Melissa's Guidebook

Melissa

Melissa's Guidebook

Family Friendly Places
Great places to go whilst visiting the Sunshine Coast !
There is no other zoo like Australia Zoo! They pack in stacks of wildlife action every day and there are always plenty of exciting wildlife shows to see.
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Australia Zoo
1638 Steve Irwin Way
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There is no other zoo like Australia Zoo! They pack in stacks of wildlife action every day and there are always plenty of exciting wildlife shows to see.
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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium
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Renowned for locally made artisan treasures, there’s no other market quite like it. Mark it in your diary; open rain, hail or shine every Saturday and Wednesday. Step into an ever-evolving collaboration of talented locals seeking to share their gifts with the world. The Original Eumundi Markets is the biggest and the best art and craft market in Australia. Meet the talented hands behind handcrafted furniture, homewares, artworks, ceramics, cutting-edge fashion and jewellery, and chat to the farmers and bakers selling fresh produce and gourmet delights. When you need a shopping break, rejuvenate with a massage, have your palm read or lose yourself in the stellar line-up of musicians and street performers. It’s an experience like no other."
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Eumundi Markets
80 Memorial Dr
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Renowned for locally made artisan treasures, there’s no other market quite like it. Mark it in your diary; open rain, hail or shine every Saturday and Wednesday. Step into an ever-evolving collaboration of talented locals seeking to share their gifts with the world. The Original Eumundi Markets is the biggest and the best art and craft market in Australia. Meet the talented hands behind handcrafted furniture, homewares, artworks, ceramics, cutting-edge fashion and jewellery, and chat to the farmers and bakers selling fresh produce and gourmet delights. When you need a shopping break, rejuvenate with a massage, have your palm read or lose yourself in the stellar line-up of musicians and street performers. It’s an experience like no other."
Sunday street market offering arts, crafts, clothing, food vans & live entertainment
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Caloundra Street Fair
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Sunday street market offering arts, crafts, clothing, food vans & live entertainment
Marcoola Market is relaxed celebration of food, music and good times. Enjoy the best international flavours and fresh produce at the beachside market in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Marcoola. Every Friday evening from 4pm-8pm, this outdoor food market is the perfect place to grab a bite and relax after a long week Then on Saturday mornings from 8am-12pm,local farmers bring the best of the Sunshine Coast's fresh produce to Marcoola for the Farmer's Market.
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Marcoola Twilight Market
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Marcoola Market is relaxed celebration of food, music and good times. Enjoy the best international flavours and fresh produce at the beachside market in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Marcoola. Every Friday evening from 4pm-8pm, this outdoor food market is the perfect place to grab a bite and relax after a long week Then on Saturday mornings from 8am-12pm,local farmers bring the best of the Sunshine Coast's fresh produce to Marcoola for the Farmer's Market.
A great place to take the family to enjoy the beautiful child friendly beach. Fantastic coastal walk if you want to take the scooters and plenty of family friendly food - fish and chips, ice creams all located near the beach.
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Bulcock Beach
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A great place to take the family to enjoy the beautiful child friendly beach. Fantastic coastal walk if you want to take the scooters and plenty of family friendly food - fish and chips, ice creams all located near the beach.
Great parks overlooking the beach, ample room to set up for the day. Kings Beach also has a really cool water feature that kids can play in, also school holiday activities are set up at Kings Beach! Very family friendly.
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Kings Beach
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Great parks overlooking the beach, ample room to set up for the day. Kings Beach also has a really cool water feature that kids can play in, also school holiday activities are set up at Kings Beach! Very family friendly.
If you’re after a place to hit the refresh button and focus on invigorating your mind and body, you’ve found it at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. This is a place where the first things you see in the morning (apart from the local barista) are the dolphins, koalas and sea turtles you spot on your morning stroll. Things to do in Noosa Spend a morning taking a beachside yoga class, then shop in a street packed with stylish boutiques, all before lunch is served up by one of Australia’s best chefs. Or you can immerse yourself in the creativity of the locals, showcased in the unique shops and markets of the surrounding towns. Centred around the buzzing hive of food and fashion that is Hastings Street, this sophisticated coastal town is everything a holidaymaker could dream of and more. The beaches speckled along the coastline of Noosa National Park are waiting for you. In between dips in the ocean and stand up paddle-boarding expeditions, spread out your towel, slap on a hat and open the pages of your latest novel. Or bring your board: Noosa was named the 10th World Surfing Reserve in 2019. Famed for its laid-back surfing culture, it's also home of the Noosa Festival of Surfing WSL Longboard Open each February. After a change of scenery? The Noosa Hinterland is the sleepy countryside region calling your name. Pop into local favourite Eumundi Markets every Saturday and Wednesday morning for the local produce and treasures of the region. You’ll also discover the Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglades systems in the world. Here, you can marvel off the side of your canoe or tour boat at the reflections of the banksias, tea trees, melaleucas and waterlilies at sunrise. If there’s ever somewhere to find your balance, this is it.
