5 DAYS ON THE SUNSHINE COAST

With discounted flights popping up and the winter chill hitting the south, we wouldn’t blame you for dreaming of warmer days. So instead of grieving your cancelled Euro trip, it’s time to explore Australia, and the Sunshine Coast is a lush place to start! Cue warmth, beach and forest.

Here is how you should spend your 5 days on the Sunshine Coast!

DAY ONE:

Fly into Sunshine Coast (aka Maroochydore) Airport and relish in that smack-you-in-the-face-heat as you step off the plane. Go grab a hire car because it’s time to go exploring!

There are endless opportunities for where to stay such as Mooloolaba, Maroochydore or Noosa. We chose Mooloolaba for its central location and a gorgeous stretch of beach.

Then ditch the bags, chuck on your togs and head down to the water to swiftly enter the realm of holiday mode.

Noosa National Park, Sunshine Coast

View from Noosa National Park trail.

DAY TWO:

Start your day off right and make your way to Noosa National Park for a spectacular sunrise walk. A treat at all times of the day, however, we suggest sunrise as it is a) absolutely stunning and b) much easier to find a car park and beat the crowds.

There are a number of tracks varying from 1km to 8.4km which hug the coastline. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas and black cockatoos, or from July to October – humpback whales!

With plenty of opportunities to jump in the water to cool off we suggest wearing your bathers.

After your walk, return to Hastings Street and refuel at one of the cafes. Afterwards, head to the boardwalk to find the perfect spot to throw down a towel and have a nap. If napping isn’t your jam, hire a surfboard and tackle the beginner waves or cruise on a stand-up paddleboard.

Noosa is an absolute crowd pleaser with something for solo travellers to young families. Here are some other ways you can spend your time:

  • Take the steps or drive up to Laguna Lookout for sweeping views of the Noosa coast.
  • Enter extreme relaxation with beachside yoga with Noosa Beach Yoga. It’s only $15 for an hour session with mats provided!
  • Take the Noosa Ferry and explore the waterways.

After you’ve soaked up all Noosa has to offer, jump in the car and put Mt Tinbeerwah lookout into your maps. A 15 minute drive from Noosa and an easy 10 minute walk will reward you with incredible 360 degree views of Noosa and the Noosa River network (this spot is also amazing for sunrise/sunset!).

DAY THREE:

Treat yourself to a little sleep in today and explore Mooloolaba’s main streets for the perfect breakfast spot.

Put your runners back on and pack the car because today you are heading to Kondalilla National Park. Kondalilla is an Aboriginal word that translates to “rushing waters” and you’ll find out why very quickly.

The Kondalilla Falls circuit is a cruisy 4.6km packed with the most incredibly unique trees you will ever see! And then of course there are the waterfalls. The falls are generally flowing but if you are lucky enough to get there after heavy rains you will be thanking Mother Nature.

Complete the circuit then treat yourself to a swim under the falls.

You will need a moderate fitness level for this walk as it is predominately stairs.

Burger, chips and cider from Rick's Garage, Sunshine Coast

Delicious feed from Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods.

On the way home stop into the nearby town of Palmwoods and grab a feed at the very random, very elaborate, Rick’s Garage. Famous for their delicious burgers (can confirm) and super-sized shakes, Rick’s Garage is a retro-styled diner with a HUGE beer garden.

View from Mt Ngungun, Sunshine Coast

Sweeping views from the top of Mt Ngungun.

DAY FOUR:

Set the alarm for another sunrise trek today because we are driving back into the hinterland to the oddly shaped Glass House Mountains. There are a number of tracks for a variety of abilities so we chose Mt Ngungun. A relatively easy 2.3kms up and down takes roughly 20 minutes each way. If you do head up for sunrise make sure you pack a torch as the path is quite uneven and the top has a precarious drop!

If you are ready for a feed but need a break from crowds, nestled in the Mooloolaba burbs’ is a local hotspot, The Velo Project.

Fill the rest of your day however you choose then grab some fish n’ chips and head to Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Mooloolaba to round off the day with a gorgeous sunset.

DAY FIVE:

You are spoilt for choice today with activities. Here are our top four suggestions:

  1. Pay homage to the legendary Steve Irwin and visit Australia Zoo.
  2. Be a big kid at Aussie World, a family friendly, affordable theme park a short 15 minute drive from Mooloolaba.
  3. Explore coastal towns like Peregian Beach and beach hop to your hearts’ content.
  4. If the days align visit the famous Eumundi Markets open every Wednesday and Saturday. A haven for locally made treasures and multi-cultural cuisine.

You could easily enjoy a couple of weeks here. Let us know in the comments how you would spend 5 days on the Sunshine Coast!

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