The Best Free Activities on the Sunshine Coast
It is often said that the best things in life are free ... and with wallet-saving options like these, we can't disagree.Here is Coolum at the Beach's guide to the best free activities on the Sunshine Coast.
Climb a mountain
What better way to enjoy the breathtaking sights of the Sunshine Coast than from above?
At Coolum at the Beach, we are fortunate to have one of the Coast's most beautiful and family-friendly mountains right in our backyard!
Mount Coolum is stunning when enjoyed first thing in the morning before the heat, but no matter what time of day you make the climb, you will be well rewarded with 360 degree views of the breathtaking beaches and rolling hinterland hills.
The Mount Coolum walking track is accessed from the corner of Tanah Street West and Jarnahill Drive - less than 10 minutes by car from your Coolum at the Beach accommodation.
If you are seeking more of a challenge in your climb, the Glasshouse Mountains provide a variety of tracks to suit every age and fitness level. For more information, visit glasshouse-mountains.com
Immerse yourself in the magic of the Noosa National Park
Noosa's magnificent National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife (think echidnas, koalas and black cockatoos) and pristine pocket beaches.
If you are feeling energetic, embark on the full adventure by setting off on foot from the information centre on Hastings Street. From here, you will follow paved paths and boardwalks over spectacular headlands to Dolphin Point. Continue on the rugged coast path past the pandanus-lined bays to Hell's Gate ...a jaw dropping cliff formation which is popular for dolphin, turtle and whale spotting.
Don't forget to pack your bathers ... the crystal clear beaches and rock pools are irresistible.
There are a number of access points along the way, so you can easily select a shorter walking option.
The Noosa National Park is located at Park Rd, Noosa Heads.
Whale watch from Point Perry
Coolum’s Point Perry is one of the best whale watching vantage points on the Sunshine Coast. The raised lookout is the ideal location for taking in the magnificent Humpback Whales during their migratory season.
Point Perry is easily accessible by car, and is a popular year-round destination for walkers enjoying the breathtaking Coolum boardwalk.
Start your walk from the Coolum Surf Club and keep an eye out for artworks by local artists as you wander south along the boardwalk.
Get hooked on fishing
Coolum and Noosa are home to an array of quality fishing destinations due to their deeply-guttered beaches, rocky headlands and plentiful channels.
The rocky outcrop between Coolum’s First and Second bays is good for tailor and jewfish as well as the occasional snapper or cod.
Stumers Creek, at the northern end of Coolum is popular wish anglers chasing dart, whiting, bream and flathead.
Noosa Heads is popular for bream, tailor and jewfish - particularly in the cooler months, while Noosa River boasts an abundance of dusky flathead, bream, mangrove jack and sand whiting.
Get lost in a marketplace
Explore the talents of Sunshine Coast artisans during a visit to a local market.
Two of the Coast's most popular market destinations - Eumundi and Peregian - are both within easy reach of your hotel when you stay at Coolum at the Beach.
Showcasing local craft, live performances and delectable treats - both markets boast high quality wares and are the perfect destination for a weekend morning out.
The Peregian Beach Market operates on the Kingfisher Drive foreshore on the first and third Sunday of every month from 7am – 12.30pm.
The Eumundi Markets are held rain, hail or shine every Saturday between 7am and 2pm, and every Wednesday between 8am and 1.30pm ... find them on Memorial Drive, Eumundi.
If you are looking to de-stress on your holiday, why not take your relaxation to another level?
The Chenrizig Institute is the ideal location to reconnect with yourself and your loved ones.
While not "free", you can take a guided meditation class for a gold coin donation before exploring the peaceful gardens and indulging in delicious vegetarian fare at the Big Love Cafe.
The colourful Buddhist Retreat is home to a number of nuns and monks and offers an array of courses, art classes and wellbeing workshops.
Chenrizig Institute is located at 33 Johnsons Road, Eudlo - about 30 minutes by car from your Coolum accommodation.
Take a scenic hinterland drive and visit an iconic dairy
The Sunshine Coast's pristine hinterland boasts breathtaking views, spectacular picnic settings and charming country towns.
Make a day of it and take a slow cruise up the range to Maleny - stopping for the spectacular Glasshouse Mountains sights as viewed from Mary Cairncross Park - then make your way into the town centre and tour an art gallery or visit the bookstore.
As you set off for Montville, take the time to treat your tastebuds to the scrumptious delights created by Maleny Cheese Factory. Every day the popular dairy offers an extensive cheese and yoghurt tasting between 9.30am and 4.30pm ... free of charge.
Back on the road, a small detour along Western Avenue will lead you to the serene Baroon Pocket Dam - a perfect destination for a picnic or a relax under a tree.
As your day draws to a close, continue along the mountainous ridge to Mapleton before turning east and heading back towards the coastline.
Swim in a waterfall
The Sunshine Coast hinterland (see above) is also home to some spectacular waterfalls offering a cool sanctuary on a balmy summers day.
In the wet season, Kondalilla Falls sees Skene Creek drop an amazing 90 metres into a rainforest valley. The Kondalilla National Park offers a number of walking tracks varying in length and difficulty, many of which lead to the base of the falls, where you will find a large fresh water pool that is popular with bathers.
The area is surrounded by picnic destinations and is home to hundreds of birds species, as well as rare rainforest animals.