The Best Sunshine Coast Markets

 The Best Sunshine Coast Markets

The Best Sunshine Coast Markets

A visit to the Sunshine Coast wouldn’t be the same without making a visit to one of the weekend markets. Sunshine Coast Markets range from fresh food farmer’s markets, pre-loved and collective markets to arts and craft markets. They are all worth a stroll around and browse to sample the delicious fare or to purchase that special memento of your Sunshine Coast holiday.

Here is a list of the best Sunshine Coast Markets:

Mooloolaba Esplanade Markets
When: 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month
Where: Surf Club end of Mooloolaba Esplande
What: Featuring an eclectic mix of great crafts, arts, experiences and food. 

Fishermans Road Markets
When: Every Sunday 6am to 12.30pm
Where: Fishermans Road, Corner David Low Way,Maroochydore
What: Popular for both fruit and vegetables and bric-a-brac. The markets include 128 stalls.   

Big Top Farmers Markets
When: Wednesdays 8am-3pm, Fridays noon-8pm, Saturdays 8am-3pm
Where: Big Top Market Fresh Complex, Ocean Street, Maroochydore
What: Fresh produce straight from the producers of the region, including fresh fruit and vegetables, juices, marinades, sauces, nuts and seeds, olives, herbs, fresh seafood, organic meat and fresh baked bread.

Cotton Tree Markets
When: Sundays 7am to 12pm
Where: King Street, Cotton Tree, Maroochydore
What: Feature local artisans, designers and inventors selling their own unique and creative works. You will find a diverse and eclectic range of fashion, jewellery, original artworks, sculptures, skincare, pottery, baking, homewares plus so much more to suit all tastes and ages.

Sunshine Coast Collective Markets
When: 4th Sunday of each month
Where: Coolum State School, School Rd, Coolum Beach
What: A collective of local Sunshine Coast designers, musicians, artists, foodies, creators, vintage wares and lifestyle lovers. No mass produced or cheap imported products will be found here!

The Original Eumundi Markets
When: Saturdays 7am-2pm & Wednesdays 8am-1.30pm
Where: Township of Eumundi
What: A huge array of original artworks, sculptures, furniture, handmade toys, homewares, skincare, candles and clothing. There’s a fresh produce section with delicious fruit and vegetables and amazing cheeses and yoghurts as well as fresh baked breads. Scattered throughout the stalls are buskers and street artists.  

Yandina Markets
When: Saturdays
Where: Wonga Park, North Street, Yandina 
What: “The country markets locals love” – the markets include plants, fresh food, bric-a-brac, second hand treasures, collectables and car parts. 

There is no better place to relax and unwind or engage in a fun-filled holiday than on the Sunshine Coast at Alexandra Headland Accommodation at The Mirage Alex. Offering a selection of well-appointed one, two or three bedroom holiday apartments in a luxury 4.5 star resort. BOOK NOW

 

6 Reasons to Stay at The Mirage Alex

6 Reasons to Stay at The Mirage Alex

Our Sunshine Coast accommodation is conveniently located between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore, in the beachside area of Alexandra Headland. The Mirage Alexandra Headland is a four and a half star resort and the perfect location for any event, family holidays, weddings and honeymoons. Or just kick back and relax enjoying perfectly located accommodation on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.

Here’s six reasons to stay at The Mirage Alex:

  1. Walk or cycle the coastal path along the beachfront from Alexandra Headland to Mooloolaba or Maroochydore. Take your time and take in the breathtaking coastal views and maybe you might catch site of a breeching whale (during whale season May to September). Also look for other marine creatures such as dolphins, turtles and seabirds.
  2. Hang ten and surf the waves of Alexandra Headland beach. If you’re a surfing novice learn to surf in the gentle waves off the beach a Alexandra Headland with an experienced surf school.
  3. Check out the viewing platform and memorial to the ship and crew of the HMAS Brisbane perched atop Alexandra Headland. The memorial with majestic views overlooking Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba beach, points to the ship’s final resting place offshore. 
  4. Explore the rock pools at Alexandra Headland beach or Mooloolaba beach. These rock pools are great to explore (with or without a bucket) at low tide. The pools have sea weeds and algae, limpets, anemones and a seemingly infinite variety of  hermit crabs. 
  5. Join the coffee set and find one of the many beachfront cafes to enjoy a coffee and some people watching. Or enjoy an afternoon drink from the balcony of Alexandra Headland Surf Club located in prime position along the coastline. 
  6. Take a stroll across the road to the picturesque Lake Nelson Park, home to many water birds, including some elegant swans. Come at the right time of year and watch the baby cygnets or maybe some ducklings with their parents.

Choose from a great range of accommodation options perfect for your requirements. With 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments, all with fully equipped kitchens, air conditioning, spacious interiors and an outdoor balcony area there will be plenty of space for everyone. Take advantage of the fantastic range of onsite facilities which include a range of pools from lap to the kiddy’s pool. Enjoy a workout in the gym before a sauna and spa. Shoot some hoops on the half court basketball court, a game of tennis or indoor bowls at the adjacent Sunshine Coast bowling centre. For the younger members of the family there is an onsite playground or nearby to this Alexandra Headland accommodation resort you will find the newly refurbished Skateboard Park.

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Big Kart Track Go Karting

Big Kart Track Go Karting

The Big Kart Track on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is the largest commercial go-kart track in Australia. With tracks to cater for kids and to the whole family, combined with the main attraction – an international standard race track, capable of running 50 go-karts at one time, with 1.2km of track – this venue has got it all. Straights, bends, chicanes, and hair-rising hairpins that will get your heart pumping.

Multiple different length packages are available for the Sunshine Coast’s Big Kart Track, ranging from 15 minutes all the way up to an entire hour’s worth of go karting fun! 

Big Kart Track is open: Sunday to Thursday 9am to 5pm; Friday & Saturday 9am to 10pm (junior tracks closes at 5pm)
Includes:  15, 30 or 60 minutes of hair-raising fun in a racing kart, or 10 minutes for the junior track and all equipment.
Location: 2310 Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough, Sunshine Coast

There are dining facilities at the track.

