Maximise your time in the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful outdoors by opting to ride around town on a bicycle. But not just any bicycle: an eBike offers dual benefits of providing healthy exercise as well as being an effortless (and eco-friendly) mode of transport for getting around.
Our latest Mater Prize Home lottery No. 311 includes two Kalkhoff eBikes that are great for ducking out to grab a few last-minute groceries, popping out for a coffee, getting some fresh air, or getting you from A to B with minimal physical effort!
Leave the car at home and take advantage of your new eBikes when exploring the Sunshine Coast. These are the must-visit places within riding distance of our riverfront Minyama Mater Prize Home.
Too far to walk but the perfect distance to pedal on your electric bike, TwinFins Espresso Bar in Buddina use Campos’ Sacred Grounds beans in their coffee for a certified organic kickstart to your day. They also make amazing bagels for when you feel like indulging, and smoothie bowls for when you’re trying to be on your best behaviour (good news: they’re equally delicious so you’ll feel like you’re treating yourself anyway!). Just grab and go; take your coffee and treat across the road to Buddina Beach; or sit and stay awhile in the cafe’s calming aqua-inspired interior.
Fun fact: TwinFins’ owner Bree is a talented artist whose creations can be found scattered around the cafe.
The only less-than-perfect thing about stunning Mooloolaba Beach is trying to get a park on the weekends. Instead, swap your steering wheel for your eBike and skip the crowded carparks. Conveniently close to home, Mooloolaba made the list for one of the best beaches in the South Pacific last year. With surf, sand, dining, shopping and even an aquarium in the one area, it’s sure to be your go-to hangout on hot days.
Spoiler alert: Even though you may live riverfront and are practically surrounded by water in Minyama, you will never tire of looking at water views. Waterfront Thai in Buddina is located on the marina and serves up delicious authentic Thai with spectacular vistas. Work up an appetite with a leisurely ride on your Kalkhoff eBikes and enjoy a long, lazy lunch beside the glistening water as you feast on the likes of slow cooked Massaman beef, duck and lychee red curry, snapper in a Thai style batter and spicy chilli sauce, and a fresh green papaya salad on the side.
Nothing beats ending the work week than with a classic spread of fish and chips from your local. Fisheries on the Spit is a traditional low-key fish and chips shop that serve fresh seafood right by the water. Enjoy your battered cod, thick cut chips, and Fisherman’s Basket by the Mooloolaba Marina, or jump back on your eBike and be home in less than 10 minutes for a quiet night in on your alfresco patio overlooking the river.
The beachfront boutiques along Mooloolaba Esplanade and within The Wharf Mooloolaba are a great place to style your newfound laidback lifestyle of sunset beach walks, waterfront cocktails, and carefree days in the sun. Meraki Thread Co is full of beautiful designs perfect for Queensland’s sunny weather from Australian labels like House of Skye, I Am Pylgrym, and Amira Collective. Ark and Arrow offer elegant resortwear and print sets, while La Extravaganza are a go-to for sustainable fashion finds. You’ll also find the perfect pieces to give a personal touch to your Mater Prize Home at Coastal Luxe Homewares.
When you’re in the mood to enjoy the journey moreso than the destination, the 682 cycle routes in and around Minyama will have you happily peddling. There are plenty of diverse options to choose from, and with the benefit of an electric bike as your mode of transport you won’t have to dread any hilly landscapes. For an easy route that never gets old, follow the coastline from Mooloolaba to Cotton Tree. Following a bitumen pathway for the most part, the ride is stress-free so you can focus more on taking in your natural surroundings than worrying about navigating traffic.
Ready to cruise your neighbourhood on a pair of luxury eBikes? Buy your tickets today for your chance to win this waterrfront Mater Prize Home lottery and explore the Sunshine Coast by car, bike and foot. Plus, for every ticket you purchase you’re helping support the vital medical research and patient care at Mater.