If it’s Sunday arvo and you’re getting thirsty for a frothy but don’t fancy sitting around playing the PS4, take it to the green.
Barefoot bowls are BACK (did they ever really leave?) and are up there with the Sunshine Coast’s trendiest sports-cum-drinking activities to do with mates (similar to beer pong but you can wear your activewear).
Lucky for us, the Sunny Coast has more barefoot bowls joints than you can poke a stick at (and the drinks are cheap too!). So without further ado, here’s the best spots for barefoot bowls on the Sunshine Coast.
Mooloolaba Bowls Club
This one’s practically the godfather of bowls on the Coast, and if you’ve never spotted this ginormous white structure on Mooloolaba’s Brisbane Road, you haven’t got your specs on straight. With a $15 lifetime joining fee (we are most definitely NOT kidding) and barefoot bowls every Sunday at 1pm and 3pm, a game of footloose bowlin’ on the front grass green will set you back a measly $10 for 2 hours. Mooloolaba Bowls Club also has an instructor doing the rounds so you can pick up some hot tips if you’re new to the scene. Without a doubt, one of the best gathering spots for a chill game of barefoot bowls on the Sunshine Coast.
Where: Corner Brisbane Road and Kapala Street, Mooloolaba
Contact: 07 5444 1387
Club Kawana Lawn Bowls
Another one to lead into your Sunday sesh, Club Kawana is home to two greens, conveniently perched on Nicklin Way. Grab a group of mates, rustle up some pocket change, and head down early for a free lesson with one of Club Kawana’s expert bowling staff. Club Kawana offers barefoot tournaments at 1pm and 3pm each Sunday, with all bowling equipment supplied. Just bring your winning attitude. And skillz. And show the jack who’s boss.
Where: 476 Nicklin Way, Wurtulla
Contact: 07 5493 1233
Buderim Bowls Club
Get grassy on the mountain at Buderim Bowls Club. Despite being one of the Coast’s most renowned professional bowling facilities these guys also welcome enthusiasts who just want to give it a crack with their shoes off. “Party bowls” sessions include 90 minutes of green action, inside tips from a pro instructor, and all the equipment you’ll need to kick yo’ friends’ arses. At $12 a session, you’ll still have some cash leftover for a few schooeys at the bar when you’re done.
Where: 3-6 Elizabeth Street, Buderim
Contact: 07 5445 1104
If it’s Wednesday lunchtime and you’re itching to give your new bowling skills a go, Club Maroochy is the place to be. This green offers roll-up barefoot bowling sessions at any time of the week and provides guidance, bowls, mats, and jacks for the low price of $8 per person. Drinking isn’t permitted on the green, but Club Maroochy understand bowling can be thirsty work, so they’ve provided drinks and stubby holders at the end of each rink for easy access. Grab your mates for a nighttime match and try the club’s Yum Cha menu while you’re there. Sounds pretty tempting, no?
Where: 15 Memorial Avenue, Cotton Tree
Contact: 07 5443 1307
Cooroy Community Bowls Club
For northern Coasties, the Cooroy Bowls Club offers bowling for every skill level (ahem, none, in most of our cases). This relaxed little green is the perfect place to play with mates if you’re completely new to the sport and likely to annoy other professional bowlers with your terrible throw (it’s much less crowded). In the winter season, Cooroy Bowls Club offers Friday afternoon sessions at 4.30pm and Sunday games at 3pm.
Where: 5 Opal Street, Cooroy
Contact: 07 5447 6051
Pacific Paradise Bowls Club
Beers, bistro grub, and FREE barefoot bowling—you can’t really ask for more on a Sunday arvo. Pacific Paradise Bowls Club has two greens, live entertainment, and plenty of pros to help you master the perfect spin ball. A free match at this club is perfect if you’re ready to try your hand at the game but aren’t sure if it’s for you yet. We reckon you’re gonna love it!
Where: 13 Menzies Drive, Pacific Paradise
Contact: 07 5448 7132
Palmwoods Bowls Club
Ah, nothing like a bit of hinterland bowling. Palmwoods Bowls Club has the lot—super friendly staff, awesome rainforest settings, and an all-round relaxed vibe that will make your morning of bowls that much more enjoyable. Head here for a social game, every Sunday from 10am. At only $12 per person, it’s worth every penny of fun. Did we mention that the $13 meals menu is also awesome?
Where: Corner Nicklan Road and Chevallum Road, Palmwoods
Contact: 07 5445 9190
Pelican Waters Bowls Club
If you’re living at the southern end of the Coast and looking to bowl not too far from home, Pelican Waters Bowls Club might be your answer. This club is home to many of the Coast’s elite teams, but welcomes newcomers at $5 per head. Offering both morning and afternoon sessions depending on green availability, be sure to book ahead if the thought of missing out brings you to tears.
Where: 49 Nelson Street, Golden Beach
Contact: 07 5492 1032
Got another sneaky spot where you rally your mates for a round of barefoot bowls on the Sunshine Coast? Let us know!
Image Credit: Burleigh Heads Bowls Club