Favourite places to relax in winter on the Sunshine Coast

On a beautiful winters day when the sun is out, there are so many places I love to spend time relaxing. The Sunshine Coast winters are not known to get too cold, and when the sun is out and you find a spot that blocks the wind, it can be quite nice and warm… nothing like winter at all!

As I live near the University of the Sunshine Coast, the main beach I go to is Mooloolaba. It’s so amazing in winter to sit at a cafe on the esplanade, having a coffee with amazing views over the ocean.


To be honest anywhere is amazing outside on a lovely winters day with the sun out and not a cloud in the sky. Other places I love to go would include sitting on the rock wall at Alexandra Headland looking over the beach and the surfers, it’s a great place for a picnic with your friends, and the sunsets are quite beautiful. Maleny and Montville are also great places to have lunch or a picnic looking over the stunning lush hinterland views that spread all the way to the ocean.

But if the weather isn’t so favourable on a winters day with the sun out, there are still many options to keep us busy on the Sunshine Coast.

Ten pin bowling in Alexandra Headland is a great activity to socialise with friends. I also enjoy going to the Sunshine Plaza shopping complex, doing some shopping and seeing a movie with a couple of my close friends.

There are so many great places to socialise on the Sunshine Coast, and often the most fun of all of them is just packing a picnic, driving or catching a bus somewhere new and interesting and finding your own secret spot. No matter where you go on the Coast there will always be great views of the ocean and a beautiful day to be had sitting in the sun.

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My friends and I have a spot we love having a picnic and it is on top of the Point Cartwright hill looking over the Kawana beaches, with the option to sit in the sun or shade it’s a great spot to catch up and take in the views.

There is one last activity which my family and I love to do on a nice day to relax. Set Sail Cruises is a Catamaran that leaves from the Mooloolaba Yacht Club most afternoons. Anyone is able to book a two or three-hour cruise which goes around either the Minyama Island or out towards Old Woman Island. This is so cool as you are out on the water and it gives you a chance to leave the land an explore the water!


Unlike other parts of the world, the Sunshine Coast is lucky to experience a pretty mild winter with lots of sun and not too cold. This is why the locals and students love winter because there is still plenty to do across the Coast without having to rug up and put your rain boots on. Instead come to the Sunshine Coast, throw on your shorts and a light cardigan and you are ready to have a blast!

by Nadija Hawthorne – Study Sunshine Coast Student Ambassador


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