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Best Places To Catch Pokémon On The Sunshine Coast

By Claire Plush - 14 Jul 2016

Whether you’re waving your iPhone with pride as you stroll along Mooloolaba Esplanade, or are sitting firmly on the PokéNON team, you’ve got to admit this shiz is all consuming.

We’re pretty sure the only thing better than chasing the f*ckers is listening to people recount their escapades and realising that you’re not laughing internally, but listening intently. WTF?!

Between walking into trees and falling down ditches while staring at your screen, there’s been a lot of peeps asking some deep, deep “who am I?” questions. It’s safe to say this little app is life-changing.

Made it this far without wandering off on a Pokémon hunt? Pat yourself on the back, ‘cause now you get to reap the rewards with this handy list of spots to find Pokémon, Pokéstops, Pokégyms, Poké-everything on the Sunshine Coast. Gotta catch ‘em all!

Around Caloundra

If you’re a southern player, walk from Dicky Beach to Kings, and there’s no way you’ll end up empty-handed. Reward yourself with brekkie at Beau’s, a coffee at Lamkin Lane, or a mid-way booze-stop at The Pocket. Along with the fountain at Kings, Happy Valley is also a prime area for Pokéstops. And Pokémon have been known to lurk around Point Cartwright, particularly La Balsa Park. Keen to help out your team? Kawana Shoppingworld is home to a Pokégym and it’s changing hands constantly.

Around Mooloolaba

If you’ve got the time (who are we kidding, you’ll make time) start at Alex Heads (there’s a cluster of Pokéstops around the surf club) and make your way to the spit. Stop in at Black Bunny Kitchen for a craft beer paddle and our mates at Gainsbourg for an espresso martini—hey, you gotta stay hydrated. For a pretty much guaranteed Pokémon catch, plant yourself at the Loo With A View along Mooloolaba Esplanade. Serious Pokémon business happens here. Just sayin’. There’s also a bunch of smart Pokémon taking courses at USC, so get your crew together, and get scoping the uni’s grounds.

Around Maroochydore

To load up on Pokéstops around Maroochydore, don’t go past Sunshine Plaza and Ocean Street in the CBD—a cake from Tome has also been found to help the situation. We’ve also had word that Main Street in Buderim is brimming with a whole heap of ‘em, all within the space of 1km. Near Bli Bli, the pioneer statue at Cutters Ridge is also a Pokémon-catching hotspot. We’ve saved the best ‘til last, with possibly the most talked about area in Maroochydore—Cotton Tree Park. If you want to see what modern-day zombies look like, or land yourself some Pokéstops, go join the rest of the crowd here. Need a break? Oh Darling, Urban Garden, and Get Fresh are serving up strong coffees nearby. Refuel and you might nab more than a latte. Want to take over or help reinforce a Pokégym? Get to Maroochydore bus station.

Around The Hinterland

Not one to be left out of the loop, those players in Nambour and the hinterland are getting their fair share of the action. We suggest doing a Sunshine Coast hinterland café hop, making sure you stop by Montville and Flaxton Gardens—you’ll see why. At the base of the range, Nambour is getting some serious cred among Pokémon Go! circles. Start with Quota Park—there’s lures going off around the clock, so it’s rarely without a gathering of excitable peeps. Need to eat? Make this your chance to try out Nambour Social or Nook and Cranny.

Around Coolum

Pokéstops, Pokégyms, and Pokémon; they can all be found along Coolum Beach’s main drag. Your best bet is to start down near Coolum Beach Hotel and work your way past the caravan park and towards Point Perry. While you’re at it, may as well stop for a share plate or three, at the town’s newest restaurant, Canteen Kitchen and Bar. Want more? Jump in the car and head a little further south to Mount Coolum. Word has it this area is overflowing with Pokémon, including the most famous of all, Pikachu.

Around Noosa

If you’re scooting around Noosa, there’s been a bunch of Ponyta sightings at Main Beach (how convenient, says the surfer) and along Hastings Street. So we figure if you pull up a chair at either Café Le Monde, Bistro C, or 10 Hastings Street Café, you can cover all bases while devouring an acai bowl or eggs benny. We hear Gympie Terrace in Noosaville is also full of Pokéstops. And if you haven’t already, pop into Whisky Boy while you’re there for a celebratory drink post-hunt sesh. There’s also Pokégyms at Noosa Junction and Noosa Civic, so go battle and make it yours!

Want more? There’s an epic Pokemon Go! Sunshine Coast Facebook group packed with tips and meet-up shoutouts.

Image Credit: Pokémon

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