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10 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do On The Sunshine Coast

By Claire Plush - 14 Apr 2016

So you think you’ve ticked off everything there is to do in this slice of almost-tropical paradise we call the Sunshine Coast. C’mon, we highly doubt that!

Look, we’re not calling you a liar, but with endless things to do on the Sunshine Coast we strongly reject your claim of having done it ALL.

We get that you know this region inside out, tiny country towns included, but surely there are still a few surprises lurking between the beach and the bush, or activities you once heard about and really wanted to do, but never actually did. #gotyoutheredidntwe

Well this, my friend, is that list. A spice-up-your-life gathering of those things you didn’t know you could do on the Sunshine Coast. Now, what are you waiting for?

Sail Mooloolaba With Original Artists, Booze, And Nibbles

Ummm… up until writing this article we had no idea you could sail on a yacht around Mooloolaba with original artists, sippin’ on craft beers, and chowing down on food. How did we not know about this earlier!? Aptly named A Set Adrift, this floating shindig happens once a month and is the ultimate way to prevent slipping into yet another Netflix coma. We contemplated keeping this event to ourselves, but then we just felt bad. Count your blessings, people!

Run Yourself Haggard At This Inflatable Waterpark

An inflatable waterpark? Say no more. Blast Aqua Park in Coolum is where you can release the real you, AKA that annoying nine-year-old child who sees a pool and instantly thinks “bombs!”. Floating slides, trampolines, balance beams, and climbing walls, are connected by buoyant runways making this one epic obstacle-like course that’ll give you a triple shot of adrenaline. YOLO!

Canoe The Noosa Everglades, Camp, Then Hike To Cooloola Sandpatch

Hire a canoe from Elanda Point (it’ll set you back about $100 to rent a double for two days), fill it with a tent and a full Esky, and paddle across Lake Cootharaba and up the Noosa Everglades. Nothing worth having is ever easy, so we recommend you paddle the 19km to Campsite 3. Stay the night (don’t forget to book!), then after you’ve enjoyed brekky on your very own jetty, hike to the Cooloola Sandpatch for incredible views over the ocean and the everglades. We said it wouldn’t be easy, but it’s totally worth it. Swear! It’s got to be one of the most rewarding things to do on the Sunshine Coast.

Catch A Film At The New Pop-Up Open-Air Cinemas

Try out the Coast’s new open-air cinema popping up at various locations at the start of each month. Come May, cult film, Pulp Fiction will be hitting screens at Twin Waters and The Paisley Park Project in Caloundra, along with another yet-to-be revealed location. With most venues being BYO and popcorn and woodfired pizzas available, we give this event the date tick of approval among our list of things you didn’t know you could do on the Sunshine Coast.

Get Your Cocktail Skills Sorted

Everybody should have a signature drink. Something that they can just whip up when friends pop in or your lover comes home from a shitty day at work. But if you don’t have one, don’t stress, by the end of a cocktail masterclass at Miss Moneypenny’s you’ll know what goes with what and when to shake or stir. This is just the beginning, folks.

Learn To Meditate At A 10-Day Silent Retreat

Yep, you read right. You will be meditating for TEN whole days at this Vipassana meditation course in Pomona, during which you cannot speak, laugh, or communicate in any way with your fellow comrades. It’s going to be seriously tough, but if you come out the other end, who knows how you will have changed. Definitely one of the most difficult things to do on the Sunshine Coast. But, we believe in you.

Drop In To A Meditation Session At Chenrezig

If you don’t have 10 days up your sleeve for a meditation retreat, Chenrezig Institute at Eudlo is a must-visit-if-you’ve-never-visited kinda place. Offering drop-in Buddhist meditation classes led by one of the institute’s nuns, you could easily lose a day out here exploring the Garden of Enlightenment and feasting on vegetarian food at the Big Love Café (bookings essential).

Glamp. Wherever The Hell You Want.

Glamping, it’s the the camping of now. But, most of the glamping action we’ve laid eyes on are permanent setups. That’s not how it is with Pitch Luxury Camping. The pair behind this epic venture, Lisa and Tim, will pitch a stunning bell tent complete with beds and furnishings, wherever you decide. Basically, you book a campsite on the Sunshine Coast, they’ll set it up before you arrive, and then the ball is in your court. Pretty much one of the most romantic things to do on the Sunshine Coast.

Join The Local Roller Derby

Girls, you’re invited to join the Sunshine Coast’s first flat track roller derby league, Coastal Assassins. Obviously, if you don’t have the skillz, you’re going to need to get some, which is where a short course like the Roller Derby 101 comes in. Teaching you the basics, you’ll quickly graduate to whips, hip checks, and a lot of other things we don’t really understand but sound kinda painful. Roller skating can be pretty brutal (we had no idea), so if you’d rather just watch on, the next home game will be held in Caloundra on August 13. Go ‘ave a cheer!

Learn How To Make All Kinds Of Cheese. Then Eat It.

Surely we’re not the only ones whose life goals include learning how to make cheese. Lucky for us, and maybe you, we’ve found a place where half-day workshops centred around cheese are the norm. Situated on the Coast, Dawn runs Easy Cheesy lessons from the purpose-built kitchen on her property. For a solid overview, book the Introductory Workshop where you’ll learn how to make ricotta, lime cheese, and whey lemonade, as well as mascarpone and yoghurt. If you’ve got a fetish for one particular cheese, there’s also haloumi, feta, and mozzarella courses. The best part? You’ll be sent home with cheese. Looooots of it.

Know of more things to do on the Sunshine Coast that aren’t so well known? Tell us. 

Image Credit: Hayley Williamson for Metropolist

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