Fresh produce and eating out
The Sunshine Coast is famous for its restaurants and cafés which use fresh, local produce and offer a multicultural range of cuisines.
Eating out on the Sunshine Coast is a particular treat. Try the beachfront restaurant experience, family friendly surf club, or that quintessentially Australian outdoor experience of crunchy fish and chips by the beach as the sun sets.
The Sunshine Coast is the largest wild caught tuna and swordfish port in Australia, with Mooloolaba known as the Australian hub for the Eastern Tuna and Billfish Fishery.
The perfect place to snap up local seafood straight from the trawler is at Mooloolaba Fish Market and Fisheries On The Spit.
There’s also an abundance of locally grown tropical fruits and produce, and a range of gourmet food providers.
Food manufacturers like the Ginger Factory and Nutworks are well-known to visitors and locals alike for their tasty offerings and theme-park style attractions.
Shopping for food is also great fun with a variety of farmers markets and large supermarket chains to choose from.
Use Visit Sunshine Coast’s online Food Trail curator to navigate more than 400 foodie experiences.
Crafty beers and divine distilleries
Not to be outdone by inner-city trends, there’s a burgeoning craft beer movement on the Sunshine Coast, with boutique breweries peppered throughout the region.
The Sunshine Coast has been dubbed the ‘craft beer capital of Australia’, with more than 23 craft breweries dotted across the region.
Here local brewers find inspiration in their surroundings, for example, Brouhaha Brewery in Maleny uses local strawberries to make a Strawberry Rhubarb Sour.
Sustainability is also a key focus, with many brewers working together with local producers.
Sunshine Coast breweries are so much more than producers of award-winning beer, they are places to come together, enjoy good food and drink, listen to live music and have a good time.
You can discover the region’s diverse range of breweries and venues with the online Craft Beer Capital Brewery Trail.
Join a craft beer tour to go behind the scenes and see brewing in action – sampling the beer as you go along – or settle in for the afternoon at one of the Sunshine Coast’s many brew-pubs.
If you like something a little stronger, an increasing number of distillers are taking up residence on the Sunshine Coast creating delicious gins and rum – yum!