The Sunshine Coast has really taken the whole stay-at-home thing in its stride and each week we’re finding more and more awesome things to do at home (or close enough to it) to keep us busy.
And with Queensland's restrictions easing even more this weekend, you'll be able to dine-in at some of your fave restaurants, get your nails done at a beauty salon and drive up to 150km from home.
So to mix things up a little and take some time out of your regular Netflix bingeing schedule, here are the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast this weekend.
Take A Road Trip To Rainbow Beach
If the travel itch is getting too much to handle after months spent around home, gather your people, fill up the tank and buckle up for a road trip to Rainbow Beach. With empty beaches, towering sand blows and 4WD tracks aplenty, if you’re looking to spend some time out in nature, there’s no better place to do it. Before you start the return trip, make sure you’ve checked out all the best things to do in Rainbow Beach.
Get Your Brows In Shape At The Best Brow Studios
We can all agree that selecting a new institution to entrust with your precious arches is a big freaking deal, especially when we're all coming out of COVID-19 and isolation with bushy eyebrows that need tending to, immediately. Thankfully, we've got some of the best brow studios on the Sunshine Coast in our corner, so lock in a bit of pamper time this weekend and go them plucked, tattooed or waxed. You’ll feel like a new human! Need to get your tresses tended to as well? Check out the best hairdressers.
Plan A Budget Weekender To The Hinterland
With Queensland's borders likely to remain closed until September, there's even more reason to lock in your winter getaway close to home. There’s no need to break the budget to get that wintery getaway featuring a crackling fire, glass of red and privacy in a lush forest setting—just book a wallet-friendly stay at one of these budget Sunshine Coast Hinterland accommodation houses.
Dine-In At Your Favourite Restaurants
This weekend was always bound to be a biggie with some of the Sunshine Coast’s best restaurants re-opening their doors to 10 people at any one time. Book a table, if you haven’t already, and you’ll pretty much have the entire restaurant to yourself. It’ll be intimate, there’ll be no dishes for you to wash up at the end and you’ll be supporting the businesses who need it, while filling your belly with all of the good stuff, of course. To help you out, we’ve created a list of the Sunshine Coast restaurants re-opening for dine-in meals.
Scope Out Netflix’s Most Underrated Crime Show
Burning out from all the socialising you’ve been doing post-corona? Us too! So if you feel like hitting the couch for part of the weekend and getting back to your regular bingeing program, we’ve got just the thing to watch. Wrap yourself up in a cocoon of blankets and flick straight to White Lines. This Netflix original has everything you could want from a debauched murder mystery.
Take A Scenic Drive To Maleny
If the travel itch is getting too much to handle after months spent around home, gather your people, fill up the tank and buckle up for an idyllic day trip to Maleny. The views are insane, the nature walks are next-level and you’ll find cheese, gelato and hot meat pies ready for you…so what are you waiting for? Head here for the best things to do in Maleny. If you've already ticked Maleny off the list, work your way through these Sunshine Coast roadtrips.
Shop Local At These Farmers Markets
Usually a cocktail of quirky goods, fresh produce and oh-so-many doggos, the markets are a great place to tick off all your post-iso outings needs in one go. With plenty of Sunshine Coast markets still open or re-opening this weekend, we threw together this hit list of the best ones to visit on your weekend trawl.
Up Your Picnic Game With A Gourmet Platter
When you’ve been cooped up inside for what feels like forever, a picnic at a beautiful location sounds ridiculously idyllic. You've got your rug, your fave basket, and you've chosen which of the best picnic spots on the Sunshine Coast you want to make your own. Now, all you need is food. When it comes to dishing up a plate of nosh that'll have everyone "ooohing and ahhhhhing", you're best bet is ordering one of the tastiest gourmet platters from the pros. Get your camera ready because these things are pretty!
Spoil Yourself And Get Cosy With Lush New Bedding
The mercury is well and truly on the decline so if you’ve found yourself reaching for the covers, it might just be the perfect time to invest in some quality bedding. We get it. New bedding is a total investment which is why we’ve rounded up a collection of covers, pillows and sheets that look damn good, are totally sustainable, and will last you for years to come. Here are the best sustainable bedding brands to get around this winter, so you can feel good about your eco-friendly choice every time your head hits the pillow.
Get Crafty With The isoKIT
Even if you’re not usually much of a potter, we’re willing to bet you’ve at least thought about it since lockdown hit. Considering you’ve got nothing but time, why not try your hand at making a pot for your plant babies? Introducing the isoKIT, a DIY pot making kit that can be delivered to your door. And best of all, if you do screw it up, nobody will know. Pick your kit out here and buy a three-pack or six-pack today—use the code URBANLIST for free delivery.
Take A Hike
If your running shoes have been lying idle since gyms closed (or let’s be real, for a long time before that) then ease yourself back into a 10,000 steps-per-day mindset with some hikes that will comfortably get the kilometres back into your metatarsals. Staying within 50km of home doesn’t mean you have to compromise your walks, you can challenge yourself with mountains or relax with tranquil rainforest meanders. Find our favourite Sunshine Coast hikes here.
Not sure what the currrent Queensland restrictions even are? We've simplified it with everything you can and can't do on the Sunshine Coast this weekend.
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