1. Waterfall Chasing
The Sunshine Coast is renowned for its waterfalls and natural swimming holes. Top of the list would be Kondalilla Falls and Buderim Falls. Both an easy walk to the waterholes and views.
2. Australia Zoo
You can’t come to the Sunshine Coast without visiting the world renowned Australia Zoo. Get a photo with the Irwin family statue on entry, hop on the train to see the vast landscape of animals and enjoy the croc show too.
3. Get Set For Adventure
This area isn’t just about sleepy towns and chilling on the beach, there are a number of ways to inject a bit of adventure into your stay.
Spend the day at Aqua Park Coolum, push yourself to the limit at the TreeTop Challenge at The Big Pineapple, or learn to ski at Oz Ski Resort.
Why not get your rev heads together and muscle it out at the Big Kart Track? It is the largest commercial go kart track around. There are tandem karts so the kids can join you as well.
The great thing about the Sunshine Coast is that it is a mix of coast and country, and that is reflected in the food. You can grab incredible seafood by the beach or head to the hinterland to taste local produce. Take a day trip and explore the Sunshine Coast Food Trail where you can explore dairies, plantations, wineries, breweries, gourmet restaurants, cooking schools and more.
5. Check Out Bli Bli Watersports Complex
Spend the day doing water sports whether that means trying your hand at cable wakeboarding, tackling the inflatable water park or having a go at the Barramundi fishing area it is a great place to spend the day.
6. Stay Indoors
While you will probably want to spend a lot of time outdoors in this region, there’s also plenty of reason to head inside. With a number of options, indoor fun in the Sunshine Coast is more that just a rainy day activity.
Head to the SeaLife Aquarium to enjoy the scheduled marine shows, say hi to penguins and seal and even get hands on with some marine life. The Smash Pit is a unique attraction that’ll help you relieve some pent-up tension (not that you should have any during your Big Lap!).
7. Head To The Hinterland
Although the Sunshine Coast is well-known for its beaches, heading inland will delight you just as much as the coast. Maleny, Monteville and Mapleton are incredible little towns and provide some small town charm, cute scenery and lovely places to visit, shop and eat. Maleny is especially good if you’re a bit of a foodie: take the cheese trail around the area’s dairies, head to Maleny Mountain Wines or stop in at Brouhaha Brewery.
Don’t forget the lesser-known hinterland towns of Pomona, Kenilworth and Cooroy though. They are definitely worth a visit too.
Make sure you stop off at the roadside produce spots to pick up fresh fruit and veggies along the way.
8. Hit The Beaches
Enjoy a day relaxing on the many beautiful beaches that the Sunshine Coast has to offer. Pack a picnic or grab some fish and chips from any of the many eateries that are close by to them.
If you have kids, Bulcoch Beach, Kings Beach and Mooloolaba Spit are awesome places to spend the day. The tidal pools at Kings Beach are great fun too!
If you love to surf, Coolum Beach and the surf breaks in Noosa National Parks (Tea Trea Bay, Boiling Pot, Granite Bay etc.) are the go-to places.
If you want some peace and quiet away from the crowds, Wurtella Beach is a bit of a local secret!
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