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

20 thoughts that sum up the Brisbane heatwave

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I live in a furnace called Queensland.

It’s a pleasant place (actually, pretty darn spectacular) most of the time. Just not when there’s a heatwave.

There’s a heatwave. It’s been going for almost a week and it’s hot. Bloody hot.

Unfortunately, a reprieve is not in sight.

Temperatures are tipped to climb as high as eight degrees above average as a second heatwave (yes, we get two…aren’t we lucky?) in as many weeks makes its way across the east coast.

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Did I mention that it’s hot here? I’m not sure if I did, since the heat is making me a bit woozy.

So, to recap, it’s hot. Also, here are 20 thoughts I’ve had while sweating it out.

It will give you an insight into how I’m coping… I’m not.

  1. It’s time to wake up. I’m going to drown myself in a cold shower immediately.
  2. What on Earth can I wear? Corporate dress etiquette and the fiery pits of hell don’t go well hand in hand. Dark colours hide sweat patches, right?
  3. Why am I even attempting to put on makeup right now? It is literally melting off in front of me. Sweat moustaches really aren’t a good look on me.giphy (3)
  4. The humidity. Oh the humanity. Also, my hair is not coping. Buns all week it is.
  5. It’s a crime that I have to get public transport in this heat. I need floo powder. Magic may be out of reach, but I’d settle for travelling like a dolphin and being hosed down.
  6. How is that woman wearing a jacket and long pants right now? Where does she come from that this weather is any way tolerable? Get changed at work, crazy lady!
  7. I’ve made it past the threshold. I am at work. This air-conditioning is pure bliss. Can I live here? The building is alarmed, so no I can’t.
  8. Wait, coffee. I love my morning coffee ritual. But it’s so hot, and so is my beloved coffee.
  9. How do those women look so put together and happy? What deal did they make with the devil to be so unaffected by this heat? Is said deal still on the table?
  10. Am I waiting for a train on a platform or a pit of fire? My train is delayed. I may not make it.giphy (5)
  11. I’m home. This is awful. I need a Hydralyte.
  12. Now is literally the worst possible time for my air-conditioning to be broken. How hard is it to order a part? Can we pay extra for quick shipping?
  13. What type of person doesn’t put in ceiling fans when building a house in Queensland? An insane one, that’s whom.
  14. If I lay really still with two fans directed on me I may stop sweating. Hah, you poor deluded fool. Wrong!
  15. giphy (1)How am I ever going to sleep in this? Oh right, I won’t. How much sleep do you really need to function anyway?
  16. I don’t care if anyone can see in and the sunlight starts coming in at 4am, I’m sleeping with every window and curtain open.
  17. I can’t believe I’m jogging in this heat. How is it this hot at 6am?
  18. I’m just going to walk slowly for a moment in this shade until I can force myself to keep moving.
  19. Why are people just leaving for their run now? Maniacs.
  20. What do you mean there’s a second heat wave coming? The first one is still here!!!

Thanks for stopping by. I hope to survive this heat and be back blogging soon.

Until next time,

My Eclectic Muse x