The Sunshine Coast is all about being outdoors; with ‘sunshine’ in the name, we’re probably stating the obvious there. Dreamy days spent on the beach are a given, but there’s a long list of other outdoor activities that you can indulge on this stretch of Queensland Coast. The sea allows for diving, sailing, fishing, surfing (and much more), whilst inland there are wineries to explore, national parks to wander through, mountains to climb, forests to delve into. It’s a haven for the outdoor adventurers – so, here are our top picks of the outdoor activities that you can enjoy on the Sunshine Coast.
Of course we’re going to kick off with a bit of information on the opportunities for surfing. It is Australia after all. With over 100 spots dotted along the coast that are perfect for catching some waves, surfers from all over the world congregate here, board in hand. Of course, with world-renowned surf comes some world-renowned surfing schools – so if you’re not exactly a dab hand at surfing just yet, you’ll be able to partake in a private lesson and rent a top quality board. Your instructor will be able to get you onto a wave that suits your ability and before you know it you’ll be on your feet looking like a pro. Saying that, if you are actually a bit of a pro, all you’ll need is a board. The Sunshine Coast will provide the rest.
There are plenty of places you can hire a bike from along the Sunshine Coast, for the simple fact that there are plenty of biking trails to suit both novice and experienced riders. Whether you join a tour or want to explore on your own, seeing the Sunshine Coast by bike is one of the best ways to do so. Wind your way down exciting tracks, past beautiful creeks and lush rainforest. If you’re lucky, you’ll spot some indigenous wildlife as you go. One tour in particular will have you picked up from your accommodation and driven to the top of Mt Tinbeerwah. Enjoy those panoramic views over the coast and the Hinterland before hopping on your bike. It’s all downhill from there, literally.
It’s imperative that you get to see what lies beneath the stunning blue of the Coral Sea, so a diving excursion should definitely make it onto your list of things to do. There are a number of iconic dive sits that can be easily reached from the Sunshine Coast, so all you need to do is take your pick. One of our favourites has to be Inner Gneerings, which lies close to Mooloolaba. Here you’ll find the Gneerings reef system and its intricate coral network. It’s a riot of colour and a hub for marine life activity so the likelihood of you spotting turtles, leopard sharks, eels and rays is quite high. It’s sure to be a great introduction to diving for beginners. For a site that suits advanced divers a little more, we’d suggest ex-HMS Brisbane, which resides just off the coast of Mooloolaba. It’s one of Australia’s top ten dive sites and is home to the likes of manta rays and nurse sharks to name just a few.
If you’re looking for that luxury experience out on the water, then a yacht charter is the perfect way to go. There are a huge number of organisations that offer anything from half a day to a whole week out on a beautiful yacht with your own private skipper. If you’ve only got time for half a day excursion, be sure to book it so that you get to see the sun set. It’s an experience like no other. Yes it’s the most relaxing option on our list, but you’ll need time to kick back after indulging in all of those activities above. And really, what can beat a luxury yacht charter when you need some down time?