5 Tips for Visiting the Sunshine Coast

5 Tips for Visiting the Sunshine Coast

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Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime here at the Sunshine Coast! Come relax on the world-renowned beaches, explore the untouched national parks, and catch glimpses of the incredible wildlife. The team here at Epic Ocean Adventures is excited to reveal to you the majesty of this tropical paradise. If you are looking for a spot for the whole family to relax and recharge, then start planning your trip to the Sunshine Coast. We have put together a few guidelines to make it easier for you.

#1 Best Time to Visit

There really is not a bad time to visit the Sunshine Coast. With a sub-tropical climate and over 300 days of sunshine per year, the Sunshine Coast truly delivers the best holiday weather at any time of the year. Even the winter months of June – August stay pretty mild, with temperatures between 7-22°C (45-72°F). If you would like to see Humpback whales on your vacation, then plan to visit between June – November. 

#2 Getting to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast Airport has non-stop flights from a few airports like Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide. If you are coming from overseas or anywhere else in Australia, then the closest airport is in Brisbane. Brisbane Airport is only about one hour away from the Sunshine Coast, so you can take a train, bus, or hire a car. If you need Brisbane Airport parking, you can book online to find a great deal and save money on your vacation.

#3 Where to Stay on the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast extends for over 100km, between Bribie Island in the south to Rainbow Beach in the north. There are multiple towns and villages that make up the region of the Sunshine Coast. Choosing where to stay on the Sunshine Coast is completely dependent on what you are looking for in your vacation. You can choose to stay in the heart of the Sunshine Coast, near the Mooloobaba Beach, or you can choose a more remote location near Rainbow Beach. Noosa Heads is another popular region known for its proximity to the beaches and national parks. Check out Booking.com to compare prices of hotels in the Sunshine Coast area.

#4 Best Day Trips

If you want to escape the crowds and relax in nature, then a trip to the Great Sandy National Park is a must. Enjoy a Kayak Tour or SUP Tour to soak in the break taking views and watch the wildlife in their natural habitat. You will spot bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, stingrays, and so much more. Our guides will take you to the best hidden spots and share their knowledge about the flora and fauna of the region.

#5 What to Pack

A trip to the Sunshine Coast is bound to involve water activities, so be sure to bring a swimsuit. Lightweight clothing is your best bet to stay comfortable in the hot and humid weather. If you are visiting during the winter months, you should bring a light jacket for the evenings. If you plan to do some hiking, make sure you bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, insect repellent, sturdy hiking boots, and a backup battery for your phone. There are few facilities in the national parks, so you will want to prepared on your hike.

Surf Lessons & Surfing in National Parks

Surf Lessons & Surfing in National Parks

Surf Lessons Surfing

Taking your first surf lessons or trying to progress in surfing as a beginner or intermediate surfer can be challenging, frustrating and thrilling all in the one session. Depending on your location, the surfing conditions, crowds in the water and type of wave your surfing are all big factors in how rewarding your surf lessons and surfing session can be.

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Double Island Point surfing

Typically taking surf lessons or surfing in a Australian National Parks gives not only a much more rewarding session than populated beach breaks but also gives a really unique surfing or surf lessons experience in a truly natural environment. Why? Firstly, The best National Park surfing locations are not so easy to get to making that little bit of extra effort worth it with empty waves, pristine tropical waters and no worries about surfing crowds. The intimidating feeling as a beginner taking surf lessons or surfing in a crowded surf break can be overwhelming and challenging to take those waves without feeling like your getting in the way. An example of this is the surfing mecca of Noosa. The points are generally always fully loaded with a mix of professional surfers, long boarders, intermediate and beginners and when the surf is pumping there can be up to 200 in the water surfing at the one time.

surf lessonsJust north up the beach from Noosa Heads within the Great Sandy National Park is an incredible point break known as Double Island Point. The only access for this surfing wave is by 4X4 along the beach at low tide and it’s harder to access location makes for much less crowds than Noosa with plenty of space on the break it can feel like your surfing a super long point break all to your self. A much more relaxed family feel and for anyone taking their first surfing lessons or looking at surfing in an uncrowded National Park environment it’s an incredible trip. Most locals surfing here have learnt to save their arms after riding waves typically 100’s of meters long on this sandy point break wave by simply stepping out of the shallows and walking back up to the top.

Sitting in the water waiting for the next great wave can give you a moment to immerse yourself in the stunning natural beauty of this National Park surfing paradise. The local Bottlenose dolphins pass close by looking for breakfast as do the Manta rays gliding through the clear shallows as you also can experience the local wildlife in the best way possible being in their natural environment. Its never the same surfing and surf lessons experience at Double Island Point but you can always guarantee it to be a memorable one.

Best time of year for Kayaking Tour

Best time of year for Kayaking Tour

Wildlife

dolphin view sea kayaking  On our kayak tours we can already see the large schools of fish coming in as temperatures drop a little and large dolphin pods are happily chasing a feed and enjoying the quiet waters of Honeymoon Bay. Turtles rest close to the quiet shore line and have been a real highlight on our kayak tour in the clear shallows of Double Island Point. The drive along the beach from Noosa and Rainbow Beach on our day and half day kayak tours have been a thrill but are about to get a whole lot better with the migrating Humpback whales passing by. Some have already been spotted from a distance as the estimate this year is almost 35,000! We are super excited to be able to showcase the spectacular Double Island Point and Great Sandy National Park in all it’s glory and at the most peaceful, quiet and amazing time of year. If your after a truly unique kayak tour experience that is off the beaten track then jump on board our Epic Ocean Adventure this season departing Noosa and Rainbow Beach daily.

