20 bucket list experiences on the Sunshine Coast

02 Oct 2020

Tick those ‘once-in-a-lifetime' experiences you've always dreamt about off your Bucket List for real on a Sunshine Coast escape. 


Reinvigorate your love for life as you experience those things you've always wanted to do but wouldn’t normally make time for. All within easy reach, you can pack many of these thrilling experiences into one action-packed escape, or keep coming back until you've completed your wish list - for real! 

1. Forge an ancient connection 

Take to the sea with Saltwater Eco Tours to learn about the Sunshine Coast's rich cultural and indigenous heritage. Journey aboard the tradition vessel, Spray of the Coral Coast, with local Indigenous storytellers who share stories, traditions and culture of the Kabi Kabi people of the Sunshine Coast. 

2. Go deep sea fishing

Replace any talk about "the one that got away" with photographic evidence of the prize catches you'll land on a deep sea fishing excursion with Sunshine Coast AfloatDeep End Fishing Charters in Mooloolaba or Noosa Fishing and Crab Adventures.

3. Climb an iconic Glass House Mountain

Take your pick of the iconic Glass House Mountains that are remnants of volcanic activity that occurred over 25 million years ago. Choose from Instagram favourites Mt Ngungun or Mt Tibrogargan, or keep coming back until you've ticked them all off your list!

4. Go horse riding on a pristine beach

Giddy up! Make memories to last a lifetime by cantering along the beach and through the shallow waters on one of Rainbow Beach Horse Rides' beautiful horses or discover Lake Weyba with Noosa Horse Riding

5. Taste the Sunshine Coast's thriving craft beer scene

The craft beers here on the Sunshine Coast are considered amongst the best in Australia. The craft breweries, found in both obscure and picturesque locations along the coast and in the hinterland, have become destinations worth a visit! Discover the scene for yourself on your next visit.

If beer isn't your thing, local gin distilleries have been popping up all over the place too. Check out Fortune, tucked inside Noosa’s Land & Sea Brewery, or visit the newly opened Sunshine & Sons at the Big Pineapple.

6. Get involved for real

Step it up a notch by actually taking part in one of the Sunshine Coast's top sporting, arts or cultural events. Run your heart out in the virtual 7 Sunshine Coast Marathon or let your creative side shine by attending an arts workshop or pottery class. Check out our What’s On page to find out what is coming up!

7. Learn a new cooking skill

Up your culinary game by learning from the master chefs at Sunshine Coast's top cooking schools. Add some spice to your life with a Thai cooking lesson at The Spirit House Restaurant and Cooking School or Spicers Tamarind, or embrace your oriental side with Cooking School Noosa. If you're down Caloundra way, spice things up at a Red Hot Chilli Pepper cooking class.

8. Get back to nature

Set up camp in Conondale National Park where you can bird spot, hike or swim in the crystal clear  waterfalls. Ever tried camping on the beach? The beautiful Double Island Point is great for exploring natural wonders - even by kayak. Rainbow Beach is a must-see. Be inspired by the natural wonders of the Sunshine Coast

9. Learn to surf

Have your own Julian Wilson moment and learn to surf at his local beach with Coolum Surf School or head up to Double Island Point with Epic Ocean Adventures and learn to surf on the longest right-hand break in the world. Noosa Main Beach is also great for beginners! 

10. Walk the Great Walk

Create your own adventure by walking the 58km, four-day Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. You’ll come across some amazing views, creeks and spot native wildlife along the way.

11. Skydive

We won’t call you crazy for jumping out of a perfectly good plane over Coolum Beach with Skydive Noosa or Currimundi with Sunshine Coast Skydivers. Be awestruck by the views.

12. Hike a national park

Hike the coastal track and swim in the picturesque waters of Noosa National Park. You may even spot one of the local dolphins, turtles or even a koala.  Or head to a Sunshine Coast Hinterland National Park featuring  lush green rainforest, waterfalls, rock pools to swim in, and wildlife - it's a nature lovers’ paradise. 

13. Wine and dine

Tantalise your tastebuds and indulge in an award-winning  gourmet meal at one of the Sunshine Coast’s top restaurants. It wouldn’t be called a bucket list if you didn’t take the time to treat yourself.

14. Watch the sunrise and sunset over the water

Rise early and watch the magic of sunrise over the ocean at any of the Sunshine Coast's beautiful beaches. You can also enjoy sunset from a few select spots on the coast, such as Cotton Tree, Point Cartwright and Noosa Main Beach.

Watch the sun rise

15. Paddle a natural wonderland

Marvel at the reflections are you paddle across the tranquil waters of the Noosa Everglades. One of only two everglade regions in the world, ours has the added benefit of being home to 44% of Australian bird species.

16. Enjoy a relaxing round of golf

Golfers are spoilt for choice on the Sunshine Coast with world-class resort and public access courses set alongside stunning national parks and natural waterways, just minutes from the beach. Explore championship courses at Pelican Waters, Twin Waters or Noosa Springs or check out one of the local 9 or 18-hole courses at Beerwah, Caloundra, Buderim, Mt Coolum or Maleny. 

17. Enjoy a picnic with a view

Enjoy a day out with your loved ones, with a delicious picnic by the beach or in the Hinterland where you'll be able to enjoy amazing views. If you need a hand with set up Sunshine Coast / Noosa Picnics have you covered.

18. Make a furry or slick new friend

Feed a giraffe, get close to a cheetah or pat a rhino with one of the 23 exhilarating animal encounters on offer at Australia Zoo. Wildlife HQ also offers a range of different animal experiences, including popular primate, reptile and meerkat encounters. Or dive in and swim with seals at Sea Life Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba.

19. Try stand-up paddle boarding

BYO SUP craft, or hire from Golden Beach HireExperientia Sunshine CoastKite Thrills, Ocean Adventure, or Bills Boat & Bike Hire and go stand up paddle boarding in Caloundra, Currimundi, Cotton Tree or Noosa.

20. Climb Mount Coolum

Tick this massive monolith off your list. Hike the 800m track to the 208m summit of Mount Coolum's impressive dome, where you can enjoy 360 degree views of the surrounding coast and Hinterland.



Where to stay

The Sunshine Coast boasts a wide choice of accommodation options with everything from 4.5 star resorts to hinterland cottages. Book your accommodation here. 

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