Big Kart Track go karting prices start from:
Adults: 15 mins $45*, 30 mins $70*, extra 15 mins $30*
Child: 10 mins on a junior go kart $20 or 10 mins on a double seater (with adult) $25*

BOOK NOW or ask our friendly reception staff here at Mirage Alex Resort to make your arrangements.

*Prices are subject to changed based by the operator of this attraction at any time.

 

48 Hour Itinerary for Alexandra Headland

48 Hour Itinerary for Alexandra Headland

Alexandra Headland is the perfect location for your next weekend escape. Idyllically situated between Maroochydore and Mooloolaba, with its own beautiful long stretch of pristine beach, fringed with parklands and an epic walking track up to the headland, Alexandra Headland should be your next Sunshine Coast Holiday destination.

Here’s a suggested 48 hour itinerary for Alexandra Headland:

Day One

Arrive at Alexandra Headland and check into your holiday apartment at The Mirage Alex and get acquainted with your beautifully appointed accommodation and the resort style facilities at the complex. 

Spend the afternoon relaxing around the lagoon-style swimming pool surrounded by lush tropical gardens, dipping in and out of the pool. If you’re feeling more energetic shoot a few hoops at the half-size Basketball Court or hire a couple of tennis racquets and have a game of tennis on the full-size Tennis Court.

If you’re more of a beach person hire a boogie board and beach towel from reception and head over to Alexandra Headland Beach, located only 50 metres away. Catch a few waves, sunbake on the sandy beach and soak up some Sunshine Coast sun, before returning to your apartment to get ready for a night out.

Walk across to Alexandra Headland Surf Club, affectionately referred to The Alex Surf Club and enjoy a few drinks on the The Bluff Bar balcony with gorgeous views over the beach. Stay for dinner at The Alex Surf Club Bistro and then enjoy live music late into the night provided on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

See The Mirage Alex Dining & Nightlife page for more suggestions.

Day Two

Wake up early and head off on a walk along the oceanfront walkway to either Maroochydore to the north or Mooloolaba to the south. Take in the majestic views from the headland and once you get to Mooloolaba stop for a heart-starting cup of coffee at one of the cafes lining Mooloolaba esplanade.

Return to your apartment for a shower and breakfast and then head off to Eumundi Markets held every Saturday or Wednesday. Eumundi Markets are the biggest and best markets on the Sunshine Coast and boast a huge array of fresh produce, arts and crafts, live entertainment, clothing, jewellery, homewares and giftwares. You will be able to shop until you drop!

Have lunch here and then head up to Noosa. Stop in Hastings Street and take in the great vibe of this thriving resort town, take a swim or surf at Main Beach and if you’re feeling up to it, walk around Noosa National Park walking track.

Return to Alexandra Headland and jump on a two hour scenic Mooloolaba Sunset Cruise. The cruise picks you up from the Wharf Mooloolaba, takes you out to the river mouth first to enjoy sensational, scenic views right down to Noosa. Stops next at the local Mooloolaba fish markets and then continues on a nice leisurely cruise down through the bottom section of the Mooloolah River, Harbour and Canals.

Then get ready for a big night out at one of these great night-time venues:

  • Wharf Tavern, Mooloolaba
  • Ocean Street in Maroochydore
  • One Up Bar & Bistro Mooloolaba
  • Alex Hotel

Day Three

Wake up early and grab a quick surf or swim before breakfast. Eat out for breakfast at one of the numerous cafes or coffee shops in Alexandra Headland or Mooloolaba. We can recommend The Attic, Black Bunny Kitchen or Milk & Beans Coffee House.

Pack up and check out of your apartment at The Mirage Alex and then select from one of these Sunshine Coast Attractions to make the most of your day:

Option One:
Explore SEALIFE Mooloolaba and marvel at the abundant marine life, exhibits, shows and presentations. It’s Queensland’s largest aquarium and oceanarium with one of the hugest and most diverse arrays of marine life – both above and under the water – on display in Australia!

Option Two:
A Dolphin Discovery Cruise where dolphins cruise alongside the boat whilst you dine on a sumptuous buffet lunch. This two hour cruise through Mooloolaba’s waters heads out into the open water in search of dolphins, turtles and other marine species.  

Option Three:
A visit to The Ginger Factory at Yandina offers fun rides, fascinating tours, a unique retail precinct and cafe surrounded by beautiful sub-tropical gardens for all to enjoy. 

For more information and bookings for Sunshine Coast Tours & Attractions visit our website or ask our friendly reception staff to make arrangements for you.

We couldn’t think of a better way of filling in 48 hours in Alexandra Headlands. Book your weekend escape to the Sunshine Coast at a luxury four and a half star resort at Alexandra Headlands. The Mirage Alex offers a choice of stylish one, two or three bedroom holiday apartments. BOOK NOW

The Ginger Factory

The Ginger Factory

A visit to The Ginger Factory is fun for people of all ages and is one of the Sunshine Coast’s premier tourist attractions. The Ginger Factory is set on 9 hectares of rich-soiled land and situated an easy drive north from Alexandra Headland at Yandina. It provides a full day of interesting activities including educational tours, fun rides, demonstrations, dining, shopping and relaxing gardens.

You can select your Ginger Factory experience from either the Ginger Factory Rides Double Deal Tickets or the Ginger Factory Super Pass Tickets.

The Ginger Factory is open 7 days a week
Opening times: 9am to 5pm
Double Deal Tickets include: Entry to Ginger Factory, Overboard Water Adventure ride and Historic Ginger Train ride.
Super Pass Tickets include: Entry to Ginger Factory, Ginger Story, Super Bee, Overboard and Ginger Train ride.

The Ginger Factory Ticket Prices are:
Double Deal Tickets: $17 Adults & Children*
Super Pass Tickets: $43 Adults $36 Children*

BOOK NOW or ask our friendly reception staff here at The Mirage Alex to make your arrangements.

The Ginger Factory is located in Yandina, only 26 kilometres from Alexandra Headland.

*Prices are subject to change based by the operator of this attraction at any time.

