8 Awesome Free Things to Do on the Sunshine Coast

8 Awesome Free Things to Do on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is an absolute treat for nature and outdoor enthusiasts. Here are 8 free things to do on the Sunshine Coast.

The fantastic thing about nature rich locations is that nature has so much to offer if you have a spirit for adventure, and often at no (or very low) cost. The Sunshine Coast is no exception, you will be spoilt for choice, and there are some options for those super hot or rainy days too!

Let’s go.

1. Chase Waterfalls

The Sunshine Coast hinterland is gifted with a couple of beautiful waterfalls. Some require more of a walk to access than others but the scenery will be well worth the effort. Also, try to visit these falls after some rain as they can dry to a trickle during dry spells.

Check out:

Gardeners Falls – a short walk, swimming area

Kondalilla Falls – for the more adventurous, one of the largest falls, 5km loop & rock pool for swimming

Serenity Falls – magical rainforest with bridge to view falls, can be really busy

Gherulla Falls – smaller falls in beautiful rainforest, swimming area

2. Go for Walk in the Wilderness

There is beautiful rainforest and bushland dotted across the Sunshine Coast in which you can take a walk to explore.

Some good rainforest walks include:

Kondalilla National Park

Mary Cairncross Reserve

Wompoo Circuit

Buderim Forest Walk

3. Go Kayaking

There are some truly wonderful places to go paddling on the Sunshine Coast. For this activity to be free you would obviously need to own or borrow a kayak/canoe. You can also rent kayaks in Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Noosa and surrounding areas.

Check out some of these great spots to explore:

Caloundra: Currimundi Lake, Pumicestone Passage

Landsborough: Ewen Maddock Dam

Maleny: Baroon Pocket Dam

Mooloolaba/Maroochydore: Maroochy River Canoe Trail, Maroochy Water Canals, Mooloolah River

Noosa: Noosa River, Noosa Everglades (Cooloola), Lake MacDonald, Lake Cootharaba, Lake Weyba

4. Visit a Market

You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to markets on the Sunshine Coast. Explore for free or buy fresh produce, homemade goods and wares to your hearts content.

Here are some great one’s to try:

Eumundi Market – one of the oldest local markets. Open Wednesday’s and Saturday’s come rain or shine!

Cotton Tree Market – for local-made fashion, crafts, food and more.

Kawana Farmers Market – for fresh fruit & veg (open Saturday’s)

Marcoola Markets – Street food & more….Friday nights

5. Explore a Botanical Garden

The Sunshine Coast is blessed with three botanical garden’s. Two are free and one charges a day-fee, let’s take a look..

Noosa Botanic Gardens – a beautiful well-manicured area on Lake MacDonald. Perfect for a picnic.

Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens – Quiet and scenic bushland area, great to picnic or BBQ

Maleny Botanic Gardens – Private Gardens that charge a daily fee. Really beautiful gardens & views if you can afford it (from $17)

6. Visit a Gallery or Museum

So it’s raining, again…

Some great indoor options include free galleries & museums.

Caloundra Regional Gallery – big gallery open 7 days per week, free unless there is a special exhibition on

Rainforest Discovery Centre – eco-exploration centre open 7 days a week

Yandina Historical House – art gallery, cafe and museum open Monday – Friday

7. Have a Picnic

Apart from having a picnic on one of the many beautiful beach spots along the Sunshine Coast, here are some sand-free options. They all have BBQ facilities.

Alexandra Heads Park – especially good for sundowners

Buderim Village Park – great views & plenty of rolling lawn area

Glass House Mountains Lookout – Breathtaking views of Glasshouse Mountains

Wappa Dam – located in Nambour, this is a beautiful and spacious green spot, great year-round

8. Watch a Sunrise / Sunset

As we know the sun sets in the west, not over the ocean, however you will see sunset ambience in any direction.

Here are some great sunrise/sunset spots on the Sunshine Coast:

Alexandra Heads Park – especially good for sundowners

La Balsa Park – great for both sunrise/sunset

Mount Coolum – sunrise & sunset (bring a head torch)

Maroochy River Mouth (Cotton Tree) – great for sunset drinks

Mount Ngungun – Glass House Mountains, sunrise & sunset (bring a head torch)

With this many options (and these are only a few) it will be very hard to get bored on the beautiful Sunshine Coast.