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Noosa Shire
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If you’re after a place to hit the refresh button and focus on invigorating your mind and body, you’ve found it at Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. This is a place where the first things you see in the morning (apart from the local barista) are the dolphins, koalas and sea turtles you spot on your morning stroll. Things to do in Noosa Spend a morning taking a beachside yoga class, then shop in a street packed with stylish boutiques, all before lunch is served up by one of Australia’s best chefs. Or you can immerse yourself in the creativity of the locals, showcased in the unique shops and markets of the surrounding towns. Centred around the buzzing hive of food and fashion that is Hastings Street, this sophisticated coastal town is everything a holidaymaker could dream of and more. The beaches speckled along the coastline of Noosa National Park are waiting for you. In between dips in the ocean and stand up paddle-boarding expeditions, spread out your towel, slap on a hat and open the pages of your latest novel. Or bring your board: Noosa was named the 10th World Surfing Reserve in 2019. Famed for its laid-back surfing culture, it's also home of the Noosa Festival of Surfing WSL Longboard Open each February. After a change of scenery? The Noosa Hinterland is the sleepy countryside region calling your name. Pop into local favourite Eumundi Markets every Saturday and Wednesday morning for the local produce and treasures of the region. You’ll also discover the Noosa Everglades, one of only two everglades systems in the world. Here, you can marvel off the side of your canoe or tour boat at the reflections of the banksias, tea trees, melaleucas and waterlilies at sunrise. If there’s ever somewhere to find your balance, this is it.
You’ll find no shortage of things to do in Mooloolaba, making this picturesque precinct of the Sunshine Coast a favourite for those not fans of sitting idle. Burrowed in the heart of the region 100 kilometres from Brisbane, the town has become a major calling card for holidaymakers year-round. This is the sun-drenched getaway where there’s no chance of becoming bored.
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Mooloolaba
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You’ll find no shortage of things to do in Mooloolaba, making this picturesque precinct of the Sunshine Coast a favourite for those not fans of sitting idle. Burrowed in the heart of the region 100 kilometres from Brisbane, the town has become a major calling card for holidaymakers year-round. This is the sun-drenched getaway where there’s no chance of becoming bored.
Take the family & the DOGGIE !
The most beautiful places to visit and you can also take your fur baby’s !
Unrestricted off-leash action, the softest sand, inland trails and nearby adjoining lake; it’s unsurprising why Currimundi Beach is the one of the best dog-friendly beaches on the Sunshine Coast. The easiest access to the expansive off-leash area is from Ann St and Gothic Parade and stretches between access points 249-262. BYO picnic (and dog treats).
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Currimundi lake
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Unrestricted off-leash action, the softest sand, inland trails and nearby adjoining lake; it’s unsurprising why Currimundi Beach is the one of the best dog-friendly beaches on the Sunshine Coast. The easiest access to the expansive off-leash area is from Ann St and Gothic Parade and stretches between access points 249-262. BYO picnic (and dog treats).
Frequented for its palm-lined beach and breezy headland walk, Moffat Beach is a much-loved beach destination for two and four-legged visitors alike. Off-leash access is between 4pm and 8am each day between Lower Neil Street at Dicky Beach (beach access 269) and south to Russell Street where it connects with Shelly Beach. Stop in at The Pocket Espresso Bar on Seaview Terrace, just south of Moffat Beach for award-winning coffee and dog-friendly outdoor seating. The ocean views are on the house.
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Moffat Beach
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Frequented for its palm-lined beach and breezy headland walk, Moffat Beach is a much-loved beach destination for two and four-legged visitors alike. Off-leash access is between 4pm and 8am each day between Lower Neil Street at Dicky Beach (beach access 269) and south to Russell Street where it connects with Shelly Beach. Stop in at The Pocket Espresso Bar on Seaview Terrace, just south of Moffat Beach for award-winning coffee and dog-friendly outdoor seating. The ocean views are on the house.
