Eight Feel-Good things to do this Spring

Spring is a great time to do good and feel good by reconnecting with nature and your community. Here are 8 feel-good things to do right here in Maroochydore.

  • 1 Sep 2023
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Ahh, Spring – the season of hope, joy and new beginnings. It’s a great time to do and feel good – and you don’t need to spend a fortune to do so. Here are eight fun local activities guaranteed to put a spring in your step.  

Visit your local botanical gardens

There’s nothing like seeing fresh flowers bloom in the springtime. Botanical gardens are overflowing with natural beauty right now, so why not organise a visit?

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Garden

51 Palm Creek Road, Tanawha QLD 4554

April to October: 7.00am to 5.00pm

November to March: 7.00am to 6.00pm


Visit the zoo, wildlife sanctuary or farm

Visiting wildlife is full of unexpected joys. It gets you out of your everyday routine and reconnecting with nature. Plus, you’ll do good by supporting the vital conservation work to protect wildlife from their increasing threat of extinction. 

Find a local sanctuary or zoo:

Drop by the local farmers’ market

Stock up on locally grown fresh fruit and veggies, say hi to your neighbours and support your community by visiting your local farmers' markets.

Find a local farmers market:

Hit the local pool

We Aussies have outstanding community swimming pools with facilities to keep the whole family happy. High value and low cost, you’ll often find grassy picnic areas, jungle gyms, slides, cafes, gymnasiums, all the amenities you need – and pristine pools to suit all ages. Just don’t forget your sunscreen!

Find a local community pool: 

Join a community gardening project

Get your hands dirty by joining a gardening project or planting group. Many suburbs have their own community gardens funded by the local government. Here, you can flex your green thumb and learn all about sustainable living. Plus, planting groups are always looking for volunteers to help protect local habitats.

Find a local gardening/planting group:

Head to the park for a barbecue

With warmer weather on the horizon, it’s time to embrace one of our favourite national traditions: the great Aussie barbie. True blue traditions aside, barbecued food is also brimming with benefits. The intense heat quickly removes excess fat, locks in nutrients and creates that mouthwatering barbecue flavour. 

Find a local barbecue location:

  • Cotton Tree Park
  • La Balsa Park
  • Mooloolaba Spit
  • Mooloolaba Foreshore Park

Get on your bike

Bike riding is fun, free and fantastic exercise – and we all need lots of that. So grab your bike and clear those cobwebs from your head with a quick cycling adventure. Just find yourself a suitable path, check your tires and fill your water bottle. 

Don’t have a bike? No problem. You can hire bikes for a small fee at some larger parks and cycling outlets around town.

Find a local bike hire business: 

Cycle Zone Mooloolaba or Eco Tekk Electric Hire. 

Stock up on spring essentials

Before you venture out, don’t forget the stock up on your outdoor essentials. Here’s a handy checklist to get you sorted.

Outdoor apparel:

  • Hats: try Kathmandu or Surf Dive 'n' Ski
  • Sneakers and walking shoes: head to Rebel Sport or The Athletes Foot
  • Sunglasses: check out Sunglass Hut or Sunbeat Now


Outdoor safety essentials:

  • Sunscreen and mosquito spray: visit Priceline or Terry White Chemmart
  • Antihistamines: head to Terry White Chemmart
  • Travel first aid kit: try Big W
  • Water bottles: check out House or Robins Kitchen


Picnic/barbecue essentials:

  • Steak, kebabs, sausages: stock up at Coles or Woolworths
  • Seafood: head to Coles or Woolworths
  • Bread: visit Bakers Delight or Banjo's
  • Salads: Coles or Woolworths
  • Barbecue tools: House or Robins Kitchen

Join us at Sunshine Plaza and let’s celebrate spring together!   - View schedule and activities.