Just an hour north of Brisbane, blessed with over 100km of coastline in a stunning hinterland. A Sunshine Coast holiday is all about relaxation, scenic views and enjoying fabulous food and fresh produce.
Brisbane to Landsborough
Australia Zoo, home of the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, offers a full day of wildlife action and adventure, where you can check out all our amazing wildlife, set on over 70 acres of natural Australian bush land. Visit the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, and take in the exciting main wildlife show in the Crocoseum at 12 noon.
Aussie World: If fun’s your thing, you need to be here! From thrill rides for adults to bite-size roller coaster for the little ones, this is 1 amusement park that will fill up an entire family album.
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is only 30 minutes drive from the coastline. Venture across Blackall Range to Maleny’s enchanting Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, where you will find endangered species, subtropical plants and remnants of the ancient rainforests.
Maleny Botanic Gardens: One of the most exquisite gardens you ever see with a magnificent view of the Glasshouse Mountains. Don’t miss the Bird Aviary with its amazing encounter with the most colourful birds of the world from Finches to Macaws.
Maleny Dairies: A local family owned business in Sunshine Coast. This is one premium milk and dairy producer. Visit and learn the process of milk making, from the cow to the bottle and everything in between!
Visit the mysterious Glass House Mountains and learn about the ancient Aboriginal legend of Mount Beerwah, Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Coorowrin.
Montville: This charming hinterland village is an exquisite blend of Tudor, Irish and English cottages of log or stone, Swiss and Bavarian chalets converted into cozy cafes, tearooms and gift shops. First settled in 1887, it has grown into a thriving shopping village with a wonderful array of quality art galleries, stylish cafes and restaurants, gift shops and beautiful fashion stores, set in the picturesque surroundings of a shady tree-lined street with incredible views all the way down to the coast.
Mooloolaba to Marcoola
Coolum to Noosa
Noosa: Renowned as one of Australia’s most celebrated resort destinations, Noosa is set on a headland and surrounded by stunning National Parks and golden beaches. You can cruise the pristine coastal waterways on an Everglades tour or take the Noosa River Ferry and experience the waterway canals of Noosa and surrounds. Sit back and watch the world unfold at a café on Noosa’s elegant Hastings Street or nearby Noosaville’s river dining precinct.
Noosa Farmers Markets: Voted #1 market in Australia by Tripadvisor, this Farmers Market comes alive each Sunday (7am-noon) with a huge array of stalls selling fresh organic produce, skin care products, just-caught seafood, freshly-baked bread and more.
Sunshine Coast Food Trail: Discover gourmet eats at Maleny Cheese for Australia’s only Water Buffalo Quark, Buderim Ginger Factory for all things ginger, PYO Strawberries and the Australian Nougat Company for that “melt-in-your-mouth” delight. Click here to make your own trail.
Gympie to Hervey Bay
The Great Beach Drive: Imagine the freedom and pure exhilaration of driving on one of the longest beach drives in the world with the sparkling Pacific Ocean on one side and coast dunes and natural Australian bushland on the other. Linking the Sunshine Coast Hinterland with Noosa and Rainbow Beach a gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, make your own itinerary.
Immerse yourself with a majestic Humpback Whale watching tour in the calm protected waters of Hervey Bay and Mooloolaba.
Explore spectacular World Heritage-listed Fraser Island, swim in pristine Lake McKenzie and walk through untouched rainforests.
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