Become a Local with Us
There is no where else in Australia you can access so many beautiful wonders all within a 30 minute drive – from clean and safe patrolled swimming beaches to the clear blue fresh mountains of our Hinterland. From Amytis Gardens Retreat you can be in Noosa’s National Park koala spotting along spectacular coastline, or taking a quick morning ocean dip at popular Mooloolaba beach. If you prefer to explore the quaint townships of the Blackall Range, you will discover cafes, art and craft stores and little laneways with quirky merchandise. Experience what us locals enjoy, and become part of the relaxed Sunshine Coast scene. We really have it all.
Before you arrive, take some time to plan your stay. You won’t want to miss a thing.
Best of Markets Guide:
Eumundi Markets – open Wed 8am to 1.30pm and Sat 7am to 2pm
Caloundra Street Fair – open Sun 8am to 1pm
Nights on Ocean – 2nd Friday of the month, 5pm – 9pm. Ocean St, Maroochydore.
Cotton Tree Markets – open Sun 7am – 12pm. King St, Cotton Tree cottontreemarkets.com.au
Discover our Region:
Rainbow Beach Horse Rides – Rainbow Beach Horse Rides have the only permit in existence to operate horse rides on this environmentally sensitive stretch of pristine coastline which is surrounded by World Heritage listed National Park. An easy 2 hour drive will have you in Rainbow Beach, making this a perfect day trip from Amytis Gardens.
Australia Zoo – Check out giraffe, rhinos, cheetah and zebras on the African Savannah, plus Sumatran Tigers, Bengal Tigers and red pandas in South-East Asia. And be sure to visit the newly opened Bindi’s Island, where guests can get up close with ring-tailed lemurs, giant Aldabran Tortoises and colourful macaws!
Grab a good seat for the midday Wildlife Warriors show, where you can catch all the slithering, swooping, jaw-snapping action of our snakes, birds and crocs LIVE in the Crocoseum. Visit us at Australia Zoo to experience Australia’s ultimate wildlife adventure and conservation destination. www.australiazoo.com.au
Sunreef – Experience Australia’s first Swim with Humpback Whales encounters!
Join us onboard our comfortable catamaran and travel in search of the gentle giants of the deep. Once whales are sighted and it’s safe to do so, groups of 10, kitted out with mask, snorkel and fins, swim along a floating line to observe the Whales. This passive approach is 100% on the Whales’ terms and sparks their curiosity, which often results in the whales swimming closer to check out who is hanging out in their domain. www.sunreef.com.au
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 natural beauty. Learn new skills while enjoying real hands on experiences with locals. Be part of Sunshine Coast experiences that you cannot find anywhere else. Tours include, Camel Cuddles, Aussie Surf Culture Beach Tour, Private Gourmet Food and Wine Experience & Bush Tucker Secrets. www.liveittours.com.au
Cruise Maroochy Eco – Imagine for a moment, the wonderful feeling of being amongst the beauty of nature, far from the business of life. See a beautiful Azure Kingfisher or the perfect form of a majestic Sea Eagle in flight. You take a breath, you relax, you don’t want this experience to end.
Mystic Mountain Tours – specialise in wine tours of South East Queensland. With a flexible, friendly and fun approach to their tours, each experience is memorable. Ask them about their Adventure, Eco, Heritage & Cultural Tours.
Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary: is a great place to view the plants and animals of South-east Queensland up close. The wetlands is rich in biodiversity and contains dry eucalypt forests, rainforest, melaleuca forest, casuarina woodland, salt marsh and mangroves. This vegetation provides a valuable habitat to close to 200 species of birds, as well as crabs, butterflies, reptiles, fish and other wildlife species that frequent the wetlands. About 10 minute drive from Amytis See More
Sunshine Coast Coastal Pathway: The Coastal Pathway is council’s longest shared pathway. It stretches from Pelican Waters Bell’s Creek in the south to Tewantin in the north[140KB].
