Kitesurfing on the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Downwinder
13KM of Open Beach (Coolum to Sunshine Beach)
13KM of straight beach for the perfect downwinder. On a SE (usual wind direction), start from stumers creek or peregian and stop at any point along the beach that works for you.
Use your gocard or pay cash to jump on the sunbus (the 620). Check out the yellow markers on the map above for the best bus stops to get on and off. On a SE wind, Marcus Beach to Peregian is by far the easiest.
Best way to avoid getting on the bus wet and sandy is to leave your car at one end and catch a bus to where you want to start. Beware of thieves and take your keys with you or use decent keylock.
Make note of where you are by walking out to the beach and looking back at the mainland, look for a landmark (like houses, trees at peregian etc) so you know where to stop! As a backup, take note of entrance number located on the beach tracks.
Noosa River Mouth
Great kiting spot when the conditions are right. Works with a North Easterly and an outgoing tide. Experienced kiting only due to tidal flow and boat traffic. The sandbanks change frequently and there’s plenty of boats navigating these narrow channels, keep an eye out and give way to them as they may not be able to maneuver easily.
Code of conduct sign present, give way to everyone and don’t kite on main beach. Don’t forget to drop into the local kite shop (Adventure Sports) for a chat.
Sunshine beach is usually where you finish a downwinder on a SE.
Sunshine Beach is an open beach spot for the more experienced rider. Not many kiters would set up here, but it’s a common place to conclude a decent downwinder from Marcus Beach, Peregian or Coloom. These open rough beaches make it tough to stay upwind and so it’s more fun to stick to downwinders. If you’re heading out alone, drop into one of the local shops (such as the Noosa shop: Adventure Sports Kitesurf Australia) and they’ll let you know of any groups of kiters downwinding that you can hook up with.
A common place to start your downwinder or finish a short downwinder from Stumers Creek
A common place to start your downwinder. Directly out from Stumers are barely submerged rocks, be careful if you’re coming through from Coolum…otherwise setup and start north of the rocks.
A good spot to start your downwinder and close walk from the bus to the beach (2 mins). Watch out for the barely submerged rocks as you pass stumers.
Lake Weyba (Noosa)
Lake Weyba is an awesome place to kitesurf for all experience levels. You can pretty much walk out 50m and the water is only up to your hips. Wind range for this spot is between a northerly and south-easterly. There’s no bare sand at this spot and so you’ll be setting up your kite on grass and then dragging it out into the water where you water launch it.
If you’re thinking about giving kitesurfing a go, use Adventure Sports, they’ve been in Noosa for many years now and will give you a great experience and introduction to this addictive sport.
Caloundra is situated at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast and around 1 hour drive from Brisbane. There are a few spots to kitesurf in Caloundra, including:
- Caloundra Rivermouth
- Kings Beach
- Dicky Beach
- Moffit Beach