The Sunshine Coast gives us infinite opportunities for things to do. We've got our pristine beaches, our little country towns in the hinterland, bushwalking in the National Parks - all activities, I'm sure you've heard of and perhaps even done. But, did you realise that even if you know our region inside out, there might be a few undiscovered secrets, just waiting for you. So, here's my list of unusual things you can do to spice up your life on the Sunshine Coast.
Set sail with A Set Adrift on a twenty seater catamaran yacht that departs from The Yacht Club in Mooloolaba. This exciting sea-faring adventure runs on a monthly basis and is available for private parties and events.
Appreciate live original music on the deck from the comfort of a bean bag, with a beer from 4 Pines Brewery and a platter of antipasto.
Relax on a bean bag - Image: Set Sail Cruises FB page
I bet you didn't realise that the world's (might be a slight exaggeration) largest Aqua Park is right here on the Sunshine Coast in Coolum. This incredible Aqua Park covers a big area, approximately one hundred metres by seventy metres and boasts a wide selection of inflatables, suitable for ages 6 to 100 (Age 3 to 6 may use the park but must be accompanied by a parent at all times).
There are slides, jumping pillows, trampolines, swings, challenge tracks, balance beams, wobble pads and chill-out areas within the extensive walkways and floating tracks on the course.
On shore you'll find shade structures with free BBQ areas (bring your own BBQ utensils), change rooms, picnic benches and sun-loungers. A cafe with coffee is also available while you enjoy the shaded, white sandy beaches.
Blast Aqua Park is available for the day or just a few hours; for a party celebration and for groups, large or small.
Ok, I might have already let the cat out of the bag on this one, when I wrote about Friday Night Flicks earlier this month, but how cool is an outdoor cinema!
With Afa.Tours' upcoming dates of the 31 March and 28 April at the luxurious Novotel Twin Waters Resort, this pop-up cinema is hosted poolside, with live musicians for pre-movie entertainment. Add to that, popcorn, pizzas and a starry, starry night and your TV-watching Friday nights will soon become a thing of the past.
I'm not sure if you realise it, but we have our very own camel dairy on the Sunshine Coast. Yep, it's called QCamel and you can book a tour through Live It Tours, to get your cuddles in with a camel.
When you arrive for your tour, you'll be treated to a behind-the-scenes farm gate experience, including tasting camel milk, learning all about camel milks' health properties as well as being shown how a camel dairy operates. Discover the innovative processes involved from milking and caring for camels and how the fresh quality pasteurised camel milk is produced.
Then you'll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with Maxi, Gracey and all the other camels with a spectacular backdrop of the Glasshouse Mountains - all conducive to great photo taking.
Smile for the camera - Image: Live It Tours FB page
How James Bond does this sound? I'm sure we all have a latent desire to be able to whip up a taste-explosive cocktail when entertaining guests, but if you're anything like me, I wouldn't know where to start.
Miss Moneypenny's provides the perfect excuse for us to try our hand at mixology at one of their Cocktail Master Classes. The Cocktail Master Class package is specifically tailored for groups and includes a one and a half hour combination of eating, drinking, learning and mixing.
Another fabulously unique idea - Pitch Luxury Camping is a tent hire service, who set up tents on private properties and public camping grounds from Noosa to Byron Bay.
You book the site and Pitch Luxury Camping pitch it - as easy as that! A new style of glamping - you might remember, that this is the ONLY way I can be enticed into a tent, if it promises to have those luxuries that I absolutely can't live without.
Pitch Luxury Camping take overnight camping to a whole new level offering for hire, queen size beds, doonas, luxury furnishings and everything else you need for a comfortable tent stay in the Australian bush.
Family weekends, weddings, corporate events, hens nights, parties, romantic getaways are all catered for.
Read some of the amazing reviews by people who have camped in absolute style with Pitch Luxury Camping:-
"We recently hired two tents from Pitch Luxury Camping for a hens weekend at Tooraloo Farm Stay - Byron Bay Holiday Accommodation and I can't thank Tim enough. They were simply amazing! They really added to the magic of the weekend and the organisation and set up was seamless. Thank you again Tim and the team at Pitch Luxury Camping.. 5 stars, I will be a repeat customer that is for sure!"
"Camping in style, thank you pitch luxury camping xx"
Spice up your life and soar into the wide-blue yonder!