The Best Five Things To Do In Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland is the perfect destination for exploring nature’s wonders, from awe-inspiring mountains to pristine beaches. Do day tours on foot, bike, water or air and drink in the world-class scenery.

The Sunshine Coast attractions come hand-in-hand with the friendly locals who make tourists feel right at home. Feast on an alfresco charcuterie board and break bread over a glass of wine, or indulge in award-winning restaurants that are internationally acclaimed.

While everyone else is rushing to the Gold Coast, enjoy this hidden gem with a romantic weekend away, or bring the kids to enjoy the sprawling white beaches – the Sunshine Coast certainly has something for everyone.

  1. The Sunshine Coast’s Beaches

The sparkling coastline of the Sunshine Coast expands over 100km, including Noosa Main Beach and Mooloolaba Beach that are popular for safe swimming and Coolum Beach and Alexandra Headland which are epic surfing spots. 

Pack a picnic and enjoy the laid back atmosphere and soft sand between your toes and bake in the sun – but don’t forget the sunscreen!

From June to October every year, the humpback whales travel the Sunshine Coast waters during their north migration. Whale watching adventures are available, or even swimming with the whales if you’re brave. Or, you can just gaze from afar from the Noosa National Park.

Experience the sea life, Sunshine Coast, with a short trip to Mudjimba Island. You’ll be treated to dolphins, turtles, wobbegongs, stingrays, crayfish, starfish and eels.

There are a whole host of watersport and coastal activities on offer on and around the Sunshine Coast beaches, such as:

  • surfing,
  • stand-up paddle boarding,
  • diving,
  • snorkelling,
  • kayaking,
  • jet skiing, and
  • boating.

  1. Sunshine Coast Attractions of Nature

The Sunshine Coast is one of the few places on the planet where two UNESCO declared biospheres are positioned side by side. What’s more, it’s home to one of the only two everglades systems in the whole world. 

The Glass House Mountains are ancient remnants of volcanic activity from millions of years past. Today, the iconic landmark has become a popular site for bushwalkers, hikers and trail runners to explore. Long before the arrival of British settlers, the Glass House Mountains were a sacred meeting place where the Aboriginal people would congregate for social activities and ceremonies. 

Take a scenic drive and explore the national parks consisting of lush green rainforests on guided tours, and be treated to Insta-perfect waterfalls, crystal clear rock pools and national parks filled with indigenous fauna, flora and wildlife. The Noosa Everglades running through the Noosa River boast more than 40% of Australia’s bird species.

You can tour the region by:

  • foot,
  • quad bike,
  • four-wheel drive or
  • canoe. 
  1. Experience the Sunshine Coast’s Arts and Culture

The Sunshine Coast is home to a growing community of artists, creatives and performers – young and old. It’s no surprise that the unique history and natural beauty of the region inspire and bring out incredible talent.

Discover the land’s first inhabitants, the Kabi Kabi people. Hear their stories and explore their traditions and culture through a guided tour. Learn about ancient artefacts and traditional customs, watch a performance of live dance or storytelling.

Explore the heritage of the Sunshine Coast and visit:

  • a farmers market for fresh, local produce,
  • the cane sugar history of Nambour,
  • the shipwreck of the ex-HMAS Brisbane,
  • a cooking class using indigenous Australian spices,
  • art galleries,
  • museums, and
  • festivals such as the Horizon Festival.

  1. Be Adventurous on the Sunshine Coast

While lazing on the beach or chasing waterfalls both sound endlessly appealing, why not try something with a bit more adrenalin?

Discover the open waters via a unique seaplane, do a cool helicopter ride, or try the rainforest zipline experience on the country’s largest high ropes course. Mount Tinbeerwah clocks an impressive 110 metres, making it the tallest ‘natural surface’ to abseil in the world. If that’s not enough to get your blood pumping, how about trying skydiving? 

You might consider discovering the beaches and marine life by jet ski, riding a horse through the waves of a secluded beach or taking a hike for a week-long trek through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.  

Swim next to whales or dive with the sharks and make everlasting memories you’ll never forget. 

Aussie World will be one of the best theme parks you’ll ever see, with crazy rides and attractions. It’s home to Australia’s tallest and 360-degree pendulum swing, called the SX360.

Other things to do in the Sunshine Coast that are less adventurous but certainly fun experiences for the whole family include:

  • visiting the Australia Zoo,
  • fishing, 
  • a canal cruise,
  • visiting the Sea Life aquarium,
  • go glamping,
  • do a craft beer tour,
  • play golf or mini golf, or
  • do a croc tour.

  1. Ditch Your Diet When You’re at the Sunshine Coast

Well, you don’t really have to eat unhealthily, thanks to the farmers markets’ abundant produce. From organic to vegan to artisan to home-brewed, the Sunshine Coast has it all – and more. 

The Eumundi Markets are open on Wednesdays and Sundays, or try the Sunday Streatside markets in Maroochydore. The Nightquarter combines great food and drinks with live music and local culture.

Mooloolaba is the place to find the freshest seafood in town. Definitely try Parkyn Parade Mooloolaba for the catch of the day, fresh prawns, oysters and champagne. The Mooloolaba Seafood Cruise is also a must-do dining experience, with fresh seafood served overlooking the expansive waters and salty breeze.

For finer dining, book for a degustation at Harry’s on Buderim, or Spirit House. For exquisite food that matches the view, Spice Bar and The Boat Shed are found along the coastline serving delicious bites and classy cocktails. 

If you prefer to be more laid back, grab a blanket and head to the Sunshine Coast’s stunning lookouts. Point Cartwright Lighthouse, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Alexandra Headlands hill, or the Glass House Mountains are all great options, and some even have picnic tables ready and waiting. If you couldn’t be bothered to do it yourself, book a luxury picnic to be collected or dropped off.

If you’re looking for a more authentic vibe, get a taste of the bush tucker experience and try out traditional kangaroo and emu, as well as local greens, fruits and jams. 

Key Takeaways

There are plenty of options of things to do, Sunshine Coast. There are loads of free things too, like spending a day at the beach or hiking to see the waterfalls.

There’s something for everyone, no matter what you’re into. From art and history, to watersport adventures, to lazing on the beach in the sun to sipping champagne on a boat with the sun setting in the background.

Enjoy fun activities in the great outdoors and get to know the local people, culture, cuisine and so much more. Contact us at Sunshine Coast Getaways for more information, and book a holiday of a lifetime. 

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