8 Must-See Natural Attractions on the Sunshine Coast

8 Must-See Natural Attractions on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is home to a huge range of natural attractions. From waterfalls, mountain ranges, rainforests, waterways and beaches, there is something for everyone to appreciate during their visit to the area.
We‘ve put together our top 8 natural attractions on the Sunshine Coast that we think are a must see for anyone spending a bit of time here in our little slice of paradise. 

BUDERIM FALLS

It’s hard to believe this little pocket of natural wonder exists so close to town but tucked away behind the township of Buderim you’ll find this spectacular spot. A short 20-minute walk through the winding rainforest takes you down to the stunning waterfalls and multiple swimming holes. If you’re short on time, this spot is perfect for a quick visit.

EWAN MADDOCK DAM

A popular recreation destination, Ewan Maddock Dam is worth checking out on your way up the coast. Whether you enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, canoeing, hiking, mountain bike riding or horse riding, there are heaps of tracks and facilities to enjoy.

GARDENERS FALLS

Just a few minutes drive from Maleny township, Gardners Falls is a local favourite for cooling off on a hot summer’s day. A short 800m walk from the carpark on Obi Lane, this gem of a spot is well worth the detour on your journey through the hinterland.

GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS

As one of our local icons, no trip to the Sunshine Coast is complete without checking out the Glass House Mountains. Admire from afar on your journey up to Maleny or take a closer look by exploring the surrounding areas and national parks in Beerwah and Beerburrum. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even climb/hike sections of Mount Ngungun, Mount Beerwah & Mount Tibrogargan.

KONDALILLA FALLS

Another must see in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Just a few minutes outside of Montville this spot is a well-known favourite among locals. It’s a 4.7km round trip to get to the based of the falls and back (with 300 stairs). If you can‘t make the full circuit its worth the hike to the Rock Pools (2.4km). Your hard work is greatly rewarded with a picturesque swimming hole and stunning views out through the valley waiting for you at the pools.

MOUNT COOLUM

If you’re feeling fit and looking for spectacular views of the coast you definitely want to tackle the hike up to the summit of Mount Coolum. The steep 1.6km track is not for everyone but if you are up to it, the view at the top is worth it. It is a very popular place for locals , so it can get pretty busy at peak times.

NOOSA NATIONAL PARK

In the centre of the Noosa region lies this stunning National Park. Featuring spectacular coastal views from various lookouts and five walks to choose from, this park is worth spending a bit of time exploring. This park is also a wildlife sanctuary so keep your eyes peeled for snoozing koalas and plenty of native birdlife.

NOOSA EVERGLADES

Located between Noosa North Shore and Rainbow Beach this little-known spot is one for the nature lovers. The 60km stretch of river and lake system is one of only two Everglade environments identified on the planet making it especially unique. Best experienced by kayak or private tour, the Noosa Everglades is worth slowing down to take your time through this pristine natural environment.

9 Tips for Keeping Cool in the Car this Summer

9 Tips for Keeping Cool in the Car this Summer

Summer is a wonderful time of year, there is no doubt about it. Especially when you a lucky live somewhere as beautiful as the Sunshine Coast. There is nothing better than a weekend drive to the beach or hinterland. But with Summer also comes the blasting sunshine, sticky humidity and seemingly endless circles around the car parks trying to find a parking spot in the shade. 

However, with the right preparation, you can get through this Summer without having to suffer through car ovens and burning hot steering wheels. We have put together our list of tips for keeping cool in the car this Summer. 

IMPORTANT! Remember, the temperature in your car can get very dangerous very quickly, so you should never leave children, pets or people unattended in a vehicle on a summer day, even if it’s just for a minute. 

Now on to our Top 9 Tips… 

1. Park in the shade

Now we all know the undercover spots are the first ones to be taken at the shopping centre, but where possible, park your vehicle in the shade. Ideally under a fixed structure, but under the shade of a tree will also suffice. It may even be an option to turn your car around and have the sun focused on the rear of the vehicle instead of the front if there is limited shade available. 

2. Use a windscreen sunshade

This seems pretty straightforward, but it is one of the best ways to prevent your car from turning into an oven on those hot summer days. Ideally, you want one that has the reflective material for maximum effectiveness, and bonus points if you can get separate ones for side windows.

 

3. Use a blanket or towel

Keep a light coloured blanket or towel in your car to place over the seat if you have to park in the sun. Sitting down on a scorching hot seat is no fun for anyone. If you can get a blanket that can also cover the steering wheel, gearstick and handbrake it will be a much nicer experience getting back into your car.

