Netfest is returning to the Sunshine Coast for a second year and Sunshine Coast Lightning shooter Cara Koenen has again signed on as an official ambassador.

The biggest outdoor netball festival in the world will run from the 10th to the 13th of October at venues across the coast.

Netfest combines beach tournaments, celebrity matches, Fast5 Netball comps, live music and so much more and registrations are now open for teams and umpires who want to get involved.

The fun, relaxed beach environment means there’s something for all netball lovers at the event.

“I thought it was fantastic last year, the event has been running for a few years now but this is only the second year on the Sunshine Coast,” Koenen said.

“I love the fact that it’s not about the outcome, it’s about getting in there and having a real crack.

“I think the outfits are one of my favourite parts.

“We had the opening ceremony and even the closing party on the last day – everyone dressed up, everyone looked crazy, everyone was stoked to get out there and have a bit of fun.”

Grab your teammates or a casual group and register a team for Netfest here. 

Four days of back-to-back netty can be thirsty work, so we’ve tracked down our five favourite places to celebrate a nail-biting win. Or if coming second wasn’t in your game plan, all the places to drown your sorrows and regroup.


Think umbrellas, deck chairs and marina views. All you need is one of their Mahalo Mooloolaba’s or a Marina Margarita. When we’re not courtside you’ll probably find us here.

The Dock

Alright this one’s for the lads. With over ten beers on tap – let’s just say you’ve got a full team and subs to spare. We’re also liking the looks of their Minty Espresso Martini. We recommend calling all your team meetings here. Like all of them.

The Piano Bar

Got your tactics down pat? Check out The Piano Bar for a bit of live jazz. Or if post-game snacks are what you’re after? They have what feels like a never-ending list of tapas. Did someone say antipasto?

Boston Shaker

The relatively new kid on the court. After only opening late last year the Boston Shaker is a smooth and soulful speakeasy. Dark and moody and perfect to hide those sock tan lines.

The Post Office Hotel

Ready to hang up the bib for the day? The Post Office Hotel. Firstly, they have happy hour. Or should we say happy hours. Do we need to say much more?