 

 

5 Reasons To Visit The Superb Sunshine Coast

5 Reasons To Visit The Superb Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast has long been the choice of many as a holiday destination in South East Queensland, being only an hour’s drive north of Brisbane. We all know that it offers beautiful beaches spread along 55 kilometres of coastline and a gorgeous green lush hinterland, but there is so much more to enjoy. Here are 5 reasons to visit the superb Sunshine Coast:

1. Find your own private stretch of Beach

With 36 stunning sun-soaked beaches from Caloundra in the south to Noosa Heads in the north, you’re likely to find one that is relatively uncrowded and untrodden. Try beaches at Mudjimba, Peregian, Yaroomba, Marcus and Castaways Beach. For those of you who prefer the safety and security of a patrolled beach then look no further than Alexandra Headland or Mooloolaba Beach.

2. Lose yourself in the natural beauty and serenity of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Take in the stunning views of lush green valleys and magnificent mountains in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Take a day trip and soak in the views, stopping to check out art galleries, farm gates with fresh produce, funky little villages, world-class eateries and wineries. Or hike one of the amazing bush trails, find a waterfall and a rockpool to cool off in, throughout the hinterland. Discover the Glass House Mountains and the country towns of Maleny, Montville, Mapleton, Kenilworth, Yandina and Beerwah.

3. Indulge your tastebuds in Foodies Heaven

The Sunshine Coast has fast become a foodie’s paradise as it is brimming with wonderful farm fresh produce. Follow the food trail on the Sunshine Coast and you will find Cooking Schools, Farmer’s Markets and the iconic Eumundi Markets, fine dining and award winning restaurants, funky cafes, boutique breweries, wineries, cheese and chocolate factories, the Ginger Factory and seafood caught fresh from the trawler.

4. Engage in adrenalin charged activities

You’ll find heaps of adrenalin charged activities both on the water or on dry land on the Sunshine Coast. Water activities include surfing, kayaking, boating, fishing, jet skiing, jet boat rides, whale watching cruises, standup paddle boarding or kite surfing. Land based activities are aplenty with wildlife encounters at Australia Zoo or SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, go karting, skydiving, skirmish or paintball, theme park rides at Aussie World and hiking or climbing. To see more of the amazing array of tours and activities on the Sunshine Coast check out The Mirage Alex Tours & Attractions Page or ask our friendly reception staff to make arrangement for you.

5. Relax and unwind in this beautiful paradise

Say aaah! Kick back, relax and unwind in the serenity of the Sunshine Coast. Pull up a sun lounge, read a book and sip a cocktail. Whatever you need to do to relax! The Sunshine Coast offers stunning coastal scenery where you can perch yourself and just watch the world go by. Sit atop Alexandra Headland or Point Cartwright and see if you can spot a whale (during season) or a playful dolphin. Stroll along the golden shores of the beaches or head inland to Buderim Falls or Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens to immerse in nature. Join the coffee set and find one of the many beachfront cafes to enjoy a coffee and some people watching. Or enjoy an afternoon drink from the balcony of one of the Sunshine Coast’s Surf Clubs located in prime position along the coastline. 

There is no better place to relax and unwind or engage in a fun-filled holiday that on the Sunshine Coast at Alexandra Headland Accommodation at The Mirage Alex. Offering a selection of well-appointed one, two or three bedroom holiday apartments in a luxury 4.5 star resort. BOOK NOW

 

 

 

Learn to Surf on Coolum Beach

Learn To Surf on Coolum Beach

If you are a beginner and want to learn to surf, surfing lessons at Coolum Beach on the Sunshine Coast are the ideal way to get started.

With a group atmosphere of people with similar skill level, an encouraging surfing instructor will help ensure that you’ve built up your confidence during a two hour lesson. Learn the basics in a fun and friendly environment using easy-to-ride long boards to start out and learn the basics, then on subsequent lessons advance to using a short board to experience faster and easier turns.

Lessons operate: Beginner’s group surfing lessons run every day Monday to Sunday.
Lesson duration: 2 hours
Time: From 10am to 1pm.
Includes: 

  • Two hour surf lesson
  • Surf safety information
  • All necessary equipment including soft beginner board, leg-rope, wetsuit or rashie
  • Surf instruction to suit your skill level

Learn to Surf on Coolum Beach lesson prices are:
$60 per person*

BOOK NOW or ask our friendly reception staff here at The Mirage Alexandra Headland to make your arrangements.

* Prices are subject to change based on the operator of these lessons at any time.

 

Sunshine Coast Wineries & Breweries Worth Visiting

Sunshine Coast Wineries & Breweries Worth Visiting

A visit to the Sunshine Coast would not be the same without experiencing some of the fine wines and brews of the local area. There are numerous Sunshine Coast wineries and breweries worth visiting.

The geographically stunning wine region of the Sunshine Coast features boutique wineries and vineyards producing premium award winning wines. It encompasses vineyards situated high up in the cooler climate of the Blackall Range, Kenilworth and Traveston areas through to the milder climates in the valleys near the coast.

There is nothing more rewarding than a winery tour through some of the most scenic countryside in Queensland’s Sunshine Coast wine region.

Here are some of the best wineries in the region:

  • Little Morgue Winery at Yandina
  • Flame Hill Vineyard at Montville
  • Mason Wines at Montville
  • Maroochy Springs at Eumundi
  • Maleny Mountains Winery at Maleny
  • Noosa Valley Winery, Noosa
  • Kenilworth Bluff Winery, Kenilworth
  • Eumundi Winery & Brewery, Eumundi

You will discover that many of the wineries offer the full gourmet experience with restaurants, cheese platters, picnic baskets and winery and vineyard tours.

If wine isn’t your beverage of preference then maybe you would prefer a thirst quenching ale? Once again the Sunshine Coast delivers with some great breweries offering a good range of craft beers.

Try these for starters:

  • Brouhaha Brewery, Maleny
  • Bonsai Brewhouse, Pomona
  • 10 Toes Brewery, Alexandra Headland
  • Your Mates Brewery, Moffat Beach
  • Moffat Beach Brewing Co, Caloundra
  • The Sunshine Coast Brewery, Kunda Park
  • Wild Rocket at Misty’s, Montville
  • Macleod Brewing Co, Maleny

Local brewers are doing the Sunshine Coast proud with boutique-style breweries popping up across the region, so make sure you get around to check some of them out during your stay on the Sunshine Coast.

