10 relaxing things to do on the Sunshine Coast

09 Apr 2019

Breathe out and relax on a Sunshine Coast escape.

There are so many ways to take time out on the Sunshine Coast. Sit back and relax - we've got you covered.

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1.Degustation dinner

Known for celebrating local produce, the Sunshine Coast boasts a strong selection of restaurants that pride themselves in serving up the freshest ingredients in their dishes. Why not let the experts do all the work and treat yourself to a banquet of tasting? We’ve come up with a list of the best degustation award winning restaurants that offer degustation menus for their guests. We can guarantee that you’ll be able to eat your worries away at these establishments.

Degustation dinner at Wasabi
Degustation dinner at Wasabi

2.Buderim Forest Park

Buderim Forest Park is mere minutes from the hustle and bustle of Sunshine Coast’s town and is a tranquil reprieve to clear your mind. Offering the perfect escape that will allow you some solitary time, Buderim Forest Park is a picturesque walk through the bush that opens at Buderim Falls, which is also fittingly known as Serenity Falls. We’ve even put together a guide to Buderim Falls to take all the guesswork out of what you can expect when you visit!

Buderim Forest Park
Buderim Forest Park


Deep breath in… deep breathe out. If that doesn’t help you relax, Sunshine Coast’s many spas and massage options have your back. With Sunshine Coast spa options to suit singles and couples and, there’s absolutely no way you’ll walk away from a massage feeling stressed. If you can't make it to the studio, just book a mobile masseusse to visit you! 

4.Sea Life Sunshine Coast

Spend a few hours being mesmerised at Sea Life Sunshine Coast. Lose track of time staring at the many beautiful aquariums and make your way through their ocean tunnel that will transport you below the sea. Wave to massive manta rays and colourful fish as you wander through the exhibits.

Sea Life Sunshine Coast
Sea Life Sunshine Coast

5.Sunday Session

The sun is shining, the waves are pumping and the only way to wrap up a weekend is to enjoy a tasty beverage. With countless beachside restaurants, breweries in the hinterland and unique bars on the Sunshine Coast, we can guarantee there’s a great place for a Sunshine Coast Sunday session to suit everyone.

Sunday Sessions
Sunday Sessions

6.Swimming holes

There’s nothing like being somewhere secluded, away from people with only the sounds of birds in trees and running water surrounding you. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland contains many pockets of beauty and there are secret swimming holes just waiting to be discovered. Lucky for you, we’ve decided to let you in on the secret.

Waterholes and waterfalls

7. Caloundra Coastal Walk

Sometimes all you want to do is feel the wind in your hair and the salt in the air. The Caloundra Coastal Walk is a great way to get some fresh air while also soaking up some sun. Grab an ice cream on Bulcock Street and make your way along some of the Sunshine Coast's most beautiful beaches. 

Caloundra Coastal Walk along Bulcock Street
Caloundra Coastal Walk along Bulcock Street

8.Sunshine Coast Art Trail

Unwind on the Sunshine Coast by looking at beautiful art. The Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail pinpoints all the wonderful artisan galleries, private galleries, and public galleries that you can explore to your heart’s content. 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!

Art trails

9.Get back to nature

If you’ve had enough of traditional galleries but not enough of art, check out some of Sunshine Coast’s pristine gardens. With expos and events purely dedicated to those who have green thumbs, the region is pretty serious about their garden arrangements. Here are some ideas for you to consider.

Maleny Botanic Gardens
Maleny Botanic Gardens


Views everywhere! And what better way to drink (or eat) them in than by having a picnic on a beautiful hill or sandy beach. If you’re having inspiration troubles, let the team at Deep Love Picnics help you out.


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