Council’s vision is for this pathway to be a world class scenic route connecting the coast. People can explore the beautiful coastline by walking, jogging or cycling. The pathway runs beside beaches, parks and leisure areas. Some sections of the Coastal Pathway are on-road for cyclists. See More
Buderim Forest Park: a 45 hectare secluded oasis just 5 minutes drive from Amytis, with access from 2 locations. A combination of timber walkways, rocky pathways, bridge all ending at a spectacular waterfall. See More
Mount Coolum: for breathtaking views from Glasshouse to Noosa at 208 meters above sea level. A reasonable amount of fitness required as is quite steep in sections. You can even watch the aircraft take off and land at the Sunshine Coast Airport. Just a 15 min drive from Amytis. Read More
Kondalilla National Park: A 30 minute drive into the scenic Blackall Range, Kondalilla National Park is a cool mountain retreat. The park is named after the spectacular Kondalilla Falls, where Skene Creek drops 90 m into a rainforest valley. Kondalilla, an Aboriginal word meaning ‘rushing waters’, describes this park’s waterfall during the summer wet season. See More
Mary Cairn-Cross Scenic Reserve: 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains National Landscape. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the Reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life which will delight with its tranquillity and beauty. See More
3 & 5 night itinerary – what I’d love to do!
Day 1: Always start your break if you can with a Spa treatment after you check-in. It is the best way to induce relaxation and put you in the right frame of mind for the start of your mini holiday.
Day 2: Take a scenic route to Mooloolaba. Begin by driving inland around the base of Kiels Mountain via Diddillibah to Maroochy River. There are plenty of spots to stop and take in the scenery along the river, and you can even walk the foot bridge to Chambers Island. Follow the coastal road along through Maroochydore to Alexandra Headlands, where the views are incredible – watch the surfers catch a wave. Continue down to Mooloolaba, it’s time for a coffee & morning tea at any of the cafes, you really are spoilt for choice. Fancy a bit of retail therapy? there are quite a few shops to get lost in – you can spend an hour or two browsing.
Time for lunch, and I suggest jumping back in the car for a short drive to Mooloolaba Spit, where you will get the freshest fish straight from the trawlers. There are about half a dozen choices to dine for lunch, and you can eat in or takeaway to the shady park nearby.
In the afternoon, enjoy a rainforest walk at Buderim Forest Park – it will be cool under the canopy of trees and ends with a tranquil waterfall. Access is via Lindsay Rd, Buderim. Spend approx 1 hr.
Grab a DVD from reception, pour yourself a glass of bubbly – enjoy a cheese platter and relax in your room for the evening.
Day 3: For the spa goers, book into the Spa for a full day – including 5.5 hrs of treatments and a lunch and dessert. This evening venture into Ocean St, Maroochydore for an ecletic mix of restaurants and bars.5 nights:
Day 4: A trip to the Sunshine Coast is not complete without a visit to Eumundi Markets, you will need all morning for this up to 1pm when they close down – it is THAT big. On the way back drop into The Ginger Factory, with free entry and an excellent range of ginger products and plants.
Day 5: A beautiful day for a drive to the Blackall Range exploring the quaint towns of Montville & Maleny. There are wineries, cheese tastings, art galleries, clothing and general cuteness and spectacular scenery all over the place! Begin by driving through Palmwoods and taking Hunchy Road to the top of Montville, then travelling along the range to Maleny (spending as long as you like in each township). After Maleny head towards Landsborough and stop in at Mary Cairn-Cross Scenic Reserve, for devine views to the Glass House Mountains. Continue through Landsborough and onto the highway for a quick drive back to Amytis Gardens for the afternoon. Draw that bubble bath, your feet will thank you!
There really is so much to do and discover on the Sunshine Coast, if you wish to explore further, please see a fully comprehensive local tourism website: www.visitsunshinecoast.com.au and join the “vacation migration”.