Euro-Inspired Sunshine Coast Cycling Holiday Itinerary
5 days of epic cycling plus a French dinner plus an Italian dinner plus a boutique brewery tour plus an amazing cultural cruise PLUS time to relax, sightsee, shop and walk on the beach!
1: Welcome to the Sunny Coast!
We will provide transfers for you and your bike from the Sunshine Coast Maroochydore airport, to your base in Coolum for the next 7 nights (transfers from Brisbane airport available on request)! Get settled into your holiday apartment, walk to the local shops to stock up on some essential supplies like a nice bottle of chilled wine and some olives, and get ready for your European-inspired Sunshine Coast Cycling Holiday adventure!
2: The Sunshine Coast Classique
This morning’s breakfast is taken at one of the local Sunshine Coast cafes to get you fuelled for your first ride.
Today is all about soaking up the chillaxed mood of Australian holiday makers in paradise. But don’t worry, we won’t get so relaxed that we forget to challenge you with the day’s route; after all, even a flat day in this region is bound to be pretty bumpy.
Today’s ride, a round trip from our base in Coolum through the luxurious vacation mecca of Noosa and on into the picturesque Noosa Hinterland, is the longest day ride you’ll experience on this cycling tour. A dubious honour, perhaps, but it certainly makes for an unforgettable day of cycling.
The Classique is the sort of ride our French friends would refer to as bonne pour les yeux – good for the eyes – meaning although you might feel the burn, the beautiful scenery will inspire you to pull through.
Along the way, we take a couple of sneaky detours to make sure you get the very best views and impressions; by the time we ride back home along the coast, all your senses will be well and truly sated.
- Breathtaking Sunshine Coast ocean views as we depart in the morning,
- Gyndier Drive – car-free cyclist’s paradise, yours for the taking,
- Cruising along Hastings Street – a Noosa icon,
- Cycling through historic Australian towns – including the time-bending main street of historic Cooroy.
We ride back to your accommodation, get freshened up and head out for a delicious lunch as we take you behind the scenes of breweries in the Noosa and surrounding Sunny Coast regions. Sit back and relax as our knowledgeable tour guide takes you on a craft beer journey. What a way to start the week!
Included meals: breakfast, lunch
3: Pinchy-Punchy Climby Madness
On this leg we ride into the hilly heart of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, showcasing exactly why the Sunshine Coast is set to be one of Australia’s most sought after cycle tour destinations, and will leave you pumped to be among the privileged few to ride these roads before they’re famous.
This region, most commonly known for its dairy farms and vivid natural beauty provides a variety of cycling hill climbs that are simply staggering. This tour offers everything a cyclist loves, from challenging gradients to breath-taking views.
Today’s route will keep you engaged with fresh riding challenges at every turn and ever-changing scenery nothing short of spectacular. As we cycle on, bushland gives way to rainforest before revealing a lush sprawl of farmland and views that will provide the backdrop for your heroic victory photos atop each conquered climb.
This is a gorgeous ride that will leave you feeling like a true cycling champion. It’s a day of challenges, starting with some sharp ascents and finishing off long and draggy…without ever reaching ‘frightening’ status.
- A bracing pre-ride coffee at our favourite Eudlo café,
- Stunning Sunshine Coast ocean views,
- The secluded roads of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
We’ll head back to Coolum Beach for a well-deserved lunch at one of the local cafes. You then have the afternoon to relax and take a walk on the beach. Dinner at your leisure.
Included meals: lunch
4: 27 million years in the making
Today, your VéloRoo cycling stage will take you right into the wild and untamed heart of the Sunshine Coast to discover some of its breathtaking hidden secrets. This is a relatively hilly stage with a flat finish, full of Sunshine Coast charm. Heading out from Landsborough, we cycle for the hills until we hit the stunning Blackall Ranges.
Macadamia and pineapple plantations, as well as custard apple farms, line the route towards the Blackall Ranges, one of the best kept secrets when it comes to cycling highlights in the South-East Queensland. At VéloRoo we like to take the road-less-travelled and this quiet, rambling route is one of our all-time riding favourites, especially the broad panoramic views of the Glasshouse Mountains, translucent and mysterious in the winter sun.
Everything about this ride is picturesque, from the tiny villages dotting the countryside, the roadside fruit stalls with their honesty boxes, even the odd 10% climb this route throws our way is simply too gorgeous to be a serious struggle.
