We’ve picked out our ultimate Top Ten things to do make your trip worth raving about.
Jumping out of a plane during the day is one thing, but did you know you could skydive at night over the Sunshine Coast? The leap into the dark from 14,000 feet is something you won’t forget in a hurry, and you’ll win bragging rights for quite a while, we reckon.
Abseil or rock climb
Go abseiling or rock climbing over the Glass House Mountains
, which are a must on your list when visiting the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The volcanic peaks are not only a spectacular sight but also home to koalas, goannas, echidnas, grey kangaroos, and 26 threatened plant species, so you can be at one with nature while you work up a sweat.
Grab your board, pull on your boardies and get out with the pros at some of the best surf breaks
on the planet. Home to the Quiksilver Pro and a few of the world’s best surfers including Joel 'Parko' Parkinson and Michael 'MP' Peterson, the beaches from Dicky Beach
on the Sunshine Coast to the famous break at Snapper Rocks are where Australian surf history all began.
If you really want to get to know the hinterland, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk is a 58km four-day walk in the Blackall Range, with bush campsites along the way. Areas covered include Baroon Pocket, Kondalilla National Park, Mapleton Falls National Park and Mapleton National Park.
Go deep sea fishing
Take a deep sea fishing charter where you can brag about the biggest catch or commiserate about the one that got away. Catch a Barra from the bank at Suncoast Barra Fishing park and hopefully it's a whoppa! Or hire a boat, pack an esky (that's 'chilly bin' for Kiwis), some sausages to BBQ for lunch, and cruise the river.
Play a round of golf
The Sunshine Coast is a top choice for golfers with over 20 golf courses to choose from. There are five championship courses: the world-class Australian PGA championship course, the Palmer Resort Coolum
, the Greg Norman-designed Club Pelican, Noosa Springs Country Club
, Peregian Springs and Twin Waters. The Australian PGA Championship is one of the top three golf tournaments in the country, alongside the Australian Open and the Australian Masters. There are also dozens of excellent public courses offering great value golfing.
Get back to your primal roots with a camping trip, where you can go fishing, surfing, bushwalking and beach walking. Noosa North Shore Campground is a great place to pitch your tent. Located on the beach that stretches from Noosa
to Double Island Point, Noosa North Shore Campground has a remote wilderness feel, but it is still very close to the vibrant town of Noosa and its great bars, restaurants and cafes, for when you feel the need to refuel.
Let rip on a jetski
If you’re feeling the need for speed, and you want something a bit more fast-paced, then jetskiing is a top choice.
For the ride of your life, hire a jetski and experience the thrill of discovering some of Australia’s best waterways. You and your mates can let rip on the water…leaving you with huge smiles on your face and wanting more!
So you and your mates are adventure junkies? Then kitesurfing could be just the thing for you.
It has been described as a combination of wakeboarding, windsurfing, surfing, paragliding and gymnastics. And the Sunshine Coast is a great place to give it a whirl. Yes, this extreme sport harnesses the power of the wind to propel a rider across the water on a small kiteboard. But be warned, kiteboarding is highly addictive and is not for the faint hearted.
Cruise by kayak
Are you looking to get out on the water but want something a little more relaxing? Get your mates together and head out on a kayaking trip around Noosa National Park and Noosa River. You’ll paddle through waterways, bays and inlets, and don’t forget to look out for turtles and dolphins along the way.
Whatever you choose to do for your Mancation on the Sunshine Coast,
you’ll have the best time – whether you stay on land or sea it’s a great place to challenge yourself, bond with your mates and just have some old-fashioned Man-fun.