Inside Scoop | We've Found The Coast's Best Gelato

By Trixie Hillen - 27 Nov 2016

Like Oprah or Britney Spears, the best gelato on the Sunshine Coast came from humble beginnings.

Traditionally a Turkish sweet, made from ice or snow mixed with fruit juice, it’s hard to believe that now we are enjoying salted caramel, burnt pecan and butterscotch gelato in a choc-dipped waffle cone. But then again, a young Oprah probably didn’t expect she’d be giving away cars to an audience of hysterical women either…

So infatuated are we by this sweet summer refresher, that we’re serving up our favourite nine gelato shops on the Sunshine Coast. Now, was that cup or cone?

Best gelato on the sunshine coastColin James Fine Foods

Life on the Sunshine Coast is pretty damn good. Beautiful weather, amazing beaches, and of course, the coolest people you’ll find anywhere (if we do say so ourselves). But truly, the best part of our charmed life here on the Coast is bespoke gelato. I’ll say that again in case you weren’t paying attention. Bespoke freakin’ gelato! The award-winning team at Colin James hand-churn their gelato in small batches, and will create individually designed flavours for special events. Now, go and plan a special event! We’re ordering you!

Where: 37 Maple Street, Maleny

Massimo’s Gelateria

If you’re after classic, old-school gelato in one of the best locations in the world, or if you just need somewhere to cool your burnt feet after tiptoeing across the hot sand of Noosa Main Beach, Massimo’s is the place to be. The amazing range of flavours are beyond the imagination of mere mortals such as ourselves, but the Ferrero Rocher is a worthy favourite with locals and visitors alike.

Where: 75 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads


We all know that a balanced diet is very important, and it’s essential to include a range of food groups in your meal. And as any dietitian will tell you, two of the most important food groups are donuts and gelato. In a feat of culinary genius, Gelatissimo have squished these two components together to create something that far surpasses the sum of its parts. Creamy gelato sandwiched inside in a warm donut is absolutely as heavenly as it sounds.

Where: Shop locations in Noosa, Mooloolaba and Buddina

House Of Gelato

Gelato is the best way to end ANY day. But after the awesomeness of scoring a new outfit at Sunshine Plaza, it’s especially perfect. Mix and match your favourites for a triple-scoop extravaganza at House Of Gelato, or if you’re feeling strong, see if you have the willpower to stop at just one. We vote for the Coconut Rough—so natural, it’s pretty much good for you.

Where: Sunshine Plaza, Horton Parade, Maroochydore

Amo Gelato

“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing—absolute nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” Rat, from Wind in the Willows had the right idea. A day out on the Noosa River is a great way to spend a lazy afternoon. And when you come back all salty and sandy and a bit sunburnt, head over to Amo Gelato on Thomas Street and grab a coffee while you choose your gelato. They’re all made with the best local milk and cream that the Sunshine Coast has to offer, and we guarantee you won’t be able to decide between the flavours. Weekend=Planned.

Where: 2, 201 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville

Gelato Classico

Happy birthday to you! This little gem, tucked away near Coles in Noosa Junction does a layered gelato birthday cake spectacular enough to impress all your mates. Make sure you call Gelato Classico a couple of days in advance and take your time picking the perfect combination of seasonal flavours! Psst! The blood orange is amaaaaazing!

Where: 3 Lanyana Way, Noosa

House of Gelato

Think of your favourite flavour—apple pie and cream, peanut brittle, Snickers—chances are, House of Gelato has transformed it into gelato form. The only place to go after drooling over appreciating the dramatic talents of Daniel Craig in the latest Bond film. And if we ask nicely, they might even bring back the local favourite—Lamington—in time for Australia Day.

Where: Sunshine Plaza, Horton Parade, Maroochydore

Gelato Mio

Visiting Gelato Mio leaves you with that classic movie dilemma of an angel on one shoulder whispering “sugar-free mango sorbet” in your ear, while on the other shoulder, there’s a devil trying to convince you to choose the epic, oozy, sticky caramel slice flavour. We say, ignore them and have both!

Where: 1806 David Low Way, Coolum Beach

Did we miss your favourite on our list of the best gelato on the Sunshine Coast? Let us know!

Image Credit: Claire Plush and Ariana Gillrie

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