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15 new things to discover on the Sunshine Coast

From the Australia's newest food festival to award-winning wining and dining, the Sunshine Coast is a place of endless discovery and surprise. Discover what’s new...

15 new things to discover on the Sunshine Coast


Australia’s most exciting new culinary festival

The Curated Plate is a new four-day food festival on the Sunshine Coast from 8-11 August, featuring the best chefs from Australia and around the world. The debut program welcomes international guest chefs Raymond Blanc OBE (UK), Zaiyu Hasegawa (Japan), Monique Fiso (New Zealand) alongside Australian-based talent Peter Gilmore, Analiese Gregory, Clayton Wells, Matt Stone, Chase Kojima, Darren Robertson, Alanna Sapwell, Nelly Robinson, Troy Rhoades-Brown plus several more talented local chefs, foragers and producers.

Celebrating the relationship between chef and producer, in the picturesque surrounds of a region famed for its vibrant produce, The Curated Plate encourages guests to immerse themselves in the flavours foraged from organic and sustainable practices and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences.

From the stunning beaches and waterways to the magical Hinterland, come and experience the Sunshine Coast’s acclaimed produce and producers, immerse yourself in the flavours forged from organic and sustainable practices, and make your next holiday an adventure in taste.

Mooloolaba restaurant hub buzzing

The Wharf Mooloolaba has undergone a major redevelopment, with new restaurants, attractions and retail stores transforming the space in to a hot new food destination. The multi-million refurbishment saw burger and dessert bar – Ninth Street – open its doors in December, along with traditional Italian restaurant Il Vento. The Wharf is also home to the Sunshine Coast’s newest live music venue: The Boston Shaker Bar, Colombian café La Finca, Spero Greek Street and Fior di Latte Gelateria.

Craft beer scene

Over the past few years the Sunshine Coast’s craft beer scene has skyrocketed, repositioning the region as a leading brewery destination. New brews are popping up all over the place so you will be spoilt for choice. Wouldn’t you rather sip on a local, hand-crafted beer made with love and passion; over an average-tasting, mass-produced brew?

Founded by two mates who quit their jobs to chase their love of beer, Your Mates Brewing is the quintessential Australian dream. The team behind the successful brewery launched their own brewhouse in Warana in late last year offering a drool-worthy lunch and dinner menu. They also released a new mid strength lager, called Macca, and their pale ale Larry recently placed in the GABS Hottest 100 Craft Beers of the Year awards.

Meet local producers and discover the Sunshine Coast’s amazing fresh produce on the newly launched Farm to Fork Brewery Tour. The tour, run by Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours, will share stories on how brewers and producers work together, including how they use spent grain from the brewery to feed local cattle, and finish with lunch at Brouhaha Brewery in Maleny.

Another new kid on the block is Glass House Brewery – a great place to spend a Saturday afternoon kicking back with a gourmet pizza and cold beer.


Qld Garden Expo launches ‘Sunday Sessions’

The Qld Garden Expo, held from 12-14 July in Nambour on the Sunshine Coast, will host their first ‘Sunday Sessions’ at this year’s event; a series of hands-on creative and practical workshops led by a qualified horticulturalist on the final day of the event.

The Hinterland Craft Beer Festival

Beer lovers unite at the Hinterland Craft Beer Festival on Saturday 29 June at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi. Entry is free and doors are open from 12noon til 8pm.

If you love making beer, learning about beer, talking beer, and, of course, tasting beer, then you most certainly ought to save the date for what is sure to be your kind of afternoon. This boutique event will bring together top brewers from across the Sunshine Coast - sharing insight into what makes their beers taste so damn fine and how they do it.

To accompany the sensational brews, there will be some seriously tasty street food on hand, street performers and a program of live music and grooves throughout the afternoon and into the evening.

