10 relaxing things to do on the Sunshine Coast

10 relaxing things to do on the Sunshine Coast

There are so many ways to take time out on the Sunshine Coast. Sit back and discover the options from degustation dining to local wine and cheese on the beach - we've got you covered.

10 relaxing things to do on the Sunshine Coast

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1. Buderim Forest Park 



You would not believe that Buderim Forest Park is mere minutes from town once you step into the green oasis, where the only sounds are the trickling falls, native bird calls and the crunch of leaves underfoot. One of the more accessible waterfalls on the coast, this short, refreshing and clean bush trail will lead you to the aptly named, Serenity falls. Whether you take a dip, or stand by the welcoming water's edge, you will feel like a renewed and refreshed local as you leave this pristine rainforest escape.  

2. 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.

3. Massage

After exploring the wide-open spaces of the coast, you may find yourself in need of a massage. Where better to indulge in some self-care than along the coastline where you can stroll across to the beach afterwards, or in the hinterland where you can enjoy the quiet countryside? From relaxing and remedial, to hot stone and aromatic oils, the Sunshine Coast spa options are of an impressive variety. 

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 floatwander through the exhibits. 

5. Sunday Session

After enjoying the weekend relaxing, eating and exploring, it’s time to experience the best of a Sunshine Coast Sunday session. The sun is shining, the waves are pumpingrolling in and the onlybest way to wrap up a weekend is to enjoy a tasty beverage with the friendly locals. Whether you’re into a refreshing seaside spritz at a restaurant or more into having an arvo yarn with a local brewer to discover just how many hops go into their local lager we can guarantee there’s a perfect place for a Sunshine Coast Sunday session to suit everyone.  

6. Swimming holes

Craving a secluded swimming hole to dip into? There’s nothing quite like find the local swimming holes, away from crowds with only the sounds of birds in trees and running water surrounding you. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland contains many clean and untouched 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. 

7. Caloundra Coastal Walk

Sometimes all you want to do is feel the wind in your hair and smell 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 meanderake your way along some of the Sunshine Coast's most beautiful beaches.  

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!

9. Get back to nature

If you’re craving something a little different on the Sunshine Coast, explore some of the stunning national parks and reserves or botanic gardens featuring exquisite exotic and native flora. Maleny Botanic Gardens is a particularly stunning spot. You can also enjoy gardening festivals held across the coast throughout the year. There truly is something for every green thumb and garden lover on the Sunshine Coast.! With expos and events purely dedicated to those who have green thumbs, the region is pretty serious about their garden arrangements.

10. Picnics

The Sunshine Coast is abundant in perfect Instagram shot locations, and what better way to experience them than with up a picnic basket filled of local treats and drinks. Take your pick from the green rolling hills that back onto the Glass House Mountains or set up upon a seaside hill like Alexandra Headland or Point Cartwright, and overlook pristine kilometres of beaches. You could also treat yourself to a Scenic Food and Wine Tour.