Staycations, where you forego the expensive overseas flights to holiday nearer home, are becoming more and more popular. It’s easy to see why when they’re the ultimate budget holiday – particularly when you have somewhere like the Sunshine Coast to explore; budget doesn’t mean boring!
Drifters campervans are fully equipped for you to hit the road and go in style.
Our Hendrix van will be your home on wheels and there’s no limit to the kilometres you can drive during a hire – so no limit to the adventure! Hendrix comes with hotel quality bedding and towels, a gas stovetop and all the cooking equipment you need to whip up a gourmet campsite dinner, a table and chairs for alfresco dining and a hammock for chilling – plus lots of little extras to make your trip comfortable and easy.
Here’s our top pick of things to do on the Sunshine Coast this summer:
The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its beaches and from Noosa to Caloundra, there’s a beach for everyone! Coolum Beach is our pick if you like space but also a swim between the flags; Moffat Beach is a picturesque bay for quiet morning walks; Noosa National Park has hidden spots if you want some privacy; Mooloolaba is perfect for body boarding and you can’t go wrong at Alexandra Headlands, it’s popular but for good reason.
There are so many spots along the coast and whether you’re a beginner or advanced, plenty of waves to suit. Our favourite spots are around Noosa and the Noosa Surfing Guide is the perfect companion to your trip – you’ll find a copy in the van or check it out online here: http://noosasurfing.com/noosa-surf-spots/
Drive only half an hour inland, away from the ocean, and you’re presented with a rolling landscape of hills and forest in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Cute towns like Montville and Maleny have shops selling local produce, vintage wares, gifts and independent labels. With tea rooms, cafes and a couple of wineries, you can sip your way through the day. Plenty of scenic lookouts on the drive adds to the charm and you can see right down to the ocean depending on the direction.
The well-known Eumundi markets (Saturday mornings) are a must for first-time visitors, located inland from Noosa, you can start your day browsing stalls before heading to the beach. Fisherman’s Road Markets in Maroochydore and Caloundra Street Fair (both on Sunday mornings) have a mix of produce, bric-a-brac and local product – and you’ll often find a bargain. In the evenings, try Nights on Ocean (Every 2nd Friday, Maroochydore) for trendy products and tasty food or Marcoola Food Market (every Friday, Marcoola) for a cheap bite to eat and a drink at our favourite local hang, Little Boat café.
We have some great live music on the coast and you can find everything from local folk bands to national headliners. Solbar on Ocean Street hosts a range of gigs and different genres, you’ll find some big names here in their tiny but awesome band room. On the second Sunday of every month, head to Peregian Originals and chill out on a picnic blanket in front of awesome local live music. Most of the markets about also have live music or street performers.