Deep Sea Fishing Charter

Deep Sea Fishing Charter

Are you an aspiring Rex Hunt? Get out into the deep ocean waters of the Sunshine Coast on a deep sea fishing and crab catching charter from Mooloolaba Wharf.

Head out into the deep sea with a team of seasoned professionals aboard a 55 feet fishing vessel. The boat is specifically designed as a deep sea fishing and crabbing vessel with plenty of space and features a full canopy and protection to keep you in comfort and out of harsh elements. The crew are all highly experienced and do everything they can (and often more) to make sure you have the best possible time.

There is a fishing charter to suit all levels of fishing experience from the beginner to the experienced enthusiast. This is a Sunshine Coast activity great for both individuals and groups, ladies and gents days and family fishing trips! 

Charter operates: Daily
Charter duration: 5 hours
Departs: 5.30am and returns at 10.30am
Includes: 

  • All fishing tackle and bait
  • Non alcoholic drinks – soft drinks and bottled water
  • Tea, coffee, light snacks
  • High quality fishing equipment
  • The latest commercial grade electronic equipment to maximise comfort and safety
  • Assistance from our friendly highly qualified staff
  • Our staff will clean, bag and ice your catch along with the crabs, ready to take home
  • Crabs are cooked on board during your charter

Deep sea fishing charter costs $140 per person*

BOOK NOW or ask our friendly reception staff here at The Mirage Alex to make your arrangements.

*Prices are subject to changed based by the operator of this charter at any time.

 

Foodies Guide to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is fast becoming a food lover’s heaven with a smorgasbord of fresh produce, gourmet foods, farm gate fare and seafood straight from the ocean. There are many ways to sample the local produce treasures of the Sunshine Coast by either designing your own food tour itinerary or by booking a gourmet food tour with one of the local tour companies. Here is a foodies guide to the Sunshine Coast.

Sunshine Coast Food Trail

Create your own food tour by using the Sunshine Coast Food Trail easy mapping tool. The Food Trail mobile site shows visitors where to go to explore the way food goes from paddock to plate with a full rundown of venues such as wineries, restaurants, farms and markets.

For example, you can select Maroochydore to Noosa as the region you wish to cover, then choose your interest, such as farm gates, food tourist attractions, farmers markets or cooking schools, and the app will create a list of what’s available in the region.

Sunshine Coast Cooking Schools

The ultimate foodie experience is to shop for your fresh ingredients, learn how to cook it and then get to devour it afterwards, at a Sunshine Coast cooking school. Try these cooking schools for starters:

  • Spirit House at Yandina if you harbour a love for Asian cuisine has four-hour-long group lessons that can be booked for both morning and night for $150 per person.
  • Tamarind Cooking School in Maleny offers a range of cooking classes from Thai to French to Italian, taught by award-winning head chef Daniel Jarrett. $165 per day.
  • The Cooking School Noosa offers exclusive classes with chefs from Noosa’s Wasabi restaurant as well as guest chefs from around the country. Prices vary.

Sunshine Coast Food Tours

1. Mystic Mountain Tours takes you on a comfortable bus tour featuring spectacular sights along the way, warm hospitality and Sunshine Coast delicious cuisine. Food tours include:

  • Maleny & Montville Gourmet Tour
  • Country Picnic Tour
  • Hidden Food Unearthed

2. Or take a look at Tastes of the Sunshine Coast day tour every Tuesday with Sunair Bus Service with visits to the Ginger Factory, Nutworks, Pioneer Coffee, Maleny Cheese and Maleny Mountain Winery.

3. Live It Tours is the only tour company that takes you behind the scenes like never before to uncover the Sunshine Coast’s unique lifestyle, culture and fresh seasonal produce.

Sunshine Coast Farmers Markets

A definite must do is a trip to one of the Sunshine Coast’s fantastic local farmers markets, where you can pick up the freshest seasonal produce to create your own sumptuous meal.

Check out markets locally at:

  • Big Pineapple Markets, Nambour every Saturday
  • Eumundi Markets every Wednesday and Saturday
  • Noosa Farmer Markets on Sunday
  • Twilight Community Markets at Mooloolaba on Friday night
  • Hinterland Harvest Market at Woombye on Saturday
  • Pomono Country Market every 2nd and 4th Saturday
  • Yandina Markets every Saturday
  • Cotton Tree Markets, Maroochydore every Sunday
  • Maroochydore’s Fishermans Road Sunday Markets
  • Mooloolaba Collective Market on 4th Sunday of each month

Pick up your fresh produce from the markets and bring it back to your fully equipped kitchen in your holiday apartment at The Mirage Alex

Spend your next Sunshine Coast holiday indulging in a food lover’s paradise. BOOK NOW

Day Out to Aussie World

Aussie World

Enjoy a day out to Aussie World, the Sunshine Coast’s largest theme park, jam-packed with over 30 rides and attractions for all ages.

Be boggled in Professor Boggleworth’s Illusionarium, be brave on the Redback, take on the Plunge, or have a blast on the Ballroom Blitz, water play area Leak’nLogs, Giant Slide, Dodgems, Platypus Ponds Mini Golf, Ferris Wheel Bizzie Buggies or the Space Shaker Swinging Ship.

There is plenty for the little kids too with the new Bug Run kiddie rollercoaster, Tin Lids Tea Party ride, Classic Carousel, and everyone’s favourite, Side Show Alley!

While you’re there enjoy a quiet drink and a bite to eat at the iconic Pub, a browse the Gift Emporium and Aussie World Village with a selection of specialty shops.

Opening Hours: Daily from 10am to 5pm and rides start at 10am. Closed Christmas Day 25th December and ANZAC Day 25th April.
Tickets includes: General Admission, unlimited rides and attractions, unlimited games of mini golf.

Aussie World ticket prices are:

$38 Adult*
$38 Child (3-17 yrs)*
Children under 3 are free

BOOK NOW or ask our friendly reception staff here at The Mirage Alex to make your arrangements.

*Prices are subject to change based by the operator of this tour at any time. 

