Into the Hinterland - Sunshine Coast Hinterland Covid-Safe Days Out
With Brisbane and Sunshine Coast residents fresh out of Covid-19 lockdown, everyone is excited to get back out and enjoy the fresh air while rediscovering their local surroundings.
There is nothing quite like having your freedom taken away (even if only temporarily) to make you appreciate how lucky you and your family are to live in such a beautiful area. And how important it is to ensure you are being Covid-safe and not putting residents of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland at risk.
Tips to being Covid-safe while enjoying the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Covid doesn’t have to stop you from experiencing life, you just have to be Covid-safe. Here are some tips to ensure your safety and others.
- Opt for quieter locations where there will be minimal contact.
- Keep up social distancing practices.
- Wash your hands frequently and wear a mask.
- Stay close to home.
- Don't wander into a red zone. This increases your risk dramatically.
- Choose activities that make social distancing easier.
Activities to be Covid-safe
- Sunshine Coast Hinterland walks
- Exploring conservation parks
- Swimming – beach or lakes
- Bike rides
Hidden gems of the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands
Taking some time out to discover the beautiful hidden gems of the hinterland is a great way to spend a day or weekend. There are SO MANY. Here are a few to tick off your hinterland bucket list.
Bushwalking Sunshine Coast
- Buderim Forest Park – secluded 45 hectares complete with walking trails and a waterfall amid the rainforest. Spend the day on an adventure exploring the boardwalks, swimming, and then finish up with a BBQ. The bush walk is pretty easy, even with the kids.
- Parklands Conservation Park – This nature reserve is equipped with not only walking trails but also mountain bike trails. It is a beautiful bush setting with plenty of trails of varying difficulties.
This beautiful reserve on the peaceful Maroochy River offers both walking and biking trails. The walking trail is a 2km circuit at an easy level and also has a quiet little lake that offers canoe paddling (canoes for hire) which makes for the perfect day out solo, as a couple or with your family.
Located approximately half way between Yandina and Bli Bli, Dunethin Rock and lake is a secret treasure for bushwalking, fishing and swimming… if you dare, it’s a bit chilly!
If camping is up your alley, head to the Dunethin Rock Scout campground and enjoy the night making the most of the serenity.
Mary Valley Rail Trail
A bit further afield and around 60kms from Nambour is Imbil. The perfect adventure for little train lovers. The Mary Valley Rail Trail has lots of little hidden surprises for kids who LOVE trains.
Including the Imbil Turntable, this is a BIG, BIG HIT with Thomas the Tank Engine fans. The Mary Valley Rail Trail still has its original station and rail bridge. Plus there are lots more hidden finds for little people who love big trains.
The rail line was originally used for agriculture, timber and livestock freight, and then extended to transport passengers as a tourist attraction. However, the line to Brooloo closed in the early 1990s.
The Mary Valley Rail Trail is now used by for recreation purposes by walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
It’s time to enjoy the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Don’t let Covid get you down. There are endless Sunshine Coast hinterland walks that are perfect for you and your family. As long as you take care to distance from others, you will have the best time with minimal risk.
Stay safe and play safe while visiting new areas.