Ah, the Sunshine Coast. Can you really have a bad time somewhere named for bright blue skies and warm sunny days? There’s no shortage of spots on the Sunshine Coast to have a really good time. Maybe you’re a couple who wants back to nature on your honeymoon or want to bliss out and do nothing. Perhaps you just want a good dose of luxury or a proper beachside honeymoon. One thing’s for sure, there’s a Sunshine Coast town out there for every type of honeymooner. Here are five towns on the Sunshine Coast that won’t disappoint!
Synonymous with the Sunshine Coast, you could map out the perfect day in Noosa in no time. It usually involves brunch on Hastings Street – Bistro C is a longstanding fixture on the dining scene – perhaps followed by a spot of window shopping to pick up a kaftan or two, before ducking across to Main Beach for a swim. Mix things up and head into the National Park where you can walk into Tea Tree Bay. You’ll wander past Boiling Pot lookout and won’t stop taking happy snaps until you’re in the water. Lap up the luxury at the Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort or The Rise Noosa’s swish apartments.
On the southern edge of the Sunshine Coast, Bribie Island has long been a nature playground for Sunshine Coast and Brisbane residents alike. You can drive across to the island in a standard car(are you sure you need a permit if you’re not going onto the beach in a 4WD? I don’t remember buying a permit to simply drive on bitumen roads (purchase a permit before you enter), but if you’ve got a 4WD there are plenty of trails to explore. If fishing is your game, the Pumicestone Passage will be your playground. End your adventures at the Sandstone Point Hotel, where the Oyster Shed serves up seafood with a view.
The mountain town of Maleny has long been known as the perfect haven for art fans who want to work their way through art galleries on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Art Trail. However, there are plenty of other diversions to keep you busy. Cheese lovers can live their best lives hopping between Maleny Dairy’s farm tours, Maleny Food Co’s Cheese Shop (home to 250 kinds of cheese and counting), and Maleny Cheese. And you certainly won’t go hungry if you’re settling down for the night at Spicer’s Tamarind Retreat. The spa studios and villas are perfect to hide away from the world after dinner at The Tamarind, the property’s award-winning restaurant.
If you’re looking for a one-stop-shop for the Sunshine Coast, this beachside town might be it. Blessed with beautiful beaches on a long coastline, a buzzing café scene that starts early and ends late, and a mini-golf venue that serves cocktails (Holey Moley), it certainly ticks a lot of boxes. Plus there’s also Tome – a bakery café that has made a name for itself for bespoke cakes that are really works of art. Surprise your special someone with a cake just for two and you’ll be in the good books for a long, long while.
Long, white sandy beaches sound up your alley? You will love Mooloolaba. Long considered home to some of the best sand around the sunshine coast, it’s also home to the sheltered Mooloolaba Spit, if you’d like a little paddle without the waves. You won’t go hungry or thirsty with a wander down The Wharf, where there’s everything from Latin American street food at El Bigoton and feasting menus at Spero Greek Street to pizza straight from the oven at Il Vento and a bevy of choices at The Savvy Squirebrewhouse.
Whether you want to beach hop, throw out a finishing line, or wine and dine, you’ll find every type of honeymoon on the Sunshine Coast.
About Lisa Perkovic: Lisa has spent the past decade travelling the world writing for Australia’s leading newspapers, magazines, and blogs about all things travel. Her own honeymoon was her pièce de résistance – an epic journey to the Maldives and South Africa. Now she loves nothing more than sharing destinations and tips to help other newlyweds work out how to have the honeymoon of their dreams.