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9 spots to take your breath away on the Sunshine Coast

byLeonie Prendeville courtesy of Urban List-23 May 2017

Feel like being wowed this weekend?

Living on the Sunshine Coast basically means we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to natural wonders ... it’s the choosing part that’s the tough bit!

So we’ve done the narrowing down for you. Here are nine epic spots that will take your breath away, stop you in your tracks, sweep you off your feet, leave you awestruck, gob smacked, and all kinds of other fabulous clich√©s.

1. Full moon rise on the grassy knoll at Coolum

On the next full moon head to the Coolum Boardwalk and around halfway between the surf club and Point Perry a set of stairs will lead you off the path and onto a sweet little grassy knoll. Take a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine and enjoy yourself some fine full moon gazing with absolutely nothing (no fences, no obstructions) between you, the rocky cliff edge, and that big ol’ rising luna.

Head to the grassy knoll on the Mount Coolum Boardwalk, Photo: Brent Mathews
Head to the grassy knoll on the Mount Coolum Boardwalk for the full moon show. Photo: Brent Matthews

2. Hells Gate

Okay, okay, so everyone who’s anyone knows that a trek to Hells Gate is one of the best things to do in Noosa. But when was the last time you actually ventured there, huh? This is some of the best coastal viewing around, if you haven’t done it recently, get your butt there. Stat!

Hells Gates in Noosa National Park.
Hells Gate is a high bluff with spectacular views of the coastline north to Double Island Point and south over Alexandria Bay. Photo: Pauline Coles.

3. Star gazing from Mount Tinbeerwah

Navigating a mountain at night can be risky business, however Mount Tinbeerwah in Tewantin National Park is fairly easy as far as mountain hikes go. You’ll need a torch to get to the top, but once you’re there switch it off and simply look up. Mind-blowing, breathtaking, and possibly one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast. Especially if you’re on the hunt for romantic date ideas.

4. Serenity Falls

Buderim’s best but not-so-well-kept secret swimming spot has got to be Serenity Falls. Explore Buderim Forest Park—make sure you wear swimmers under that active wear—and finish off with a dip in the rock pool. Best bit? If it has rained, you can re-enact those Decore shampoo commercials under a waterfall. Insta-famous video right there!

A sub-tropical oasis is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers alike, just ten minutes from the coast. 

5. Sunset at the Noosa River

Sometimes photos make things look better than they actually are. When it comes to sunset over the Noosa River along Gympie Terrace in Noosaville, we’re yet to find a photo that does it justice. Get yourself there, you’ll see what we mean. Oh and don’t forget there’s plenty of free barbecues along the waterfront, so pack the snags!

Noosa River sunset
Watch the sun go down over the Noosa River from the river bank or book a table at the Noosa Boathouse.

6. Mount Ngungun

Sunrise, sunset, midday… No matter what time of day it is from the top of Mount Ngungun in the Glass House Mountains National Park, it’s friggin spectacular. Don’t believe us? Stalk #mtngungun on Instagram and see for yourself.

Mount Ngungun in the Glass House Mountains
The views on the walk to the top are just as impressive as the ones from the summit. Photo: Jules Ingall. 

7. Third Bay Coolum Beach

Definitely a lesser known spot, Third Bay at Coolum Beach is rarely ventured to. The thing is, those who do go there, do so with pride. Like, so much pride that they may tend to forget their clothes. But if you can deal with a handful of naked humans, this spot is magical. We recommend starting at First Bay, meandering over the rocks to Second Bay, and then eventually to Third Bay. The 15 minute walk takes you around rock pools galore and all kinds of oceany goodness.

8. Sunrise at basically any beach

In case you haven’t noticed, we have an abundance of east-facing beaches, which means we get front row seats to one of nature’s five-star shows every single day—the sun rise. All you have to do is set your alarm super dooper early (it’s worth it, we promise), head to a beach of your choice, and let the show begin.

Sunrise at Sunshine Beach. Photo: Shipwreck Photography.
Sunrise at Sunshine Beach. Photo: Shipwreck Photography.

9. Blackall Range Tourist Drive

Want a boatload of breathtaking spots in one day? Jump in the car, take to the Blackall Range Tourist drive and prepare to be wowed over and over and over again. Left the packed lunch at home? Never fear! We know where to find the best eats in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Blackall Range
Spectacular views abound on a drive through the Blackall Range. Photo: Liz Tuckett.

 


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Leonie Prendeville courtesy of Urban List
ByLeonie Prendeville courtesy of Urban List

Urban List provides is a comprehensive digital guide to the Sunshine Coast, keeping locals and savvy tourists on their toes and up to speed with the latest and greatest in food and drink, fashion, health, beauty and epic accommodation across the region.