Each council has one or more well-equipped libraries with newspapers, magazines, books and internet access. Maroochy Library members have on-line access to magazines and journals worldwide via three major databases: the Australia New Zealand Reference Centre, the Health and Wellness Resource Centre and the Electric Library Australasia. Membership is free to local residents.
There are many newsagents and new and second hand bookshops throughout the region.
Exercise, Walking and Cycling
There are numerous commercial health and fitness centres. The Sunshine Coast Police Citizens Youth Club has an exciting variety of physical and other activities for both young and old.
Most beaches are popular for morning (or any time) walks. At low tide, it is possible to walk around the rocks from Kings Beach to Dicky Beach at Caloundra. Try the Boardwalk at Bulcock Beach or the walk along the edge of Pumicestone Passage at Golden Beach.
Walk or cycle from Cotton Tree at Maroochydore or from Alexandra Headland Beach to the mouth of the Mooloolah River along the beachside trail. Visit Point Cartwright and see the lighthouse and spectacular view of Mooloolaba.
Noosa National Park has outstanding walking and cycling trails (shown in the street directory). Try the walk to the lookout at Mount Tinbeerwah for spectacular 360o views.
Local councils can provide further information on the numerous walking and cycling trails and parks, which are continually being developed.
As I am no gardening expert, my aim here is simply to provide easy access to the many sites that have useful information for Sunshine Coast home gardeners. Go to my Gardening page for details.
Beach and rock fishing is possible from most beaches. Offshore fishing and commercial charters are available from Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Noosa. See my Links page. To try barramundi fishing or help with other species, you may like to visit Aussie Fishing Park. You may prefer estuary fishing from bank or boat in Pumicestone Passage and the Mooloolah, Maroochy and Noosa Rivers. Boat ramp locations can be found in the street directory in the Sunshine Coast phone book or any local street directory. Look under Fishing - bait, nets, tackle, trips - in the Yellow Pages for specific fishing information.
Important information on commercial and recreational fishing, including fish species, regulations and permits, is available on the Fishweb site of the Queensland Fisheries Service. For more general links to game fishing websites, visit the Australian National Sportfishing Association links page or for information on Queensland sport fishing activities and clubs try the Queensland Branch site. The fishingmonthly site has information on lots of fishing topics, including weekly fishing reports. Find other fishing information on Rex Hunt's website
Bring your own or hire a fishing boat, canoe, sea kayak, catamaran or surf ski. Plenty to enjoy in Pumicestone Passage, Mooloolah and Maroochy Rivers and Noosa River or in the bays at Mooloolaba and Noosa. To learn to sail or have a sailing experience try Sunshine Coast Sailing Academy. See my Links page or look under Boat Charter Services or Boat Hire - Drive Yourself in the Yellow Pages of the Sunshine Coast Telephone Directory. For local information on weather, boating, fishing, diving, surfing and beach conditions see Brownies Coastwatch site.
See the Trips page for a variety of interesting drives that can be completed in a day.