during school holidays, brings a whole new feel to market atmosphere. Take a walk through the countless stalls as the sun sets on Bulcock Beach while listening to the sweet tunes of street entertainment! 

Your Friday night starts here.
Your Friday night starts here.

3. Opera at the Castle

If you’re a fan of opera and musical theatre, this event is for you! Opera at the Castle is run by the Underground Opera Company and will showcase some of Australia’s finest voices as they perform pieces from popular operas and numbers from musical theatre showstoppers! Held in the magnificent banquet hall in Sunshine Castle Bli Bli, we recommend this experience for all music lovers on the Sunshine Coast! 

4. Sundowners in Twin Waters  

The Shore at Novotel Twin Waters Resort is a new pop-up Sundowner Lounge where drinks are enjoyed as the sun disappears over  the Twin Water’s lagoon. Running until Sunday 8 October, there’s a retro van serving cocktails and bean bags on the sand to relax on! What better way to kick off the Queensland long weekend!

Cruise into the evening with cool tunes and cocktails by the lagoon at Novotel Twin Waters.
Cruise into the evening with cool tunes and cocktails by the lagoon at Novotel Twin Waters Resort.

5. Nights on Ocean 

On the second Friday of every month, Nights on Ocean comes to life on Maroochydore’s Ocean Street. With the street already famous for being the Sunshine Coast’s nightlife capital, Nights on Ocean builds on the street’s many restaurants and bars and amplifies the already pumping atmosphere. With food stalls to take you on a culinary tour around the world and desserts to satisfy the biggest sweet tooth craving, Nights on Ocean places you at the centre of Sunshine Coast’s nightlife.

6. Taps Mooloolaba 

What better way to kick off the weekend than by getting a table at Taps Mooloolaba and pouring yourself your own craft beers! With a variety of frothies only an arm’s reach away, your toughest decision won’t be what beer to try next, but what food you’ll have on their sensational menu! 

7. Degustation dinner

With fresh produce and innovative food being the heart of the Sunshine Coast, what better way to celebrate locals than by going out for a degustation dinner. Experience food differently by having the chefs choose your meals and courses for you! Guaranteed to make you appreciate the finer things in life, degustation dinners are a fancier way to spend your nights on the Sunshine Coast. Our suggestions are, Spice Bar, Wasabi, The Long Apron and Spicers Tamarind

8. Take a full moon horse ride

Pony-up for an after dark saddle club adventure with Rainbow Beach Horse Rides. This two-and-a-half hour ride is an unforgettable experience. You’ll see the moon turn from orange to milky white as it rises and casts a reflection across the Pacific Ocean. All levels of riding ability are catered for so this is an easy one to tick off your bucket list. 

Ride on the beach as the sun sets or take a moonlit country ride.
Ride on the beach as the sun sets or take a moonlit country ride.

9. Night vision tours

Xperiences’ Night Vision Tours are a must-do after dark adventure. Kit up with military grade high definition night goggles and discover the nocturnal wildlife in the forest around Novotel Twin Waters Resort. Choose from a suspenseful adventure tour, or a slow-paced tour for nature lovers, or give yourself a scare with a “Wolf Creek” escapade. 

Xperiences night vision escapades.
Xperiences night vision escapades.

10. Take a sunset cruise

Join a Whale One, Mooloolaba Harbour Reef Canal Cruises, or Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba for a sunset cruise to discover the waterways of Mooloolaba. Relax and admire the magnificent homes that line the canals and enjoy the sun disappearing behind the Glass House Mountains. If you're up Noosa way, hop aboard a Noosa Ferry for a one-hour, pre-dinner sunset cruise that'll take you up close the the wildlife of Lake Weyba before taking in the sunset at the river entrance. If you're holidaying in Caloundra, Caloundra Cruise are your go-to for sunset cruise tours.

All aboard for the Whale One sunset cruise.
All aboard for the Whale One sunset cruise.

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