10 things to do on the Sunshine Coast for under $10
You don’t need a golden ticket to visit this chocolate factory. With free entry, the team at Nutworks welcomes everyone to uncover the history and many health benefits of their pride and joy, the Australian macadamia. View factory processing, chocolate panning and roasting before trying the delicious taste of homegrown macadamias with free sampling on offer every day. There are also some mouth-watering chocolate treats and handmade confectionery made fresh on site every weekday by their in-house chocolatiers and confectioners. To keep things under $10, grab a 75g bag of Chocolicous Macadamia for $4.95 or enjoy a coffee at the Hard Nut Café. Have a picnic at Maroochy Botanic Gardens
BYO picnic (under $10, of course) and drop into Maroochy Botanic Gardens. It is free for all to enjoy the natural surrounds. The gardens are spread across 82 hectares of eucalypt and riparian forest intertwined with creeks, lagoons, walking tracks, glades, artworks, picnic tables and countless native plants. Catch a movie on the big screen
Switch your mobile off and enjoy the classic cinema experience at BigScreen Cinemas Caloundra. Tickets are $9 all day, every day. Wander along Nights on Ocean
Immerse yourself in a bustle of people, culture, cuisine, the ever-changing atmosphere of sounds, fragrance, local art, produce and music. Maroochydore’s Ocean St is transformed into a buzzing night market every second Friday of the month, aiming to create new opportunities for local entrepreneurs, performers, artists and foodies as well as creating a hub for the community to enjoy a social night out. The next market is on October 13 from 5–9pm and it’s free entry.
Play some ping pong
BYO ping pong racket and balls and have a hit on the public tables across from the Cotton Tree Pool at Des Scanlan Park. There’s also a basketball court and hoops to channel your inner LeBron James.
Have a cheese platter at Maleny Cheese Café
There’s no cheese platter quite like those at Maleny Cheese Cafe and Cheesery. They are the masters of cheese and all things dairy. Taste the local flavours from their small cheese platter for $10. While you’re there, learn how the team at Maleny Cheese makes dairy products from the production floor, viewing through the panoramic windows within the café. Plus, sample some of the cheeses and yogurts while watching a 90-second video taking you from paddock to plate.
Get revved up at the Palmwoods Car Festival
Witness the township of Palmwoods come alive on October 21 at the Palmwoods Car Festival. Rock on up in your best outfits and enjoy the music, entertainment, kids rides, food and drink, face painting, raffles and trophies for car and bike categories plus best dressed. It’s all happening at the Palmwoods State School oval on 111 Palmwoods Montville Rd, Palmwoods, from 10am–6pm and entry is a gold coin.
Experience the Original Eumundi Markets
Explore an outdoor gallery bursting with original artworks, sculptures and furniture, handmade toys, home wares and skincare, cutting-edge fashion and jewellery by local designers, as well as fresh local produce, plants, flowers and delicious food at the Original Eumundi Markets on Memorial Dr, Eumundi. Held in rain, hail or shine every Saturday 7am–2pm and Wednesday 8am–1.30pm. It’s free entry to explore 500 stalls.
Discover Sculpture on the Edge
Explore a contemporary three-dimensional exhibition presented by Arts Connect Inc, set on the magnificent gardens of Spicers Tamarind Retreat. Thirty-nine sculptures have been selected as finalists by more than 30 artists and will be on display from now until October 23.
Indulge in an ice cream at Monty’s
For an ice cream experience worth screaming for joy about, make a trip up to the hinterland and drop into Monty’s of Montville. Monty’s sells gourmet handmade gelato/ice-cream and sorbet, available with their own recipe of gluten and dairy-free cones, which are made on site. They have more than 80 flavours, which are rotated weekly, offering up to 12 at a time in the cabinet.