11 epic things to do this winter

Pack away the puzzles and cards, winter is the perfect time to get out, explore and have the most epic experiences on the Sunshine Coast.

11 epic things to do this winter

With plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures, why not immerse yourself and try them all?

1. Swim with the whales

Between June and November, more than thirteen thousand humpback whales make their annual journey to warmer climes - with many stopping to enjoy the waters just off Mooloolaba. Winter is the ideal time for an unforgettable close encounter of the humpback kind. Sunreef’s four hour Whale Swim tours depart daily from Mooloolaba from July. It’s just a 10-minute ride from the marina to pods of breaching, fin slapping and water spouting whale action. Pull on that wetsuit and dive right in! If you’d rather keep your toes dry, admire these magnificent creatures from a boat deck - Sunshine Coast Afloat and Whale One are your go-to whale watching cruise experts.

2. Go skydiving

The warm weather of the Sunshine Coast makes it the ideal location for extreme sports and there's nowhere better to enjoy jumping out of a plane! Skydiving will give you a fantastic view of the coastline. Drop into Moffat, Bulcock, Currimundi or Kings Beach Sunshine Coast Skydivers.

Skydive Caloundra landing at Currimundi Beach

Skydive Caloundra landing at Currimundi Beach

3. Hit the high ropes

Everybody loves stopping at Queensland’s Big Pineapple and snapping a pic with the world’s only 16-metre-high fibreglass pineapple – but your visit is about to get even better! Perched up to 120 metres above ground, the TreeTop Challenge in the Sunshine Coast's Nambour region is the highest adventure course in Australia. Test yourself with 100 high ropes challenges and 12 ziplines all set in a stunning rainforest.

TreeTop Challenge Sunshine Coast, Woombye

TreeTop Challenge Sunshine Coast, Woombye

4. Jetski on a pristine beach

Looking for some action and adventure? Make memories to last a lifetime by cruising through the pristine Pumicestone Passage with Caloundra Jetskis. Spot the incredible Glasshouse Mountains from the water, and enjoy an action packed adventure you will not forget!

5. Learn to surf

The waves are better in winter! Have your own Julian Wilson moment and learn to surf at his local beach with Coolum Surf School. From beginners to those more experienced, a day out surfing at Coolum beach is sure to leave you refreshed and rejuvenated!

6. Walk the Great Walk

Create your own adventure by walking the 58km, four-day Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. You’ll come across some amazing views, creeks and spot native wildlife along the way. The cooler temps in winter 100 per cent means you can walk further!

7. Go stargazing

With very little light pollution, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect spot to immerse yourself in the night sky. It makes for a great date night idea or soothing evening routine and you are spoilt for locations to gaze at the stars.
Try it camping or just find a spot on the beach and admire the countless number of stars on display.

8. Kayak on a hidden paradise

Currimundi Lake is a great location to immerse yourself in nature and perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, swimming and even fishing, there is something for everyone.
Follow the Currimundi Lake Canoe Trail for a sheltered six kilometre paddle through urban and bushland areas fringed with paperbarks and she-oaks.

KAYAKING IN LAKE CURRIMUNDI

KAYAKING IN LAKE CURRIMUNDI

9. Seek out sunrise

Crisp clear mornings mean the dawn of the day is quite a show here on the Sunshine Coast. With some of the world’s best beaches, mountain ranges and national parks, that small window of time each day where night becomes day is when the Sunshine Coast’s natural beauty shines ever so brightly.

Mt Coolum

Mt Coolum

10. Find a furry new friend

Feed a giraffe, get close to a cheetah or pat a rhino with one of the 23 exhilarating animal encounters on offer at Australia Zoo. Wildlife HQ also offers a range of different animal experiences, including popular primate, reptile and meerkat encounters. Or dive in and swim with seals at Sea Life Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba.

Wildlife HQ, Woombye

Wildlife HQ, Woombye

11. Discover an underwater wonderland

Dive into the deep blue and immerse yourself in some of the best snorkelling on the Sunshine Coast. Mudjimba Island (also known as Old Woman Island) is home to an abundance of marine life including dolphins, turtles, stingrays, crayfish, wobbegongs, eel, and starfish.

Don't have a boat to get you across to the island? No need to worry—Sunreef Mooloolaba can get you there!

Snorkelling at Old Woman/ Mudjimba Island with Sunreef

Snorkelling at Old Woman/ Mudjimba Island with Sunreef

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