Our top 10 Sunshine Coast attractions
1. Australia Zoo:
Watch fearless keepers feed huge crocs, have your photo taken with a giant python wrapped around your neck and explore the savannahs of Africa at this world renowned wildlife park, run by the family of the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin. There are also fascinating wildlife enclosures and exhibits to discover, including Elephantasia and the exotic Tiger Temple.
2. Glasshouse Mountain National Park:
This unique mountain range is actually a series of extinct volcano cores that resemble large rock formations extending high above the Sunshine Coast landscape. There are numerous walking trails throughout the park, many of them leading to scenic lookouts offering panoramic views. For those looking for something a little more challenging, there are also summit routes and rock climbing areas.
3. Noosa Everglades:
Best discovered by kayak or boat, this pristine wilderness is a tranquil maze of mirrored waterways, serene boardwalks and stunning wetlands. Teeming with plants and animals, this unique region is also home to over 44 per cent of all Australia’s bird species, offering nature lovers the opportunity to observe and photograph a variety of wildlife in their natural environment.
The Sunshine Coast has made a name for itself when it comes to producing organic goods, natural health and beauty products, unique arts and crafts, jewellery and fine wines. What better way to discover these products and the regions talents, than at one of the many colourful local markets. The Coast’s largest market, Eumundi, features over 300 stalls and is known for its lively atmosphere, fabulous food and wonderful local products.
5. Great Beach Drive:
This golden sand highway is a unique four-wheel-drive adventure, stretching from just north of Noosa to the tip of Fraser Island, and offers stunning coastal scenery along the way, including Rainbow Beach’s famous multi-coloured cliffs. Get behind the wheel or sit back and relax on one of the many tours available – however you do it, it’s one of Australia’s best seaside drives.
6. Underwater World:
This popular Queensland attraction features a massive 2.5 million litre tank filled with over fifty species of fish, stingrays, sharks and coral reef, and best of all, visitors can walk right through it in the aquarium’s glass tunnel. There are also heaps of interesting exhibits, fun activities and ‘one-of-kind’ experiences on offer - swim with seals, have a sleepover in the aquarium or go snorkelling with sharks
7. Whale Watching:
The Sunshine Coast is one of the best places in Australia to see humpback whales on their annual migration along the east coast during the winter months. Jump on a whale watching tour or for those who really want to get up close and personal, join Sunreef Mooloolaba for a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to swim with these gentle giants.
8. Mary Cairncross Reserve:
Exploring the rainforest is easy at this lush 55-hectare park near Maleny. A remnant of the subtropical forest that once covered the Blackall Range, the reserve features a network of easy walking trails, a playground, picnic shelters, barbecues and a cafe that has great views of the Glass House Mountains.
9. Surf Lessons:
One of the most popular coastal pastimes in Australia is surfing, and what better place for beginners to learn than in the inviting waters off the Sunshine Coast. Whether it’s a one-on-one lesson, within a group or on an extended surf excursion, those wanting to experience the joys of riding the waves will find their place on the Sunshine Coast.
10. Noosa National Park:
You don’t have to venture far from the trendy boutiques and cafes of Hastings Street to get back to nature – the picturesque trail around Noosa Headland is one of the country’s best half-day bushwalks, and there’s a good chance of seeing a koala or two along the way.