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Passcode will be on the welcome card/letter in the house when you arrive.
Remote controls are usually in the lounge area – sometimes in a drawer/cupboard. If you have difficulty working equipment please do not interfere with connections. Contact the manager for assistance. Guests have altered connections, which inconveniences the following guests and we've spent a lot of time fixing the setup.
Arcade games (House B)
Old-school video games to enjoy. Turn off after use or you may permanently damage the screen.
Bikes (House B)
Please use the helmets and lock provided. Do not take the bikes on the sand. Please keep the tires pumped and ready for the next guest. Repair items (and usually a spare inner tube) can be found in the garage cupboard. Also please don’t lean the bikes (or anything else) against walls – we provide racks for the bikes to be parked in.
House A has a pantry cupboard. House B has two large draws below, and to left, of the microwave for use as a pantry.
Please use wipes provided to clean the plate after each use. Wipe when slightly warm, but not hot. The wipes are non-toxic and it is safe to eat off the BBQ without washing it. Turn the gas bottle off after every use!
Please put a bin liner in each wheelie bin before placing rubbish in. These are in the cupboard under the sink, but ask if you cannot find them. Ensure general waste is wrapped before placing it in the green top bin. Rinse recyclables before placing them in the yellow top bin. The green top bin is only for tree cuttings, leaves and grass. Collection happens any time on Friday. Please place bins curbside, handles closest to the house Thursday evening.
Towels and makeup
Please use dark face washers to remove makeup rather than white towels. We’ll really appreciate you helping us with this as it can take a lot of effort to remove makeup stains.
Books, magazines, DVDs, games
We provide magazines and DVDs. House B also has a few books to borrow. Please leave items for future guests to enjoy.
Check the Fauna folder on the bookshelf for info about native birds and animals you may find in the area.
Birds: If a family of magpies hangs around, don’t be alarmed – they are friendly! Do not feel obliged to feed them, but if you want to, high protein foods (egg, meat or cheese) are best, but really they like eating insects, so its great if they stay around and keep the grasshopper population low.
Frogs: You are adjacent to a nature reserve. It’s a beautiful, healthy habitat for native frogs. If a frog gets inside, please do not hurt it. Simply put it in the garden, or call the manager for help.
Occasionally, the hot water system or the BBQ will run out of gas. Please call the manager and they will help you switch to the reserve bottle. They need to be made aware when bottles run out so they can reorder.
Please find further information
Equipment folder – instruction manuals for appliances in the house. If you need assistance, or find anything needs attention, please do not hesitate to contact the site manager.
Edible plants (House B)
You are welcome to use some of the edible plants, such as herbs in the garden. Please consider future guests also want to enjoy them so do not uproot or strip plants bare. Ensure you are knowledgeable about plants before consuming them. We cannot be responsible if guests ingest plants not suitable for human consumption.
The fridge/freezer is on optimal settings for maintaining food safety. Please do not change the settings or turn buttons on or off. Do not turn on the ice making machine in House B - it is not connected and will only make noise.
Shops within 10 minutes walk
Supermarket, Butcher, Baker, Pharmacy, GP, Bottle shop, Cafe, takeaways, Hairdresser - Mount Coolum.
Soulfish - our go-to fishmonger (uncooked) out the back of Coolum. We grab a selection and cook it on the BBQ.
Epic Seafoods - you have to be in the know. Office in Merchant's Parade. Frozen only. We love the lobsters!
Linen, prams, wheelchairs, beach umbrellas and other items holidayhiring.com.au
THINGS TO DO
THINGS TO DO
Xperiences at Twin Waters offers segway and night vision eco tours and for the brave there is a high ropes course.
There are a two great aqua parks within 15 mins of the house at Coolum and Bli Bli with big bouncy castles, and slides.
Sea life Aquarium at Mooloolaba offers tank shark dives, seal shows and touch tanks. If you can’t, or don’t want to, get out in the real ocean then this will give you a taste of the real thing.
There is a basketball half court in Haliad Drive Mount Coolum, 10 minutes walk from the beach house.
That’s why you’re here isn’t it? Go joyfully and often. Long walks on the beach at dusk can be better than medicine. We've 200 m, via a beach track, to the 10km stretch of pristine beach. The beach is patrolled during summer straight out the front of the house and year round at Marcoola surf lifesaving club.
The network of paths is perfect to cycle, push a pram or wheelchair along. Access is via the boardwalk directly opposite SANDS beach house. We’ve provided two single speed bikes in the house for you to borrow and explore with.
Botanic gardens and reserves
Buderim Rainforest Park is a small reserve 15 minutes drive away where you can take walks (ranging 15-60 minutes), check out the waterfall or enjoy a picnic. Lindsay Rd, Buderim.
Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden is 82 hectares of bushland with picnic facilities. Palm Creek Road, Tanawha
Maleny Botanic Garden, a private garden and aviary, Maleny Stanley River Rd, Maleny.
The Adventure Sunshine Coast website is an awesome resource to search walks according to difficulty, duration and location.
Ex-HMAS Brisbane is a great dive site just of the coast from SANDS BEACH HOUSE. You can also snorkel or dive at Mudjimba Island (Old Woman Island) one kilometre off the coast.
Create your own food trail and chase down unique farm and providor experiences. You can plan your route online with this handy food trail planner.
Surf fish straight out the front of the house, or charter a boat to go deep sea from either Mooloolaba or Noosa. There are a couple of boat ramps a few km from the house where you can put your own boat in.
Mount Coolum Golf Course – The 18 hole course features beautiful scenery with the majestic Mount Coolum backdrop for social players and affiliate members. Lumeah Drive, Mt Coolum.