If you and your pup find yourself in Caloundra during the winter months, dip your paws in the glistening rock pools on Shelly Beach. Unpatrolled, you’ll often have this little stretch of sand all to yourself—unusual for this part of the world. You’ll find this dog-friendly beach between Russell Street and Victoria Terrace (beach access 276 to 281). Off leash times are from 4pm to 8am between May and October, so make sure to time your visit right.
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Shelly Beach
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If you and your pup find yourself in Caloundra during the winter months, dip your paws in the glistening rock pools on Shelly Beach. Unpatrolled, you’ll often have this little stretch of sand all to yourself—unusual for this part of the world. You’ll find this dog-friendly beach between Russell Street and Victoria Terrace (beach access 276 to 281). Off leash times are from 4pm to 8am between May and October, so make sure to time your visit right.
A stretch of beach so large, it has not one, but two, dedicated off-leash dog sections. Spoilt much? The north stretch of this golden stretch of sand between Maloga Street and Wurley Drive (beach access points 226 to 247), and the southerly point between Moondara Drive down to Currimundi Lake (beach access 249 to 253) are your dedicated sections. Keep heading north of beach access point 247 and you’ll find the beginning of Point Cartwright Walk. Leash up and explore this magnificent coastal walk, complete with cliff faces, lookout points and working lighthouse. You know what to do…
Wurtulla Beach
A stretch of beach so large, it has not one, but two, dedicated off-leash dog sections. Spoilt much? The north stretch of this golden stretch of sand between Maloga Street and Wurley Drive (beach access points 226 to 247), and the southerly point between Moondara Drive down to Currimundi Lake (beach access 249 to 253) are your dedicated sections. Keep heading north of beach access point 247 and you’ll find the beginning of Point Cartwright Walk. Leash up and explore this magnificent coastal walk, complete with cliff faces, lookout points and working lighthouse. You know what to do…
Let your pup chase waves 24/7 at Buddina’s dedicated dog-friendly, off-leash beach along the eastern side of Point Cartwright headland and access the beach between 198 to 201. Pack a picnic and pit-stop anywhere along the grassed foreshore area around Point Cartwright. The views are breathtaking.
Buddina
Let your pup chase waves 24/7 at Buddina’s dedicated dog-friendly, off-leash beach along the eastern side of Point Cartwright headland and access the beach between 198 to 201. Pack a picnic and pit-stop anywhere along the grassed foreshore area around Point Cartwright. The views are breathtaking.
Prefer the calmer waters of the river vs the choppy sea? While not technically a beach, the Maroochy River park offers off-leash, round the clock water play, from the intersection of Bradman Ave and Fisherman Rd for 500m down to the river mouth.
Maroochy River
Prefer the calmer waters of the river vs the choppy sea? While not technically a beach, the Maroochy River park offers off-leash, round the clock water play, from the intersection of Bradman Ave and Fisherman Rd for 500m down to the river mouth.
Make tracks with your pack to Stumers Creek along Coolum Beach for quintessential Sunshine Coast beach time. Dog-friendly beach time starts just north of the caravan park, it’s an off-leash zone for one glorious kilometre of beach from Stumers Creek.
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Coolum Beach
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Make tracks with your pack to Stumers Creek along Coolum Beach for quintessential Sunshine Coast beach time. Dog-friendly beach time starts just north of the caravan park, it’s an off-leash zone for one glorious kilometre of beach from Stumers Creek.
Dreaming about the blue waters of the Pacific but not so keen on the crowds? Pack your pooch and head to Marcus Beach (wedged neatly between Sunshine and Peregian Beaches) for unrivalled dog-friendly beach time—minus the mayhem. From beach access 47 all the way north to beach access 38 at Sunrise Beach this is the kind of dog-friendly beaches on the Sunshine Coast that makes you stop and take it all in. Bonus? Both Sunshine and Peregian Beaches have a bustling café scene, with plenty of alfresco seating for you and your furry friend to kick back with a drink post-swim.
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Marcus Beach
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Dreaming about the blue waters of the Pacific but not so keen on the crowds? Pack your pooch and head to Marcus Beach (wedged neatly between Sunshine and Peregian Beaches) for unrivalled dog-friendly beach time—minus the mayhem. From beach access 47 all the way north to beach access 38 at Sunrise Beach this is the kind of dog-friendly beaches on the Sunshine Coast that makes you stop and take it all in. Bonus? Both Sunshine and Peregian Beaches have a bustling café scene, with plenty of alfresco seating for you and your furry friend to kick back with a drink post-swim.
One of the Sunshine Coast’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, Sunshine Beach’s off-leash area also happens to be one of the quietest. A favourite among locals, hit the beach access from point 27 for round-the-clock off-leash beach time.