Become a Paddling Pro in 4 Easy Steps

Become a Paddling Pro in 4 Easy Steps

Surf Lessons

Do you love the sun and the sea and do you want to improve your paddling technique for your next surfing or kayak session? In this case, paddling training will do the trick!

Surfing and kayaking, which involve paddling, strengthen your core and boost cardiovascular fitness. On top of that, they tone your arms and shoulders, burn fat, and ward off stress.

Learning to paddle is easy. Sure, it does require some practice, but it’s well worth the effort. Follow these steps to become a paddling pro:

Maintain Good Posture

Good posture is crucial when paddling when surfing. It not only helps improve your technique but also reduces injury risk.

Relax your shoulders, sit straight, and look straight forward. Remember to breathe and open your chest. Keep your feet against the foot pegs when kayaking and your legs together. And keep your feet together on your surf board. Your knees should be slightly bent. This allows you to move and rotate your torso with ease.

Practice Different Strokes and techniques

Whether you’re using a kayak, stroke as close to the centre line as possible. Experiment with different strokes, such as sideways draws, sweep strokes, low braces, high braces, and reverse strokes. As you progress, add more power to your stroke. Start with the basics and try new techniques along the way.

When surfing try to paddle with one arm after the other, don’t use two arms at the same time, make long and deep strokes, keep your hands relaxed and minimise any rolling from side to side.

Exercise outside the water

The water is not the only place to improve your paddle skills. Perform exercises in the gym or at home that target your back, shoulders, arms, and core muscles. This will boost your performance in the water and keep you injury-free.

Sprint training

Once you learn the basic strokes, paddle as fast as possible for about 20 yards. Slow down and repeat. This will increase your paddling strength for surfing and improve overall fitness.

Here you go! Now you know what it takes to start paddling like a pro! The more you practice, the better you’ll get.

Double Island Point – Best Surf Lesson Location in Australia

Double Island Point – Best Surf Lesson Location in Australia

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If you’re new to surfing, then it may seem a little overwhelming trying to figure out where book your surf lesson. Which beach will have the easiest waves for you to master your skills on. Stop doing too much thinking and listen to those who know.. We have already found the perfect break for you! Double Island Point is a National Park surfing location, known for Australia’s longest beginner surf lesson waves.

This remote location can only be reached by 4×4 vehicles and once you’ve reached this hidden gem in the middle of the Great Sandy National Park, just the views and crystal clear empty waves will be worth it! The panoramic views are matched by the super long beginner waves. This secret location for surfing enthusiasts alike is the ideal place to learn or even refine all of the tips and tricks needed to be surfing like a champ within days. Come on down for a surf lesson adventure with Epic Ocean Adventures and be surrounded by the enchanting wildlife of the Great Sandy National Park and have the surfing adventure of a lifetime.

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Learn to Surf Epic Style!

Learn to Surf Epic Style!

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Ready to learn to surf in Noosa and Rainbow Beach? We couldn’t be more excited summer is here and the team from Epic Ocean Adventures are as keen as every to get in the water and improve your surfing! From first time learn to surf newbies to more advanced surf guidance we have the team to make you progress fast. Our learn to surf instructors are highly experienced, fully accredited and take the time to work with each participant personally to not only get them surfing but enjoying a rewarding experience in a fun, safe environment. What are you waiting for? Come learn to surf with us at Double Island Point departs Noosa and Rainbow Beach daily!

Workouts you can do at Home to Improve your Surfing

Workouts you can do at Home to Improve your Surfing

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The minute you get on that board, you’re engaging your core, not to mention the cardio it takes to get into position to catch a wave.  Surfing is an excellent sport to choose for someone who wants to have fun while they get their daily exercise.  The water provides the perfect environment to relax and get in-touch with your own body. 

For those who feel a little intimidated or overwhelmed by the physicality of surfing, there are some great workouts you can do while at home to make things easier.

Improve your Balance

You don’t need amazing strength to surf proficiently, balance is where you’ll want to focus most of your training into.  The majority of surfers out there put a lot of time into working out and strengthening their balance at home or in the gym.  You’ll see a lot of exercises regarding squats, but you should invest in a balance platform to improve the strength of your feet and ankles, as well.

Getting more Core Strength

Core and balance go hand-in-hand for surfing, you must have a strong core if you want to climb up and stay up on your board.  You can apply some easy exercises at home without the use of any equipment.  Planking is a solid core workout, as well as sit-ups.  Switch things up by doing some side-planks, which require you to lay on your side, elevate yourself onto your elbow, then hold yourself above the ground for two seconds before dropping back down.  Repeat this 20 times before switching sides. 

Upper-body and Paddling

Working out your arms and upper body is key to an enjoyable and long surfing session.  You can do paddling workouts in a pool or you can stick to traditional upper-body workouts in your home.  If you can bring your surf board to your local pool, start doing laps of 100 yards.  Repeat 2 times or until you feel exhausted, then follow that up with a set of 20 push-ups (or your personal limit).  Rest for 2 minutes and repeat another round of reps.

This will help train both your endurance and your power when paddling. 

If you can only train on land, replace those 100 yards of paddling with jumping jacks, punching up with 2lb free weights, and push-ups.  We recommend 50 jumping jacks, 20 reps of free weights on each arm, then 20 push-ups (or your personal limit).  Rest for two minutes and repeat again.

These workouts will be very challenging for beginners, but this should not deter you!  You will experience great progress with your surfing abilities within weeks.