COASTING INTO EASTER

WITH WARM WEATHER, BEAU­TI­FUL BEACHES AND MYR­IAD THINGS TO DO, MAKE THE SMART CHOICE AND EN­JOY THE SUN­SHINE COAST

Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE - To plan your ul­ti­mate Easter es­cape to the Sun­shine Coast, go to vis­it­sun­shinecoast.com/come­to­life.

For many, Easter con­jures up warm mem­o­ries of early-morn­ing Easter egg hunts, time with fam­ily and, im­por­tantly, a bliss­ful four days off work. With that in mind, why not make the most of your an­nual leave this Easter with a trip to the Sun­shine Coast, where au­tumn days av­er­age 25 de­grees and warm sandy beaches are never far away.

From vis­it­ing the Mary Val­ley for the an­nual Im­bil Easter Car­ni­val to camp­ing by the sea, the Sun­shine Coast is per­fect for a long week­end or ex­tended school hol­i­day break with the fam­ily.

Visit Sun­shine Coast CEO Si­mon Latch­ford said now was the per­fect time to book a Sun­shine Coast es­cape or for lo­cals to join in ac­tiv­i­ties not far from home.

“Tra­di­tion­ally we see an in­flux of last-minute book­ings, so I en­cour­age hol­i­day­mak­ers to make plans now while there are still ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions avail­able,” he said.

“With the cold weather al­ready start­ing to creep up on our south­ern states, what bet­ter mo­ti­va­tion to plan a Sun­shine Coast getaway.”

WINE, CHEESE, CHOCO­LATE AND BEER

Fancy spend­ing Easter sam­pling cheese, drink­ing wine and en­joy­ing ‘slow food’ in the Sun­shine Coast Hin­ter­land?

At the an­nual Im­bil Easter Car­ni­val you can do just that.

From April 20-21 this quaint Hin­ter­land town comes alive with coun­try hos­pi­tal­ity.

While there, why not turn your Easter break into a food and wine es­cape with a visit to Ke­nil­worth Dairies, home of de­li­cious cheese, Brouhaha Brew­ery in Maleny, Maleny Food Co and Flame­hill Vine­yard in Montville.

The Sun­shine Coast will also hold the King of Craft Beer Fest on April 27 over­look­ing Kings Beach in Caloun­dra for a cel­e­bra­tion of beer, cider, spir­its and good food.

If choco­late is what you’re crav­ing, head to

The Orig­i­nal Eu­mundi Mar­kets with the kids on Easter Satur­day for a free trea­sure hunt from 8am.

Sim­ply fol­low the clues through the colour­ful stalls, a sweet treat is wait­ing to be found at the end.

EVENT FOR THE FAM­ILY

Surf­ing com­pe­ti­tions en­trenched in his­tory, whole­some coun­try fairs and art fes­ti­vals – there’s never a short­age of things to do.

For an event steeped in tra­di­tion, head to Mof­fat Beach for the 45th An­nual Ma and Pa Ben­dall Memo­rial Surf­ing Con­test, held from April 19-21.

The fam­ily-friendly event brings the beach­side town to life, with plenty of cafes nearby to ex­plore.

OUT­DOOR AD­VEN­TURE

Au­tumn on the Sun­shine Coast means 25-de­gree days, and with year-round warm sea tem­per­a­tures, it’s just as nice in the ocean.

This Easter get out­doors for an ad­ven­ture on land or sea, with plenty of un­touched places to ex­plore.

If you’re af­ter a chal­lenge, the an­cient Glass House Moun­tains of­fer awe-in­spir­ing landscapes and views across the en­tire re­gion. Sim­ply pick one of the many walk­ing tracks and make sure to pack a cam­era, the view is worth ev­ery step.

The Sun­shine Coast Hin­ter­land is also packed with places to ex­plore, in­clud­ing Maple­ton Falls National Park, Ewen Mad­dock Dam, Mary Cairn­cross Scenic Re­serve and Mount Beer­bur­rum.

For a sea­side ad­ven­ture for all the fam­ily, hire a kayak, jet­ski or boat on Ma­roochy River or sim­ply pack an esky of lo­cal pro­duce for a day spent on the sand with loved ones.

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