From thrill-seekers to regular Joes, the Sunshine Coast has got you covered when it comes to outdoor activities. Whether it's hitting a river, chilling by the beach, or even scaling a cliff face, we've got your weekend plans sorted.
To take full advantage of the outdoor wonderland that is the Sunshine Coast, check out our top weekend adventures to take across the region.
Hike To Baxter Falls
You’ve done Kondalilla Falls and Serenity Falls is old news to you too. But have you checked out Baxter Falls in the hinterland? Not only is there a suspension bridge over Baxter Creek—perfect for that “weekend adventure” Insta pic—but it’s not that tough. Totalling up to just over 6kms, start and end at Flaxton Mill Road in Flaxton, before hopping back in the car and bee-lining straight to Little May Espresso’s in Montville for a golden turmeric smoothie.
Go Horse Riding On The Beach
Whether you’re channelling your inner Saddle Club or can visualise yourself on a horse singing Daryl Braithwaite’s ‘The Horses’ with your hair blowing in the wind, listen in. The team at Equathon over at Noosa North Shore, take novices (and pros) for stunning scenic horse rides through the bush and on the beach. With friendly coaches and friendly horses to boot, you’re in for a guaranteed good time.
Climb Mount Ninderry
If you’re a regular Yandina-Coolum Road driver, you’ll already be very familiar with the looming prescence that is Mount Ninderry. But did you know, you can actually climb the thing? While it’s not as intense as Mount Cooroora or Mount Coolum—you essentiall follow a wide 4WD track—the views are just as impressive.
SUP Along The River
If getting a tan and wearing your cutest bikini is more your style; then get your balancing skills sorted and head down to the Maroochy River with the Ocean Addicts (the name speaks for itself) for a fun-filled day of stand-up paddle boarding. Make sure you have a few hours free to get the hang of the art of not falling off, as it's not as easy as it may look.
Smell The Roses
Take time out and appreciate your surroundings at the Maleny Botanic Gardens and for a small fee, you can spend all day listening to the birds, the bees, and enjoy the serenity of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. It might not be a jam-packed day, full of adventure and adrenalin, but you will leave feeling refreshed and content.
If getting sand in your pants is up your alley, check out sand tobogganing on Moreton Island. You'll have the chance to test your adrenaline levels and possibly reach top speeds of 80km/h. For the ultimate weekend adventure, book the two-day island discovery tour and you’ll get to hit the dunes and the water.
Mates, Memories & Mudflaps
Grab your mates, an esky, a pair of flip flops… and you’ll probably want to bring your mate's four-wheel-drive too, for your very own Fraser Island adventure. There are tours available for those who want to stay on track, but if you want to venture off on your own beach-drive experience, all you’ll need is a permit and a 4WD. Super simple.
Image credit: Isa Jokela