The Sunshine Coast is considered one of Australia’s most stunning locations. Situated in Queensland, this space boasts of 300 days of tropical sunshine per yr, offering guests with the proper local weather to take pleasure in its many pure points of interest. From lengthy sandy seashores to lush inexperienced rainforests, from marveling at native wildlife to indulging in native produce, climbing mountains to browsing crystal clear waves, this distinctive and laid-back vacation spot gives one thing for everybody. Right here’s a neighborhood’s perspective on eight locations you merely can not miss while you go to the Sunshine Coast.
Noosa Nationwide Park Stroll
Noosa is also known as the jewel within the crown of the Sunshine Coast. One of many northernmost townships of the Sunshine Coast area, Noosa is a mecca for saltwater pursuits being surrounded by estuaries, rivers, seashores, and headlands. Whether or not or not it’s swimming, browsing, paddleboarding or fishing, you’re certain to search out loads of spots round Noosa to maintain you entertained in your vacation.
If you happen to don’t really feel like getting moist whereas admiring the blue hues of the Pacific Ocean surrounding Noosa’s bays and factors, the Nationwide Park Stroll is a feast for the senses. Beginning on the south finish of the favored most important strip, Hastings Avenue, the doorway of the coastal stroll takes you straight onto the boardwalk lined with Eucalypts and coastal foliage. If you happen to’re in luck, you’ll even spot a koala or two dozing within the tall bushes above. Persevering with the stroll will take you to varied lookouts, the place you may admire picturesque pure landmarks together with Boiling Pot, Tea Tree Bay, and Granite Bay. If the waves are pumping you’ll even be handled to a different present, with surfers flocking to the area from far and broad to attain their very personal slice of the motion at these world-famous surf breaks.
Study To Surf
Because the saying goes, ‘when in Rome, do because the Romans do’.…and on the Sunshine Coast the locals go online! Why not do this widespread past-time for your self, with the Sunshine Coast providing a few of the most best circumstances for these new to the game. Among the greatest spots for learners on the Coast embody Noosa’s Predominant Seaside with long-withstanding surf college ‘Go Trip A Wave’, or King’s Seaside, Caloundra with the crew at Caloundra Surf College. Actually, wherever you’re on the Sunshine Coast you’ll discover a native surf college who’ll be stoked that can assist you stand up and shredding!
Craft Beer Tour
The craft beer scene has exploded globally, however while you’re on international turf it may be troublesome to find the very best native brewers. Fortunately the crew at Sunshine Coast Craft Beer Excursions are nicely related with the native beer producers and have, pardon the pun, crafted their very personal Sunshine Coast brewery tour.
Soar on the mini-bus and seize your self a beer or two at a few of the most extremely regarded breweries on the coast together with Your Mates Brewhouse and Moffat Seaside Brewing Co. Not solely do you get the possibility to pattern a few of Australia’s greatest brews, however as an added bonus you’ll journey by a few of the coast’s hottest spots together with Caloundra, Mooloolaba, and Maroochydore. Consider it as beer tasting with a aspect of sightseeing!
Maleny Hinterland Village
For a change of tempo from salty hair and sandy toes, make a journey inland and head to Maleny. This pleasant Sunshine Coast city within the hinterland gives a picturesque mixture of rainforests, interspersed with dairy farms and quaint little galleries and cafes. For the extra adventurous, take a mountain climbing path to Gardners Falls and bathe within the freshwater swimming gap beneath the waterfall. Or for one thing somewhat extra subdued, take a look at Botanic Gardens for a stroll and a picnic, and the adjoining Chook World the place you may stroll by their aviary of unique birds – the place one might even land in your shoulder!
Climb Mount Coolum
When pondering of mountaineering, it could conjure up pictures of sheer cliff faces and treacherous heights. Fortunately the well-trodden path up Mount Coolum, 20 minutes south of Noosa, has none of that. This stroll is appropriate for nearly all ages and health ranges, with a return journey taking 1 to 2 hours, relying on how lengthy you cease on the high to admire the Instagram-worthy views.
What makes the summit particular, is having the ability to take within the entirety of the magnificent Sunshine Coast, from Noosa within the North all the way in which all the way down to Caloundra within the South. The summit is simply over 200m above sea degree, providing a 360-degree view from the coast to the cane fields and past. If you attain the underside, head straight to Coolum Seaside simply 3.5 kms away for a dip to chill off. Tip: If early mornings are your cup of tea, take to the monitor early and catch the solar rising over the ocean for a really memorable expertise.
Sea Life Aquarium Mooloolaba
Previously referred to as Underwater World, this all-ages attraction positioned on the Wharf at Mooloolaba is a Sunshine Coast icon. House to 1000’s of marine animals together with sharks, rays, tropical fish, jellyfish, seals, and penguins, you’ll be mesmerized as you make your manner by the Ocean Tunnel spanning virtually 100m in size, while the ocean life frolics round you.
There’s additionally an interactive contact pool which incorporates a wide range of starfish, a spread of each day talks, and extra experiences to contemplate together with the seal swim and the nerve-wracking shark dive. And after your Sea Life session, what higher method to refuel than a contemporary seafood feast! Head up Wharf Street and take your decide from a few of the greatest ‘fish & chipperies’ on the Coast, providing produce straight hauled from the Mooloolaba fishing trawlers together with calamari, barramundi, contemporary oysters, whiting, scorching chips, and salads.
If an Aussie wildlife expertise is excessive in your precedence checklist, you may’t go previous the Australia Zoo. Based by the late Steve Irwin, nicely referred to as The Crocodile Hunter, this attraction attracts each native and worldwide crowds in droves for its fabulous each day exhibits and reveals. To not be missed is the crocodile present, the place a few of the park’s greatest crocs are precariously hand-fed by the zookeepers and the hilarious fowl present by which uncommon and native birds showcase their distinctive traits, at instances zooming above the viewers inside inches of their heads! Different uncommon animals to take a look at embody kangaroos, Tasmanian devils, koalas, tigers, meerkats, and a whole bunch of different charming creatures.
Go to the Glasshouse Mountains
The Glasshouse Mountains is a Nationwide Park within the Sunshine Coast hinterland scattered with 11 dramatic peaks and spanning throughout 1000’s of hectares. This space is definitely listed on the Heritage Register as a panorama of nationwide significance and gives numerous mountain climbing trails for an journey within the wilderness. Many of those strolling tracks begin by meandering by open forests which steadily lead in direction of the varied mountain peaks, corresponding to Mount Tibrogargan, providing spectacular views of the encircling mountains at their summits. Rock scrambling, mountain climbing, and abseiling are all potential right here for these with the best tools and skillset. Try the guides on the Queensland Nationwide Parks web site for detailed data on the paths, together with their gradings and tools necessities.
Kings Seaside Caloundra
Your go to to the Sunshine Coast wouldn’t be full and not using a correct day trip on the seaside, and what higher place to do it than Kings. It is a seaside suited to all walks of life, with gently rolling waves for surfers and swimmers, and a rocky headland that’s good for snorkeling round on calmer days the place you might even spot a sea turtle or wobbegong.
On the Kings Seaside foreshore, you’ll discover a child’s playground which incorporates interactive water options that can maintain the kids amused for hours. There are extra cafes and eating places inside strolling distance from the seaside than you may rely on two fingers. With every thing you can ever need at your fingertips, you might by no means need to go away this idyllic seaside location!