Come winter-time on the Sunshine Coast, we're not reaching for the skis or bunkering down in our log cabins. Instead, our cool, dry days provide the ideal setting for epic events, adrenaline-packed fun, and plenty of good food to keep you refuelled for hours of entertainment. Check out our hit-list of winter adventures below!
Head for the trees
Tackle The TreeTop Challenge
Take your love of outdoor activities to new heights on the Sunshine Coast with the iconic TreeTop Challenge. Located right near the iconic The Big Pineapple, push yourself to the limit with over 100 thrilling high ropes games to conquer (some sitting at 30 metres high), and feel the wind in your hair as you glide through the rainforest canopy on 12 different ziplines (spanning up to 140 metres in length).
Climb our stunning mountains
Above image: Mount Coolum sunrise
Stretch your legs and soak up the crisp winter air with a hike up the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful mountain ranges. Mount Coolum (an impressive volcanic peak estimated to be around 26 million years old) will take about two hours to climb. For your efforts, you’ll be rewarded with incredible views that stretch from Noosa National Park down to Caloundra, and then over towards the lush countryside beyond the sparkling Maroochy River.
The Summit Of Mt Ngungun, Glass House Mountains
Experience the magic of the Glass House Mountains National Park with a hike to the summit of Mount Ngungun. This 2.8-kilometre (return) hike will take around two hours to complete and is brimming with plenty of spectacular sights along the way. If you'd rather not climb, we suggest driving up to McCarthy's Lookout in Maleny to enjoy a breathtaking panoramic perspective of the Glass House Mountains.
Pro tip: aim to reach the top of Mt Ngungun around sunset for breathtaking views of backlit Mount Coonowrin and Mount Beerwah in the distance.
Dip in the sea
Swim with the whales
When it comes to 'must-do' experiences on the Sunshine Coast, one at the top of everyone's list is swimming with our majestic humpback whales. The crew at Sunreef Mooloolaba can help make it happen with their Swim With Whales experience that runs exclusively over the winter months. Join an experienced guide as you swim (decked out in a wetsuit, of course) amongst the refreshing clear waters off Mooloolaba... all while our ocean’s largest creatures cruise past on their migration. Cue the goosebumps.
Mountain Bike tracks, Sunshine Coast
Whether you’re a thrill-seeker who wants to fly through the mountain range, or
just want to test the trails for the first time, the Sunshine Coast has got you sorted. Check out our guide to the numerous lush parks and reserves here. You'll quickly come to see why we'll be playing host to the sport at the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games!
Soothe your muscles
Noosa Springs Spa
If you're looking to soothe your adventure-seeking muscles for a day, the Sunshine Coast is full of indulgent spas that are all about dialling up the zen. We're talking unwinding amongst the hydromassage pool at the Noosa Springs Spa, enjoying a signature Balinese massage at Ikatan Day Spa Noosa, indulging in a Botanical Infused Magnesium Bath at Tank Bathhouse, and more.
Ocean Street, Maroochydore
With so many action-packed activities on the agenda, you’ll want to fuel your body with some of the freshest and healthiest produce on the Sunshine Coast. In Maroochydore, you’ll find foodie hotspot Elixiba, who serve up a range of drool-worthy eats. Start with the loaded hemp chips and smoked garlic edamame, before tackling their fragrant green curry and raw enchiladas.
Raw + Rice
With three locations across the Sunshine Coast (Noosa Heads, Mooloolaba and Noosa), poke bowl lovers have found their nirvana at Raw + Rice. Made with locally grown ingredients, these tasty meals feature a range of high-quality ingredients, making them the ideal post-exercise pick-me-up.
Rumba Resort Pool
Rumba Beach Resort
Facing beautiful Bulcock Beach, Rumba Resort is perfectly located in the heart of Caloundra’s buzzing strip of cafes and restaurants. This gorgeous accommodation overlooks the iconic Pumicestone Passage: the ideal spot for a kayak or SUP during your stay. Post-water activities include relaxing in your suite complete with Bluetooth speakers, on-demand movies, a two-person spa, and a fully equipped kitchen.
A true sanctuary by the sea, Oceans Mooloolaba is the perfect retreat to escape after a big day of exploring the Sunshine Coast. Watch the waves roll onto the beach from your balcony, soak in the tub in the coastal chic rooms kitted out with all the mod cons, and bliss out on the rooftop with a stunning 25-metre pool.
First Light Mooloolaba
Perfect for bigger groups, First Light Mooloolaba takes boutique coastal living to the next level. A short stroll from Mooloolaba’s sparkling beaches and esplanade, it’s a great base for your adventure-packed winter getaway. Lap it up at the resort’s heated pool, sweat it out at the gym, and gather your crew for sunset drinks on your sprawling balcony.