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Seasonal Guide to the Sunshine Coast

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Summer days on the Sunshine Coast may revolve around the surf, sun and sea, but this slice of coastal paradise has so much more to offer. For those days when it’s a little too cool for a dip in the ocean, venture beyond the golden shores.

Our latest Mater Prize Home lottery No. 313 gives you the unique opportunity to experience the Sunshine Coast up close and personal all year long, and—spoiler alert—it doesn’t disappoint rain, hail or shine!

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As winter approaches and the temperatures begin to drop, take the opportunity to see another side of the Sunshine Coast. Whether you're familiarising yourself with locally made wines at one of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s wineries, enjoying coastal views from the warmth of a bar stool, getting out and exploring nature now that it’s not so hot, or indulging in a chef hatted meal minutes from home, there's no shortage of things to do on the Sunshine Coast in winter that capture the essence of this vibrant region. 


Sample vinos at a local winery

Swap waves for wineries and get a first-hand look at where your favourite drop is made locally. Winter is an excellent time to visit vineyards, as the vines take on a unique character against the backdrop of cooler weather. You have a few nearby wineries to choose from, including the popular Flame Hill Vineyard in Montville, and the lesser known (but equally worthy) Dingo Creek Vineyard. 

Located in Traveston, Dingo Creek Vineyard offers a serene escape into the world of wine and gastronomy. Begin with a picturesque drive into the stunning rolling hills of the Noosa Hinterland, then complete your day by exploring the large selection of vinos during a wine tasting, indulging in sensational local seafood, grazing platters, and decadent desserts with lunch on the deck, or opt for a picnic overlooking the dam. 

Good to know: Dogs are welcome, too!

Take a road trip through the countryside

Take inspiration from your farmhouse-inspired prize home and drive to greener pastures. Not too far from the Sunshine Coast’s beautiful beaches you’ll find the lush green landscapes of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. For a taste of country life, jump in your Toyota LandCruiser Sahara—or Tesla Model 3 (both are included in the home lottery!) and get to know the stunning Mary Valley. The misty hills and rolling valleys are in their element during winter, and the cooler weather provides the perfect excuse to pop into the famous Kenilworth Country Bakery for a hot coffee and freshly baked doughnut. Soak up the country vibe as you drive along the Mary Valley Scenic Drive and pass grazing cattle, macadamia farms, and pineapple plantations. Drop into your pick of charming towns along the way for a fix of weekend markets, local produce, and one-of-a-kind arts and crafts.

Enjoy sunset sips by the ocean

Even if it may be a little chilly to swim in the ocean, chances are the weather is still perfect for taking in some oceanfront beach views. Embrace the laidback coastal vibe of the Sunshine Coast by enjoying a beachside cocktail at Coolum Surf Club. Situated just steps from the ocean, this iconic club offers sweeping million-dollar views of the sea, creating a picture-perfect setting for relaxation. The winter ambiance adds a touch of cosiness to the experience, making it an ideal spot to unwind and soak in the beauty of the coastline. Sip on your drink of choice as you watch the sun dip below the horizon, painting the sky in hues of orange and pink. Stick around to discover local artists during the live music sessions every Friday and Saturday night. 

Noosa National Park

Take a scenic stroll 

One of the best ways to warm up in winter is by getting your blood pumping with some exercise. And when you live in a coastal paradise like the Sunshine Coast, the best workout is one spent outdoors. Noosa National Park is a haven for nature lovers, and winter is an excellent time to explore its scenic trails. The cooler weather makes outdoor activities like hiking more enjoyable, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the park's natural beauty. Take a leisurely walk along the coastline, where rugged cliffs meet crystal-clear waters. Keep an eye out for wildlife, such as koalas lounging in the eucalyptus trees or dolphins playing in the waves. Winter explorers are often rewarded with whale sightings, too, as humpback whales pass through the area from June to October. Pass Boiling Pot and Dolphin Point to arrive at Hell's Gates where you will be greeted with incredible 270-degree coastal views and the raw beauty of the rough seas as they crash against the jagged cliffs.

Wine and dine in style

Take the night off from cooking and treat yourself to a delicious meal at BASK in Peregian Beach. Recently awarded a chef’s hat by the prestigious Australian Good Food Guide, this acclaimed paddock-to-plate restaurant is less than five minutes down the road from our Mater Prize Home. With a focus on locally sourced seasonal produce, BASK celebrates a truly Australian palate that reflects the region's culinary prowess. Winter is the perfect time to indulge in their soul-warming meals, like lamb backstrap with a roasted macadamia cream, or Brisbane Valley spatchcock two ways with black pudding and roasted walnut. Linger around for dessert and complete your dining experience with roasted pineapple tarte tatin or poached pear with torched meringue and white chocolate ganache.

Pizza Oven and Fireplace at Mater Prize Home

Cosy up at home

If you’re in the mood to hibernate, our prize home is the place to be. While cosying up on the couch in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine that you picked up from your adventures to Dingo Creek Winery is a great option, you don’t need to put a freeze on your social life just because it’s cold. Invite your near and dear over and make the most of your all-seasons alfresco space. The overhead heating will leave everyone feeling toasty, as will the roar of your pizza oven as you cook a wood-fired feast for your guests. 

Ready to see another side of the Sunshine Coast as the weather cools down? Buy your tickets today for your chance to win this stunning Mater Prize Home and explore your new neighbourhood at your leisure. Plus, for every ticket you purchase you’re helping support the life-changing medical research and patient care at Mater.

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