Exploring the Sunshine Coast's Art Trail

Exploring the Sunshine Coast’s Art Trail

One of the many excellent attractions on the Sunshine Coast is its flourishing art scene with literally hundreds of art studios, galleries and exhibitions. It’s definitely worth taking a day out from the beach and exploring the Sunshine Coast’s Art Trail.

In particular the Sunshine Coast hinterland region has an extraordinary reputation for fine art. There are a wealth of exceptional artists with artworks that include oil and water-colour paintings, and extend into bronze, sandstone and marble sculptures; porcelain and hand-blown glass; silk and textiles; jewellery, wood,  photography and much more.

From the hinterland hidden treasure towns of Maleny and Montville, to the beachside town of Caloundra and up the coast to Buderim, Eumundi and Noosa, there is plenty of artwork to be appreciated by the discerning art lover.

Here a suggested day trip itinerary for exploring the Sunshine Coast Art Trail:

Caloundra – Head south to the this top family holiday beachside holiday town and check out Caloundra Regional Gallery, with ever-changing exhibition from local and international artists.
Glenview –  Drive west towards the Bruce Highway and check out Opals Down Under at Glenview with an amazing range of Australian opals and opal jewellery.
Maleny
Continue on the Landsborough-Maleny Road to Art on Cairncross, located at Cairncross Corner east of Maleny. The gallery continues to be visited by art lovers from all over Australia and the world because of the calibre of fine art displayed including ceramics, glass and sculpture. 

In Maleny itself there are several art galleries, including Ben Messina Landscapes, Peace of Green Gallery, Gary Myer’s Gallery and David Linton Gallery.
Montville
A short driving distance away is the hinterland village of Montville, the Sunshine Coast’s largest concentration of art galleries, all within walking distance of each other. Check out Secrets on The Lake, Illume Creations, Montville Art Gallery and Main Street Gallery.
Buderim
To complete the loop, return eastwards towards the coast and stop off at Buderim, where there is Art Nuvo, a sleek gallery that’s home to a carefully curated collection of local, original artworks. Batik, ceramics and sculpture sit alongside paintings.

If you haven’t had your fill of fine art then head north towards the arty town of Eumundi and of course Noosa, where you find more galleries and art studios. You can download a Sunshine Coast Arts Trail Map HERE

Get into the Sunshine Coast’s art scene on your next holiday to The Mirage Alex. The Mirage Alexandra Headland, is a luxury four and a half star resort. Set 50 meters from the main road The Mirage offers stunning views without the traffic noise! BOOK NOW

 

 

Eumundi Market Tour

Eumundi Market Tour

Spend a morning at the Sunshine Coast’s biggest and best markets on a half day tour to Eumundi Market.

With over 600 stalls, the town of Eumundi transforms into a vibrant mecca for shoppers. If you’re looking for something different, you’re sure to find something that appeals with a wide array of wares. While the kids are having their faces painted you might want to take a look at the multitude of clothes, materials, pottery, paintings, glass bowls, hats, bush furniture, the list goes on and on, all handcrafted of course and many unique to the market.

It’s a market for quiet, lazy browsing with wide aisles winding around shady trees and historic buildings. Take a break and enjoy some of the delicious food on offer while listening to anything from electronic didgeridoos to traditional bush poetry. 

Tour operates: Every Wednesday
Tour duration: 5 hours
Departs: Hotel pickup 6.40am (approx) to 12.00pm
Includes: Transfers from your accommodation and entry to Eumundi Markets

Eumundi Market Tour ticket prices are:
$32 Adults
$24 Children
$88 Family of four

Eumundi Markets are a great way to spend a Wednesday morning on the Sunshine Coast!

BOOK NOW or ask our friendly reception reception staff here at The Mirage Alex to make your arrangements.

The Mirage Alexandra Headland, is a luxury four and a half star resort located 50 metres from the beach at Alexandra Headland. BOOK NOW

Buderim Forest Park

Escape into the greenery and coolness of Buderim Forest Park during your stay on the Sunshine Coast. Described as the hidden jewel of Buderim Mountain, the Forest Park is a nature lover’s wonderland with a boardwalk with viewing platforms through the subtropical rainforest.

This 45 hectare secluded oasis is less than a kilometre from the Buderim Village and only 7 kilometres from Alexandra Headland. Buderim Forest Park is a rainforest world of tall trees, ferns, babbling waterfalls, cascades and bird calls.

Here you can walk on the elevated path as it follows the meandering brook through subtropical rainforest and marvel at the wondrous Strangler Figs. Once the boardwalk comes to an end, keep following the trail running through dense bushland along the creek, past babbling cascades and ultimately to Buderim Falls.

At the waterfall there is a high arch bridge spanning the creek above the actual falls where you get a bird’s eye view of the tumbling water. The falls were a favourite recreational place for the region’s indigenous people and have been unofficially named “Serenity Falls”, but are widely known as the Buderim Falls.

The walking trail has been developed from two entry points. The lower entry is off Lindsay Road via Harry’s Lane, while the second entry point is via Quorn Close, which runs off Lindsay Road at the top of Buderim. To download a map visit Buderim.

The lower Lindsay Road entry begins with a huge park, where there are electric barbecues and picnic tables available.

The Sunshine Coast is blessed with a beautiful lush hinterland and many national parks in the region for you to get out and explore by foot. Plan your next Sunshine Coast Holiday to the centrally located Alexandra Headland, and stay at The Mirage Alex, close to a patrolled surf beach and all amenities. BOOK NOW

A Day @ SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

Spend a day exploring the sea life at Under Water World in Mooloolaba. A day at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast can include a whole lot of fun things to do and see. Here’s what we recommend:

On arrival you will be given a full list of talk times along with a helpful ‘Top Tips’ to help you make the most of your day. 

