Another year, bringing you another birthday, and an important one at that! Whether you are excited to celebrate your 50th birthday with your family and friends or if drinking in a beautiful location quietly is more your style, you can always find a great way to celebrate your 50th birthday in style on the Sunshine Coast of Australia. When you are edging another year, a birthday is an excellent opportunity to look back at your year and feel grateful for all the good things that have happened with you. You should be more focused on pampering yourself for the day in style.
However, you don’t need to stress about looking for the perfect setting and the perfect way to blow out your birthday candles. We have got you covered. From a high tea to a bring your dinner, here is a comprehensive guide on everything in between to help you in deciding your birthday plans.
For the live music enthusiast
Grab takeaway dinner and your loved ones with you as you go out to check the live music and eclectic stalls at Nights located right on the Ocean markets in the Maroochydore area. These live music nights take place every second Friday of the month during the evenings from 5 pm to 9 pm. If you are into live music, you can make a great day out of it. You can walk along the main street, visit the adjoining laneways and have a lot of fun on your birthday. If you like exploring, you can uncover various street murals and sculptures with your loved ones. Here you can even find the world-famous “Seawall” painting.
Enjoy some nightlife for your birthday
You can also enjoy a bit of nightlife at the NightQuarter, which is within a walking distance. NightQuarter is open every weekend, and you can find global street arts, plenty of festivals, and roving entertainment here to consume you for the night. After all, what is more, exciting than enjoying a night of live music and reliving your youth with nightclubs on your 50th birthday? If you like the idea of putting on your Aussie shoes as the locals do, you can just pull up your shoes and attend the Gympie Music Muster festival. This is an iconic festival and is widely considered to be one of the best traditions on the Sunshine Coast. You can find country music here and the local arts movement right at the grassroots story. Attending this music festival can be a great way to celebrate your 50th birthday with your family and friends and can also help you in getting in touch with your Australian roots.
For the nature lover
If you would much rather spend your special day in a quiet place right within the grasps of nature, it is very easy to make a day out of it on the Sunshine Coast. You can start by taking a dip in the ocean and enjoying the sun and the gentle breeze in the Noosa National Park. You could just wander on the coast for a walk with your loved ones and discover a secluded beach. Generally, the secluded beaches in this area are well known for spotting and looking at dolphins and koalas along the headland. You could also look for a more isolated location at the tranquil Noosa Everglades. Here you will find that there are a lot of birds just waiting to wish you a happy birthday.
Go camping for your perfect birthday
If you like the idea of a quiet and peaceful birthday, you can also go camping under the stars on the Sunshine Coast. There are many amazing campsites available, and some of the best ones in Queensland are right within your driving range. You can enjoy the national park spots, hidden hinterlands, and idyllic beachside while pitching a tent, enjoying a drink, and talking to your friends. You can also absorb the jaw-dropping panoramas in the cascading waterfalls of Kondalilla National Park. The word Kondalilla literally means ‘rushing waters’, and it sums up the perfectly steep 90 m drop that the river takes at the Skene Creek’s waterfall.
For the foodie
If you are a foodie at heart and you want to celebrate your 50th birthday enjoying the local cuisine, you can head down to Maleny Dairies, which is located in the southwestern part of Maleny National Park, and take a tour of the factory and farm. The little ones in your family can also visit and play with the baby calves located in the paddock as you settle down on a picnic bench and enjoy a delicious cheese platter. To get the greatest paddock to the right on a plate experience, you can also go and pick strawberries right from the fields.
Enjoy fresh produce that you pick off the fields yourself
Located right on the foot of the Mooloolaba National Park, you can find various Strawberry Fields and Palmview that boast rich beaches at only a 10-minute driving distance. Here you can enjoy a few scoops of homemade ice cream and you can also go a little to the north to find the perfect pit spot of your special day, the Cooloola Berries. Here you can enjoy your day exploring the art and food communities in the Noosa Hinterland. Here the very hot event, the Noosa Eat and Drink Festival take place. At this festival, world-renowned chefs from around the country and particularly Queensland put up a culinary show.
Dine under the moonlight
If you feel like ending the day on a perfect note, such as dining under the moonlight, you have Hastings Beach right there. You can uncover the new fancy food trends and pair them up with the local wines. You can also enjoy the lush canopy with your dinner at the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. While you are here, you can start the night with a classic burger and follow it up with a “concrete” as dessert in the famous Betty’s Burgers restaurant in Noosa glass house
. You can also dine at Sum Yung Guys, which is Matt Sinclair, the Masterchef alumni’s world-renowned Asian eatery located in Sunshine Beach. If you prefer fine dining, you can also visit the two-hatted restaurant, The Long Apron, situated in Spicers Clovelly Estate at Montville. You can enjoy all the best restaurants in the area at Sunshine Coast and enjoy a perfect 50th birthday.
