The Sunshine Coast has long been a family favourite holiday destination. The long white sandy beaches are enough to satisfy most, but then there’s beautiful hinterland landscapes, delicious fresh produce and family attractions like Australia Zoo.
Need any more reasons to book your next Sunshine Coast holiday? Here are five.
1. Yummy Berries
PYO (Pick Your Own) is the way to go. Winter is Strawberry Season on the Sunshine Coast and we promise you strawberries never taste better – or sweeter – than those freshly picked with your own two hands. Choose from Strawberry Fields, in Palmview, Rolin Farms in Elimbah or Cooloola Berries in Wolvi, all of which will also serve up scones with strawberry jam and strawberry ice cream. Strawberry season runs from June to November.
2. Take a hike
Winter is a magical time for a walk in a national park or heading off on an adventure in search of the most epic waterfall; a bit of exercise is far less painful when it’s not in 98 per cent humidity. Breathe in crisp air (but not too crisp because it is Queensland after all) as you wander among open forests or spot platypus in crystal clear creeks. Buderim Forest Park Reserve, Mount Ngungun and Emu Mountain are all great choices for kids.
3. Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
There is a new whizz bang $4.7 million Discovery Centre at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve in Maleny, with a new elevated viewing platform, boardwalk and Rainforest Education Centre housing a great selection of interactive exhibits and multi-sensory experiences. The reserve itself comprises 55 hectares of sub-tropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains National Landscape, gifted to council in 1941 by the Thynne sisters, in honour of their mother, Mary.
4. Did we mention the beaches?
Take your pick, there are dozens. From popular patrolled surf beaches like Alexandra Headland, Noosa Main Beach, Maroochydore and Mooloolaba to hidden gems like Shelly and Castaways Beach. Most beaches are patrolled and equipped with grassy picnic areas, playgrounds and barbeque facilities. For something on the wilder side, head to Rainbow Beach, so-named for its coloured sands, and the entry point to the 41,000 hectare Cooloola National Park, a favourite for 4WD adventures.
5. Get your skates on
Take a whale watching tour from the Sunshine Coast to spot a humpback whale – the world’s largest and most majestic animal. The region also has some stellar viewing platforms and lookouts to watch these regal creatures frolic from between July and late October.
More information: visitsunshinecoast.com