Welcome to the Sunshine Coast – home to 10 rivers, 150km of unspoilt coastline, with surrounding malaria-free Big 5 Game Reserves. The Sunshine Coast boasts the most sunshine hours in the country and the very best of “Beach & Bush”.
Follow the R72 from Nanaga in the west and wind your way through dairy, chicory and pineapple country, past spectacular dune fields at Woody Cape and ancient coastal forests at Alexandria to pristine tidal rivers and magnificent beaches on the Sunshine Coast.
The valley bushveld is unique to the Eastern Cape, and supports more species of animals, birds and insects per cubic metre than any other. Over 400 recorded species of birds make this area a Birders Paradise. There are several big 5 game reserves to choose from including the ‘’Big 7’’ Greater Addo Elephant National Park.
Other attractions include a full variety of water sports, scenic golf courses, historical trails, a variety of eco-walks and hikes, culinary delights, impressive artists and art galleries, and warm-hearted, friendly locals.
Kenton on Sea & Boesmansriviermond are very popular with families, couples and young adults.
These two laid back coastal villages offer wide open beaches, forest walks, a lagoon and exceptional kite surfing.
Alexandria is a farming town on the R72. The nearby Woody Cape Nature Reserve offers beautiful forest hikes.
With its exceptional beauty and unique situation, our area combines all the right ingredients to create an unforgettable holiday and the perfect lifestyle for all its permanent residents.
Boesmansriviermond is a quaint little holiday village with narrow streets and shady milkwoods and lies across the river from Kenton. From the Bushmans River Mouth, enjoy a 2.5km walk along the beach to Kwaaihoek on a low tide and a further 2.5km to Diaz Cross.
Kenton is bordered on two sides by the Kariega and Bushmans rivers with a spectacular stretch of coastline and nature reserve in between. The rivers are stunningly beautiful with game reserves flanking both sides. The Bushmans is navigable for 32km and the Kariega for 16km. Paddle, cruise or barge slowly, water-ski or drift with the tide and take in the splendour of the abundant birds and other wildlife, including Big 5 game.
A walk along the beach between the two rivers reveals caves, hidden rock pools, chimneys and sheltered bays created by unusual rock formations. High and low tides and weather conditions ensure ever-changing moods and scenery. Snorkel at Blue Pool, fish from Rocking Horse, take a dip in Mermaids Pool or watch the passing whales and dolphins from the cliffs of the magnificent Shelly Bay.
Out of season these little holiday hamlets are a tranquil escape from the pressures of life. In season, they buzz with holiday activity. Endless stretches of unspoilt beach, a safe lagoon for children, excellent fishing and water sports ensure families return year after year.
Cannon Rocks has become a leading destination for kitesurfing enthusiasts with warm water and a prevailing cross shore wind.
Boknes Lagoon is a breeding ground for many bird species, such as the cormorant, egret, heron and kingfisher.
From Boknes, walk 4km along deserted beaches in the footsteps of the early explorers to Kwaaihoek, where Bartholomew Dias erected a cross in 1488.
The 9km Cannon Trail is diverse with a circular route encompassing forest, dune and beach scenery. You may be lucky enough to find a rare Paper Nautilus shell or spot some small game. The trail is free and no advanced booking is required.
Take a meandering scenic drive from Cannon Rocks along the Golden Mile to Alexandria, home of the largest shifting dune field in the Southern Hemisphere. Get your nature on at Woody’s Cape’s 4km Dassie Trail through the Alexandria Indigenous Forests. Hiking the two-day Alexandria Hiking trail is an unforgettable experience.
Stop off at world renown Master Sculpture Maureen Quin Sculpture Garden in Alexandria for a memorable Art experience.
· Learn to surf at legendary East Beach with Shaka Surf School
· Enjoy a marine sunset over the small boat harbour at Tash’s
· Shop till you drop
· Take in an array of excellent coffee shops
· Take the family to Kiddies Beach for a great outdoor family experience
· Enjoy Kap River Reserve for an array of wildlife
· Play a round of golf at the Royal Alfred Golf Course 18 hole links stocked with antelope
· Pick up a Heritage Map at the Tourism office and go on a self drive tour of historical sites: view map
Learn more about Port Alfred here
· Explore several art studios, including acclaimed Tori’s Stowe’s Corner Gallery
· Visit a working pottery studio
· Visit one of many wellness centres
· Explore heritage sites detailed in Heritage Map available at the tourism office
· Visit the Biggest Pineapple in the world
· Hang out at the Pig and Whistle
· Take the family to the Bathurst Agricultural Museum, kiddies most welcome
· Spend the day at Waters Meeting Nature Reserve enjoying the outdoors, hiking trails and picnic areas.
There are a wide variety of holiday rentals available. Choose river frontage, family friendly or beach.
Ideal for quick break aways, there are accommodation for every taste. Pack your bags and head out!
Enjoy the convenience of a guesthouse with breakfast included and serviced rooms. Stay in barefoot luxury.
1. Walk from river to river and explore our golden beaches, bays & tidal pools
2. Visit one of the many Big 5 Game Reserves on our doorstep
3. Body surf at Shelly Bay, Kenton-on-Sea
4. Hike one of our many beach walks and discover wrecks, the cannons and Diaz Cross
5. Explore the Sunshine Coast on horseback or book a short beach horse ride
6. Enjoy a leisurely river cruise up one of our ten pristine rivers
7. Learn to surf in Port Alfred
8. Visit Meshack’s Studio and Maureen Quin Sculpture Garden
9. Catch the sunrise from the beach
10. Visit our many art studios and galleries
11. Unwind & pamper yourself at one of our many spas
12. Go fishing: sea, rock & surf or river!
13. Watch the sunset from the Corner Rocks
14. Book a round of golf
15. Get a bird eye view from a WW2 Tiger Moth
16. Have some fun in the sun and book a SUP, kayak, dune board or paddle boat
17. Eat, drink and be merry at one of our great restaurants or pubs!
18. Discover the Poorman’s Game Drive
19. Go bird watching with over 400 bird species to see
20. Visit the quaint village of Bathurst
21. Head in land to hike nature trails at Assegaai Trails, Belton and Waters Meeting
22. Discover our quaint village’s speciality stores, bakeries, and coffee shops
23. Learn to kite surfing in Cannon Rocks
24. Enjoy one of our locally brewed Craft beers!
25. Visit Woody Cape & Addo
To top it all, join The Great Kenton Wine Festival!
I grew up on a farm between Kenton & Salem, went to Kenton Primary and matriculated at Kingswood College, Grahamstown. I have a National Diploma in Human Resources Management.
I’ve lived and worked in London, United Kingdom for ten years and travelled extensively. Home is where the heart is and I joined the Sunshine Coast Tourism team in April 2021! I continue to work with Chipembere Rhino Foundation and am passionate about nature, animals & wildlife, friends, family, travelling and giving back.
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I grew up in Alexandria, in Chicory country. After I matriculated, I obtained my Diploma in Tourism through Port Elizabeth College.
I am very passionate about my career as I love and enjoy working with people.
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