And the descents – you will be giggling like a bunch of school children on excursion!
- The Glasshouse Mountain views,
- Spectacular Sunny coast scenery,
- The call of the whip birds,
- Wide open skies and plenty of sunshine,
- The descents.
Lunch will be enjoyed out on the ride before returning back home.
Enjoy a couple of hours relaxing before being picked up and taken to dinner in a nearby town. Tonight is a touch of France – this delicious French dinner will have you savouring every mouthful – délicieux!
Included meals: lunch, dinner
5: Day Off
Today is rest day for your legs, yours to spend as you wish roaming what the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Go on one of the many local tours or just relax on the beach. We can help you with suggestions on activities. And an additional ride is also not out of the question!
6: The Heritage Tour
Today’s riding stage is a classic voyage of discovery as we cycle through history along picturesque roads winding through small mountainside farms. Our chosen route feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of the busy seaside towns.
This round trip, starting at our home base in Coolum, will take you into some of the most ancient landscapes of the area. Skirting volcanic plugs, riding our way up the sneaky gradients that will reward you with stunning views; there are some truly ancient treasures in store.
Today’s supported ride highlights the Sunshine Coast’s natural history and gives you a glimpse of some of the oldest farm and timber establishments of the region – including sprawling cane fields and pineapple farms. If you want to buy a pineapple, today’s your day!
To break it up, we take a leisurely coffee stop in Yandina, a beautiful little local secret nestled on the bank of the South Maroochy River. Our favourite little café serves a rich brew made from their signature in-house roast – the perfect pick-me-up before we roll back into Coolum, full of the joy of cycling.
- Striking, ancient Australian landscapes,
- Cycling through some of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland’s oldest settlements,
- Technical cycling descents,
- The emerging Sunshine Coast coastline as we return to Coolum.
We will have you back at Coolum by lunchtime for you to do as you wish; take an afternoon of downtime before heading to dinner at the local Italian restaurant, bellisimo!
Included meals: dinner
7: More Qld than a maroon pineapple!
VéloRoo invites you to get into the spirit of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland as we take you through some of the most charming and lesser-known nooks and crannies of the region. Today’s cycling route shows off local roads with distinctive character – some might even call them character building.
Our morning hill climb – starting at Woombye, home of The Big Pineapple – is strangely reminiscent of our favourite local French climbs. It has a homely vibe and the Australian bushland provides a pleasant shady cover as we work our way upwards. The roads we’ve selected for your cycling pleasure seem as though they’ve been slapped down amongst the glorious surroundings; they truly are diamonds in the rough, making for a unique riding experience.
Once we reach the top of the range, the going gets decidedly lumpy – but the views are sublime. Julia and Steve have put together a range of distractions and detours as we explore the heights, making sure you experience the scenery to its fullest before we start our descent.
You are in for a great, great descent, blending sweeping hairpins with long, fast straights that will make you want to hoot with that special kind of glee that comes with a well-earned downhill ride, all of it on roads bordered by wild, natural beauty for the long, long, long way down. This cycling tour gives local flavour at its finest and features truly epic scenery.
- Riding the Sunshine Coast Hinterland ridge line with sublime 360-degree views,
- The meandering valley roads,
- Mountain top vistas,
- The aromas as we ride through plantations and farmlands.
We will have lunch out on our ride.
This afternoon we have a real treat for you – cruise on a restored 100 year old sailboat!
Take a step back in time to experience the life of the traditional land owners who have lived off these bountiful coastal waters for thousands of years. Immerse yourself in the dreamtime legends, ancient traditions, beliefs, stories and lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast’s first eco-custodians, the Saltwater People.
Connect with these ancient people through storytelling, didgeridoo and entertainment provided by your Indigenous guide as you cruise to sites of cultural significance, hunting & gathering spots and locations where dreamtime stories and songs originated. Enjoy the afternoon sun and grazing on delicious bush-tucker-inspired foods.
What a way to round off your epic week of cycling and cultural experiences!
Included meals: lunch, dinner
8: Heading Home
We will arrange transfers for you and your bike to the Sunshine Coast Maroochydore airport; contact us if you’ll be flying into Brisbane airport instead.
We look forward to riding the Sunshine Coast with you again!
Live, Laugh, Ride …
Start day / end day is flexible.
Custom dates available.
Whatever you need to make your cycling experience on the Sunshine Coast the epic holiday adventure you want it to be.