Visit Popular Local Spots Close To The USC Sunshine Coast Campus

There are many local, but also popular spots just a short bus ride or drive away from campus. Our USC Sunshine Coast (Sippy Downs) campus is lucky to have a bus stop right on campus, and only a 5 minute walk away from our student accommodation options UniCentral, Varsity and The Village.

We have listed some of the most popular spots below that our students often visit when living close to campus:

1. Mooloolaba Beach

If you want to hit the beach, you can take the 615 bus from USC which will take you approx 15 minutes to Mooloolaba. This is a popular spot for students who wants to soak up some sun on the beach but also for students who like to go for walks along the promenade and even do some shopping. Mooloolaba has some great local shops, cafes and restaurants. Not to mention, if you walk towards the Mooloolaba Spit in the arvo, you might be able to see an amazing sunset.

2. Cotton Tree Beach & Holiday Park

If you prefer to avoid some of the more popular, busy beaches, you may want to stay on the bus a bit longer after Mooloolaba and jump off at Cotton Tree, just 5 minutes down the road from Mooloolaba. Cotton Tree Beach is located just to the left of Alexandra Headland, a popular surf spot for many students and not to mention locals. Cotton tree is the perfect spot if you would like to try out Stand Up Paddle Boarding or Kayaking. There are also heaps of cosy local shops along the promenade and we can recommend checking out Cafe Envy that offers locally sourced dishes, in addition to organic coffee and smoothies. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to spot a couple of pelicans who like to enjoy their time down at the beach.

3. The Glasshouse Mountains

We of course won’t forget to mention the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, located a short 25 minute drive from campus with a car. You will have a lot of mountains tracks to choose from including some of the more popular ones such as Mt Beerwah, Mt Ngungun and Mt Tibrogargan. The Glasshouse Mountains have a lot of history behind them, and we would definitly recommend booking a tour with some local aboriginals, also known as storytelling, as they have a lot of interesting stories to tell which you can read more about here.

4. Noosa National Park + Champagne Pools

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A bit further away from USC but also only a short 40 minute drive you’ll find the beautifucl Noosa National Park. This National Park is a favourite amongst the locals mostly due to the prime surf that it provides, especially in the mornings and afternoons. If you’re lucky you might spot a koala on your way to Champagne Pools, an absolute must go-to if visiting the park for the first time. The whole walk around Noosa National park is approx. 5.4 km and you can choose to start at Sunshine Beach and walk all the way to the main street in Noosa, Hasting. We recommend checking out Betty’s Burgers and some of the local Noosa shops while you’re there.

5. Mt Coolum

On the way back from Noosa and approx. 30 minutes from campus you’ll find the popular mountain Coolum. While most people will choose to follow the public walking track that has been set out and recently refurbished, there are a couple of additional but rarely used tracks that are for the more adventurous and experienced climbers. Interestingly, one of these tracks will lead you to two of Coolum’s caves. The trip to the caves starts at he same main track however if you wear off to the left it will take you to the first larger cave which is more of an overhang and is regularly used by rock climbers. This makes for a spectacular waterfall in the wet seasons and well worth a visit.

6. Double Island / Fraser Island

If you have the option to rent a 4WD while you’re here we would definitely recommend you to put some time and money aside to explore Double Island, just a short 5 minute ferry ride from Noosa North Shore. Double Island stretches all the way up to Double Island Point (well known spot for prime surfing) and Rainbow Beach, where you can further (if you’re an adventurous type) take the Mantra Bay ferry over to Fraser Island. Double Island is perfect for a short day trip however we recommend to spend at least 2 nights (camping or housing accommodation) at Fraser to experience most of what the island has to offer. Recommended spots to visit is Lake McKenzie, Eli Creek, Maheno Wreck and Champagne pools. You may also want to drive further north to Sandy Cape if you have some spare time.

We hope you enjoyed reading about some of the more popular places visited by locals and students, and don’t forget to tag us using @USC.International and #USCInternational.

