No one knows when it happened exactly, but our lives have become busy. There are endless things on our ‘to do’ lists and not enough hours in the day.
Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a place where the only thing more reviving than the water is the lifestyle. With its endless beaches and easy smiles, it’s a place where you can relax, refresh and forget everything.
To help inspire the wanderluster within, the globe-trotting team at Flight Centre have pulled together a list of their favourite ways to enjoy the Sunshine Coast, from festivals, to retail therapy and sightseeing you’ll be spoilt for choice:
A spot of retail therapy is always a good way to reconnect and spoil yourself and with a variety of artisan and farmers markets, cutting-edge fashion boutiques and air-conditioned plaza shopping, the Sunshine Coast has a bit of everything.
From the relaxed main street of Caloundra, to the upmarket, elegant fashion boutiques in Hastings Street, Noosa, and Gympie Terrace in Noosaville, to the Mooloolaba Esplanade and the European-style main street of Montville, each centre offers tranquility that comes with roaming through retail outlets without stress.
There are also a number of really great local markets, offering one-of-a-kind trinkets, tasty food, handmade garments, original artworks, artisan furniture, home wares and jewellery you’ll be spoilt for choice. Eumundi heads the list of must dos with the whole town revolving around the twice weekly market held every Wednesday and Saturday.
For all your favourite fashion chain stores, head to Sunshine Plaza in Maroochydore, which also has a selection of independent retail stores and department stores.
Although you’ll be tempted to spend most of your time on the 100 kilometre stretch of beautiful golden sand beaches, it is worthwhile making time for a trip into the hinterlands. Beautifully peaceful, a drive up to the Glass House Mountains, coupled with a bush walk, makes for a good day out.
The Glass House Mountains National Park is made up of a group of 13 volcanic peaks that dominate the landscape of the hinterland. Four distinctively shaped mountains all offer bushwalking, rock climbing and picnicking and can be approached through the small township of Glass House.
Mapleton Falls National Park is also worth a visit, the park protects the remnants of rainforest and wet eucalypt forest that once occurred throughout the Blackall Range in the Sunshine Coast hinterland and is definitely a site not to be missed.
Wanderlust, held on the Sunshine Coast from 15-18 October 2015, is an ideal way to just take some time out or reconnect with girlfriends. The event brings together a remarkable group of yoga and meditation instructors, musical performers, speakers, artists and chefs for a transformational retreat.