So you ain’t got a lot of cash. So what? Now’s not the time to get all down and out thinking about all the things you’re missing out on.
Instead, we’re going to help you combat those tight blues with a seriously fun list of 25 things to do on the Sunshine Coast for under $25.
Read on and you’ll see why those who don’t have much, are often the ones grinning like a Cheshire cat. Drumroll please…
1. Grab the kid closest to you to help with the cover. After all, rocking up to an inflatable waterpark on your lonesome just isn’t an adult thing to do (how old are you?). For a measly $15, you’ll cram in 50 minutes of jumping, slipping, and sliding at Aqua Park Coolum. Whoop!
2. Making Friday nights in Marcoola that much better since the middle of 2015, Marcoola Market is where you can spend little and reap up big. Hop from food truck to market stall until you’ve hit that special spot between full and wayyyy too full. Be wary, the line is thin, my friends.
3. Pizza and beer go together like… well, anything that goes really good together. And we’ve found a place where you can get both for just $25. Locale serves up a mean lunch deal between 12pm and 5pm, featuring a crisp beer (or wine for the ladies) and a wood-fired pizza. It’s kind of a local secret, so let’s agree to keep it hush, okay?
4. Salute the sun (literally) first thing in the morning at Noosa Main Beach. There’s no way you can’t have a good day, when it kicks off with sun, salty air, sandy feet, and yoga. Namaste.
5. Hire a retro Townie Cruiser and explore Mooloolaba’s nooks and crannies on two wheels. You’ll look good and you’ll save that much-needed energy for a long lunch at a restaurant on the esplanade.
6. Head to Apollonian Hotel on Sunday for lunch and you can get your mitts on a wood-fired spit roast plus some seriously good damper and salads. The ultimate rustic Sunday sesh and one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast.
7. Get your feet acquainted with the grass for an afternoon flogging of barefoot bowls. There’s plenty of clubs to choose from across the Sunshine Coast, and if you’re lucky (or unlucky) you’ll also get some free pointers from the regulars.
8. Yandina Markets are a bargain hunter’s friend. Take your coins for a stroll down the aisles and dig through the mounds of bric-a-brac.
9. Jump in your 4WD and head up the beach to Double Island Point for the day. All you’ll need to pull out is $7 for the car ferry over to Noosa North Shore. It’s a bargain, really!
10. Every other Sunday, you can take in a free concert at Peregian Originals. Just bring a picnic blanket, some nibbles, and your fave beverage.
11. Get a sweet hit at Ocean Street’s, Tome. Known for their spectacular cakes, these guys aren’t Instafamous for nothing.
12. Flick off the thongs for a pair of Nikes and pound the pavement between Moffat Beach and Bulcock Beach. Stunning views and increased heart rate come complimentary.
13. One of our fave Indian restaurants on the coast, Curry Bowl serves up succulent dishes for under $25. But add a garlic or potato naan (it’s a non-negotiable) and you’ll be sitting with just enough change for that tip you’ll want to leave!
14. Beeline to Black Bunny Kitchen for lunch and devour their southern fried chicken and house-baked corn bread for exactly 25 buckaroos. Deal or no deal? We think deal!
15. Test out what the fuss is all about and try your balance at SUPing along The Passage. Only $20 for an hour, view the Coast from a different angle and see why this is rated as one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast.
16. Mix up date night with a trip to Chancellor Park Driving Range. For $20 you’ll get to whack 185 balls! Throw an extra $5 in for a driver and you’re set!
17. Sip on a smooth martini and say hello to the weekend at The Bison Bar in Nambour. They had us at ‘Art-Deco inspired cocktail lounge’!
18. Grab 10 of your closest girlfriends and head for the hills, or more precisely Flaxton Gardens. Here, you’ll indulge in a Shared High Tea for only $22 per head.
19. On Wednesdays, make sure you grab a seat at La Canteena for their epic mid-week deal. All meals are under $10 and smaller street food AKA tacos, and guac and chips, are a teeny $5.
20. It may not be as well-known as the spiky plugs, aka The Glass House Mountains, but Mount Cooroora is an intense hike that rewards challengers with 360-degree views of the coast and Noosa hinterland. If you’re a fitness fanatic, this trek is one of the hardest things to do on the Sunshine Coast.
21. Pitch a tent and getaway without digging into those savings! Local favourites include the campsites dotted along the Noosa Everglades (Harry’s Hut can be accessed by car) and beachfront stays at Noosa North Shore.
22.”They” say we can’t make wines. “They” have never been to Flame Hill Vineyard in Montville. Taste three wines for free or eight wines for $6.
23. Watch the sunset behind the Glass House Mountains from the Wild Horse Mountain Lookout, just off the Bruce Highway. The views are killer!
24. Swap an ocean swim for a dip under one of the best waterfalls on the Sunshine Coast. Our faves include Kondalilla Falls or Gardners Falls (rope swings are at the ready for Tarzans). A must if you’re hunting for things to do on the Sunshine Coast this weekend.
25. Get your DIY hat on, and make a trip to the tip shops across the region. It might not sound like fun, but when you score (and you will!) that’ll all change. Need a start? We’ve nabbed some pretty sweet furniture at Caloundra, Witta and Doonan! No lie!