Travel Tuesday: The Sunshine Coast


Monday’s over, but it’s still only Tuesday. So, if you’re in need of a pick-me-up, strap on your travelling shoes and take a sho’t left with us up the Sunshine Coast.


Stretching from Port Elizabeth to East London, the sunshine coast is a treasure trove of delight for holidaymakers.

With lots of sun, long stretches of sandy beach, mountains and rivers, the sunshine coast is the place for you if you want natural beauty and adventure.

The area boasts five blue flag beaches, as well as dog-friendly beaches for those fur babies who also love sand and sea.

The beaches offer opportunity for a variety of water-related activities, including surfing, kite boarding, snorkeling, diving and fishing.

For those who love to get into nature, the area offers a host of hiking trails, including the Strandloper Hiking Trail, the Assegai Trails and the Alexandria Hiking Trail. For those who like something slightly different, there’s the Chokka Trail Slack Packing for you.

Or if you like to admire nature from the back of a four-legged companion, Oyster Bay offers horse rides on the beach.

If you want to see game, but are reluctant to go to malaria-prone zones, the sunshine coast offers opportunities not only to see the big 5 but is also the only area to offer the big 7 (Southern Right Whale and the Great White Shark now included) in a malaria-free zone. The area offers a variety of habitats, including ocean, riverine, dune bush, grassland and forests.

It is also a haven for keen birdwatchers, as 480 bird species call the area home.

There are a number of private game reserves to choose from, as well as two national parks (the Addo Elephant National Park and Mountain Zebra National Park) in driving distance.

For those in search of history and heritage, the sunshine coast offers a rich tapestry of history that includes the Khoisan, frontier wars and settler history. Must-see places to visit include the Big Pineapple in Bathhurst, The Pig and Whistle (oldest licensed premises in South Africa) and the Heroes Monument.

For more information, visit Sunshine Coast Tourism, and take a sho’t left to where the sun does shine this weekend!

Upcoming events for the Sunshine Coast:

Royals Golf Tournament in Port Alfred June 10–11
National Arts Festival in Grahamstown June 29–July 9
Washee Night Marathon from Port Alfred to East London July 8
University Boat Races in Port Alfred September 8–10
Kenton Rhino Run in Kenton-on-Sea September 24
Kowie Carnival and Beer Fest in Port Alfred September 24–25
Schools Boat Races in Port Alfred December 8–9
Port Alfred Music Festival December 16