10 things to do on the Sun­shine Coast for un­der $10

Life & Style Weekend - - BUSINESS - Layne Whit­burn

Visit Nut­works

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.

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