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.

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.

Well, what are you waiting for? Book Now!

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.

Channel 7 – The Great Day Out TV Show

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Check out Epic Ocean Adventures showcasing the spectacular region on channel 7’s The Great Day Out. See the migrating whales passing super close to the beach and charging north to the migrating waters. The Great Sandy National Park and magical Rainbow Beach coloured sands are also a tour highlight. Thanks for coming along Sofie!

Curious Humpback whale encounter on tour

Curious Humpback whale encounter on tour

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We were lucky enough to be greeted by an adolescent Humpback Whale on our casual kayak tour paddle at Double Island from Noosa and Rainbow Beach. As you can see the curious whale approached super close to our kayaks and then swam under our whole kayak tour for a better look. This isn’t an everyday occurrence but when it does happen everyone gets pretty excited! We are still seeing most whales passing by heading north keen to get up to migrating waters but we can confirm that we are already starting to see some whales migrating south again. Sometimes when they do come south they swim a little closer to shore and rest in the bays with their new born.

As we always say on our tours and in the wild, you never know what you might see in this spectacular National Park on our kayak tours but there is always plenty of activity. Conditions have been no less than ideal for our kayak tours and we a wrapped to be able to showcase this stunning region to so many new travelers and holiday makers.

Perfect Tour Conditions This Week!

Perfect Tour Conditions This Week!

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If your looking for a good excuse to getaway for an epic adventure now is the time! Light winds, excellent visibility, sunshine and a National Park location buzzing with marine life. Every day is never the same and your sure to experience plenty of wildlife during the best time of year!

Humpback Whale Migration along the East Coast of Australia

Humpback Whale Migration along the East Coast of Australia

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Humpback whales make their presence known along Australia’s east coast every year, between April and November, as they migrate to go mate and give birth after a summer of feasting on krill in the Antarctic.  This makes for a unique opportunity for residents of the surrounding coastal towns and visitors all across Australia.  A one-of-a-kind whale-watching where tens of thousands pass by, many within plain sight!

Catching a Glimpse

The wide range of months that humpback whales can be spotted making their way across the eastern coastline of Australia is due to the variation each year, usually influenced by water temp and the conditions of their feeding grounds when they are down under. The first appearances, the young males, are usually in June closely followed by pregnant whales with calves in tail.  Fully grown adult males fill in the gaps in the middle of the migration. You can quickly identify humpback groups of younger males by their playful behavior and dynamic jumps out of the water. The last whale sights are usually in November, when the whales are migrating back home.

A Lucky Sight

Humpback whales were nearly driven to extinction at the height of whaling from the 19th century and into the height of the 20th century.  After the International Whaling Commission banned humpback whaling, the humpback whale population was reduced to less than 5% of their original numbers.  Experts believe that if the ban were a year later, the numbers may have been too low for the humpback to ever recover.  Thankfully, that isn’t the case, now the humpback whales have grown tremendously in population size since the 1960s when they were still illegally hunted enmass.

Making it Count

Researchers continue to track the population growth, thanks in part by the Australian public’s volunteers who go whale watching every year to count whales from sunrise to sunset.  With oversight from scientists and expert whale watchers, the community volunteers are able to get a good count on the many thousands of humpback whales that migrate each year along Australia’s east coast.

Sydney, Eden, Port Stephens, Narooma and Byron Bay in New South Wales are some of the most popular gatherings for whale watchers, while volunteer counting is mostly focused in smaller gathers at places like Cape Solander in the south of Botany Bay and Cape Byron Lighthouse in the Cape Byron State Conservation Area.  Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia holds official census gather for both population numbers and any noticeable changes of health or behavior of whales.

This season the humpback whale tally is expected to reach over 30,000 members.  What an incredible story of resilience for these beautiful animals.