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4 day trip ideas to the Sunshine Coast

11 Apr 2018

Getaway for a day!

From the beach to the hinterland the Sunshine Coast is a smorgasbord of activities and attractions. It is also a haven of relaxation and the perfect place to hit the waves.

Day trip 1:

If you only have one day to unwind, the Sunshine Coast is a wonderful place to put your feet up. From the minute you enter the region surrounded by the peaks of the Glass House Mountains, you’ll instinctively slow down to take in the view and start to take it easy.

Start your day by visiting art galleries on the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail. Let your imagination be captured by fantastic pieces of unique artworks in a range of mediums. and keep an eye out for any pieces that you may want to take home as a souvenir!

Artist hard at work for Horizon Festival
Artist hard at work for Horizon Festival

On your way back from a gallery in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, stop in for a light snack at Maleny Food Co, famous for their gelatos and many tasty cheese.

Your next stop – the spa. If there’s one thing the Sunshine Coast knows how to do, it’s pamper. With a number of spas in the region that offer a quiet place to truly relax, they will do all the work while you enjoy the serenity.

Unwind at Ikatan Spa
Unwind at Ikatan Spa

From the spa, treat yourself at one of the many award-winning restaurants on the Sunshine Coast. From the Spirit House in Yandina to the Long Apron in the hinterland, you’ll enjoy a variety of delicacies amongst an equally as impressive location.

Spirit House
Spirit House

Day trip 2:

Start your day at Australia Zoo and as you enter, be greeted by roving animals for you to pose with. Spend the morning exploring exhibits, hop on the free shuttle to save time and conserve energy for the big day ahead. Make sure you watch their 12pm Wildlife Warriors show, free flight birds, and a crocodile demonstration – need we say more?

Terri Irwin feeding Monty the crocodile over the school holidays
Terri Irwin feeding Monty the crocodile over the school holidays

After you’ve waved goodbye to the wildlife and jump in the car to make your way to the coastline, stop of at Aussie World’s famous pub for a quick lunch. Then head into Caloundra and plant yourself on Bulcock Beach. With stand up paddle boards, kayaks and jet skis to hire, you’ll be all set to explore Pumicestone Passage which is the body of water between Bribie Island and Queensland mainland. You’ll want to keep your eyes peeled, the passage is teaming with wildlife.

Stand up paddleboard on Pumicestone Passage
Stand up paddleboard on Pumicestone Passage

A hot day in the sun and sand is the perfect excuse for a drink, and with Bulcock Street just behind you, the options are limitless. Rumba Beach Resort’s 26 Degree Bar is a favourite and is home to daily happy hour and weekly gigs!  

Day trip 3:

If ‘explorer’ is your middle name, then the Sunshine Coast is the perfect place for you. The Glass House Mountains’ peaks are calling for you to hike up and the views from the top are breathtaking. Mount Ngungun, Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Beerwah are all open for climbers and offer spectacular views, especially of Mount Coonowrin which is also known as Crookneck due to its distinctive shape. Set your own pace on a self-guided walk, or join a tour with Experientia Sunshine Coast or Tropical Treks Guided Bushwalking and Birdwatching.

Glass House Mountains explored with Experientia
Glass House Mountains explorations with Experientia

After a busy morning getting your sweat up it’s time for breakfast and a swim. Only a short distance away, Mooloolaba is a seaside town full of shops, cafes and a spectacular beachfront. Spend a few hours recuperating and you’ll be ready for your next adventure - a waterfall.

Tucked away behind Maroochydore, Buderim holds a secret little gem close to it’s heart. Buderim Forest Park is a 45 hectare secluded oasis, with a beautiful accessible walkway that takes you through the forest and opens up at Buderim Falls. With the sounds of cat birds in the background and the gentle stream following over rocks, you’ll be completely astounded that this reserve is only a 20 minute drive from Mooloolaba!

Buderim Falls
Buderim Falls

Day trip 4:

The Original Eumundi Markets is the perfect way to kick start your weekend. On every Saturday and Wednesday, the Eumundi Markets is a premier artisan market that is iconic to its area. With entertainment and great food to accompany you while you browse, it’s a market experience like no other.

The Original Eumundi Markets
The Original Eumundi Markets

From there, head into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland to Flamehill Vineyard for some lunch and wine tasting. Hand harvested, estate-grown vines, means that each bottle of wine is varied and seasonal. Offering paddock-to-plate experience in their restaurant, Flame Hill Restaurant and Terrance also boasts some unmatchable views of the hinterland.

Flame Hill vineyard
Flame Hill vineyard

Finish your day with a spectacular sunset experience. Work off lunch by climbing up Mount Coolum as the sun sets. It's an unforgettable experience to view the orange glow of the sun setting from a mountain top. Its  a short 20-25 min walk to the peak of Mount Coolum and is a great spot to see the sun disappear over the horizon.

Mount Coolum. Credit – Tourism Event Queensland
Mount Coolum. Credit – Tourism Event Queensland

After a full day on the Sunshine Coast, you’ll wish you had more than a day to spend in the region.

 


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