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50 Awesome (& Cheap) Things To Do On The Sunshine Coast

By Claire Plush - 10 Dec 2017

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What a pain! You’ve got 50 bucks burning a hole in your pocket and you don’t know how to spend it. Said no-one, ever.

Seriously though, if you DO have a fitty and want to make the most of that sweet-smelling yellow bill, we get that! After all, money doesn’t grow on trees at least not on the Sunshine Coast, so the more fun you can have for less, the better!

With that in mind, we’ve scrounged together 50 things to do on the Sunshine Coast that are fun, sometimes tasty and maybe even free!

  1. Hire a 2-person canoe for half a day and paddle around Elanda Point. If the force is with you (aka there is no wind blowing in your face), then tempt fate by paddling across the mighty shallow waters of Lake Cootharaba to the start of the Everglades.
  2. Bop or sway or stomp (we ain’t gonna to judge) to live music at Solbar.
  3. You might not have the dosh to take part in a long-course cooking class at Tamarind Cooking School, but for $45 you can sweep in to one of their short demonstrations, ranging from how to cook dumplings, to bread, to fast food for friends. Not convinced? There’ll be tastings!
  4. Give your immune system a boost with a 45-minute Himalayan salt therapy session at Salt Caves for only $45.
  5. Need to grab something ridiculously tasty on the run? Our mates at Guru Life have just launched The Jungle takeaways, and the menu is nothing short of amazing. 
  6. Or, if you’re at the top end of the Coast, head to Moto in Noosa Junction. Sundays are pizza truck night AKA cheap pizza night and Fridays are Taco Club, complete with cheap-as-chips tacos and a DJ spinning beats. One to round up the mates at.  
  7. Fill up the car with a tank of gas and get lost along the back roads of the hinterland. Don’t forget the camera. Oh, and try out some of these gems.
  8. Get to Tome in Maroochydore and spend up 50 big ones the prettiest mini cakes and muffins you ever did see. Don’t believe us? Just look at these. 
  9. Get shopping at Peregian Beach Markets, one of the best markets on the Sunshine Coast. Homewares? Tick. Clothing? Tick. Local photography? Tick.
  10. Order a PYO (Pick Your Own flavours, people!) 12-pack of Frozen Sunshine Iceblocks and then lay in the sun for a lick-fest while pondering the rest of this awesome list of things to do on the Sunshine Coast.
  11. Test out your Spiderman abilities at Rockit Climbing Gym. For under $50 you can scale the wall all day long, and you get the gear to help you do it.
  12. Buy a goodish snorkelling set from K-Mart or Big Dubbs, and check out the underwater worlds. Don’t know where to start? We’ve covered the best snorkelling spots on the Sunshine Coast for your reading pleasure.
  13. Try something new at Bli Bli Watersports Complex. Splash out $39 and you’ll get 1-hour of wakeboarding fun using the cable system.
  14. Still haven’t raced on the Big Kart track yet? Save up your dollars and for 45 of them you’ll get a 15-minute spin. It’s not much but hey, it’s something.
  15. Show some love with a bunch of fleurs from the ever-gorgeous Flax Flower Collective.
  16. Get that summer glow, without spending up big on tickets to Fiji, at Noosa Bronz. You’ll even have change left over to go show it off over a cocktail. Winning! 
  17. Sweat it out at Bikram in Caloundra with an unlimited introductory pass for $30.
  18. Grab a cheap pair of sunnies from any nearby chemist stand and people watch, minus the creepy staring eyes.
  19. Buy a kilo of locally-roasted Costa Noosa Espresso beans for $36 and sip on coffee at home all week long. Clothes optional!
  20. Pack some snacks and head to Wappa Falls for a water picnic in one of the rock pools. Multi-tasking at its finest.
  21. Wish on the first star or planet you see when you visit Mapleton Observatory on their open night for a mere $5.
  22. Working from home gets old, fast. Book a table for a day or two at Common Collective and mingle with like-minded creatives. You may even nab a new client.
  23. Get on the trend buzz and taste Australia’s first ever coffee in a doughnut at Kenilworth Bakery. It’ll cost you $8 but you’re getting a breakfast that ticks every box. 