Sairah Benz Alonzo from the Philippines (AMS BridgeBlue) studying a Master of Business Administration at USC Sunshine Coast

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Hey there – I’m Sairah Benz Alonzo. Feel free to call me Benz (yes, just like the car Mercedes-Benz). I accomplished my bachelor’s degree in University of Asia and the Pacific, Philippines. Currently, I’m taking up my master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Healthy Habits When Visiting the Sunshine Coast Beaches

I’m surprised on how accessible it is for anyone in this state to head down to the nearest coastline. Approximately by 10-20 mins, I could find myself lost in the breeze of Sunshine Coast beaches. Later on, I’ve learned new practices which I like to apply when facing the waves of the ocean. Allow me to share these with you!

Find Peace

Discovering the hush and solitude of what the beach can offer us – silence. Silence, along with the lullaby of waves, brings in peace. If you want more of this, Sunshine Coast is the place to be.

Breathe in, breathe out… Take a deep breath for 5 mins (or up to you!). In a moment, you’ll surprisingly find yourself blending with the serenity of the waves. If it helps, think of short affirmations when breathing in (I breathe in peace) and breathing out (I breathe out confidence). This way, it is purposeful + clearer calm-seeking thoughts.

Seek Aspirations

From time to time, it’s helpful to take a pause and look far at the ocean. Begin with thinking of what you’d like to achieve in life then take note of them. Once you’ve collected your aspirations, it’s pretty cool to treat the beach as your audience. Speak out loud that truth inside yourself! What you’ll face will never judge you but listen intently.

Visualise dreams  

After repeating those dreams, start visualising the “HOW” little by little. I myself, visualise how my week will go: as small as waking up early for attending USC classes -> focusing in lectures -> working out in between breaks -> doing some self-study in another field of work -> plus so on and so forth. Practice that creativity in your imagination. Which by the way, Sunshine Coast has the best background music for this.

Sweat them off

For starters, I love to walk along the shoreline of the beach. While walking, I was able to observe how certain locals incorporate different sets of physical lifestyle: running, yoga, sports, and other fun activeness! And I reckon, anyone can do this! As Tony Robbins claim “motion creates emotion”. Truly, I’m pretty much inspired by the locals here.

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Read Read Read

When in Sunshine Coast, it is always ‘beach reading season’. Pack one book in your bag. Find a great spot and enjoy your time alone reading. Reading by the beach allows us to relax at the same time explore in between pages.

Write them down

The sea won’t be throwing shade on whatever thoughts you’ll be writing down. What’s important is, we lead our actions through mindfulness. Take your notebook/journal out and begin writing down your stories. You’ll be amazed on how long-term pens and papers can affect your life.

P.S. This article is inspired by the Miracle Mornings of Hal Elrod. I highly recommend this book for everyone to read.

–  Sairah Benz Alonzo @sairahalonzo

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Sophia Gollwitzer from Amberg-Weiden University of Applied Sciences in Germany studying a Master of Management at USC Sunshine Coast

d.pngMy name is Sophia and I am from Amberg-Weiden University of Applied Sciences in Germany and am currently attending a management program at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC). Overall, I will be staying in Australia for six months. I arrived here in July, and now I almost don’t want to think about when I have to return.

For the past three months, I have spent most of my time at USC and/or in the area. Because my German institution is quite small, I very much enjoy being back at a larger university with a beautiful campus. The open architecture of the buildings here is very different from that in Germany and gives you the feeling of being outdoors even though you aren’t. Another bonus of the campus is the wild kangaroos that can be spotted quite frequently. The overall atmosphere is a great mixture of nature and student life in a way that I have never experienced before. Besides, I love the Australian coffee culture, which is also very much appreciated on campus.

