I left Kings Cross, Sydney from an airport shuttle taxi arranged by Original Backpackers Hostel. I flew with Jetstar on the 18th of September and arrived on the same day in Sunshine Coast. As soon as I stepped off the plane I could feel that I was in a much more tropical climate and the air was a lot more humid.
The flight from Sydney to Sunshine Coast only took about 2.5 hours and was pleasant with some lovely window views.
I stayed with a HelpX host for 2 weeks where I was doing a spot of tiling and general DIY. This was handy as It meant I was able to live and eat free in a luxury hillside villa in Buderim. This work was also eligible to count toward my second year working visa days as it was within a regional postcode.
There are a lot of HelpX home-stays in this area, more to the west in the hinterland.
Although I was enjoying the tropical climate I was not that keen on the huge huntsmen spiders that would frequent my room most evenings. These big and clumsy spiders make a loud racket when doing laps of your room and run faster than a cockroach. They don’t bother with making cobwebs and will actively hunt small lizards and flies. Be prepared also, because they can also jump… far.
While in Buderim I used Gumtree to invest the last of my money in a car. This was a Ford Fairmont with 6 months Rego left on it. This car was awesome in cruise control but it drank petrol like nothing I have driven before.
After I finished in Buderim I drove down to the coast and moved into the Mooloolaba backpackers hostel. This place had an awesome atmosphere and everyone was super friendly. They have some pretty strict rules on ‘calling time’ but if you get past this and go out in the evenings then the atmosphere and cool people you will get to meet far outweigh the early shutdown rules.
Just a short walk from the beach it was here where I landed 3 other English guys in my room who coerced me into drinking a lot of Fruity Lexia most nights of the week. I stayed here for a few days and then started to panic as I was running out of time to get my farm days completed..
If you are into diving like myself – you can do a world-class wreck dive here at the HMS Brisbane. There are a couple of dive operators in the area that run regular trips for around $250 for a 2 dive day with all gear. Don’t just get drunk everyday like I did and miss out on doing this as you will regret it (just like I do right now).
My experience of the sunshine coast is that it is more for families and retired / older people. If you are looking for insane wacky nights out I suggest going somewhere further North or South of Brisbane.
Do not go to the Aquatic centre – It’s not worth the thirty something dollars we paid to get in.