Let the Sunshine in at Sunshine Plaza

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A socially connected community is one that shines and at Sunshine Plaza the people are gathering to share experiences that go far beyond the ordinary retail affair. Carlie Wacker explores the best of the Sunshine Coast in one place.

As the sun rises on another gorgeous summer day on the Coast, I take my lycra clad body and yoga mat to meet the locals getting a downward dog kinda start to the day.  

Over summer, Sunshine Plaza presents a series of healthy and free adventures to add to their regular offering that proves this venue is a place that cares, shares and shines a bright light on the values of our region – health, happiness and togetherness. 

Every Thursday everyone is welcome to join a free yoga class with qualified instructor and the calmest and sweetest person I have met, Gemma Balicki. 

We roll our mats out on the deck of Cornmeal Promenade, the sun kisses our skin and we begin a session of dynamic yoga that is both relaxing and energizing. 

Instructor Gemma explains “the physical practice of yoga is a gateway to learning about your body, it’s all about connecting and bringing awareness to yourself; it’s a chance to press pause and reset the body.”

I loved starting my day with outdoor yoga and like-minded Sunny Coasters. 

We are so lucky to have a hub of happiness, a big player like Sunshine Plaza with a huge heart and the health and wellbeing of our people top of mind. 

Not only can you embrace yoga on Thursday mornings but every Wednesday and Friday you can join Healthy Heart Walkers for an early morning walk with a qualified instructor exploring Sunshine Plaza before it opens. 

Connection creates a thriving community and there is something in store for action enthusiasts, creators, makers and, of course, shoppers.

For our crafty kids, Sunshine Plaza has launched Sunshine Arts Fest – a competition for six high schools across the Sunshine Coast and Noosa regions. 

There is a $5000 prize pool up for grabs for creating art installations with a difference exploring visual arts, graphic or fashion design, IT, design tech and metalwork. Schools can register to be a part of this awesome initiative for 2023 via the Sunshine Plaza website. 

Let’s not forget the epic year-round entertainment options from Next Level high ropes to Red Lock Escape Rooms, Plaza Pontoon and the newly-opened
VR Hero – the Sunshine Coast’s first Virtual Reality centre featuring games that take you inside a zombie apocalypse and futuristic battle zones. 

Of course, the shopping and dining opportunities are endless with our favourite department stores, brands and boutiques plus casual and fancy eating establishments. The good times are always rolling at Sunshine Plaza so if you’re after a diverse and exciting retail experience, action and adventure or wellness and relaxation this destination is the spot with the lot. 


Register online at www.sunshineplaza.com

Yoga Mornings

7.30 – 8.30am 

Healthy Heart Walkers

Wednesday and Friday
7.30 – 8.30am 

Sunshine Arts Fest 2023


» Red Lock Escape Rooms

» Next Level High Ropes 

» Plaza Pontoon

» VR Hero 

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Carlie Wacker has worked in the media entertainment industry for over 20 years. From television to stage and radio she has been lucky enough to work her way around the whole country. Over the last 10 years she has styled and choreographed innovative fashion parades and talent shows and brings her love for fashion and entertainment as our Fashion Editor. She is also an MC, voice-over artist and radio announcer.

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