Maroochy River Golf Club – 18 holes, mini golf, driving range, bar and bistro 10 minutes drive from the house.
Palmer Resort Golf Course – Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, this 18 hole course challenges even the best golfers while still providing plenty of enjoyment for the novice. Warran Rd, Mount Coolum.
Twin Waters Golf Course – This 18 hole, par 72 championship course designed by Peter Thomson and Mike Wolveridge. Ocean Drive, Twin Waters.
See 'Bushwalking' the same website lists great spots to canoe and kayak.
Maleny and Montville
Lovely little towns in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Great for escaping the heat when it’s too hot down on the coast. They are also close to waterfalls, rainforest and national parks.
Marcoola Markets – Food stalls, Friday nights, Lorraine Ave, Marcoola. Go back Saturday morning for a different set of stalls selling vegetables, meat and homemade provisions.
Noosa farmers markets – Food glorious food on Sunday mornings, Weyba Road, Noosaville.
Eumundi markets – Wednesday and Saturday, Memorial Drive, Eumundi.
Parklands Regional Park has a series of purpose-built mountain bike trails through eucalypt forest and rainforest, past rocky platforms, steep gorges and trickling creeks ranging from intermediate to difficult terrain.
Mount Coolum National Park climb gets you a great view from Noosa National Park to Caloundra. You can walk there from SANDS BEACH HOUSE. The climb starts at the corner of Tanah Street West and Jarnahill Drive. The walk takes half to one hour. You need good fitness to climb. Mount Coolum is an isolated volcanic dome, 208m high, covering approximately 1 square km area. Ecologically it is one of the most important square km in Australia. There are only 1400 plant species in all of Great Britain, whereas Mount Coolum is home to over 700 plant types, including 590 flowering plants and 49 ferns.
Other national parks are worth a look include Noosa National Park - a fabulous place to walk or swim in the ocean.
There's an outdoor ping pong table in Glen Retreat Park, Merchants Parade, a five minute walk from the beach house.
DIY or don't lift a finger. There are plenty of perfect spots around the coast to pick from. Set one up on the beach straight in front of the house, in the garden or get ideas and/or order the whole lot from Noosa Picnics.
Get your adventure on and take off into the great blue yonder. Sunshine Coast Kayaking can you help you out with kayaks, gear and guides. The closest adventure is the one kilometre paddle to Mudjimba island.
Hoping for a day a the spa? We quite like one at Doonan, about 20 minutes drive.
Standup Paddle Boarding
If you're good in the surf you can take your board out in front of the house. If you're not keen on swell, every so often the surf is flat or take the short trip to Cotton Tree near the mouth of the Maroochy River. For the more ambitious, check Adventure Sunshine Coast for a range of lakes. creeks and rivers to explore. You can hire from Ocean Addicts Cotton Tree, main beach Noosa or visit the Bli Bli Water Park for a session on their private lake.
June to October you can visit a local farm and pick your own fresh ripe strawberries. They also make their own strawberry ice cream at McMartin's farm.
One of our favourite things to do is to take a glass of wine for a walk along the beach and sit watching the waves, dolphins, whales and the sun go down over Mount Coolum.
There are a couple of boogie boards available in the house for your use. Have a go on your own, with a friend or check out one of the local surf schools if you want to do the stand up kind of surfing.
You can ski behind a boat or wake board at the local cable ski park. Both are only about 10 mins drive.
We’re on the migration trail for humpback whales. Every year they make their way from Antarctica up the Queensland coast to have their babies then return back down the coast to the colder waters before summer hits. Various tour operators offer boat trips, but you will usually spot whales from the beach if you are here at the right time!
Australia Zoo is one of the great attractions of the sunshine coast and home of the crocodile hunter.
Wildlife HQ is a small zoo set up to save animals abandoned from another zoo being closed. We love supporting this place. You can book special in enclosure experiences here that are wonderful for any animal lover.
Visit Sunshine Coast
For more great ideas and lists of the latest events check out Visit Sunshine Coast.
Cafes and takeaways
The Messy Hen - bar, cafe Merchant's Parade, Mount Coolum
Ngon cafe - Vietnamese (my alltime favourite cuisine) only a few blocks from the house
Bulli Cafe and Little Boat Espresso – Cafes serving decent breakfast, lunch and coffee side by side in Lorraine Avenue, Marcoola. Our go-to is Bulli, but Little Boat has good coffee, sweet treats and burgers.
Daily Dose – cafe Cnr Suncoast Beach Drive and David Low Way, Mt Coolum
Curly’s on the boardwalk – bar, cafe Breeze Resort, Boardwalk Boulevard, Mount Coolum
Om’s (Thai) Kitchen – No ambience, so don’t plan on eating in, but decent quality takeaway, 1467 David Low Way, Yaroomba
Waiting for Huey – casual cafe, 25 Seaside Boulevard, Mount Coolum
Bao down – Easy walk. Draws on a mix of Asian influences, Cnr Suncoast Beach Drive and David Low Way, Mt Coolum
Belt & Reel – Counter meals at the local, fully licensed surf club. Marcoola surf club, 64 Marcoola Esplanade, Marcoola
Presto - In the local shopping Centre, basic pizza and pasta, Cnr Suncoast Beach Drive and David Low Way, Mt Coolum
Things are very casual here. These local establishments tend on the cheap and cheerful side. They mostly serve good honest food, but if you want a romantic or fine dining experience then take a look at the ‘Eat far’ suggestions. Dinner restaurants sometimes close early – it can be hard to eat out after 8pm. Adapting to the local lifestyle will make your stay easier. Early to bed then early to the beach the next morning!