10.00am: Take the ocean tunnel tour
10.15am:  Don’t miss the ray talk and feed
11.00am:  See the seal presentation
11.30am:  Go behind the scenes on a tour
12.30pm: Attend the freshwaters streams talk
1.00pm:   Lunch at Octopus Garden Cafe
1.30pm:   Interact with the Octonauts in the Octonauts Zone
2.00pm:  Play in the three-level indoor play zone of Shipwreck Shores
2.30pm:  Check out the seals at Sea Island
2.45pm:   Jellyfish Kingdom talk
3.00pm:  Meet the seahorses at Seahorse Sanctuary
3.15pm:   Discover the collection of tropical fish in our Pacific Reef tank.
3.30pm:  See if you can find over ten species of fish in the brand new zone of Coastal Wreck
4.00pm:   Browse the gift shop for that special momento

In addition to all of this you can also get up close and personal to some of the marine creatures by booking either a shark snorkel adventure, a seal experience or a shark dive xtreme. 

Get involved in the Ocean Ranger Program that gives kids the exclusive opportunity to feed, touch and meet some of the amazing SEA LIFE animals! 

Book now for your SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast big day out with Experience Oz. Admission is $39 Adults, $26 Children (3-14 yrs) and $115 for a family of four.

After an exhausting day exploring SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast return to your luxury one, two or three bedroom apartment at The Mirage Alexandra Headlands. This 4.5 star resort is set in tranquil tropical gardens 150 m to Alex Surf Club and patrolled surf beach at Alexandra Headland. BOOK NOW

 

 

 

Playing Golf on the Sunshine Coast

Play Golf on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast has many championship golf courses available to play a round during your stay at The Mirage Alexandra Headland. The Maroochy River Golf Club is the Sunshine Coast’s newest and most exciting golf course.

As we know the Horton Golf Club has been closed to make way for the new Maroochydore CBD development. The Maroochy River course was designed by Graham Marsh, with a 18-hole par 72 layout that it is basically a links-style course.

Under the watchful eye of Mt Coolum, the course features wide fairways, few trees and lots of strategically placed bunkers. What makes it challenging is the water, which is a feature of almost every hole, and the windy conditions of the location on most days.

Maroochy River  golf complex, offers superb practice facilities, a well-stocked pro shop, a modern clubhouse with outstanding bar and bistro facilities, a function room capable of hosting weddings, conferences and dinners. 

If you want to perfect your stroke hit a few balls on the floodlit driving range, or hone your short-game skills on a large chipping green, practice bunker and a large putting green.

Visiting golfers can book their tee times on-line, and hire clubs from the Pro Shop. Green fees start from $65 for visitors for 18 holes.

Maroochy River Golf Club is located at 374 – 514 David Low Way, Bli Bli.

Book your next Sunshine Coast Golf Holiday at the perfectly positioned Mirage Resort at Alexandra Headland, between Maroochydore and Mooloolaba. The Mirage’s extensive Sunshine Coast accommodation facilities provide something for everyone, from the energetic to those who just want to unwind and relax on their family holiday on the Sunshine Coast. BOOK NOW

Spring Fling on the Sunshine Coast

Spring has sprung! It’s definitely time to have a spring fling on the Sunshine Coast don’t you think?

Spring is the perfect time of year to plan your Sunshine Coast holiday because it’s warm enough to engage in a multitude of water sports, as the sea temperature is a mild 22 to 23 degrees C. It’s also a wonderful time of year to get out and about amongst nature, by taking a drive out into the Sunshine Hinterland to breath in the clean crisp air and take in the green lushness of this area.

If this isn’t enough to convince you, then here is the perfect springtime holiday agenda for your stay on the Sunshine Coast:

Sunshine Coast Outdoor Events & Festivals

14 – 15 Oct – Buderim Garden Festival
19 Oct – Bledisloe Cup of Wine @ Mountain Creek
21 Oct – Sunshine Coast International Fashion Festival @ Caloundra
21 – 22 Oct – Beach Carnivale @ Maroochydore
22 Oct – Caloundra Mountain Bike Festival
27 – 29 Oct – Opera at The Castle @ Bli Bli
28 Oct – Hallooween FestEvil @ Palmview
28 – 29 Oct – Conscious Life Festival @ Bokarina
9 – 12 Nov – Wanderlust Festival @ Maroochydore
25 Nov – Craft Beer Sunshine Coast Festival @ Bokarina
30 Nov – 2 Dec – Jungle Love Festival @ Imbil

Sunshine Coast Water Activities

There is plenty of fun to be had either on the water or in the water on the Sunshine Coast. Try some of these fantastic water activities:

  • Learn to Surf at Alexandra Headland
  • Go beach hopping to one of the many beautiful golden sanded beaches on the Sunshine Coast
  • Jump aboard a Whale Watching Cruise.
  • Hire a Kayak or Standup Paddle Board (SUP) and paddle down the Maroochy River.
  • Set sail on a Yacht Cruise from Mooloolabah Yacht Club
  • Get your adrenalin pumping on a Jet Ski on the Maroochy River
  • Get your thrills on a Jet Boat ride at Mooloolabah
  • Get active at the Bli Bli Aqua Park

Sunshine Coast Nature Based Activities

Nature and beauty abounds on the Sunshine Coast. Get out and about into nature during your “spring fling” on the Sunshine Coast by trying some of these activities:

  • Take a drive into the green lushness of the Sunshine Coast to Maleny and Montville
  • Walk or cycle the coastal path along the beachfront from Alexandra Headland to Mooloolaba or Maroochydore. 
  • Take a day trip to Noosa National Park and walk one of the many scenic trails.
  • Climb Mount Coolum for amazing views at the top.
  • Visit Buderim Forest Waterfall.
  • Scale the steep cliff of Point Cartwright.
  • Get amongst nature at the Maroochy Bushland Botanical Gardens.
  • Take an eco cruise down the Maroochy or Noosa Rivers.

Plan your next “spring fling” with The Mirage Resort Alexandra Headland, set amongst lush tropical gardens with a swimming pool and lagoon and opposite the picturesque Lake Nelson Park, home to many water birds, including some elegant swans. Select from a spacious one, two or three bedroom apartment with balconies that are east facing and have a view of the beautiful pool and gardens, the lagoon and park and/or ocean. BOOK NOW

 

 

 

Learn to Surf Alexandra Headland

Learn to Surf at Alexandra Headland

Learn to surf in the gentle waves off the beach a Alexandra Headland with an experienced surf school.