4. Keep a spray bottle of water in your car

This is a great way to quickly cool down metal components in your car, such as seat belt buckles, door handles and gear sticks. A quick spray with water, even if the water is not cool, and the evaporation will cool hot plastic or metal. This should prevent you from branded when you try to buckle up. 

5. Get your AC system checked 

Before you start cranking that AC it’s probably best to get it checked out by your auto electrician or mechanic. Chances are it has been a while since your AC has had a clean out and there could be some seriously nasty stuff lurking in your vents and filters. The best option is to get your AC serviced by a licenced ArcTick technician. They will check your system for any build up as well as testing your system to make sure everything is in top working order.

Related: AC not as cold as it should be? Here are 4 at home checks you can do. 

6. Cooling Gel Seat Pads

Try as we might, but there is little we can do to avoid the uncomfortable seat sweat that comes with driving in Summer. If you are lucky enough to have one of those fancy cars with seat ventilation, crank that baby up! But if not, the next best option is to pick up a cooling get seat pad. It will give you that little bit of extra relief on those particularly scorching days. 

7. Know How to Cool Your Car Down. Fast! 

Now we all know hot air rises (#science) so there are a few tricks you can do get your car cooled down as quickly as possible. When you first get in your car, open your windows slightly and blast the AC on recirculate, after driving for a minute or two wind up the windows and your car should be nice and cool. For the full instructions check out our video here. 

8. Be Prepared with an emergency kit 

Summer is the season for road trips so if you are planning to hit the road, it’s important you are prepared for the unexpected. An emergency kit in the car is one of the best options. Things like jumper cables, a tyre pump, gloves, first aid kit, torch and some basic tools should be kept together in case anything happens.

9. Keep Cool Refreshments on Hand

Always keep more water than you usually need on hand, ideally in a cooler or esky, or better yet a portable 12 volt fridge. You can also store wet towels and ice packs for extra relief on those really scorching days. If you are not sure how to power a 12 volt fridge from your vehicle check out our blog here. 

We hope our list of tips will help you keep cool in the car and help you get through this Summer with a bit more ease.

Are there any other car hacks that you swear by in Summer? Let us know in the comments below. 

Campsite Review: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

Campsite Review: Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

Hey guys! Bridie here from Accelerate Auto Electrics, hope you’re ready for this rollercoaster camping trip. This campsite review will be a little different as I’m a rookie camper. But nonetheless, I’m excited to share my first camping experience with everyone!

I’ll even share with you what went wrong! Hopefully, you learn from my mistakes and get a laugh out of it.

Getting There

Getting there was a breeze! I was coming from Caloundra which is about an hour away, but keep in mind travel time will depend on traffic and roadworks. The campsite is located 20 Minutes out of Noosa at Lake Cootharaba. No need to go off the beaten track until you arrive at the campgrounds. There you drive along a dirt road, but nothing my little car (a 2wd) couldn’t tackle!

Accommodation Options

Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp has all the accommodation options covered

 

Camping

What we loved

  • Location, Location, Location – We grabbed a beautiful spot right on the lake, surrounded by nature and the beach is close by.
  • Bar and Bistro – Great for families and relaxing with some friends!
  • Amenities – modern and clean
  • Accommodation options – There are plenty of accommodation options for all kinds of campers, even glamping!
  • Walking tracks – There are heaps of walking tracks to choose from. Although I didn’t personally do one because I spent all my time at the beach, I did see a lot of people putting on their hiking shoes and heading into the bush.
  • Kid Friendly – There was a lot of kids riding around on their bikes, kicking a soccer ball or running around the campsite!
  • Watercraft Hire – You can hire out watercraft for the day and jump in the lake to cool down.

Room for improvement

  • Signage – Getting there in the night was difficult as we couldn’t see any signs to say where the campsite was, we couldn’t even see the entrance. We just took a wild guess and drove down a dirt road and luckily it turned out to be the right one! There were limited signs at the campsite which made it difficult to find our way around. Note: There is a big Habitat Noosa sign on entrance, but due to its colour, you may not be able to see this at night.
  • Showers – Not so much a ‘room for improvement’ but just to note, the showers are solar powered. This means you will not get any hot water until the sun starts coming in. Best to shower at night or late in the afternoon.

Things to do

There are plenty of things you can do down at the Habitat Noosa! Check out the list below

  1. Historical Nature Walks! There’s a range of great walking tracks easily accessible from the eco-camp.  Click here for more information
  2. Free shuttle bus to Noosa – Noosa is the perfect location to sit back and relax, you may as well get a free ride in.
  3. The CootharaBAR bistro & bar – Enjoy an uninterrupted view of Lake Cootharaba with a cold beer!
  4. 65 Acres of Land – There’s plenty of room for the kids to ride their bikes, bring a soccer ball, cricket set or a frisbee.

