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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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.

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.

Kondalilla Falls Circuit, Kondalilla National Park

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Explore this beautiful walking track that leads from Kondalilla Falls down the escarpment into a lush rainforested valley then climbs up the ridge again to return. From the Kondalilla Falls car park, walk 100-metres downhill (with steps) to a large grassed picnic area with barbecues, picnic tables and toilets.

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.

Glass House Mountains to Sunshine Coast Shores

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This is a journey of icons, legends, lakes, gardens, national parks and beaches. Start in the beautiful Glass House Mountains before you wind your way down to Australia Zoo. You'll then continue on to Ewen Maddock Dam, Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens, Mooloolah River National Park, Mooloolaba Beach and on to Lake Cootharaba.

Drive Electric - Queensland's Electric Super Highway

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Drive into the future in an electric vehicle (EV), using the world’s longest EV charging network in a single state! The Queensland Electric Super Highway (QESH) stretches from Coolangatta to Cairns and from Brisbane to Toowoomba, enabling Queenslanders and tourists to visit the amazing natural assets and lively regional communities in an EV.

Maleny to Gympie Drive

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This delicious drive between Maleny and Gympie combines gorgeous treats and bush tucker with natural delights. Using a lot of the Sunshine Coast Food Trail network, this drive tour starts at Maleny's Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve before heading to Kenilworth Country Foods where you can sample local cheese and yoghurt and on to the Bunya Art and Bush Tucker Centre.

Mount Ngungun summit walking track, Glass House Mountains National Park

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The Glass House Mountains National Park is noted for its distinctive craggy peaks that tower above the surrounding landscape. Formed by volcanic activity millions of years, these ancient rocky outcrops are of special significance to the Gubbi Gubbi Aboriginal people.

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.

Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk

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Warm subtropical rainforest, tall open eucalypt forest and picturesque waterfalls in secluded areas of the Blackall Range feature on this 58 kilometre, four day Great Walk, with bush camp sites along the route.
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