A natural food bowl, the Sunshine Coast is one of Australia’s fastest emerging world-class taste destinations. With its distinctive coast and country geography, the region delights with an appetising variety of producers, waterfront restaurants, wineries, breweries, food festivals, cooking schools and farmers markets.
900 innovative farmers and producers
The warm climate, rich soil and abundant oceans ensure the Sunshine Coast is ideal for producing exceptional wares, from camel milk chocolate to native lemon myrtle. Paddock-to-plate experiences abound with farm gates, food and wine tours and behind-the-scene factory tours on offer for you to pick, smell, sample and savour an authentic food spectacle.
Internationally sought-after seafood
Mooloolaba is the biggest swordfish port in Australia and one of the busiest seafood ports on the eastern seaboard. The wharf is a hive of daily activity, with trawlers bringing in boatloads of world-renowned Mooloolaba prawns, swordfish, lobsters and spanner crabs. Sustainability is at its core with Walker Seafoods Australia the first tuna fishery in Australia to earn MSC certification.
From Land & Sea in Noosa to Brouhaha in Maleny, the Sunshine Coast punches above its weight for dynamic craft breweries. Moffat Beach Brewing Co won the 2018 Champion Small Brewer of Australia award and there’s over 13 breweries in the region. Don’t miss any with a guided Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Tour.
Exceptional dining, breathtaking views
The Sunshine Coast boasts more than 740 restaurants, with six dining precincts. From the relaxed sophistication of Hastings St’s beachfront dining, to the eclectic vibe and late-night music of Ocean St and Mooloolaba Wharf, and the indulgent tranquillity of the Hinterland, there is something for every mood and palate.
From coastal day trips to bespoke foodie tours, road trips are a great way to discover the hidden gems of the Sunshine Coast. Map out your own food adventure through: visitsunshinecoast.com/foodtrails. Or for a new perspective, tap into Slow Food Noosa – Australia’s largest Slow Food convivium and the first to launch a Snail of Approval program to support restaurants and farm gates.
The magic of makers markets
Day or night you can meander through markets displaying the region’s most creative artists from food to clothing, jewellery and crafts. And no visit is complete without a trip to Australia’s most famous markets, the Original Eumundi Markets.
Noosa Food & Wine Festival
Enjoy over five mouth-watering days from 16-20 May 2019 at the Noosa Food & Wine Festival, an annual love affair of great food, wine, live music and entertainment in one of Australia’s favourite foodie destinations, Noosa. Choose from 113 events with over 50 of Australia’s most loved chefs, including Neil Perry, Matt Moran, Manu Feildel, Alla Wolf-Tasker, Matt Preston and many more.
Festival Village is the heart of Noosa Food & Wine Festival weekend, 18-19 May, with celebrity chef cooking demonstrations and masterclasses, wineries, taste of Noosa restaurants, the new River Lounge and Drinks Lab, Providore on Hastings producers’ pavilion, craft beer and cider and live music.
Gin, beer, seafood, sustainable food and some of Australia’s best chefs and wine – you’ll find it all at the Noosa Food & Wine Festival this May.
The Curated Plate
The Curated Plate is a new four-day food festival in the Sunshine Coast from 8-11 August, featuring the best chefs from Australia and around the world. Headlining the festival is Tokyo’s Zaiyu Hasegawa from Japan’s number one restaurant, Den (two Michelin Stars), in a special collaboration dinner with Sunshine Coast chef, Daniel Jarrett.
Quay’s Peter Gilmore, who was named Citi Chef of the Year at the 2019 Good Food Guide Awards, will feature among a stellar line-up of legendary Australians chefs. Expect collaborative lunches and dinners from Alanna Sapwell, Clayton Wells, Matt Stone, Darren Robertson, Chase Kojima, Nelly Robinson, Joel Valvasori-Pereza plus many more.
Celebrating the relationship between chef and producer, in the picturesque surrounds of a region famed for its vibrant produce, The Curated Plate encourages guests to immerse themselves in the flavours foraged from organic and sustainable practices and enjoy once-in-a-lifetime dining experiences.
You can fly direct to the Sunshine Coast with multiple daily flights to and from Sydney and Melbourne and regular services between Sunshine Coast and Adelaide, with Jetstar, Virgin Australia or Qantas.