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Sunshine Beach
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One of the Sunshine Coast’s most beautiful stretches of coastline, Sunshine Beach’s off-leash area also happens to be one of the quietest. A favourite among locals, hit the beach access from point 27 for round-the-clock off-leash beach time.
The aptly named Dog Beach at the mouth of the Noosa River is perfect for lazy days by the water. Protected from the coastal winds, Dog Beach has the best of both worlds; a ton of golden sand, and gentle rippling waves. Enter via Claude Batten Drive at Noosa Spit. This dog-friendly beach is just moments from Noosa’s iconic Hastings Street, should you fancy, well, just about anything.
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Noosa Shire
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The aptly named Dog Beach at the mouth of the Noosa River is perfect for lazy days by the water. Protected from the coastal winds, Dog Beach has the best of both worlds; a ton of golden sand, and gentle rippling waves. Enter via Claude Batten Drive at Noosa Spit. This dog-friendly beach is just moments from Noosa’s iconic Hastings Street, should you fancy, well, just about anything.
Sightseeing
There’s plenty to do here with kids big and small - entertain the brood with a day spent at the nearby Australia Zoo, Aussie World or the Big Kart Track. Or spend time in the great outdoors - Kings Beach boasts both a playground and public barbecues for feasting post-swim. Slightly further afield, aquatic playground Currimundi Lake offers an array of water sports to enjoy. Adults also remain well-catered to, we promise. Work up a sweat meandering the scenic Caloundra Coastal Walk, which stretches 25 kilometres from Golden Beach to Mooloolaba further north. Or explore the region by boat; glide your way along the idyllic Pumicestone Passage, or join the fleet of yachts that favour Point Cartwright. Fishing boats are just as welcome in these parts - conveniently you’ll find an array of boat ramp facilities for launching scattered throughout. Surfers will feel right at home, thanks to the regular swell. After working up a thirst at the beach, visitors to Caloundra can join the locals at one of the many excellent craft beer breweries emerging in the area.
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Caloundra
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There’s plenty to do here with kids big and small - entertain the brood with a day spent at the nearby Australia Zoo, Aussie World or the Big Kart Track. Or spend time in the great outdoors - Kings Beach boasts both a playground and public barbecues for feasting post-swim. Slightly further afield, aquatic playground Currimundi Lake offers an array of water sports to enjoy. Adults also remain well-catered to, we promise. Work up a sweat meandering the scenic Caloundra Coastal Walk, which stretches 25 kilometres from Golden Beach to Mooloolaba further north. Or explore the region by boat; glide your way along the idyllic Pumicestone Passage, or join the fleet of yachts that favour Point Cartwright. Fishing boats are just as welcome in these parts - conveniently you’ll find an array of boat ramp facilities for launching scattered throughout. Surfers will feel right at home, thanks to the regular swell. After working up a thirst at the beach, visitors to Caloundra can join the locals at one of the many excellent craft beer breweries emerging in the area.
Do as the locals do, and rise early to experience the coast’s morning calm. It’s like downward dog for your soul. The best way to explore is to set off on the Caloundra Coastal Walk, which stretches 25 kilometres from Golden Beach in the south to Mooloolaba Beach in the north. It takes in Caloundra Headland, Moffat Headland and Point Cartwright - passing historic sites such as the Military Jetty used for operations in World War II and the heritage listed Kings Beach Bathing Pavilion constructed in 1937. Do as much or as little of the walk as you please. If you’re starting from Rumba Beach Resort, head to Bulcock Beach and then follow the boardwalk to Kings Beach. Keep walking past the open-air saltwater pool, and then make a short detour to your first stop: Beau’s café. Perfectly positioned just steps from the beach and 20 minutes into the walk, get your fill of locally-roasted coffee and fluffy pancakes, or grab a Beauritto to go and enjoy it on one of the many picnic tables that scatter along the coastal path. Continue your walk along the headland and across to Shelly Beach, a rough non-swimming beach with nothing more than a handful of houses and a handful of leash-free dogs chasing seagulls.
