The Sunshine Coast holds a special place in my heart. Its laid back lifestyle, amazing weather and natural beauty are just a few of the reasons I love it. This is the second year I’ve been fortunate to spend several weeks on the Sunshine Coast during the Melbourne winter. Although I’ve had an opportunity to discover some of my own favourite spots during these visits, I wanted to know where the locals go. Scarlett Wilson (of Cultured Baby), Karla Pizzica and Tara Prana (of One Grain Free Day) all Sunshine Coast based mamas generously shared their favourite me-time spots.
Scarlett- Ikatan Spa Doonan
Tara – Ikatan Spa Doonan
Karla – Spicers Tamarind Retreat in Maleny (day spa) and for the most brilliant KaHuna Massage go to Jess Ainsworth at the KaHuna Hut she puts a towel under the face hole because you WILL drool)
Scarlett– Being Yoga run vinyasa classes out of Coolum and Maroochydore
Tara – Pilates Kelly Carthy Wellbeing Yoga or Pilates Noosa Flow Noosaville
Karla – Pilates with Sarah @ Feel Pilates – she is a brilliant teacher who incorporates Pilates with body and mind.
Yoga with Shakti for hatha style yoga
Yoga with Maree for Iygear Yoga + other teachers
Tara – Yoga Wave, Noosa yoga
Scarlett– The walk to the top of Mt Coolum is a must – amazing views of the whole coast. The walk from the boardwalk at Coolum around to Yaroomba is lovely.
Tara – Definitely the Noosa national park walks- choose from coastal, bush, rainforest walks. There are so many to choose from!
Karla – Up on the Blackall ranges from Montville to Mapleton there is a Great Walk. You can do Kondalilla Falls, Mapleton Falls and there are a few tracks in these national parks. Also in Maleny there is Mary Cairncross National park which holds the World Heritage area overlooking the Glass House Mountains. It’s a section of Maleny that wasn’t logged and still holds the old growth forest. It’s a beautiful walk and there’s an information centre and park there as well.
Alternative healers (i.e. reiki, cranosacral, Bowen or similar)
Scarlett– Lahlita Natural Medicine (Naturopath in Coolum) –
Tara – Blue point Craniosacral osteopathy Peregian beach, Noosa Osteotherapy- Dr Skye Duncan.
Karla – Optimal Health & Wellness (Homepathy & Kinesiology) (07) 5494 3004 (brilliant!)
Catelyn Kinnear – Acupuncturist
Crystalicious Massage (Stephanie – 0447 196 984) she uses singing bowls, crystals and essential oils for an amazing experience
Best coffee/cafe with kids
Scarlett– CK Coffee Bar and Wholefoods (Mooloolaba), Sunspace Cafe (Doonan) and New Earth Cafe (Coolum)
Tara – Sunspace vegan cafe, DOONAN. This is a cute family-run Eco cafe where kids can run through the grassed area, permaculture gardens and chickens.
Karla – Hands down Shotgun Cafe right in the middle of Maleny. I can’t go anywhere else because their coffee and food are just too damn good! Second best is Sarah’s Unplugged for more country style meals (and amazing cakes) and Monica’s Cafe. In Montville I would have to say the best cafe is Little Mae – beautiful coffee and food.
There’s Pallet Life Market right in the middle of town which offers food stalls with live music on Saturday and Sunday and they offer anything from Nachos, Sushi (best sushi around), Indian, pies and the best smoked brisket burgers and pulled pork rolls around. We go there all the time if we don’t want to spend too much money, but need to get out of the house.
Best coffee/cafe without kids
Scarlett-The Shak (Buderim)
Tara – Season restaurant Hastings st for views, Fomo Sunshine beach to be like a local, Hand of Fatima Peregian beach
Karla – All cafes in Maleny and Montville are pretty kid friendly, but if you want a special place for couples, then Spicers Tamarind for lunch coffee and cake or Spicers Cloverly Estate for something special.