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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Mapleton

Mapleton, Sunshine Coast Area
Surround yourself with green rolling hills and breathtaking coastal views by taking a short drive up the range to the gorgeous village of Mapleton. Grab a bite to eat at the local tavern or a cup of coffee at one of the quaint cafes along the hilltop.

Golden Beach

Golden Beach, Sunshine Coast Area
Hugging the shores of the Pumicestone Passage, Golden beach is perfect for boating, fishing and swimming in calmer waters than Caloundra’s nearby surf beaches. A coastal path winds its way to central Caloundra, passing shady barbecue areas close to playgrounds that will keep the children occupied for hours.

Amamoor State Forest

Amamoor, Gympie Area
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Amamoor State Forest produces some of the finest hoop pine in Queensland. More than 120 bird species have been sighted in its riverine rainforests and plantations of hoop and bunya pines. Enjoy a drive through the forested valley to walk through the forest along trickling creeks and streams.

Mothar Mountain Rockpools

Gympie, Gympie Area
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Looking for a relaxing, sheltered place to while away some hours, you can't go past the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools. Located in the Woondum National Park, about a 20 minutes, 16 kilometres drive from Gympie's Central Business District, the Mothar Mountain Rock Pools day area provides the perfect family friendly location for a barbecue or picnic.

Palmview

Palmview, Sunshine Coast Area
Centrally located on the Sunshine Coast, Palmview is right on the Bruce Highway and just 10 minutes drive from the golden beaches of beautiful Mooloolaba. The breath-taking Sunshine Coast Hinterland is just 15 minutes up the road and the pristine Mooloolah National Park is right next door.

Doonan

Doonan, Sunshine Coast Area
Nestled in the scenic Noosa Valley, Doonan is known for its charming bed-and-breakfasts, luxury villas and country retreats. These home-away-from-homes offer privacy, well-appointed rooms, rainforest settings, tennis, day spas, superb dining and a raft of activities.

Round Bommie

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
Round Bommie is a large granite monolith divers can explore off Rainbow Beach. This huge slab of rock rises out of the sand at 15 metres and reaches within 6 metres of the surface. It takes about 30 minutes to swim around Round Bommie, but with many ledges and holes to investigate divers are lucky to complete a circuit in an hour.

Double Island Point, Cooloola, Great Sandy National Park

Rainbow Beach, Gympie Area
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An iconic feature of the Cooloola Recreation Area in Great Sandy National Park, Double Island Point is a scenic headland offering mesmerising views along the beach and out to sea. The easiest way to visit Double Island Point is by four-wheel-drive vehicle along Cooloola's beach drive between Noosa North Shore and Rainbow Beach.

Mooloolaba Beach

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
A Mooloolaba holiday is a waking dream to be shared by your whole family. You can step out of your accommodation and onto the pure white sand of Mooloolaba Beach within two minutes, or cycle up the road to Mooloolaba Spit for calm, sheltered swimming and excellent seafood cafes.

Marcus Beach

Marcus Beach, Noosa Area
Noosa’s eastern beaches, while not patrolled by surf life savers, are popular with locals and visitors alike for a more relaxed beach experience. These great beaches are found between Sunshine and Peregian Beaches.
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