Top 5 Sunshine Coast Water Sports

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There is something special about the Sunshine Coast that you won’t find in most capital cities in Australia or even around the world, and that is we have water…and lots of it!


Our big wide open beaches that stretch the length of the South-East coast of Australia make for one of the largest aquatic playgrounds in the Southern Hemisphere.

Combine that with the fact that we have an almost perfect year-round climate so even  in winter you can enjoy your favourite water sports, and you’ll soon see why the Sunshine Coast is such a popular place to visit.



The Sunshine Coast is home to some of the best waves you’ll find this side of the equator, and many a legend surfer has been born and bred on a steady diet of Sunshine Coast waves, then growing up to take on some of the world’s best surfers.

There are plenty of great surfing locations right along the Sunshine Coast, from Caloundra right through to Noosa Heads, offering a different style of wave for everyone. Noosa is popular for the Mal riders, while Coolum, Sunshine Beach and alexandra Headland are better for the shortboards. You’ll find some great surf breaks right along the coastline, so it’s recommended planning an early morning roadtrip, staring at one end and working your way right through so you can check out the numerous spots.


If you want to slow the pace down a little then there are plenty of rivers and canals on the Sunshine Coast that make for a picturesque and relaxing time in the Kayak. The Mooloolah River, Maroochy and Noosa rivers are all great for a day out exploring the waterways and local native animals that live on the banks of this area. Take along a handline and you might also catch some great fish for dinner.



If you have the need for speed then you can hire a jetski and take to the waterways or the open surf and have a bit of fun weaving around the Sunshine Coast waterways and beaches. There are a number of places that hire jetskis while enjoying your holiday on the Sunshine Coast so even first timers can have a go.



Fishing is one of the oldest sports on the Sunshine Coast and something the region has been well known for for generations.Whether you’re a river or lake fisherman, or prefer the beach or even the open waters, the Coast is teaming with some great fishing spots, and more importantly, some great fish! If you don’t have a boat, no problem. There are plenty of fishing charters that will take you out to some of the Coast’s best kept secret fishing spots, with many allowing you to take your catch home for a nice feed. That will impress the family!


Cable Ski

If you haven’t tried waterskiing before and want to give it a go then the Cable Ski Park is not far from the Beach Retreat, where you can enjoy waterskiing in the safety of professionals. But the Cable Ski PArk is not just for beginners, with a very challenging course available for the hardcore ski fans as well.


And of course, if you are not really a fan of watersports, then there is always the beach to soak up the sunshine and the fresh sea breeze and work on that tan!

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