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Surrender to Relaxation on the Sunshine Coast

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Surrender to Relaxation on the Sunshine Coast

story by: Inspire Magazine

Mellow is the only way of life on the magical Sunshine Coast, which is why many of the locals from Brisbane choose to holiday here. Check out some of the best spots up the Coast that are sure to enchant you.

WHERE TO STAY

Noosa - Stylish and Relaxed
Noosa has long been a favourite for Kiwi holidaymakers. Pristine beaches, endless Hinterland and the breathtaking Noosa National Park. That's just the beginning! By day, indulge in glorious spa treatments, chill at Noosa Main Beach or explore the parklands. At dusk, wander the town and check out the fantastic array of dining options, from sophisticated restaurants to trendy bars. Hastings Street’s elegant shopping strip offers a range of designer brand names worth checking out.

Mooloolaba - A Waking Dream
Mooloolaba has it all. The long, safe white sand beach is naturally sheltered from harsh winds, so it's always a pleasant place to soak up the sun and enjoy the afternoon. Explore the boutique shopping and dining scenes on The Esplanade along the waterfront. Or perfect your swing at one of the many breathtakingly beautiful golf courses.

Caloundra - Timeless Memories
Stroll the immaculate boardwalks and beaches in Caloundra, and stop by the Kings Beach fountain. Relax with a picnic in the shade of a beachside park or take your pick of dining options along The Esplanade. From here you’ll see the very tip of Bribie Island.

For those keen on catching some waves, head to Moffat Beach, popular for its awesome surf break.

Coolum - Sit Back, Relax & 'Be'
Enjoy the tight-knit, community vibe that is evident as soon as you arrive in Coolum and get ready for whale watching from June to October. Grab an ice cream, take a seat on a picnic bench and simply watch the world go by. Hire a tandem bike and take to the peaceful streets, check out the entertainment at the Coolum Surf Club or the much-loved Beach Bowls Club for a good laugh. Go for a bushwalk near Mt Emu, Mt Coolum or Yaroomba, or play a round at a championship golf course.

Alexandra Headlands - Chilled & Convenient
Alexandra Headland is a small, relaxed town between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore. Enjoy the small town warmth as soon as you step foot here. With a white sand beach and good surf – your chances of riding a perfect barrel are pretty good! Public BBQs are dotted along the beach for a perfect seaside meal or wander to Mooloolaba or Maroochydore for plenty of dining options.

SUNSHINE COAST TO DO LIST

GLASSHOUSE MOUNTAINS
Set aside time to explore the awe-inspiring Glass House Mountains and Hinterland - there are some great walking tracks that can give those legs a stretch after days of lounging on the sand and some cute villages for refreshments.

LOCAL MARKETS
Head to one of the local Hinterland or seaside markets to stock up on local produce, specialty fare, arts and crafts. The Eumundi Markets is one of the most famous on the Coast, their ethos is “Make it, bake it, grow it or sew it”.

AUSTRALIA ZOO
Made famous by Steve Irwin, it's easily accessible from all parts of the Sunshine Coast. Don't miss the cantankerous crocs, slithering snakes and toothy tigers, to name a few! The Wildlife Warriors midday show in the Crocoseum is worth viewing, get in early to get a good spot!

NOOSA EVERGLADES
Explore this enchanting area of wilderness including waterways, sandbanks, mud islands, rare wildlife such as dugongs, inshore dolphins and more.

NOOSA FOOD & WINE
Make sure you're in town for the Noosa International Food and Wine Festival, 15-18 May. Over 200 invited chefs, producers and winemakers descend on the town and its iconic surroundings to join foodies from all over the world in celebration of the good things in life.

HOT Tips from Coast FM's Brian Kelly:

  1. BEST BEACH/COASTAL ESCAPE - There’s no denying Noosa as being the jewel in Sunshine Coast’s crown. It really is the hub of the region and a great place to start or finish your “sunny” holiday.
  2. BEST BIT BEYOND THE BEACH - The Glasshouse Mountains and little town of Montville are well worth stealing yourself away from the Coast for at least a day. A beautiful drive and part of the region’s excellent network of gourmet food trails.
  3. DONT LEAVE THE REGION WITHOUT SEEING - The stunning marine and birdlife from the vantage point of your kayak on a guided eco-kayak tour across the beautiful Pumicestone Passage, from Caloundra across to Bribie Island National Park.
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