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The ultimate ladies’ weekend on the Sunshine Coast

byBy Hillary Smith-23 Mar 2018

Grab your girlfriends and head to the Sunshine Coast for the ultimate escape.

The Sunshine Coast is perfect to either rejuvenate, be active, explore new spots, learn new skills, or just relax and sample some tasty food and local beverages.

Rejuvenate weekend

Pamper yourself

Indulge in a little bit of TLC at some amazing Sunshine Coast spas. Choose from a luxury selection of  massages, facials, manicures and pedicures, as well asa range of indulgent pamper packages. Spend your day soaking up some serious relaxation with the girls knowing you are in the capable hands of relaxation professionals. The Sunshine Coast has a wonderful selection of spas and retreats including, Amytis Gardens Retreat, Day SpaIkatan Day Spa NoosaOrgnaica Day SpaLillypilly's Cottages and Day Spa, Noosa Spring Golf and Day SpaRipple Massage, Mooloolaba Beach Thai Massage, Waterfall Day Spa, Coolum Thai Massage and Touch of Power Mobile Resort Massage - take your pick!  

Amytis Gardens Spa
Amytis Gardens Spa

Shop til you drop

Get your shopping fix at Sunshine Coast’s many delightful markets – be it local art or craft, hand made delicacies or farm fresh produce.

Or perhaps you are keen to catch up on some retail therapy. Shop 'til you drop at either Sunshine Plaza or the newly renovated Kawana Shoppingworld. Or perhaps if past treasures, vintage clothing or old wares are your thing, take a wander down Nambour’s vintage and retro trail.

Art and craft trail

Keen for a bit of local art or craft culture? Well you have come to the right place. The Sunshine Coast has a wealth of award-winning and talented local artists and crafters within various mediums including woodwork, ceramics, sewed crafts, painting, drawings, jewellery, sculpture, printing and  more. While you are out exploring the beautiful Sunshine Coast take in a drive to the Hinterland and follow the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Art Trail.

Active weekend

Unique experience

Rainbow Beach Horse Rides provides a truly unique riding experience along pristine beaches. They hold the only permit in existence to ride along Rainbow Beach and cater for all levels of riding experience. Choose from a variety of different horse riding adventures from beach strolls to taking a four-legged paddle, full moon rides and even personalised rides.

Or, enjoy the tranquil experience of riding around Lake Webya, with Noosa Horse Riding. Keep an eye out for local wildlife, including stingrays, kangaroos, goannas and the abundant birdlife in and around the lake. You can also organise private rides for special experiences, and a girls' weekend is definitely special! 

Horse riding Rainbow Beach. Photo: @rainbowbeachhorserides
Horse riding Rainbow Beach. Photo: @rainbowbeachhorserides

Climb Mount Ngungun for sunset or sunrise

You will need active wear, runners, a back pack, and choice of snacks and drinks. What better way to end the day than watching the sunset over the Glass House Mountains as you enjoy a stunning sunrise? Don’t forget a torch for your short walk back down to the car park.

Mount Ngungun for sunset
Mount Ngungun for sunset

Thrill and adventure seekers

For the thrill and adventure seekers there are a number of operators on the Sunshine Coast who will show you some amazing spots and different ways to explore the region. If you are keen to experience an adventure, try your hand at kayaking with Ocean Adventure for sea kayaking adventures, paddle boarding or windsurfing with Golden Beach Hire, bike ride along the coastal tracks with Bill’s Boat and Bike Hire, learn to surf with Coolum Surfing School, step up the thrill factor with Surf Force the only Australian jet powered surfboards, go on a breath-taking adventure with Experientia Sunshine Coast, or escape the bitumen and hit the sand with Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours.

Foodie Weekend

Café Crawl

The Sunshine Coast food scene has absolutely exploded! You will be spoilt for choice with award-winning restaurants, funky cafes and groovy bars. So instead of choosing just one spot to enjoy, a café crawl is definitely necessary and the best way to see some sights along the way.

Or if you are unsure where to head to – check out the Sunshine Coast food trail where you can create your own foodie heaven itinerary!

The ultimate brunch spread featuring fresh, locally-sourced produce. Photo: Ellie Bullen
The ultimate brunch spread featuring fresh, locally-sourced produce. Photo: Ellie Bullen

Scenic picnics

It’s a ladies' weekend, which means anything goes. Even champagne for breakfast! The team at Sunshine Coast Picnics and Deep Love Picnics have mastered the art of luxury picnics and the best part is, you don’t have to lift a finger! All you need to do is decide whether to have an elaborate luxury teepee picnic or a classic picnic rug and cushions, champagne and the perfect picnic feast. Hinterland or coast, both locations are perfect to soak up the stunning views of our gorgeous region. 

Just you and your girlfriends with endless views and a sumptuous picnic spread.
Just you and your girlfriends with endless views and a sumptuous picnic spread.

Wining and dining 

It wouldn’t be a ladies getaway without a trip to a vineyard to sip and sample a delicious selection of local wines. You will be treated to a variety of estate-grown, hand harvested wines that are enriched with passion and dedication. Flame Hill Vineyard offers genuine paddock-to-plate experience sourcing most of their produce from their very own backyard. They also hold a Flame Hill Stomp each year in February, so save the date for a weekend with the girls stomping grapes and sipping wine. 

Purchase your wine and local cheeses at Flame Hill's cellar door and then find a shady spot between the vines.
Purchase your wine and local cheeses at Flame Hill's cellar door and then find a shady spot between the vines.

Or did someone say cocktails? The Sunshine Coast bar scene is booming, from cocktails to innovative local craft beer and breweries, cool bars and beachside venues. Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours offers an alternative food and beverage experience that provides a range of tours that can be tailored for you and your girlfriends.

Cocktails with a side of ocean views at Mooloolaba
Cocktails with a side of ocean views at Mooloolaba

Cooking schools

Get together with your girlfriends and head off to learn a new culinary skill or two from renowned chefs at a local cooking class that will make you into a masterchef in no time! The best news is at the end of the class you get to sit down and eat your creations over a nice wine or two.

So what are you waiting for? Organise your ultimate ladies' weekend now and check out our latest stay deals.