Tours & Hire

  1. bar-b-canoe – Enjoy a canoe along the tropical rainforest waterways! Click here for more information!
  2. eco-cruise – Enjoy a historical cruiser along the river with Morning Tea and Lunch Provided! Book Here  
  3. Hire out watercraft! You can hire out Fiberglass and plastic canoes, One person and tandem sea kayaks, Waveskis, SUPs, Sailboat, Windsurfers, Motorboats (one-day advance booking required).

My Experience

Upon arrival, we struggled to find our way around the camp and find a place to pitch the tent. Thankfully, we eventually pitched up next to some amazing people who spoiled us with chocolates! WIN!

We set up our little pop-up tent (which was embarrassingly small next to campers with huge caravan setups) and then set up the gazebo. That was the hardest part because it was broken and not clicking into place. Eventually, we just stuck pegs in the holes and duct taped them up which, thankfully, actually worked.

Starting a fire was another challenge. We found that the wood we brought with us burned through very quickly and our fire didn’t last. So that made the first night pretty difficult.

Speaking generally, we didn’t have too many problems after that. We headed to Noosa the next morning and spent all day down at the beach, relaxing in the sun and window shopping. We then came back with long-burn firewood and made a great fire that burned all night!

All-in-all my first camping trip was something to remember, we made some memories, learned some lessons, and it was something we can laugh about in the future. I would have loved to stay longer because it took us a day to really get into it, so camping for only 2 nights was not enough.

My favourite part was probably the local ducks. We woke up thinking people were walking around on our tarp outside the tent but it was just some friendly ducks and they were always wandering around the campsite!

 

Camping Rookie Lessons Learned: 

  • LIGHTS – Unfortunately, we didn’t take any lights because we couldn’t find them when packing and wanted to leave because it was getting late. So this meant we spent the entire time using our phone lights to get around during the night.
  • TABLE – We didn’t have a table, which would have made eating and cooking 10x easier!
  • FOOD –  This was huge for us, we didn’t plan what we were going to eat and wasted a lot of good food. Mainly because we were nervous about using the gas cooker as we had never used it before. Now that we are confident using it though we will definitely be making use of it and cooking bacon and eggs for breakfast!
  • GOOD FIREWOOD – We grabbed a few blocks of wood and chucked them in the car and then threw in heaps of sticks and bark which we expected to burn all night, however, it only lasted about an hour. The second night however we went and bought long burn firewood and had a great fire all night!
  • CLOTHES – (THIS TIP IS ONLY FOR FIRST TIME CAMPERS LIKE MYSELF WHO DONT KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING.) Take camping appropriate clothes! You need warm clothes for the night time, which was fine, I had plenty of warm clothes, but the days were warm and I wish I had shorts and better shirt options but I only had a skirt for the two days. Also, very importantly, take thongs for the shower. I had to walk around barefoot in the showers, although they were very modern facilities, it wasn’t very nice. Would not recommend it.

If you also struggle with remembering all the items you need for camping, we recommend you download our free E-Book here!

It includes a checklist that every camper (especially the rookies) should read to avoid these silly mistakes. It also lists great camping sites on the Sunshine Coast, I definitely recommend giving this a read!

We will be going back to Habitat Noosa soon – is there anything else you would recommend we check out?

View our Top 10 Places to Camp Within 1hr of the Sunshine Coast

Campfire Campgrounds on the Sunshine Coast

Campfire Campgrounds on the Sunshine Coast

There is nothing better than sitting around a campfire on a chilly Winter’s night. Toasting marshmallows and swapping stories under the stars is one of the best things about camping. We’ve put together our top picks for the best campgrounds on the Sunshine Coast that allow campfires.

Important Notes:

  • Check for current fire bans before booking campsites to ensure you are permitted to light fires. 
  • Bring your own clean milled timber along if you are planning to have a campfire. Do not collect wood, trees or branches from the campground or surrounding area. 

Up North

Amamoor Creek Camping Area (Amamoor State Forest) 

Nestled beside the Amamoor Creek and set among woodlands of iron barks and blue gums, this spacious grassy camping area is popular during the annual Gympie Music Muster, held during the last week of August. This camping area is also busy over the school and public holidays but at other times it’s ideal for peaceful camping and star gazing on clear nights. It is also the only national park campground in the region that allows dogs.

Cedar Grove Camping Area (Amamoor State Forest) 

Sleep under the stars and toast marshmallows over a campfire in the fire rings provided. The open grassy area amongst red cedar and bunya pines is the perfect camping spot and a great base for your Amamoor adventure. Take a stroll along the Rainforest walk or tackle a longer walk on the Cedar Grove hiking trail.

