You wake up on New Year’s Day usually feeling either one of two things:
A/ Desperately seedy; on a mission to quash your death-defying hangover with the greasiest burger—and saltiest chips—in town, preferably at a relaxing, beachside establishment with a sweet, sea breeze to shake off some of last night’s dusty bits.
Or B/ Fresh as a daisy; preferring to bring the New Year in with a cruisy lunch, basking in the sunshine, and swapping late-night dancing for some seaside-feasting, ocean-view dreaming, and afternoon cocktail shaking.
Whatever vibes you are chasing come 2016, we’ve rounded up the best places open on the Sunshine Coast on New Year’s Day.
Coolum Surf Club
Sit out on the deck and release your worries to the wind, as you immerse yourself in Coolum Surf Club’s sweeping, 180-degree ocean-views, capturing all the beach action—from surfers to sand-dwellers. This is the only surf club in Australia offering wood-fired char grill, so if you like your crustaceans smoky side up, book in fast! Lunch is from 12pm.
Where: 1775-1779 David Low Way, Coolum Beach
Contact: 07 5446 1148
The Wharf Tavern
Sit out on the back deck and watch the sailboats glide by while sipping colourful drinks with twizzle sticks, and grazing on fresh local seafood as a live band entertains. You can start your lunching at The Wharf Tavern from 12pm, with entertainment from 2pm.
Where: River Esplanade & Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5444 8383
If it’s the hair of the dog for you come New Year’s Day, be sure to stop in at Pitchfork to chug down a few scrumptious Bloody Marys, made with the chef’s own signature spice mix. This cocktail is renowned to cure the deadliest of hangovers, with its toxin-fightin’ Vitamin C properties, so be sure to get some celery garnished goodness into you!
Where: 5/4 Kingfisher Drive, Peregian Beach
Contact: 07 5471 3697
If you’d prefer something a little more la-dee-dah to watch the sun set on the first day of the New Year, pop on your favourite collared shirt and head to Tides for some fine wine and seafood, open for dinner from 5.30pm. Admire the pretty sunset colours over Pumicestone Passage or take in the breathtaking sights of the Glass House Mountains, with the restaurant’s 270-degree panoramic view.
Where: 1/26 Esplanade Bulcock Beach, Caloundra
Contact: 07 5438 2304
This uber trendy Italian restaurant and bar is the perfect spot for a sundowner, with its extensive cocktail menu featuring a vibrant assortment of pretty drinks such as Mr Pink, Tuscan Sun and Lush. So if you get your kicks from antipasti and exquisite gnocchi, then Locale is a must. Think: black decor, glass walls, and plush banquettes. Doors open at 5pm.
Where: 62 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads
Contact: 07 5447 5111
The Shak Organic Cafe and Wine Bar
If your jaw hits the floor over health-conscious Instagram feeds, where organic spreads are perfectly garnished with edible flowers and iced coffees are served in jars with silver straws, then you will be pleased to know this “local’s favourite” health bar will be open for business from 7.30am-1.30pm this New Year’s Day. The Shak is oozing with goodness—all harvested from local farms, of course—and will be stocked with a variety of organic, healthy detox juices, smoothies, coffee, salads and gourmet sandwiches.
Where: 11/43 Burnett Street, Buderim
Contact: 07 5445 3692
Live music venue favourite and one which rarely sleeps—Sol Bar—is open for lunch from 11am, with its usual rockstar eats, such as pizzas, burgers, salads, toasties, and “munchies”, available all day. Fancy getting jiggy with it? Or should we say, gritty with it? Lennox Head blues rock musician Marshall OKell will take centre stage in the late evening. Tickets $10.
Where: 10/12-20 Ocean Street, Maroochydore
Contact: 07 5443 9550
If you are bringing the kidlets with you for lunch, Brightwater Hotel is your go-to family-friendly pub with its own kids room and next-door waterfront playground. Why not send Dad to watch the kids at the playground and let Mum enjoy a champagne on the deck, then you can do a swapsies later and let Dad have a beer and a flutter on the keno! This hotel is modern and stylish with outdoor tables overlooking the scenic lake. Those keen for a tipple will enjoy the wide variety of craft beers and wines available.
Where: 15 Freshwater Street, Mountain Creek
Contact: 07 5493 9440
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