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From unbeatable experiences and romantic getaways to indulgent food hampers and handcrafted jewellery - let the Sunshine Coast inspire your Christmas stockings this festive season!
Give someone an unforgettable experience this Christmas with Paradise Seaplanes. Taking off from the beautiful Maroochy River, the flight offers a bird’s eye view of the Sunshine Coast. Paradise Seaplanes flies a unique Wilga Warbird plane and offers different routes all over the Sunshine Coast from Caloundra to the Hinterland and Noosa and beyond to Double Island Point. You can design your own flight, add ‘doors off’ or include a personalised photo book for that someone special.
Oceanview Heli tours
If shopping for an adrenaline junkie, look no further than a ride with Oceanview Helicopters and enjoy the best view of the Sunshine Coast, or take it to the next level and jump out of the plane with Sunshine Coast Skydivers!
Rainbow Beach Horse Rides offers an experience like no other, with scenic rides along Rainbow Beach. All levels of riding experience are catered for, with options including a beach riding, country day rides, full moon rides and more.
Beach lovers will go crazy for Surf School vouchers, where they can take to the waves in true Sunshine Coast style. Coolum Surf School offers a range of classes for surfers of all experience levels from kids to adults, or take a drive further north and learn to surf with Epic Ocean Adventures in Noosa or Rainbow Beach.
Do you know any die-hard foodies ready to take their cooking skills to the next level? Then a cooking class voucher is a great gift to hone their masterchef skills. The Sunshine Coast has a wonderful selection of cooking schools to choose from, specialising in a variety of different cuisines as well as sweet and savoury classes. Take your pick from, the Spirit House Restaurant and Cooking School or Tamarind Cooking School at Spicers Retreat.
Fresh seafood and Christmas go hand-in-hand on the Sunshine Coast, so why not bring the family together for a seafood cruise with Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba. Watch the world go by as you travel along Mooloolaba’s canals, while enjoying fresh seafood from Mooloolah River Fisheries.
The Sunshine Coast is known for its craft beer scene, so a tour of the region’s finest brews could make the perfect gift. Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tours takes guests on a scenic tour of our breweries, with their latest offering combing local produce with beer for the ultimate foodie experience.
Head out on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland art trail and you will find oil and watercolour paintings; bronze, sandstone and marble sculptures; porcelain, wood, photography as well as hand-blown glass, silk and textiles to gift the art collector in your life.
At The Pottery Studio in Nambour you can make your own Christmas decoration to gift, or why not give the gift of a class!
Treat your family and friends to a bit of T.L.C by gifting them a voucher to one of the Sunshine Coast’s amazing pamper experts. Choose from a wonderful selection of spas and retreats including Ikatan Day Spa Noosa, Lillypilly's Cottages and Day Spa, Noosa Springs Spa, Spa Anise at Spicers Tamarind Retreat, Sensura Day Spa right on Hastings St in Noosa or The Waterfall Day Spa in Mooloolaba.
Squeeze more fun into the year (without breaking the budget) with an annual pass to a leading Sunshine Coast attraction. Kids and adults alike will relish the chance to enjoy unlimited visits to Australia Zoo for ultimate wildlife adventures all year round. Enjoy animal encounters and experiences with an annual pass to Wildlife HQ Zoo or SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, which offers unlimited visits and discounts on animal encounters, gift shop goodies and 25% off entry for friends and family! Have unlimited Aussie World fun for a whole year with an annual pass that comes with a stack of amazing special offers and savings, or enjoy delicious ginger entertainment and unlimited rides with an annual pass to the Ginger Factory.
The Sunshine Coast was just made for romance so why not surprise the one you love this Christmas with a Sunshine Coast romantic escape plan! Book into a cozy hinterland cottage, luxuriate in a boutique hotel with epic coastal views, or get back to nature and camp out under the stars. Spoil yourselves with an indulgent spa treatment, gourmet picnic, enjoy award-winning fine dining or keep it simple with fresh fish 'n' chips followed by a long walk on the beach at sunset - we've plenty to choose from!
From The Ginger Flower and Food Festival to the Red Hot Chilli Pepper Spice Blending Class, there’s always something happening on the Sunshine Coast! Discover What’s On in the region and plan the perfect outing for the whole family this Christmas. There are Film Festivals, live concerts and markets just waiting to be explored! Explore the ocean and canal systems of Mooloolaba on the beautiful Sunshine Coast with Sunshine Coast Afloat or step aboard the historic 1963 timber ferry the MV Mudjimba with Mooloolaba Canal Cruise.
The Sunshine Coast is home to a number of artisans and local producers who share their wares at local markets throughout the region. In the lead-up to Christmas day, make sure to visit the markets for hand-crafted gifts and sumptuous local produce.
From hand-made jewellery, art and homewares to local cheese, beer and produce, there’s sure to be something for everyone. There are even a number of special Christmas Markets being held across the region in the lead-up to the big day where you are sure to find the perfect stocking filler for your loved one.