If you’re looking for an unspoiled getaway venue where you can do as much or as little as you please, away from the kids, the baking sun and city streets, then the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is ideal for you. It’s far from the madding crowds, but has plenty of places to see, things to do and people to give you a genuine welcome.
Here’s a rundown of the five best activities for you to try on that all-important child-free getaway.
Hit the markets
There’s nothing better than a good old uninterrupted browse through a market or several. The Sunshine Coast has lots of them, so try the Eumundi Markets, 20km west of Noosa Head, every Wednesday and Saturday. There’s also the Bulcock Street Farmers’ Markets every Sunday in Caloundra, as well as one in Maleny. The very telling motto of these markets is “Make it, bake it, grow it or sew it…”
Ride a Harley through the scenery
Or if you’re feeling a bit more sedate, how about a three-wheeler? Freedom Wheels offers a huge range of tours – short, medium and long (including one where you have your own chauffeur to take you to a wine tasting!), so get your motor running and feel the wind in your hair.
The Art Gallery Trail
The Sunshine Coast has many art galleries that host the work of renowned local, national and international artists of all media. You can grab a copy of the trail brochure from a Visitor Information centre and get going.
Dive a deserted wreck
Go swimming with pufferfish in and around the wreck of Ex-HMAS Brisbane. You need to have completed at least one 15-metre dive, before, but you don’t need a wreck licence. Visit Scuba World in Moololaba for more details.
Do the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk
You can walk up to 58km if you like, or take one of the shorter options through the Blackall Range. It’s one of the six great Queensland walks and you can pick up maps at Visitor Information centres.