21 December 2023   

3 min read
Unwrap the magic of a staycation at home
With household budgets increasingly tight, the idea of an extravagant holiday might seem like an impossible dream. However, the key to a fulfilling and relaxing break may be closer than you think. Holidaying at home is not just a budget-friendly option, but a stress-free option too. Here’s to skipping the airport queues, long drives and jet lag!

Aura and the wider Sunshine Coast region offers an abundance of activities and amenities that make it the perfect destination for a memorable staycation for you and your family. Instead of jet-setting to overseas destinations, consider exploring the hidden gems in your own backyard, right here on the Sunshine Coast.

Here are some of our top picks!

Embrace a nature escape
Immerse yourself in one of the many open green spaces in Aura. Take a stroll through Blackbutt Forest or enjoy a picnic at one of the many well-maintained parks or playgrounds. Embrace the outdoors, all without breaking the bank. If you want to venture a little further afield, how about a casual walk or cycle along the Caloundra coastal pathway or psyche yourself up for a climb up one of the Sunshine Coast’s mountains for epic sunrise or sunset viewing.

Make the most of the aquatic playground
With Aura located only minutes from the popular beaches of Caloundra, residents are spoilt for choice with an array of aquatic adventures. Keen for some fun in the sun? Try your hand at surfing at one of Caloundra’s beaches including Moffatt Beach and Kings Beach, step outside your comfort zone and hire a stand-up paddle board for adventures on Currimundi Lake or take some time out for watersports, such as a jetski safari or boating adventure on the pristine Pumicestone passage. To keep the kids active, engaged and learning important water safety skills, enrol them in Surf Life Saving Queensland’s Little Lifesavers Program with events held at beaches across Queensland, including the Sunshine Coast this summer.

Meet the makers and support local
Meet local artisans at one of the many markets on the Sunshine Coast. Did you know that Caloundra has twilight markets on the last Friday of every month? Over 70 stalls line The Esplanade at Bulcock Beach, including over 20 food stalls, as well as live entertainment and plenty of kids activities. There’s also the Caloundra Street Fair, a hidden treasure featuring over 120 unique stalls, held every Sunday morning on Bulcock Street Caloundra. To complete your market trail adventure, the Currimundi Twilight Market is a food lover’s dream. Held on the third Friday of each month it’s the ultimate Friday night hangout to watch the sunset over the picturesque Currimundi Lake.

Test out some new cuisines and upgrade your culinary skills
Explore the diverse dining options available within Aura and the broader Caloundra region. From cosy cafes to family friendly restaurants, there's a palate-pleasing experience waiting for every taste bud. Opting for local eateries not only supports the community but also allows you to discover new flavours without the cost of travel. Check out the range of local Aura and Caloundra businesses and plan your perfect food trail. Want to step up your game? Try a cooking class delivered by Red Hot Chilli Pepper Cooking School in Caloundra to spice up your culinary repertoire and get ready to impress your friends with your new cooking skills!

Attend cultural and community events
Engage with your community by exploring the wide array of local activities and events available. The Baringa Community Centre has regular activities scheduled and with experienced support workers on hand, it’s a great place for residents to drop in for a friendly chat. For the art lovers, the changing exhibition program featuring leading local and national artists at the Caloundra Regional Art Gallery is a great option for all the family, with both adults and kids programs available. The Events Centre in Caloundra hosts an impressive line-up of concerts, music, dance, plays and shows for all ages. Looking for free fun? Caloundra Library will keep you entertained and is now open 7 days a week for your convenience. Stock up on some books for your holiday reading or attend one of the many events, from kids’ book readings to author talks and craft activities.

Why venture far when the perfect destination for some rest and relaxation might be right on your doorstep. Embrace the joy of a fun staycation this holiday season and explore all that the Aura and Sunshine Coast community has to offer.