They don’t call it the Sunshine Coast for nothing and with more than 300 days of sunshine every year, this is the ideal destination in which to enjoy outdoor activities. From walking, running and climbing to paddling, surfing and kiteboarding, there’s plenty with which to keep adventure enthusiasts of all fitness levels entertained.
Yoga and Pilates
For a yoga and/or pilates experience with a difference, join Luxe Fitness Escapes along the Noosa River where classes are conducted on Stand Up Paddle Boards. Paddle along this sparkling waterway before heading into the mangroves for some core strength work and meditative moves.
Noosa Running Tours owns the only permit to conducts tours of the National Park so there’s plenty of secret spots to discover on a guided run. Catering for 6km, 10km and 12km distant runners, a typical tour will flow through rainforest gullies, beachside communities and bays.
A love of the ocean is all that’s required to learn to sail with the Noosa Yacht and Rowing Club. And instructors aren’t typical grotty yachties either, rather young people aged between 13 and 22, who are part of the largest Youth Sail program in the country.
Stand Up Paddle
Learn the art of SUP in the calm waters of the Noosa River with Noosa Stand Up Paddle. Then, join the crew and catch a wave on an SUP over at Noosa Main Beach. The expert instructors have novices balancing in no time.
Learn to Surf
With myriad surf schools on the Sunshine Coast, it’s pretty much a case of take your pick depending on where you are staying. However, Maroochy Surf School does claim to be the first in Queensland and on the Sunshine Coast with “real teachers, teaching real surfing”.
Twin Waters Golf Club is considered one of the top six resort courses in Australia and there’s even Par 3, 4 and 5 golf packages. 18 holes costs $79 for the public but there’s also morning specials for $59 and even twilight discounts as low as $49.
Standing 800 metres tall, Mount Coolum is one of the most popular and challenging walks on the Sunshine Coast. Allow two hours return for this sometimes steep, rocky and uneven track on this extinct volcano which affords 360 degree views of the coast and hinterland.
Stretching some 28km, Caloundra’s Coastal Pathway is one of the prettiest walks on the Sunshine Coast which starts at Pelican Waters and ends at Tewantin. Experiences along the way include a lighthouse, lakes, creeks and surf beaches from Bells Creek to Point Cartwright.
Join Kanu Kapers in one of their stable sea kayaks for a half, one, two or three day guided or self guided kayak of the Noosa Everglades. Situated in the Cooloola Section of the Great Sandy National Park, this pristine waterway boasts beautiful birds and other wildlife.
There’s plenty of wide open beaches on the Sunshine Coast and on a windy day, it is a kite surfing paradise. Maroochydore’s Sunshine Coast Kite Surfing offers lessons with professional kite surfers to provide visitors with local knowledge and a safe experience, as well as kite hire.