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Feel like being wowed this weekend?
So we’ve done the narrowing down for you. Here are nine epic spots that will take your breath away, stop you in your tracks, sweep you off your feet, leave you awestruck, gob smacked, and all kinds of other fabulous clichés.
On the next full moon head to the Coolum Boardwalk and around halfway between the surf club and Point Perry a set of stairs will lead you off the path and onto a sweet little grassy knoll. Take a picnic blanket and a bottle of wine and enjoy yourself some fine full moon gazing with absolutely nothing (no fences, no obstructions) between you, the rocky cliff edge, and that big ol’ rising luna.
Mount Coolum boardwalk
Head to the grassy knoll on the Mount Coolum Boardwalk for the full moon show. Photo: Brent Matthews
Okay, okay, so everyone who’s anyone knows that a trek to Hells Gate is one of the best things to do in Noosa. But when was the last time you actually ventured there, huh? This is some of the best coastal viewing around, if you haven’t done it recently, get your butt there. Stat!
Hells Gate is a high bluff with spectacular views of the coastline north to Double Island Point and south over Alexandria Bay. Photo: Pauline Coles.
Navigating a mountain at night can be risky business, however Mount Tinbeerwah in Tewantin National Park is fairly easy as far as mountain hikes go. You’ll need a torch to get to the top, but once you’re there switch it off and simply look up. Mind-blowing, breathtaking, and possibly one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast. Especially if you’re on the hunt for romantic date ideas.
Buderim’s best but not-so-well-kept secret swimming spot has got to be Serenity Falls. Explore Buderim Forest Park—make sure you wear swimmers under that active wear—and finish off with a dip in the rock pool. Best bit? If it has rained, you can re-enact those Decore shampoo commercials under a waterfall. Insta-famous video right there!
A sub-tropical oasis is a paradise for nature lovers and photographers alike, just ten minutes from the coast.
Sometimes photos make things look better than they actually are. When it comes to sunset over the Noosa River along Gympie Terrace in Noosaville, we’re yet to find a photo that does it justice. Get yourself there, you’ll see what we mean. Oh and don’t forget there’s plenty of free barbecues along the waterfront, so pack the snags!
Watch the sun go down over the Noosa River from the river bank or book a table at the Noosa Boathouse.
Sunrise, sunset, midday… No matter what time of day it is from the top of Mount Ngungun in the Glass House Mountains National Park, it’s friggin spectacular. Don’t believe us? Stalk #mtngungun on Instagram and see for yourself.
The views on the walk to the top are just as impressive as the ones from the summit. Photo: Jules Ingall.
Definitely a lesser known spot, Third Bay at Coolum Beach is rarely ventured to. The thing is, those who do go there, do so with pride. Like, so much pride that they may tend to forget their clothes. But if you can deal with a handful of naked humans, this spot is magical. We recommend starting at First Bay, meandering over the rocks to Second Bay, and then eventually to Third Bay. The 15 minute walk takes you around rock pools galore and all kinds of oceany goodness.
In case you haven’t noticed, we have an abundance of east-facing beaches, which means we get front row seats to one of nature’s five-star shows every single day—the sun rise. All you have to do is set your alarm super dooper early (it’s worth it, we promise), head to a beach of your choice, and let the show begin.
Sunrise at Sunshine Beach. Photo: Shipwreck Photography.
Want a boatload of breathtaking spots in one day? Jump in the car, take to the Blackall Range Tourist drive and prepare to be wowed over and over and over again. Left the packed lunch at home? Never fear! We know where to find the best eats in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Spectacular views abound on a drive through the Blackall Range. Photo: Liz Tuckett.