I lived on the Sunshine Coast for 12 years, and I never even meant to move there, or stay there long. I was at uni on the Gold Coast in 2002 and my mum had just moved to the Sunshine Coast. I visited a few times, and ended up packing my things and hanging out for a bit in between uni semesters. Three years later I met a boy, and we got married, and I stayed.
I stayed, and became a connoisseur of all things in the Maroochydore area, haha. There isn’t a Thai I haven’t tried.
Now, I am not a beach girl. Sunshine, yes, sand, no. Sometime over the years I sort of got used to it but it wouldn’t be my first choice. The kids love it though, and seeing as the husband has saltwater in his veins and feels like the world isn’t right unless he can go surfing, he was there every day. I used to walk along either this beach or the river at Cotton Tree almost every day, rolling a pram sometimes, just strolling others. It’s a beautiful view. Alexandra Headland has the nicest view (as above) and as a local, you will always run into someone you know along the walk.
Alex beach was also our closest, so we’d walk there in the afternoons and evenings.