Robbie Sherwell’s XL Surfing Academy touts themselves ​as the leading surf school and high performance training provider on the Sunshine Coast. The highly experienced and professional coaches at XL provide training and instruction for surfers, and surfers-to-be, of all skill levels and experience.  

All ages are welcome, from 5 year olds to grandparents. XL will tailor sessions to best suit you. The first lesson gives newbies a complete introduction to the amazing world of surfing where you learn to paddle, catch and ride white water or small green waves, assisted by Surfing Australia qualified coaches.

XL offer individual or group lessons, or join in on a weekly session. Also check out their holiday intensive programs where students of all ages from first-timers to intermediates and elite will have the opportunity to take part in the 3 or 5 day programs. Focusing on strength, confidence, skill and technique.  

The lessons are undertaken at either Alexandra Headland Beach or Mooloolaba Beach. XL inform you prior to your lesson where they will be located. 

There is nothing like the rush of standing up for the first time on a surf board! To learn more or to book lessons visit XL Surfing Academy.

Book your next Sunshine Coast Holiday in Alexandra Headland 50 metres from the beach and the Alexander Headland Surf Club. The Mirage Alexandra Headland offer large one, two or three bedroom apartments in a resort-style complex with excellent facilities. BOOK NOW

 

Visit Australia Zoo

An absolute must do when staying on the Sunshine Coast is spending a day at Australia Zoo. The Home of the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin, offers the best animal encounters and live animal shows.

Steve and Terri Irwin’s vision to make Australia Zoo the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility in the entire world, has come to fruition. Where else in the world can you take a walk on the wild side with a majestic tiger, cuddle a koala, hand-feed a rascally red panda or have a cheeky cheetah snapshot?

Checkout Australia Zoo’s animal encounter experiences  and exhibits such as the African Safari Park, The Crocoseum, Tiger Temple and Elephantasia. Enjoy live wildlife shows in the Crocoseum with tortoises, otters, koalas, crocs, birds of prey and the amazing Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors.

Hand-feed the gorgeous Red Kangaroos and Grey Kangaroos as they roam around their open-range enclosure or the beautiful baby animals at Kids’ Zoo.

Explore the tropical paradise of Bindi’s Island where you’ll find Bindi’s incredible three-storey treehouse. Complete with an authentic shipwreck entrance, Bindi’s Island will transport you to your ultimate wildlife haven, with cheeky ring-tailed lemurs on display and roaming free amongst guests!

Australia Zoo is situated on Steve Irwin Way in Beerwah and is approximately 30 minutes from Alexandra Headland. 

For tickets and further information head to The Mirage Experience Oz Page

Book your next Sunshine Coast Holiday at Alexandra Headland’s The Mirage Resort. BOOK NOW

 

Take a Drive to Noosa

Take a Drive to Noosa

If you’re looking for something to do that will keep you occupied for most of the day, why not take a drive to Noosa during your stay with us?

Noosa Heads, or just Noosa for short, is located just under 50 kilometres away, and is an easy drive northwards on the Sunshine Coast Motorway. Sometimes referred to as the French Riviera of the Sunshine Coast, Noosa Heads and the elegant Hastings Street, is where you will find all the beautiful people sipping on their lattes at trendy cafes and shopping at designer fashion boutiques.

But the allure of Noosa is not just this, as it combines all the finer things in life with stunning beaches offset by the natural beauty of Noosa National Park, all in one compact area you can explore by foot.

Noosa Beaches

Noosa Main Beach, one of the only north-facing beaches on the east coast of Australia has gentle waves which are favoured by families and those learning to surf. Its soft white sand is dotted with beach walkers and sun worshippers all year round.

Noosa Spit is also another popular beach that is a designated off-leash beach for dogs but is a popular safe beach for families.

The Noosa National Park Beaches also have several beautiful unspolit beaches in the headland section of the Noosa National Park, including Alexandria Bay.

Noosa National Park

One of the most popular things to do in Noosa is a walk through Noosa’s National Park. With its abundance of wildlife and secluded beaches, is only ten minutes walk from Hastings Street, where you can explore 15 kilometres of walking tracks of all grades from easy walking to medium level sandy tracks.

As you walk around the headland there are magnificent views over Boiling Point, Tea Tree Bay, Dolphin Point, Winch Cove and then to the point aptly named Hells Gates because of its steep cliffs and deep crevasse. From Hells Gates you get magic views of Alexandria Bay which is a remote and stunning beach.

Hastings Street

Hastings Street, everyones favourite shopping and people-watching street, is a hub of activity day and night with resort-style fashion boutiques, art galleries and gift shops. Diners relish in the cuisine and cocktails of exclusive restaurants and bars that line the street. Otherwise you can enjoy a cold beverage and a good value-for-money meal at the Noosa Heads Surf Club that sits on Main Beach with views to die for.

Noosa River

For a change of pace from the beach, you can take a short drive or jump on the Noosa River Ferry and experience the Noosa River. The sandy banks of the river are a safe place for swimming but also offers endless water activities like jet skiing, sailing, kayaking, standup paddle boarding, boating and fishing. 

If you venture further up the Noosa River, it extends into a series of lakes to the Noosa Everglades that is best experienced by canoe, kayak or river cruise.

Enjoy all Noosa has to offer and return to the comfort of our luxury four and a half star resort at The Mirage Alexandra Headland. With a choice of one, two or three bedroom spacious holiday apartments on the Sunshine Coast and all the comforts of home. BOOK NOW

Nelson Lake Park

Lake Nelson Park

Located opposite the The Mirage Alexandra Headland the picturesque Lake Nelson Park, is home to many water birds, including some elegant swans. Come at the right time of year and watch the baby cygnets or maybe some ducklings with their parents.

Also keep an eye out for honeyeaters and rainbow lorikeets in the flowering shrubs and trees, as well as kingfishers, egrets and herons down by the water.

Make use of the great facilities including the parks BBQs, playground, picnic tables and shelters while you enjoy the views of the magnificent swan sculptures and the local waterway. The playground in this park is fenced and is currently scheduled for an overhaul to improve the play space. 

Siting on the small island in the middle of the lake is the beautiful ‘Sisters by Choice’ bronze sculptures. It’s a unique capture of a black swan, an emblem of the Maroochydore area, and the egret, the emblem of Xiamen, the Sunshine Coast’s Sister City in China, taking off in flight together to symbolise the sister city relationship and co-operation. 

