Whether you are seeking action and adventure, a romantic dinner for two, or quality time with the kids, the Sunshine Coast has it all. Read on to discover the perfect getaway for every type of traveller, whether you are artistic, active, travelling as a family, an incurable romantic or a fan of fabulous food.

Sunshine Coast Artists Getaway

Even if you arrive at at your Fried Mudd clay making workshop feeling unsure and tentative or simply saying “I’m not creative – I don’t know where to start”, you will finish up with a work of art by the end of the class. Sign up for the Goddess Workshop and create a gorgeous goddess for your garden or make a chicken with personality plus in a half day beginners course. The Sunshine Coast is a haven for artists such as James McKay who has been exhibiting in galleries throughout Australia and Southern Africa for the past decade. James loves to share his love of painting, especially when helping novice watercolourists capture the passion of the landscape that he loves so much. Since James Cook first named the Glass House Mountains back in 1770 they have been a favourite subject for painters. Now it’s your turn to translate their mystic magic onto canvas.

Fried Mudd Pottery Studio

A first-time watercolourist captures the beauty of the Glasshouse Mountains

Sunshine Coast Active Getaway

The Sunshine Coast has some of Australia’s best beaches so you would be crazy not to plunge into that crystal clear ocean at least once. Go for a swim at Sunshine Beach or take a surf lesson with former world champion Merrick Davis, who runs Noosa Learn to Surf. For more watery fun you can hit the waves at Oz Ski Resort, the Sunshine Coast’s only man made fresh water ski facility, explore Pumicestone Passage with Caloundra Jet Ski or try your hand at SUP (stand up paddleboarding). Group lessons on Noosa Sound cost $55 or, if you already know how to SUP, you can hire a board and head off on your own. Noosa is home to one of Australia’s oldest and most visited national parks or you could visit Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve at Maleny which is spread across 55 hectares of rainforest. It offers a beautiful and serene space to go for a walk or trail run surrounded by towering trees and loads of native wildlife.

Go trail running at the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Sunshine Coast Foodie Getaway

Whether you’re craving tapas, seafood, Italian or cocktails by the sea, you’ll find it here. Join the crowd at Sum Yung Guys, one of the hottest new restaurant on the Sunshine Coast, and dine on Gangnam Style beef, mandarin cured swordfish, or sticky XO beef cheek with pickled onions and crispy noodles. Bookings are essential, even if you are dining midweek, this place is hot, hot, hot! Bistro C on Noosa’s beachfront is one of the coast’s most romantic spots to watch the sun go down. Order a Sea Haze cocktail and sit back and relax as suntanned beach goers wander along the Noosa boardwalk. For a sexy night out, head up the road to Locale, an Italian restaurant with the brooding good looks of an Italian lothario. Local produce features heavily on the sophisticated Italian menu which has large and small share plates and an impressive array of pizzas. Service is as polished as a bright red Ferrari.

Hang out at Sum Yung Guys

Sunshine Coast Romantic Getaway

The Sunshine Coast really is beautiful one day and perfect the next when you’re there with someone special. Connect with nature at Ikatan Spa, a Balinese-inspired oasis with freestanding treatment rooms surrounded by gardens filled with birdsong, or take a relaxing country drive through the hinterland to Spicers Tamarind Retreat which offers an indulgent escape with private pavilions dotted amongst the gumtrees. Sign up for a morning class at the on-site cooking school then sit down and enjoy your culinary creations with a glass of wine followed by a massage at Spa Anise. Gardners Falls is the perfect spot for a picnic and located just a few steps from your accommodation. For a touch of Hollywood glamour, you and your partner can cruise Noosa’s waterways in a 1940s style speedboat. If you are looking for the perfect way to propose, book a tepee picnic with Getaway Pantry and she’s sure to say yes.

Tee pee picnic with Getaway Pantry

Sunshine Coast Family Getaway

It’s hard to go past the fun of a day at the beach when you’re holidaying with children but the Sunshine Coast offers plenty of other ways to keep the kids entertained. Under 13s will love the rides at Aussie World, a family-friendly fun park at Palmview that is easy on the wallet. Rollercoaster fans come here from around the world to ride the Wild Mouse, an original wooden coaster from the 1930s. If you enjoy spending time on the water, Swan Boat Hire at Maroochydore hire out snazzy little runabouts, canoes, kayaks and aqua bikes. Take a trip back in time at The Ginger Factory at Yandina, an iconic Sunshine Coast attraction that has been entertaining families for over 40 years or head to the Queensland Air Museum at Caloundra. Here you will find a restored Ventura bomber, an F1-11 and a huge Caribou transporter which is left open for visitors to explore. On open cockpit days it is possible to sit in the F1-11 and relax in General MacArthur’s DC-3.

Disclosure: The writer has visited as a guest of the Sunshine Coast and also loves coming here on holiday with her family.