Weekend getaway at Maroochydore

With its endless stretch of pristine beaches, the Sunshine Coast is the perfect holiday destination!

I was lucky enough to visit the coast last weekend for the beautiful wedding of two friends.

The ceremony and reception were in Maroochydore, so I was able to explore the area.

Here was where I decided to eat, drink and stay during my getaway.

Sunshine Coast.

Eat

The wedding I attended had its reception at Ebb Waterfront. With uninterrupted views over the Maroochydore River and crisp white decor, the restaurant was both a romantic and contemporary choice.

My friends had organised a drop of steak or fish for the main course, and since everyone I spoke to throughly enjoyed their meal I would definitely consider the restaurant for fine dining in the future.

Beautiful day today at #ebbwaterfront ☀️

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Cafes were plentiful near where I was staying in Maroochydore, with quality coffee only a short walk away from the beachfront.

Recommended by friends local to the Sunshine Coast,  The Beach Street Deli was a brilliant option for brunch. I had the eggs benny, which was delicious… and every meal that went past our table looked sublime.

Your only risk from attending this cafe would be a serious case of food envy!

Situated right across from the Maroochydore Surf Club, The Beach Street Deli has (unsurprisingly) a real beachy feel, with colourful cushions and bright chairs of different designs. I’d definitely go again.

Also, as luck would have it, the second cafe I ventured to during my short break to the Sunshine Coast was just as amazing.

I stumbled upon Harvest Breads + Café just by coincidence. It is an eclectic café meets bake-house, located just across the road from the gorgeous Cotton Tree Park.

Harvest offers extensive breakfast, lunch and sandwich menus, with vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free and paleo options… perfect for groups with a lot of different dietary requirements!

I had a banana smoothie, plus sweet potato savoury waffles with zucchini, bacon, poached egg and chilli maple glaze. So yum! The waffles weren’t like anything I’ve ever had before and the chilli made the meal so moreish, providing just the right amount of spice.

Drink

I dropped in at 10 Toes Brewery in Alexandra Headlands on Friday night to meet friends, and would recommend it to craft brew lovers.

The brewery keeps things simple and relaxed – exactly what comes to mind when you think about the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.

Housed in an industrial shed, 10 Toes allows you a look at the behind the scenes process by keeping things open-plan.

Snapped surfboards and racks of surfing magazines adorn the walls and a mix of high tables with stools keep things casual.

If you’re unsure of what to choose to drink, you can grab a tasting paddle and work your way from light to dark. Too easy!

Stay

You are spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation on the Sunshine Coast.

I chose to stay in a three-bedroom apartment at Catalina Resort with friends for the weekend, as it was close to the venue for the wedding we were attending.

I used booking.com and the price was a bargain – perhaps because of current construction going on in Catalina Building 1 (due to the works we were upgraded to building 2).

The four star resort was in the perfect destination, in walking distance to the patrolled Maroochydore beach and nearby eateries and shops.

With a kitchen and laundry facilities, the apartment was fully self-contained and spacious, and it was lovely to go for swims in the outdoor pool and enjoy the bathroom’s spa.

The only gripes would be that for a three bedroom apartment, you would expect a public bathroom, but instead two bedrooms had ensuites. This meant the third bedroom occupants had to go through one of the other bedrooms to use the bathroom. Added to this, a large opening in the shuttered sliding door, did not provide as much privacy as would be expected for a luxury resort. I’d be open to booking here again, but would call ahead to make sure I was in an apartment where this didn’t happen.

Sunshine Coast.

All in all, it was a fantastic weekend away for a wonderful occasion.

If you have any Sunshine Coast tips or have any questions about my stay, I’d love to hear from you, so please comment below.

Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

Where to eat, shop and play in Stones Corner

Stones Corner is located in the heart of Greenslopes, just south of the Brisbane CBD.

Stones Corner, an unique precinct just 10 minutes south of the Brisbane CBD, is packed to the brim with diverse retail stores, craft beers and culinary delights. It’s also my local area and the place I spend most of my downtime.

The quaint tree-lined shopping strip is known to most Brisbanites, mainly due to its long history and former glory as the in-spot for outlet shopping.

Although it’s not much of an outlet mecca anymore, it’s eclectic character definitely makes it worth a visit. The last couple of years have seen a swarm of different funky cafés, fusion restaurants and chilled bars pop up.

Also, like much of inner city Brisbane. there’s plenty of apartments going up in the surrounding neighbourhood at the moment, so the landscape is sure to change in the future too.

Here is a quick guide to some of my favourite places to eat, shop and play in Stones Corner.

Over the past couple of years, numerous new bars and retailers have opened their doors in Stones Corner.

Eat

In Stones Corner, you get the pick of every cuisine, from authentic thai cuisine from Chili Coco, to Indian Mexican fusion at IndiMex, to New York inspired eats at 5 Boroughs.

And if you’re a fan of brunch, like myself, you are in luck as Stones Corner has a myriad of amazing cafes.

There are so many options for brunch, but one of my favourites to is Moreish. With an industrial vibe, perfectly-brewed Campos coffee, delicious gourmet food and super friendly staff, Moreish is where I take all my visitors.

Its open for breakfast and lunch, and my recommendation would be the savoury mince and haloumi dish. It’s simply devine! There’s tasty vegan and gluten free options, plus it’s pet friendly…I don’t have a dog, but who doesn’t love puppy watching?

Another venue that is always popular with my visitors, or good for a mid-week Trivia session, is the Shady Palms Cafe & Bar.

Shady Palms Cafe & Bar is a suburban oasis of cool – a rustic bar full of character and eclectic furniture, with a lane way and a courtyard out the back.

Shady Palms Cafe & Bar in Stones Corner.

Here you can dress casual, enjoy chill vibes and funky beats, and indulge in the vibrant flavours of the Americas  while sipping on a craft beer, cider or cocktail.

Think dirty fries loaded up with brisket, cheese, bacon bits, mustard, BBQ sauce and ranch – so many condiments and so incredible! Also, wings, tacos, specials and so much more!

Shop

There’s a fashion fix for every unique style in Stones Corner.

You can get your next elegant event dress from the boutiques stocking formal wear or source clothes and furniture on a budget, by getting your thrift on at Vinnes or the RSPCA Op Shop.

Little JC Boutique is where I’ve managed to find much-loved outfits – it has a great selection of the latest trends and classics that are affordable.

Play

Right next to the Stones Corner strip is Hanlon Park and with the South East Freeway going right through it, it’s the perfect place for a run (the Stones Corner parkrun meets there) or bike ride. There’s also kids playgrounds and adjacent fields.

Hanlon Park is just adjacent to Stones Corner.

When you’re walking around the area, you can also check out some bright urban art, from moody murals to sneaky graffiti spots, there’s a lot of colour to inspire.

If you want to stay indoors, do not pass go, Go Lounge that is – it’s a board games lounge, that also serves coffee, and with around 300 games in total it’s sure to have your childhood favourites on hand.

Also, keep your eye out for when the 2017 Stones Corner Festival is on. Each year brings the event brings big names in music, world food markets and craft beer to the streets of Stones Corner. It’s not to be missed.

Thanks for reading! I hope the next time you need to pick a place to meet up with friends, or the traffic crawls to a stop on motorway, you’ll stop on by and stay a while in Stones Corner.

With the Stones Corner Bus Station and Buranda Train Station nearby, plus free parking in the streets surrounding the main shopping strip, Stones Corner is an easy to access hub.

I’d love to hear other people’s suggestions for places to go in Brisbane, or further afield, so please comment if there are any cafes, bars or shops you recommend.

Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x

Stones Corner Bus Station.