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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Go Ride a Wave Noosa

Multiple Locations
When you join a surfing lesson with Go Ride A Wave, you are learning to surf with Australia's largest and most professional learn to surf organisation. They can get you started and standing up in no time at all, and offer lesson packages to help you progress quickly.

Australia Zoo

Beerwah, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$59 - 59
Australia Zoo, one hour north of Brisbane on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, is home of The Crocodile Hunter ,Steve Irwin. Nestled on more than 110 acres and with more than 1200 amazing animals, it’s the most interactive conservation destination on the planet!

The Original Eumundi Markets

Eumundi, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Have you experienced the world famous Original Eumundi Markets? Renowned for its locally made artisan treasures, there's no other market quite like it. Mark it in your diary - open rain, hail or shine every Saturday and Wednesday.

Tasman Venture Whale Watching Hervey Bay

Multiple Locations
Experience the trip of a lifetime aboard the luxurious and fast 20 metre catamaran, Tasman Venture. Let the humpback whales amaze you with their close encounters, magical songs through the hydrophone, spectacular breaching and see them swim through the underwater viewing windows.

Sunshine Castle Bli Bli

Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$15 - 62
The Sunshine Castle is an award winning museum, attraction and function venue. A stand out landmark in this location this Norman style Castle, with medieval additions, complete with moat, turrets, towers and drawbridge is completely unique in Australia.

Skydive Noosa

Multiple Locations
Skydive Noosa - Famous For Fun! Tandem skydive with Skydive Noosa from up to 15000 feet, you’ll experience an insane 60 seconds of life-changing free fall. Float under canopy for 5 to 7 minutes over the spectacular Sunshine Coast’s surf beaches, Noosa and hinterland.

Sunreef Mooloolaba

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Sunreef Mooloolaba is the largest dive centre in South East Queensland. Sunreef Mooloolaba offers Australia’s first Swim with Humpback Whales experience, from July to October each year, premiere whale watching aboard the iconic Whale One from June to November as well as local reef dives, snorkelling trips and diving on the ex-HMAS Brisbane as well as a wide variety of hire gear from jetskis and stand up paddle boards, to bicycles, kayaks, small boats and fishing gear.

Spirit House Restaurant and Cooking School

Yandina, Sunshine Coast Area
Gourmet Traveller Magazine described the Spirit House as 'a tropical film set that takes your breath away. Like the setting, the Thai inspired cuisine is breathtaking.' Clustered around a tranquil pond, the restaurant setting is magical, a temple style main building with covered courtyard tables nestled amongst lush tropical gardens with towering palms and stands of bamboo.

Coolum Surf School

Multiple Locations
Coolum Surfing School is located on the naturally refreshing Sunshine Coast, only 90 minutes north of Brisbane and 10 minutes north of the Sunshine Coast airport. The Sunshine Coast offers some of the warmest water in Australia, where you can surf all year round seven days a week.

Harry's on Buderim

Buderim, Sunshine Coast Area
A quintessential Queensland experience on the Sunshine Coast. Harry's on Buderim is an iconic restaurant hidden in the Sunshine Coast's Buderim Forest Park rainforest and offers modern Australian cuisine in the inspiring surrounds of a 140 year old homestead.
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