Spend your day appreciating the local art
If you want to get in touch with the local art community for your 50th birthday, visit Australia’s largest crafts, arts, and products market, Eumundi Markets. It takes place every Saturday and Wednesday of the year. Eumundi Markets are famous for their extensive stalls that sell a lot of local merchandise handcrafted right at the Sunshine Coast. You can also spend your morning scouring the pastries, coffee, and markets at hand before you head down to the popular Memorial Drive that is full of independent shops, bookstores, and local cafes. You can enjoy independent creativity when you follow the path of the Sunshine Coast art gallery. From Buderi to Caloundra, Maleny to Montville, this entire region is known for its creative talent, and you could enjoy your day spending time with your imaginative side.
Go for a morning swim with the seals
If you want to spend your 50th birthday actively, you can start with a morning swim at the Mooloolaba Spit Beach. Morning birds, particularly the ones celebrating, are rewarded here with amazing panoramic views such as glowing and golden sand on their own. Once you have dried yourself off before you can head on down for an enriching afternoon at the Sea Life Sunshine Coast. Here you can even try to spend your birthday as a seal trainer or check out “Behind the Scenes” to find out more about their release, rehabilitation, and rescue program.
Spend your day climbing Mount Coolum
Alternatively, you could also wake up to the brilliantly shining sun and head out right to the top of Mount Coolum. This two-hour hike is sure to offer you refreshing sights along the journey. Even though you might need some degree of determination and muscular strength in climbing up this iconic 25 million-year-old volcanic dome, if you are in good physical shape, you can easily accomplish it. Once you get to the top, you can find a complete 360 degrees view of Mount Coolum National Park and Coolum Beach. If you enjoy hiking, there can’t be a better way to spend your birthday than on Sunny Beach.
Go for a bike ride on the mountain trails
You can even embark on a less-travelled guided tour using mountain bikes all around the Inland Sunshine Coast. If you don’t have a bike handy, you can rent one at Ride On Mary and finally set out on the latest trails located in Tewantin National Park at Mary Valley and Noosa, where you will definitely enjoy a true off-road biking experience for your birthday.
Visit the Ginger Factory
If you want to have fun with your entire family exploring the Sunshine Coast and everything that it has to offer for your birthday, why not start in Yandina at the Ginger factory. There is no fee for admission, and you can kick off the day walking in the sub-tropical parks and exploring the world-famous Ginger factory before you round out with brilliant tastings at the local café. As you are already here, you can also walk around Moreton, which is the booming 120-year-old Ginger train and get a rich tour of the entire area.
Spend your birthday diving
You can also get up personal and close with the incredibly rich marine life of Queensland at Sunreef Mooloolaba. This is the biggest diving centre located in South East Queensland. You can swim alongside whales, dive off local reefs such as the brilliant HMAS Brisbane, go snorkelling, or even get a PADI license for diving. If you are an explorer at heart, this is the ultimate way to spend your birthday on the Sunshine Coast.
Sail off on a sunset cruise in the Noosa River for your birthday
You can also explore a new side of the Noosa area by boarding the M.V. Noosa Queen and getting a sunset cruise in the Noosa River. You can start at the Marina and take in spectacular views of the lush mangroves located in the Makepeace Island when you earn your way right towards Lake Cooroibah when it’s time for the sun to set. You can even sail back just in time to get onboard the historical yacht offered by Saltwater Eco Tours. Going sailing in Mooloolaba on your birthday while listening to the local stories regarding the Kabi Kabi people, leawine
rning about their connections with the ocean, and obtaining some traditional hands-on sailing skills while enjoying a tasty bush tucker is the perfect way to celebrate your 50th birthday.
The Sunshine Coast is not just the sleepy coastal brother to the incredible Gold Coast and the Northern Coast. There is everything for everyone here, and it is an excellent place to spend your 50th birthday with your family and friends in style. You can enjoy the coast with a drink, feast on fresh seafood, or pay a visit to the hinterland region in the Sunshine Coast to celebrate with a bounty of exquisite local produce. No matter what your ideal birthday looks like, from sacred Aboriginal sites, spectacular landscapes, and award-winning dining alternatives, Sunshine Coast is here to make your 50th birthday one to remember for ages. You can start your day enjoying your interests and passions in various establishments around the Sunshine Coast. There is a lot here for everyone. Whether you may be a foodie, an explorer, an exercise enthusiast, a nature and animal lover, or a live music enthusiast, you can find your perfect birthday and share the day with your loved ones on the Sunshine Coast.