  24. Take a run along the pathway from Alexandra Headland to Mooloolaba. It won’t cost you a cent, plus you get to workout with some pretty incred views. 
  25. Stroll around the Kawana Farmers Market stocking up on fruit and veg for the week ahead while sipping on a smoothie from The Sunflower Hotel.
  26. Head up the range and brush up on your dairy knowledge with a tour of Maleny Dairies for $11. Bring along an Esky and you can make the most of your change by stocking up on some dairy deliciousness.
  27. Still craving more dairy? Scoot over to Maleny Food Co. in Maleny for a scoop or three of the cold stuff. These guys use fresh milk from Maleny Dairies to create Australia’s best chocolate gelato (it’s been proven).
  28. Spend the arvo at home pampering yourself with products from local Sunshine Coast beauty brands.
  29. Get off the coast and head to the bush, on a peaceful camping trip to the Mary Valley. Petrol, some snags and a tent site will have you coming in well under $50.
  30. Head to Nambour and get a picture in front of the Big Pineapple. For old time’s sake.
  31. What’s better than a cruise along Noosa River? An afternoon sesh on the epic M.V. Catalina, that’s what! Nab a ticket and you’ll float along the water at sunset, while listening to live beats and sipping on summery cocktails. Sounds like bliss, really. 
  32. Skip bootcamp and climb Mount Coolum. Don’t forget to tag your #mountcoolum pics on Insta, or we’ll totally know it never happened.
  33. Head out for lunch with the girls at One Block Back in Moffat Beach, and surprise your besties by picking up the bill for that cocktail jug you not-so-accidently ordered. 
  34. Blow your food budget on books you want so badly you could eat them at all the best bookstores on the Sunshine Coast.
  35. Drink the mightiest of OTT shakes at The Nines. With flavours changing on the reg, we can’t promise what you’ll be drinking, but we can promise it’ll be damn delicious. 
  36. Bar hop around the Sunshine Coast between 3pm and 6pm, and drink to every Happy Hour in sight.
  37. Take to the deck at Coolum Beach Surf Life Saving Club and lounge on armchairs with a coldy in hand and those expansive ocean views. Ultimately one of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast. Now, how’s the serenity?
  38. Save up and treat your fave ladies to high tea at The Silva Spoon in Cotton Tree ($45 a head) or Aimee Provence in Buderim (from $39 per head).
  39. Gorge on five cicchetti items for $45 between 12pm and 5pm daily at Locale. Our pick? Go the mouth-watering baked pumpkin, sweet potato, and buffalo ricotta gnocchi. Food-gasm = reached!
  40. Dine at one of the best BYO restaurants on the Sunshine Coast and you’ll easily come out on top.
  41. Catch a movie in the great outdoors with Open Air Movie Nights. There’ll be live music, street food and good vibes aplenty.
  42. Perform to your nearest and dearest in the public amphitheatre at the Noosa Botanical Gardens. ‘Cos who doesn’t love a spontaneous performance, no matter how bad. 
  43. Wake up early to beat the crowds and make a beeline for the Kings Beach Pool. After you’ve done like 500 laps (tough love, is better than no love), dry off and try out some or all of the best breakfasts in Caloundra.
  44. Rummage through the antique knick-knacks, vintage clothing and retro furniture at Collective Haus in Yandina. For a 50, you’ll be sure to be a-comin’ home with something.
  45. Or throw a sickie and spend a weekday trawling the best op shops on the Sunshine Coast.
  46. Be a daredevil and order the Secret Burger at DownTown for $13. If it’s not your flava, then at least you’ve got another $37 remaining to try again.
  47. Head to Urban Garden’s Food Truck Alley on any weekday and eat your weight in glorious food.
  48. Thirsty but water just ain’t gonna cut it? Check out all the best breweries on the Sunshine Coast. Bags not driving! 
  49. It’s all about the core! Get yours cranking at a casual reformer class at Kinected Pilates for only $35. 
  50. Looking for more things to do on the Sunshine Coast? We’ve got you covered here, here and here. You’re welcome!

Image credit: Amy Higg for The Urban List

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