Reasons to visit
Walk across the drawbridge into the Norman-style Sunshine Castle and enter medieval times. With a moat, Great Hall, dungeon, turrets and towers and an Absolut Toys outlet on site, this is a major kid-pleaser.
Bli Bli Watersports Complex has wake-boarding, knee-boarding, tube rides on a cable system plus inflatable slides, runways, jumping pillows and bouncers all floating together and lots of other fun ways to get wet.
Catch a big barramundi – or whiting, bream, mangrove jack, trevally and snapper - at Suncoast Barra Fishing Park, within the Watersports Complex. Catch and release over and over for guilt-free fishing in three lakes.
The Sunshine Coast's Eumundi Markets are one of the best in Australia. Open every Wednesday and Saturday with artisinal offerings, fresh local produce, music and fun for the kids.
Head to the beach at Maroochydore and plan a day trip to the Blackall Ranges, Fraser Island, Rainbow Beach, The Everglades, Australia Zoo or Underwater World.
A local's top tips
Roz White, Owner, Whites SUPA IGA Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
"We love stocking regional products and are very lucky because the Sunshine Coast has such a vast and diverse range. We are a 'locavore' (local provedore). It's become our culture.
I love the boutique Woombye Cheese, Aussie Smokehouse ham and kabanas and CO YO coconut yoghurt. We also stock locally grown lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, eggplants, pumpkins and fresh herbs. Our grocery lines include Beeman Honey, Maleney Cuisine and Gourmet Afrika condiments, dressings from Pomodoras on Obi as well as the divine range of chutneys and jams from Aboriginal chef Dale Chapman - my favourite is the bush tomato relish. We've even introduced a line of camels' milk from Q Camel."
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