Nelson Park is a lovely little green oasis in the middle of the Sunshine Coast. If you get sick of the beach it’s the best place to take a stroll, a quiet place to have a picnic or just a great place to let the kids burn off a bit of energy.

Book your next Sunshine Coast Holiday in the centrally located resort of The Mirage Alexandra Headland. BOOK NOW 

 

Sunshine Coast Whale Watching

Sunshine Coast Whale Watching

A once in a lifetime experience! Witness the legendary Humpback and Southern Right whales up close and personal on a Sunshine Coast Whale Watching Cruise.

Join the friendly crew of one of the Sunny Coast’s best cruise operators for a whale watching experience departing from Mooloolaba. The cruise is over 3 hours duration, where you’ll embark on a whale watching tour that is jam-packed with spectacular scenery, up-close whale encounters and a delicious morning tea.

Jump aboard a luxurious vessel that takes guests on an exclusive whale watching tour with limited numbers to ensure you get the best possible views of the whales from the spacious decks. The cruise departs at a range of times daily between July and October. 

You’re guaranteed a 100% whale sighting or money back guarantee! Take in the sights of the Sunshine Coast from the water and see the whales in a single tour. BOOK yourself a whale watching cruise online today with Experience Oz.

Prices start from $59 Adults and $39 Children.

Visit the Sunshine Coast for fantastic Whale Watching and stay with us at The Mirage Alexandra Headland. The Mirage offers stunning views with all balconies east-facing with views of our beautiful pool and gardens, the lagoon and park and/or ocean. BOOK NOW

 

10 Family Friendly Things to do Near Alexandra Headland

Your Sunshine Coast holiday can be the perfect time to bond together as a family and get out and about and explore this wonderful region. There are so many beaches to explore along the long stretch of coastline from Caloundra in the south to Noosa in the north. But apart from this there are many other activities that you can enjoy. Here are 10 family friendly things to do near Alexandra Headland:

  1. Walk or cycle the coastal path along the beachfront from Alexandra Headland to Mooloolaba or Maroochydore. Take your time and take in the breathtaking coastal views and maybe you might catch site of a breeching whale (during whale season May to September). Also look for other marine creatures such as dolphins, turtles and seabirds.
  2. Check out the viewing platform and memorial to the ship and crew of the HMAS Brisbane perched atop Alexandra Headland. The memorial with majestic views overlooking Alexandra Headland and Mooloolaba beach, points to the ship’s final resting place offshore. 
  3. Explore the rock pools at Alexandra Headland beach or Mooloolaba beach. These rock pools are great to explore (with or without a bucket) at low tide. The pools have sea weeds and algae, limpets, anemones and a seemingly infinite variety of  hermit crabs. 
  4. Get active at the Bli Bli Aqua Park for as little as $20 for one session. The park consists of a series of inflatable slides, runways, blast bags and bouncers all connected together and floating in a large sectioned off area of the back lake. Bli Bli Aqua Park is located within the Bli Bli Watersports Complex at 367 David Low Way, Bli Bli, only 13km from Alexandra Headland.
  5. Hit the lanes of Suncity Tenpin Bowling where all the family can test their skills with the bowling ball and maybe score a strike. They provides all the equipment including the balls and shoes, you just need to bring yourself and socks. Suncity is located nearby at 8 Mari Street, Alexandra Headland. A great wet weather activity!
  6. Go underwater at Sea Life Mooloolaba, Queensland’s largest aquarium and oceanarium with one of the hugest and most diverse arrays of marine life – both above and under the water – on display in Australia! You can book your tickets with us here at Experience Oz. This is a must do when visiting the Sunshine Coast.
  7. Scale Point Cartwright. The high cliffs feature a lighthouse at the top of the coastal headland and provide spectacular views of the Sunshine Coast strip. It’s often possible to spot migratory humpback whales and turtles as well as ships entering and leaving the Port of Brisbane with the views to the east. The grassy slopes provide and excellent location for a family picnic. Access is via a track located at the base of the headland at the northern end of Kawana Beach. 
  8. Learn how to surf the waves of Alexandra Headland beach. XL Surfing Academy ​is one of the leading surf schools on the Sunshine Coast and can provide lessons for beginners through to advanced surfers. They also offer great school holiday programs. They’re based at Alexandra Headland Beach or Mooloolaba Beach. 
  9. Drop a line in at Maroochy River. Try near the mouth of the river at Pincushion Island, which makes up the northern bank of the river. This is a great place for land-based anglers, as bait fish are brought in on the tide and predators tend to follow. Maroochy River is less than 3 kms away from Alexandra Headland.
  10. Experience the excitement and thrill of an ocean jet ride with Mooloolaba Jet Ride. Strap yourself in for a fun, high speed ride across the open ocean of the Sunshine Coast on a 1 hour jet boating experience in a fully enclosed vessel. Departing from Mooloolaba daily (weather permitting). Make a booking here with Experience Oz

Book your next Sunshine Coast family holiday at The Mirage Resort Alexandra Headland and select from one, two or three bedroom apartments in a luxury four and a half star resort. BOOK NOW

Mount Coolum Walk

You don’t need to head for the hills into the Sunshine Coast Hinterland for a challenging uphill walk. There’s one right here near the coast at Mount Coolum. If you enjoy a challenging walk with spectacular views, then the Mount Coolum summit walk is a must do whilst you are visiting the Sunshine Coast.

Geographically Mount Coolum is an isolated volcanic dome, 208 metres in height and roughly circular in outline. The 1.6 km return walk to the summit involves a lot of steep rocky stairs and is categorized as a class 4 walk, suitable for fit walkers only. The last part of the walk is a rock scramble to the summit.

It goes without saying that the view from the summit is truly magnificent; a 360 degree overview of the Sunshine Coast, Point Cartwright and the Glass House Mountains to the south, the Blackall Range to the west, and Noosa Heads to the north. 

Mount Coolum is located on David Low Way 6 km south of Coolum Beach township or 3 km north of Marcoola township and 19 km from Alexandra Headland.

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