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Here are some other fantastic regional hangouts where you can rub shoulders with Coast locals.
NightQuarter, Birtinya This casual space is a colourful blend of street food, community and culture. The shipping container urban playground has Friday and Saturday night markets with a monthly Sunday afternoon session focusing on international cuisine and a kaleidoscope of entertainment and music for all tastes including a vintage fairground wonderland.
Ocean Street Precinct, Maroochydore Day or night, head to the vibrant Ocean Street, which serves up cuisines from around the world as well as fresh local seafood, plus live music from buskers to internationally acclaimed touring bands and artists.
The Wharf, Mooloolaba The revitalised precinct overlooks the Mooloolah River and ritzy canal homes. Try a craft beer at The Savvy Squire, drink in the atmosphere of the marina at The Dock, or give your tastebuds a tour of the bustling eateries, including the family-owned Spero restaurant reminiscent of a beachside eatery in the Greek Isles with views over the yachts. Take to the water at sunset with Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba, enjoying a fresh local seafood platter – glass of wine in hand – while gliding along the Mooloolah River.
Rick’s Garage, Palmwoods Go retro for the day at this former mechanical repairs business in the hinterland, filled with vintage paraphernalia. Known for its burgers, milkshakes and ice-cold beers, Rick’s boasts an upstairs whiskey bar and cool beer garden, with local live music.
Surf clubs Sunshine Coasters love a little sun, surf and sand with their fitness regime, and they give back to the community through the volunteer lifesaving movement. The branch’s 14 affiliated surf life saving clubs, servicing 15 beaches, are only steps from the sand and most offer extensive supporter club restaurant and bar facilities with million-dollar views. Try Noosa’s veranda overlooking Laguna Bay for lunch or perhaps Met Caloundra’s floor-to-ceiling window wall to the rock pools, free public saltwater pool and Kings Beach for a twilight dinner.
The Original Eumundi Markets (Memorial Dr, Eumundi) Billed as “Australia’s premier artisan markets”, these stalls open on Saturdays (7am-2pm) and Wednesdays (8am2pm). “Make it, bake it, sew it, grow it” is the catchcry for original art, furniture, toys, homewares, skincare, fashion, jewellery, fresh fruit and veg, breads, cheeses and yogurts. Caloundra Street Fair (Bulcock St, Caloundra) Locally made art and craft, homewares, street food, gourmet sweets, fresh produce, fashion and fun are on offer, while marketgoers are surrounded by cafés, boutiques and specialty shops only two blocks from Bulcock Beach. From 8am to 1pm on Sundays.