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hnIf I’ m not enjoying coffee at university, I like to spend my time in the immediate vicinity. Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, and Maroochydore offer beautiful beaches as well as some small, unique cafés and shops. I cycle a lot, so I quite often “stumble” over some exciting places that are an enrichment to my everyday life. But beware of the magpies – they like to attack when you cycle past their nests and has ended up in an accident for me. So much for Australia’s life-threatening animals: lessons learned! 😉

Since the sea and the beach are my happy places, there couldn’t be anything better than to spend some moments there every day, surf or enjoy the sunset. Apart from that, the area offers waterfalls to explore in the hinterland or the possibility to climb mountains and admire nature. Unfortunately, I only managed to climb in Brisbane, so the Glasshouse Mountains are at the top of the list for a climbing tour.

nEven though Brisbane is a bit further away, the city belongs to the joys of everyday life for me as well. Due to the short distance of only 2 hours train ride, I spend time there pretty frequently and get to visit my family and friends. Apart from the fact of being able to see my people here in down under regularly, I especially like the relaxed vibe of the city. For me, it appears very liveable and always offers something beautiful to discover or delicious food at any corner.

Looking back, I’m delighted to have decided to come back to Australia. I love my everyday life here. Fascinating to see how quickly time passes when you feel at home!

– Sophia Gollwitzer @soffie_zaem

8 Places To Watch The Sunset On The Sunshine Coast 🌅

Are you tired of just watching the sunset from your balcony? We have gathered the best sunset spots on the Sunshine Coast for you and your friends to check out!

ngungun1. Mount Ngungun, Glass House Mountains

Mount Ngungun, located in the Glass House Mountain National Park, is the sixth tallest of the mountains at 253 m. It has a well maintained walking trail to the summit and offers spectacular views. The trail from car park is not as steep as the higher mountains and is open to beginners, making it a great mountain for you and your friends to spend the arvo!

2. Mount Coolum

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Climbing to the top of this 25 million year old laccolith (a mass of igneous rock) is a must-do when studying on the Sunshine Coast, not to mention the views from the top which provides spectacular views at sunrises and sunsets. 20 minutes away from the USC, Mount Coolum lies between the Sunshine motorway to the west, the shoreline to the east, Coolum Beach to the north and Marcoola in the south.

3. Emu Mountain (aka. Mt Peregian)

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Emu Mountain got it’s name from the local Aboriginal word Peregian and is an easy and approx 10 min walk to the top. Emu Mountain offers a quiet place for you and your friends to sit down and enjoy the sunset. You can park your car and start the walk from Havana Road (next to Coolum High School), and make sure to check out the Queensland Parks and Wildlife information board.

4. Mooloolaba Beach

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And of course, Mooloolaba Beach is one of the easy-accessible spots where you can easily watch the sunset from. If you go down to the beach just across from the Fisheries on the Spit, you’ll be able to see one of the best sunsets and maybe even enjoy an afternoon swim.

5. Noosa River

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Maybe watching the sunset from Noosa River haven’t crossed your mind yet, but this place is definitely worth checking out! With just a 40 minute drive from the University, the river is also known for its populations of migratory birdlife, so you’ll never be alone while watching the sun set in the horizon.

6. Moffat Headland, Caloundra

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With its vibrant little strip of alfresco cafes and restaurants full of chatty locals, classy accommodation and a famous surf break, Moffat Beach has its own unique character that sets it apart from other areas of Caloundra (VisitSunshineCoast). Being a spot known for good waves, this might be the place for you to watch the sun set whilst enjoying a good arvo surf. Can you think of anything better?!

7. Alex Hill, Alexandra Headland

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We must not forget Alex Hill (or wall) as we might call it! Located right in front of the prime surf spot in Alexandra Headland, this is the spot if you want to enjoy a sunset with your friends, without having to plan too much or drive too far. You might even decide to go for a surf and watch the sunset from the water!

8. Gerrards Lookout, Maleny-Montville

feThis spectacular lookout located on the Maleny-Montville road has become one of our favourite. This lookout gives you an amazing (almost 360) view where you can either watch the sunrise in the morning, or sunset at night. If you don’t mind the drive and may plan to visit Montville or Maleny, we definitely recommend a stop at this beautiful spot!