If you’re keen for a Sunshine Coast daytrip, instead of heading to one of the usual suspects like Mooloolaba or Coolum, why not shake things up a bit and check out one of the fastest growing and most exciting spots on the coast – Birtinya.
Built on the shores of Lake Kawana, Birtinya is home to more than its share of luxury waterfront residences including Endeavour Foundation’s latest $1.2 million Prize Home.
This thriving suburb is also known for its café culture and is quickly becoming a vibrant hub for Sunshine Coast arts and entertainment.
Maybe it’s the sea breeze and the healthy outdoor lifestyle, or the buzz of something new springing out of the ground every other week, but there’s an energy about Birtinya that makes it a great area to explore.
You might even decide to stay.
Here’s what a day trip to Birtinya could look like:
Grab some fresh-picked produce from the Kawana Farmers Market
If you’re heading out on a Saturday, get cracking early and start your day at the Kawana Farmer’s Market. Held from 6am to 12 noon every Saturday, rain or shine, this gem of a market is piled with fresh picked organic produce, nuts and seeds, just caught seafood, freshly baked bread, locally made cheese and artisanal products like mouth-watering sauces and jams.
If you are blessed with children, throw them on the jumping castle and kick back with a coffee and some breaky to the sounds of live music. What better way to start the day?
You’ll find the Kawana Farmer’s Market at Lot 200 Sportsmans Parade, Birtinya.
Walking tracks trace the water’s edge around much of Lake Kawana.
With pockets filled with snacks bought at the market, head off to discover the kilometres of paths that follow around the lake’s edge.
There’s a lot to cover on foot so just pick and choose the sections you’d like to explore.
Or if you want to cover a bit more distance, bring your bike for a cruisy tour around the lake.
You might even spot the rowing club or the local dragon boat teams out on the water.
The more you see, the more you’ll understand why so many people are choosing to make the move to Birtinya. With sporting facilities, clubs and groups all centred around the lake, there’s a real sense of community that is infectious.
Doing things with friends makes it that much more fun.
Groups like the Birtinya Beats Walking Group, set off on the trails every Wednesday at 7am. Best of all, if you’re the prize home winner, you won’t have to set your alarm too early to get there in time because the group’s meeting spot is on your street. Winning.
Take a peek inside 6 Reflection Crescent – the owners won’t mind.
Half the fun of walking or riding the lakeside paths is imagining which of the spectacular waterfront homes you’d like to call home. Make sure you wander past 6 Reflection Crescent – the owners won’t even mind if you take a peek inside.
Endeavour Foundation’s $1.2 million Prize Home is open to explore from 10am till 5pm daily until 15 July. It’s only once you’re inside, looking out across the vast expanse of sparkling water that you’ll fully appreciate the beauty of lakeside living. Take your time looking around and see if you could picture yourself living on the waterfront.
And, of course, don’t forget to grab a ticket or two while you’re there. You never know your luck.
With so many cafés and dining spots on offer in Birtinya, narrowing it down to just one is tough. However, should you settle on Decisions Café, you will have more even harder choices to make.
This quirky café has split its menu into two all day dining options: #Superfood and #Superjunk. On the ‘Superfood’ side of the menu you’ll find popular healthy options like smashed avo on toast and acai cups. Whereas the ‘Superjunk’ side of the menu is all about satisfying those cravings with mouth-watering fried chicken, burritos and burgers. Ultimately, the decision is yours.
You can find Decisions at Shop 4, 10 Capital Place, Birtinya.
Currimundi Lake is a great spot to spend the afternoon
While you’re keeping busy in Birtinya you could almost forgot that there’s spectacular surf beaches just five minutes away. Head across to Wurtulla or Bokarina for some chill time on the sand or nip down to Currimundi Lake for a paddle on the glassy water.
The Birtinya buzz doesn’t stop when the sun goes down
Time your Birtinya daytrip for a Friday or Saturday and your day out could roll on into a fun night out at the amazing new Night Quarter precinct.
With five stages of live entertainment, international street food, themed bars, carnival rides including dodgem cars, arcade games, a street art trail, market shopping and more, it’s like a festival, every weekend!
And with entry from $5 for adults and $2 for kids, it’s an affordable but epic way to finish a big week or an even bigger day out.
Make sure you keep your eye on what’s coming up, as Night Quarter will be playing host to some of Australia’s favourite touring bands and music festivals.
You’ll find Night Quarter, at 8 The Avenue Birtinya, open every Friday and Saturday night from 4 till 10pm, and Sundays once a month from 12-7pm.
Could this be your forever home
If you just don’t want your day trip to end (or you just don’t feel like driving home), why not stay the night? With the elegant Kawana Waters Mercure hotel right on the lakeside, you can tuck yourself into crisp, white hotel sheets for the night and do it all again tomorrow.
Or, if you end up being the lucky Prize Home winner and make the move to Birtinya, the Night Quarter is just a 6-minute drive home. Book the Uber.