It’s weekend time!
And although the weather still doesn’t look the best, at least it is looking better than last weekend!
Here are some idea’s to do this weekend thanks to – http://blog.queensland.com/2016/01/25/20-almost-free-things-sunshine-coast/
Sure, you could hit the beach again, but if you’re strapped for cash and looking for some fun on the Sunshine Coast, there’s a lot more than just some good surf going down.
From laser tag and soaking up the sunshine in a kayak to devouring cheese platters in the hinterland, we’ve got 10 awesome things to do on the coast for under $25.
1. AIN’T NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH
No need to head to Tibet when you can conquer your own Everest on the Sunshine Coast. There are a bunch of treks and climbs for the novice (and slightly petrified) adventurers right up to the daredevil pros, with beach and hinterland views to match!
Climbing Mount Coolum is almost a Sunshine Coast rite of passage when you’re here. We recommend getting up early to tackle the beast to be rewarded with the most stunner sunrise (trust us, it’s worth every one of those steep steps!).
Heading inland you will find the Glass House Mountains whose tracks are varied to suit every age and fitness level. For an easy walk there’s Mount Beerwah, but for something a tad more challenging you’ve got Mount Ngungun and Mount Beerburrum. More experienced climbers should set their sights on the Mount Tibrogargan summit route, with its steep and near-vertical exposed rock sections, you’ll feel like you’re scaling the side of the earth!
2. HEY MACKLEMORE, CAN WE GO THRIFT SHOPPING?
The man himself would be impressed by the nifty op shops dotting Aerodrome Road in Maroochydore.
Begin your treasure hunt at the Maccas end, starting at the Op Shop Kidney Support Network followed by the Hospice Community Shop and Vinnies. Work your way down to Lifeline (my personal favourite for funky clothing finds) and finally, good ol’ Salvos.
After all that bargain shopping you’re going to be hungry. Head back up to Cafe Venice (under the Sebel) to go to town on their $5 lunch menu.
COST: Only as much as you’d like to spend.
3. PICK YOUR OWN STRAWBERRIES
You’ll find your strawberries taste just that touch sweeter when you’ve put in the hard yards to pick them yourself (okay, so maybe it’s not a strenuous activity, but hey, you still did the work!).
Each year from June to November you can head out to Strawberry Fields in Palmview to collect your own strawberries fresh from the patches.
COST: Admission is free, however, the cost of your strawberries will depend on the weight and current wholesale market price. So basically, don’t go too nuts.
4. EXPLORE THE COASTLINE
Whether you jog, bike or stroll along the Caloundra Coastal Walk, it’s hard not to feel happy when you’re witnessing some of the most scenic shorelines you could ever lay eyes on.
The path is a continuous coastal link from Golden Beach in the south – where it hugs the Pumicestone Passage – before passing Bulcock Beach and Kings Beach on its way around Caloundra Headland heading north following the long, sandy beaches of Kawana to Mooloolaba.
COST: If you’re leaving it up to your own devices (bike or feet) it’ll cost you nada, but if you want to hire a set of wheels you can get a solid four hours of peddling for $25 from Hire Hut Mooloolaba or Bill’s Boat and Bike Hire at Golden Beach.
5. GET KAYAKING
Treat your arms to a workout (and a damn good view) when you glide across the Noosa River or explore Mooloolaba’s canals by kayak.
Pelican Boat Hire in Noosaville and Hire Hut in Mooloolaba will kit you up with all you need – including a map – when you hire one of their beasts.
COST: From $10 – $25 for up to two hours.
6. WE LIKE TO MARKET, MARKET
From street food to local knick-knacks, the Sunshine Coast is bursting at the seams (of your basket) with awesome markets.
For your week’s worth of fruit and veg head to the Kawana Farmers Market on a Saturday morning, or the Noosa Farmers Markets and Fishermans Road Markets in Maroochydore on a Sunday morning
If you’re a hardcore food lover, check out the Marcoola Markets held every Friday night or Nights On Ocean in Maroochydore on the second Friday of every month.
COST: Entry is free meaning you can save your mula for some goodies.
7. THREE WORDS: AQUA FUN PARK
Because a playground on water is always a good time!
The inflatable water park, which now hails from the man-made lagoon at the Novotel Twin Waters Resort, or at Bli Bli Waterpark is a dream come true for the young at heart, where you can bounce, flip, climb, swing and bomb dive your way to physical exhaustion.
COST: Get one session (50 mins) for $15 or snap up two for $25.
8. CHASE WATERFALLS
Take a break from the Sunshine Coast’s salty sea and high-tail it to the hinterland for a dip in some freshwater rock pools.
On the way to Maleny, turn off at Obi Lane to find Gardeners Falls. From the car park, it’s a short walk on a sealed path to the falls. You’ll find there are a bunch of smaller-sized pools to splash about in, but if you are more of the dare-devil type, try your hand at the rope swing that will plunge you into the larger pool.
If you’re after more of an adventure, the Kondalilla Falls Circuit that will take you on a round-trip through the rainforest valley to the actual falls itself, then back to the rock pool and lookout where you can rest up and cool off.
COST: Zilch minus petrol to get you there.
9. TIME WARP
You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a scene from Grease when you’ve ordered up a burger and shake from Ricks Garage in Palmwoods. Originally a petrol station and mechanical workshop (it actually still functions as a workshop!), the retro diner has got ’50s American-style down to a tee with its pop coloured interiors, comfy booths and old-school memorabilia.
COST: Depends on how hungry you are! Regular burgers range from $16 to $25, but their mini range of burgers – for those with smaller appetites – will cost you only $11 or $12.
10. MEET THE GINGERBREAD MAN
Finally catch the gingerbread man at The Ginger Factory in Yandina. As the world’s largest ginger operating factory, it would be a crime not to pay a visit to this iconic attraction on the Sunshine Coast.
While you’re there, hop aboard ‘Moreton’ the historic cane train as he takes you through the sub-tropical gardens, or take a factory tour to see how ginger is grown and turned into a range of products.
For a little retail therapy, Ginger Town has got your needs sorted from souvenirs to sweet treats. If you’ve got the munchies after all that perusing, order up one of their famous parfaits at the Ice Creamery.
COST: Admission is free, however if you want to take part in any tours or rides, tickets will cost you up to $15 per tour/ride. (PS. Check out their double deals on their website to score a bargain for under $20.)