While it took some time for tourists to really begin to discover the Sunshine Coast, it is now becoming one of the most popular destinations in Australia. If you prefer the quiet, however, there are still ways you can spend a holiday there without feeling like you have a hundred chaperones; it just requires a little more planning and timing. The following ideas will all help you do the best possible job of avoiding the crowds on your Sunshine Coast summer holiday.
Go early or late season The best way to avoid the crowds when holidaying on the Sunshine Coast is to go during the off-season. However, if you have decided that you must go during the summer, going early or late in the summer will get you at least a little relief from the crowds. This way, you will avoid the absolute madness of the period lasting from the Christmas holidays through to Australia Day.
Get your own space Staying in a hostel dorm bed may save you a bit of money, but it will mean there is a good chance you will spend almost no part of your day entirely alone. If you want to be able to get at least a brief break from the masses, pay a little extra and get your own hotel room in Coolum, or even better, rent one of those gorgeous Noosa holiday apartments. This way, you can always retreat back to the sanctuary of your accommodation on those days when it seems there must be a million people on the street and at the beach. Noosa accommodation in particular offers a wide range of options, so you can opt for as much space as you want or need.
Hit the hot spots as early as you can If you are holidaying on the Sunshine Coast during the summer, you and almost every other tourist will be looking to check out some of the highlights. If you want to see the sights minus the crowds, your best bet is getting there really early in the morning. Whether you want to head over to the Blackall Ranges to check out the view or go for a round of golf at Coolum, you will always dodge a huge number of people by simply being willing to set your alarm a few hours earlier.
Explore the low-key treats Even though you are told that some attractions are ‘must see’, why not try avoiding the crowds and taking your cue from the locals instead? This means checking out some of the highlights that take up a little less space in those travel brochures, or which perhaps aren’t even in there at all. The Eumundi Markets on Wednesdays and Saturdays are a huge highlight, and they don’t have to cost you a thing. A visit to the hippy mountain oasis of Maleny is also one of the most relaxing ways to spend the day. Otherwise, just pick up a nice bottle of wine and talk your partner into an evening stroll, because there are endless spots along the beach, the trails or by the water from which you can watch the sunset and feel pretty lucky to be alive.