Cobb & Co Nine Mile Campgrounds

Just south of Gympie is another local favourite, Cobb & Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds. Set on the site of the old Cobb and Co Horse Change Stables at Six Mile Creek, these campgrounds feature just about everything you could want from a farm-style camping adventure. The campground also offers luxury tents to hire if you don’t have your own gear.

Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp

Note: Ground fires are not permitted – all fires must be contained in own brazier, Webber etc.

This one is for the nature lovers. Habitat Noosa Everglades Ecocamp (previously Elanda Point) is uniquely located in the National Park adjoining the Noosa Everglades. The 65 acre property backs directly onto the Noosa River and offers a wilderness experience like no other. There is a variety of nature walks accessible from the ecocamp and the site also offers a free shuttle bus to and from Noosa.

In the Hinterland

Charlie Moreland Camping Area

The open grassy camping area at Charlie Moreland is the perfect place for a family trip or getaway with friends. There is plenty do with nearby walking, mountain bike and horse riding trails. Or simply enjoy getting away from it all relaxing by a campfire listening to the sounds of nature.

Coochin Creek Camping Area

Pack the fishing rod and kayak, this spot is perfect for those who like to cast a line or go for a paddle upstream. There’s also a boat ramp nearby to launch a small boat. The large shady sites at Coochin Creek are perfect for families or groups with plenty of open grassy areas.

Bluff Creek Campgrounds

The privately-owned Bluff Creek Campground in Kenilworth is a fantastic spot for a long weekend escape. There are campsites suitable for couples, families and larger groups with each being located nearby the beautiful clear creek with swimming holes and plenty of fish. There is lots to do in the area, or you can just enjoy the peace and quiet on this beautiful property.

Booloumba Creek Campgrounds

An absolute favourite among Sunshine Coast locals, Booloumba Creek is a fantastic spot to escape away to. There are 3 different camping areas to choose from: area 1 and 3 are tucked away in the rainforest, and area 4 is an open area suitable for caravans and camper trailers. With lookouts, waterfalls, walking tracks and crystal-clear creeks, there is plenty to keep you occupied.

Borumba Deer Park

This family owned and operated caravan park is the perfect place for the whole family to enjoy. There is heaps to see and do with fishing and kayaking in Yabba Creek and plenty of walking tracks and park grounds to explore. They even have deer feeding along the fence adjoining the nearby forestry.

Imbil Camping Retreat

Formerly known as Island Reach Camping Resort, now with new owners and under new management, Imbil Camping Retreat reopened in June 2018. This 12 acre, family & pet-friendly campground is a favourite among local campers. The grounds have been refreshed and are looking fantastic, this spot is definitely worth checking out if you are after a country escape.

Kenilworth Camping

Another local favourite in the hinterland, this privately-owned campground is also a fully operational dairy farm. With creekside camping spots and plenty of grounds to explore it’s a great location for you’re a family adventure. Whether you go for a swim, kayak, bike ride or check one of their dairy tours everyone is sure to enjoy themselves.

Kenilworth Homestead

This stunning private property is situated right on the banks of the beautiful Mary River and just 2km from Kenilworth township. The campground offers both powered and non-powered sites and even has a couple vintage caravans you can hire. They also have a spa cabin for those who want a little more luxury on their getaway.

Product Review: Axis Twin Headrest Entertainment Package

If you’re anything like us and you like to get out on the road exploring, but you’re wanting to keep the kids entertained on the next road trip, we have just the thing for you. Hi, guys, I’m Briohny from Accelerate Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning on the Sunshine Coast. This is the Axis Twin Headrest Entertainment Package, or as we like to call them, the backseat peace-keeper.

Features:

With built-in nine-inch LCD screens, these headrest entertainment units come with a DVD player and pre-loaded with games. They also come with a USB and SD input, which can play MP4 files. So, you can play your own movies on the road. Maybe you can even kick one of the kids into the front so you can catch up on your favourite TV show.

The unit also features wireless headphones and remotes, and individual DVD players. So you are set for hours of peace and quiet from the back seat. Some of the other features include a touch screen, removable monitor covers, multi-channel FM modulator to reproduce the unit’s audio through the vehicle’s sound system. Another great thing about this product is the headrest entertainment units are suitable for a huge range of vehicles.

There are lots in-car entertainment options available. There are ones that fold down from the roof, headrests, or even portable options. If you would like advice on options for your vehicle, you can either comment below, give us a call on 1300 227 353 to find out more about in-car entertainment solutions.