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Caloundra
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Do as the locals do, and rise early to experience the coast’s morning calm. It’s like downward dog for your soul. The best way to explore is to set off on the Caloundra Coastal Walk, which stretches 25 kilometres from Golden Beach in the south to Mooloolaba Beach in the north. It takes in Caloundra Headland, Moffat Headland and Point Cartwright - passing historic sites such as the Military Jetty used for operations in World War II and the heritage listed Kings Beach Bathing Pavilion constructed in 1937. Do as much or as little of the walk as you please. If you’re starting from Rumba Beach Resort, head to Bulcock Beach and then follow the boardwalk to Kings Beach. Keep walking past the open-air saltwater pool, and then make a short detour to your first stop: Beau’s café. Perfectly positioned just steps from the beach and 20 minutes into the walk, get your fill of locally-roasted coffee and fluffy pancakes, or grab a Beauritto to go and enjoy it on one of the many picnic tables that scatter along the coastal path. Continue your walk along the headland and across to Shelly Beach, a rough non-swimming beach with nothing more than a handful of houses and a handful of leash-free dogs chasing seagulls.
Food scene
Moffat Beach Brewing Co. is a cool, calm and casual beachside microbrewery masquerading as a cafe. But a glimpse of the barrels and kettles down the back, and you know there’s some serious brewing magic going down. These guys serve up 12 beers on rotation in their six-tap bar, made from scratch with no preservatives. Rely on crowd favourites – the easy-drinking Deadbeat Boyfriend Cream Ale and Iggy Hop Double IPA – or go rogue and sample all their interesting flavours like the Bounty Coconut Stout and Citrus IPA. If you need any more reasons to head on down to Moffat Beach Brewing Co; they won the Independent Brewers Association award for the best small brewery in all of Australia in 2018. So head there for a cold one or drop in on a Friday to Sunday night for some live tunes and tapas-style share plates. Where: 12 Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach, Caloundra When: Monday 7am – 2:30pm; Tuesday - Friday 7am – 230pm, 5pm-7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 7am-7:30pm.
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Moffat Beach Brewing Co.
12 Seaview Terrace
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Moffat Beach Brewing Co. is a cool, calm and casual beachside microbrewery masquerading as a cafe. But a glimpse of the barrels and kettles down the back, and you know there’s some serious brewing magic going down. These guys serve up 12 beers on rotation in their six-tap bar, made from scratch with no preservatives. Rely on crowd favourites – the easy-drinking Deadbeat Boyfriend Cream Ale and Iggy Hop Double IPA – or go rogue and sample all their interesting flavours like the Bounty Coconut Stout and Citrus IPA. If you need any more reasons to head on down to Moffat Beach Brewing Co; they won the Independent Brewers Association award for the best small brewery in all of Australia in 2018. So head there for a cold one or drop in on a Friday to Sunday night for some live tunes and tapas-style share plates. Where: 12 Seaview Terrace, Moffat Beach, Caloundra When: Monday 7am – 2:30pm; Tuesday - Friday 7am – 230pm, 5pm-7:30pm; Saturday and Sunday 7am-7:30pm.
ONE BLOCK BACK is full of life, energy, great food and surprises. Created as a relaxing venue for guests to reconnect with one another in beautiful surroundings. You found us - well done! Sit back & relax, we’ve got the rest. We craft the hottest seasonally inspired menus, alongside top-notch coffee, quality service and an atmosphere you will get nowhere else on the Coast, we promise. Jasmin founded One Block Back in 2016. Just a local girl, whose love for good food and bringing people together led her to creating this sanctuary, for you. One Block Back is also fully licensed so you can enjoy a cheeky cocktail, wine or beer at your next lunch date. What was once a tin shed hidden in suburbia, is now one of Sunshine Coast’s most distinctive cafes and your new second home. Voted #6 Best Cafe in Queensland by the Courier Mail LOCATION 106 Nothling Street Moffat Beach, QLD 4551 HOURS M-Su 7a–2:30 Kitchen 7a-2p
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One Block Back
110 Nothling St
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ONE BLOCK BACK is full of life, energy, great food and surprises. Created as a relaxing venue for guests to reconnect with one another in beautiful surroundings. You found us - well done! Sit back & relax, we’ve got the rest. We craft the hottest seasonally inspired menus, alongside top-notch coffee, quality service and an atmosphere you will get nowhere else on the Coast, we promise. Jasmin founded One Block Back in 2016. Just a local girl, whose love for good food and bringing people together led her to creating this sanctuary, for you. One Block Back is also fully licensed so you can enjoy a cheeky cocktail, wine or beer at your next lunch date. What was once a tin shed hidden in suburbia, is now one of Sunshine Coast’s most distinctive cafes and your new second home. Voted #6 Best Cafe in Queensland by the Courier Mail LOCATION 106 Nothling Street Moffat Beach, QLD 4551 HOURS M-Su 7a–2:30 Kitchen 7a-2p
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Coffee Cat On Kings Beach
1-8 Leuvka Ave
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