Australian Traveller

Five exceptiona­l experience­s to try on the Sunshine Coast

BEYOND the beaches, here are FIVE Sunshine Coast GEMS awaiting discovery.

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A SERENE hideaway just north of Brisbane, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast offers more than what first meets its visitors’ eyes (those iconic pristine beaches). With its hinterland’s abundant natural beauty, its flourishin­g culinary scene and its bounty of attractive accommodat­ion offerings, the Sunshine Coast straddles an idyllic line between tranquil retreat and lively holiday destinatio­n brimming with nature-fuelled activity. We take a deep dive and scenic drive into the Sunshine Coast and unearth a host of incredible experience­s awaiting discovery.

1 Take a trek with Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat

Hike well, eat well and rest well with a luxurious, fivenight guided trek along the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk. Get up-close with verdant rainforest and explore the Blackall Range with a personal guide, then rest at RETREAT. And if NARROWS ESCAPE RAINFOREST you’ve worked up an appetite, delicious meals and enticing snacks are part of the package.

2 Indulge at iconic Ikatan Balinese Day Spa

A SUSTAINABI­LITY CENTRED SANCTUARY SET AMID CHARMING Ikatan Balinese Day GARDENS, Spa IS AN AWARD-WINNING RETREAT WHERE SELF-CARE IS THE ORDER OF THE DAY. HERE, GUESTS CAN BOOK SINGULAR TREATMENTS, OR STAY FOR A DAY AND JOIN IN ON YOGA AND MEDITATION, BE PAMPERED AND ENJOY NOURISHING MEALS.

3 Snorkel with turtles on Mudjimba Island

Don your wetsuit and hop aboard a SUNREEF vessel to snorkel in the clear, blue waters surroundin­g Mudjimba Island where turtles have been known to hang out. The area, off Mudjimba, is famed for its lively marine animals and coral reefs.

4 Kayak with platypuses on the Mary River

BE IT A LEISURELY PADDLE, OR MORE ATHLETIC IN STYLE,A KAYAKING ADVENTURE WITH Ride On Mary PUTS YOU DIRECTLY IN TOUCH WITH NATURE.YOU’RE LIKELY TO SPOT PLATYPUSES AT PLAY IN THE MARY RIVER, BUT YOU’RE GUARANTEED TO WITNESS THE SUNSHINE COAST’S NATURAL BEAUTY IN ALL ITS WILD SPLENDOUR.

5 FEAST FROM THE WEEKEND FIRE PIT AT KENILWORTH HOMESTEAD

The rural town of Kenilworth is home to a rustic homestead that’s fast becoming a gastronomi­c hub. Of a weekend, TERRA FIRMA presents its Weekend Fire DINING Pit at Kenilworth Homestead, offering a feast of local produce slow-cooked over an open flame. This Argentinia­n-inspired tradition invites guests to wander through vegetable gardens, meet farmyard animals and feast on fire-cooked fare set to live music.

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