Everyone likes to eat food.  Everyone likes to holiday.  If you’re reading this, you’re probably a foodie infected with the travel bug who just can’t stop thinking about their next chow-packed getaway.

What if we told you that your dream gourmet vacay was within arm’s reach?  And what if we told you it was free?

“Hold up,” you’re probably thinking.  “That sounds too good to be true.”

The good news?  It’s completely, utterly, 100% true.  The bad news?  Everyone else wants that holiday too.  In fact, as you’re reading this, they’re visiting our competition website and filling out their details for our 2019 Wyndham Travel Your Bucket List competition.  Why are they doing that?  Because there’s only two chances to win, and your ultimate vacation experience includes some pretty awesome perks.  We’re talking:

  1. 7 nights’ accommodation, at one of 45 resorts scattered across Australia, New Zealand and south-east Asia.
  2. A flight voucher worth $3,000.
  3. Airport transfers and car hire worth $420.
  4. An Experience Oz voucher worth $500. Don’t worry, if you’re chasing that Asian holiday, you won’t miss out – we’ll just give you $500 cash instead.
  5. A total getaway value of $7,255.05! Woah!

What’s that?  You’re interested?  Okay, okay, stop reading this for a minute and scoot over to our competition website before you miss out!  Just makes you come back here when you’re finished – we’ve got some awesome suggestions about how you can enjoy that completely free holiday.

Two women walking on Marcoola Beach
Marcoola Beach

You’re done?  You filled in all your details and hit ‘Enter Now’?  Okay, just checking.  There’s a lot of amazing places around the world, and, if you know where to look, most of them have some pretty great food spots.  As foodie destinations go, though, Marcoola Beach and Golden Beach might not be on your radar.  We’re here to tell you that they should be – these two seaside havens are renowned for relaxation, but they’ve also got an amazing line-up of restaurants and eateries.  Here’s a list of the best Sunshine Coast restaurants that you need to try on your Wyndham Bucket List holiday.

The Sunshine Coast’s Best Restaurants

Tides Waterfront fish dish

1. Tides Waterfront Restaurant

Featuring panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Glasshouse Mountains, Tides Waterfront is coastal dining epitomised.  Relax indoors or al fresco in a clean, refined ambience; a glass-and-steel aesthetic complements the feeling of light ocean breezes caressing your skin.

Tides Waterfront’s menus have been composed by Head Chef Damien Gage, and feature a variety of global influences.  Try Mooloolaba prawns with coconut egg noodles and chilli jam for lunch, or return once the sun has set for heavy-hitting dishes like Darling Downs eye fillet and Coral Coast barramundi.

The extensive drinks menu is also well-worth exploring, particularly if you’re visiting in the middle of a hot Queensland summer.  A huge selection of red, white and dessert wines sits alongside cocktails, spirits, beer, juices, coffee and tea – for something uniquely delicious, try their Tidal Wave spiced rum cocktail.

Tides Waterfront is just 7 minutes’ drive from Ramada Resort by Wyndham Golden Beach.
The Long Apron chef

2. The Long Apron

A foodie holiday wouldn’t be complete without a visit to a French-inspired restaurant.  Upscale and refined, The Long Apron has a hard-won reputation for delightful, innovative dishes plated in a typically elegant manner.

Its menus are stacked with European opulence – dine on thick-cut bacon with sun-dried tomatoes, eggs and sourdough for breakfast, or enjoy black onyx onglet steak and coal-grilled octopus for dinner.  For a special occasion, try their Seasonal French Table or Tasting Menu.

Located in Montville at Spicers Clovelly Estate.

The Long Apron is a 34-minute drive from Ramada Resort by Wyndham Marcoola.

3. Spirit House

Cradled by palm trees and dense rainforest, Spirit House offers diners a view of their mirror-like lake – perfect for a romantic evening nibble.  With nouveau-Thai dishes and Asiatic interiors, this is a gastronomic journey designed to showcase Thailand’s amazing flavours.

Visit at lunch or dinner to sample dishes that range from classic Thai chow to unique offerings exploding with Bangkok influences.

Spirit House is 23 minutes from Ramada Resort by Wyndham Marcoola.

4. Flame Hill Restaurant

Driven by simple, seasonal ingredients, Flame Hill Restaurant is comfortably positioned in the heart of the Flame Hill Vineyard, 300 acres of vines and beef cattle that provides a gorgeous backdrop for your Flame Hill dining experience.  It doesn’t matter whether you’re dining in the upscale Deck, snacking on brunch or relaxing in an al fresco setting – this Sunshine Coast restaurant is definitely worth the drive.

It goes without saying that Flame Hill’s wines are superb.  Kick off your evening with a wine-tasting session that showcases the best of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, and then continue the epicurean experience by enjoying glass after glass of matched vintages with your dinner.

Flame Hill Restaurant is a 37-minute-drive from Ramada Resort by Wyndham Marcoola.

Our Pick: Beach Bistro

Call us biased, but Beach Bistro at Ramada Marcoola is probably our favourite Sunshine Coast restaurant!  It might not have the most expensive ingredients or the most creative dishes, but its summery ambience is emblematic of the Coast.  With a range of authentic Aussie cuisine – think signature steaks, slow-cooked pork ribs and good old chicken parmis – it’s perfect for both dinner and lunch.  If you’re after a lazy breakfast, relax and watch the sunrise while munching on smashed avocado toast or creamy eggs benedict.

Are you feeling hungry yet?  We definitely are!

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