The times and travels of Jodie and her little men out and about on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. A focus on family-friendly venues, events, things to do and fun under the sun.
Published April 1st 2012
Where is the best sunrise?
With some of Australia's finest east coast beaches on offer, you're spoilt for choice when it comes to finding a vantage point to take in the sunrise on the Sunshine Coast. Public parks and lookouts are dotted along the beachfront from Noosa to Caloundra, all with prime viewing spots to enjoy nature at its finest. We thought we'd make it easier for you, narrowing down the options by posing the question: "Where is the best place to view the sunrise on the Sunshine Coast?".
Several criteria need to be met in order to make the shortlist for us, and these are -
1. Easy access and nearby parking (as you don't wanting to be making the trek in the dark!).
2. Proximity to coffee (early hours are so much more appreciated when served with a side of caffeine). 3. Spectacular views. 4. Free!
Here are our favourite five suggestions, what do you think?
Number five: Buderim Lions Park Located on Burnett Street in Buderim, this park offers a panoramic view of the coastline from the top of Buderim Mountain. The park is within walking distance of Buderim's main street which offers a number of cafe options (read: coffee). For something different, you can utilise the park's free barbecues and turn your sunrise viewing into a delightful breakfast.
Number four: Point Cartwright Not only do you get to watch the sunrise, but you get 360 degree views of the Sunshine Coast and ocean. Plus you get to see the Point Cartwright lighthouse.
Number three: Alexandra Headland Bluff A favourite for surfers, sit amongst the grass and watch the sun rise over the ocean. Look to the left and you can see as far as Twin Waters, look to the right and you'll take in the sights of Point Cartwright and Mooloolaba.
Number two: Maroochy river mouth
Popular with holidaymakers staying at the Cotton Tree Holiday Park, Maroochy river mouth and Maroochydore beach offer some great vantage points. For something extra special, combine your visit with the famous buffet breakfast offered by the Maroochydore Surf Club on weekends.
Number one: Mooloolaba Spit
A long standing favourite with the locals, pick anywhere along the Mooloolaba spit and you will be guaranteed a spectacular sunrise (weather permitting of course). Ample parking and public restrooms are available in a number of locations along the Spit, and picnic tables and barbecue facilities are also on offer. Starbucks, Gloria Jeans and Jamaica Blue along the Mooloolaba Esplanade will be onhand with that early morning beverage for you too. On the occasions we have visited the Spit to watch the sunrise, we have been joined by dolphin and sea turtle or two!
From the tip of the Spit, looking back towards Mooloolaba Beach