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Top 5 Things to Do Sunshine Coast: For Free

By Dan Sowden

70 km stretch of Pristine Beaches

The Sunshine Coast offers 70km of pristine beach line to enjoy that are quite simply, some of the best in the world.They are rimmed with wide stretches of clean, white sand, with a choice of surf or calm bays sparkling with warm water, and most are patrolled by surf lifesavers. Sunshine Coast beaches are rarely crowded with space for everyone to stretch out on the sand, play beach sports, swim, body surf, or jump on a board and ride a wave all the way in to shore. Our beaches are equipped with excellent recreational facilities like beachfront parklands, children’s playgrounds, undercover barbecue and picnic areas, toilets and showers and plenty of parking just a few steps from the sand. All set to enjoy the ultimate, hassle-free beach getaway.

Kings Beach Foreshore

Caloundra’s $4 million tidal swimming pool on the stunning Kings Beach foreshore is equipped with shade sails, and has a free 25-metre sea-water lap pool, children’s swimming pool and wading area with disabled access. The pool is easy to access and plenty of parking is available. Bring your family along for a great day out. Located on Victoria Terrace, Caloundra. Features include children’s playground, outdoor auditorium and plenty of picnic areas, BBQ facilities and walking pathways.

Kondalilla National Park

This pristine national park is named after the aboriginal word for running water. Protected within the park is remnant subtropical rainforest, the park also homes 107 different species of bird.  Located in the Blackall Range, access is easiest by road from Flaxton, east of the park.  There is a large picnic area where there are toilet facilities. There are two tracks which lead to the upper falls swimming hole. A longer circuit track will take you to the bottom pool which is not suitable for swimming. Allow at least two hours for the circuit trip, which in some places is close to the cliff edge and is not fenced. Camping in the park is not permitted.

Mt Coolum Climb

The view at the top which extends from Noosa National Park to the high rise buildings of Caloundra and includes the cane fields and Maroochy River. The walk up Mount Coolum is approximately 800 metres and takes around 1-1.5 hours return for people of moderate fitness.  The walk is short but steep, adventurous and active children will be fine. Mount Coolum itself is located on the southern end of Coolum. Off David Low Way, turn down Tanah Street West, the entrance is on the left hand side and a newly refurbished car park allows easy access.

Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park, a chunk of wild coastline jutting into the ocean, is understandably one of Australia’s most visited parks. Explore the picturesque Noosa Headland along a selection of five tracks, ranging from one km to eight km and catering to all fitness levels. Walk past rocky shorelines and spiky pandanus, through woodlands and rainforests to wide beaches or lofty lookouts. In the Peregian section, stroll to the ocean beach. In the Emu Mountain section, on your way to the summit, discover wildflowers. In the East Weyba section, along unmarked vehicle trails, watch for birds – but keep to the trails at all times.

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