Sunshine Coast | Things To Do

Laid-back and lovely, the Sunshine Coast brings together a picture-perfect string of beaches and a lush green hinterland. Meet local producers and learn the true meaning of paddock to plate with a farm tour, immerse yourself in the great outdoors, or join the passionate local athletes and first-timers in a triathlon, marathon or cycle.

Beaches

Discover surf spots like Double Island Point and Rainbow Beach, pick up some skills at a surf school and see the pros in action at the Noosa Festival of Surfing. Luxury lovers can head for the stylish enclave of Noosa, while families will love the beaches of Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Cotton Tree.

Hinterland and outdoors

Walk through the stunning Noosa National Park and kayak the gentle waterways of the Noosa Everglades. In the Hinterland, hike the jaw-dropping Glass House Mountains, discover sun-dappled waterfalls and look for the most-photographed paddock on the Sunshine Coast, One Tree Hill in Maleny.

Food and fresh produce

Eat your way around one of Queensland’s great foodie destinations. Start with the Noosa Food and Wine Festival in autumn, then follow the Sunshine Coast Food Trail to taste everything from cheese to boutique beer. Dine at award-winning restaurants where super-fresh local produce is the star.

Family activities

Cuddle a koala at Australia Zoo, ride the Red Back at Aussie World, become a seal trainer for a day at Sea Life Sunshine Coast, race at the Big Kart Track and pick your own berries at Strawberry Fields.


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Caloundra Coastal Walk

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There's no better way to soak up the beauty of the Caloundra region than setting off on this scenic coastal walk. Take on the entire 25 kilometre stretch from Golden Beach in the south to Mooloolaba in the north or enjoy strolling along sections of the walk at a leisurely pace.

Naturally Eco - Great Beach Drive

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The Naturally Eco Great Beach Drive is for those who value nature based and educational ecotourism experiences. The journey winds its way through the beautiful Glasshouse Mountains, Noosa National Park, Maroochydore, Lady Elliot Island, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island and Rainbow Beach.

Queensland Public Gallery Trail

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The Queensland gallery network is abuzz with exciting activities and beautiful art. Experience local and national art while you travel from A to B through Queensland’s culturally vibrant cities and towns.

Cooloola Great Walk, Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park

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The Cooloola Great Walk traverses the Cooloola Recreation Area, Great Sandy National Park, and showcases the very best of Cooloola's outstanding natural attractions. Immerse yourself in nature for five days as you hike this remote 102 kilometre trail through Cooloola’s rainforest, coastal woodland and heath-clad plains.

Tewantin to Gympie Drive

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Peaceful lakes, historic silent cinemas, quaint country towns, and gold rush days all feature in this languid Queensland drive journey. Start at Tewantin before you head to Pomona and on to Kin Kin before finishing in Gympie.

Coastal walk, Noosa National Park

Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
In popular Noosa National Park, follow the shoreline between Noosa Headland day-use area and Sunshine Beach, on this walk, passing over several headlands boasting outstanding views across coastal she-oaks and pandanus palms.

Pacific Coast Way

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The Pacific Coast Way links coastal havens, hinterland towns, and major cities all along the east coast, from the Gold Coast to Cairns. The Pacific Coast is a 'big' drive. Take your time: the real journey hides just out of sight, ready to be discovered off the highway.

Gympie Region Food Trail

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Gympie Regional Council welcomes you to the Gympie region and hopes this food trail map helps you to discover, plan and enjoy your visit to their beautiful region. Gympie Gold Regional Produce aims to help you be inspired to taste, create, buy, stay, play, dine, learn and connect with their growers, producers, retailers, processors, cafes and restaurants and find out all about the fantastic food related events from near and far.

Sunshine Coast Arts and Crafts Drive

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While most visitors instantly identify the Sunshine Coast with her bedazzling beaches, away from the surf and sand there's also a thriving artistic bent to this destination. And it starts at the Noosa Regional Gallery at Tewantin before winding to Queensland, and indeed Australia's biggest and best arts and crafts markets at Eumundi.

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve Rainforest Walk

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Learn about endangered species, listen to the striking call of the catbird and imagine yourself back in time as you walk through this stunning patch of remnant rainforest. The Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is a wonderful place to take the kids for an adventure and is found one hour's drive north of Brisbane near the hinterland town of Maleny.
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