The Curated Plate Destination Series

The Destination Series - an impressive line-up of activity-led local experiences, specially curated and hosted by Sunshine Coast businesses – will run as part of The Curated Plate food festival from 5-18 August. The Destination Series includes everything from Jet Ski food safaris along the Pumicestone Passage to a four-day cycling and culinary experience around the majestic Sunshine Coast and hinterland, dining under the stars at Flaxton Gardens, a train deguSTATION journey through the Mary Valley, craft beer tours, and an opulent Opera and fireworks show over a locally sourced feast at Sunshine Castle after dark. Tickets on sale now.


Fabric: Slow Fashion, Artful Living

In celebration of the rich talents of Sunshine Coast artisans and designers, Fabric brings art and sustainability together in a curated program of design and artful lifestyle activities. Experience the joy of creating in mindful and artistic spaces that remind us to slow down, be present in the moment and live more intentional and meaningful lives. There will be creative workshops, author talks, lunches, networking events and professional development opportunities. The line-up includes a designer talk from Sass and Bide co-founder Heidi Middleton, printing workshops with Julie Patterson of Cloth and a subtraction cutting master class with Professor Julian Roberts. For information and bookings go to

Stevens Street Gallery

Art collectors would be well advised to take a trip to the hinterland town of Yandina to visit exciting new commercial space, Stevens Street Gallery. Regular exhibits feature some of Australia’s most accomplished artists including Graeme Altmann, Emma Davies and Mike Nicholls.

Atelier 34

Nestled amongst the trees in the hinterland just north of Eumundi, is a studio space created out of a passion for the creative - a place to gather and learn, sharing beautiful experiences in an intimate setting. Atelier34 offers creative workshops with artisans, crafters and florists that are designed to offer maximum knowledge in a relaxed, encouraging environment - so you leave feeling like you too can reach for the stars.

Atelier34 also offer their space as a venue for small gatherings and events. Coming soon is some unique accommodation, designed for hosts of workshops, an artist-in-residence experience and general weekend stays


Pilates Health Retreats

These luxury retreats offer a sanctuary to experience relaxation, wholesome food and pampering, whilst dedicating time to reconnect your mind and body through Pilates. The programs are suitable for all levels of Pilates experience and are designed to nurture health and wellbeing. Pilates Health Retreats are held in the hinterland and in Noosa in winter, spring, summer and autumn.

A Touch of Deep Love

Choose from yoga and meditation, floral workshops, art classes and even a mini self-love photo shoot. A Touch of Deep Love recognises the need for self-care. Invest in the relationship with yourself and the ones you love. The retreat is located on the Sunshine Coast hinterland in a truly breathtaking natural environment. Payment plans also available.


Treetop Challenge

Push your fears to the limit and get your adrenaline racing. The challenge is the highest adventure course in Australia taking you sky-high into the stunning rainforest. There are 100 challenges and 12 ziplines sitting in the trees at more than 25m above the ground. There is a course for all levels ranging from easy to heart-pumping extreme. Expect to have a thrilling day out in nature as you conquer personal goals, have a whole lot of fun and soak in stunning views from the tree canopy. The Treetop Challenge is located at the iconic Big Pineapple near Nambour.

Nature-based playground opens

Children will be able to get back in touch with nature at the new ‘Whipbird Walk and Village’ at the Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens. The new playground mimics nature-based play, giving children the opportunity to wander off the path, make cubby houses, play in the dirt and look for creepy crawlies.

Ocean View Heli takes off to Flame Hill Vineyard

Flame Hill Vineyard is a Sunshine coast institution producing fine wines, and fine dining, with scenic views over the coastline. In a Sunshine Coast first Ocean View Heli has partnered with Flame Hill, offering visitors a three-hour ‘Fly ‘n’ Dine’ journey taking them by chopper to the vineyard for lunch.


Makepeace Island makeover

Makepeace IslandSir Richard Branson’s heart-shaped home on the Sunshine Coast, has reopened its doors to the public after an extensive makeover to the resort’s facilities. The private island on Noosa River offers a unique fusion of luxury and wilderness, creating the ultimate escape just minutes from Noosa. The transformation was overseen by acclaimed interior designer June Robinson Scott, who has previously been commissioned for the interior design of Necker Island and The Branson Estate.