Things to do in Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
It's no wonder nature is integral to the lives of locals. The hinterland area is one of the most beautiful places in Queensland. Walk one of the many peaceful nature trails, observe the plant and animal life along the way, and reward yourself with a paddle under a cool rainforest waterfall. You can easily make a day of the hinterland, enjoying the varied landscapes and galleries, pottery studios, and cafes of Maleny and Montville.
Forest in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Glass House Mountains
The Glass House Mountains, once used as navigational landmarks by Aboriginal people, are defining features of the Sunshine Coast landscape. Hike, rock-climb or abseil the mountains and you'll experience a stunning view over surrounding plantations and eucalyptus forests. If you're up for a challenge, Mt Beerwah and Mt Tibrogargan have steep tracks that require a good half-day to conquer.
Sunrise over Glass House Mountains
Australia Zoo, the world-renowned vision of Steve and Terry Irwin, is a wildlife park with animals from all over the planet. Hand-feed kangaroos in ‘Roo Heaven', see Sumatran tigers in the ‘Tiger Temple', or get a taste of the African savannah with rhino, giraffe and zebra enclosures. You can also see roving wildlife at the zoo, the famous ‘Crocoseum', and tropical creatures on ‘Bindi's Island'.
Koala in a tree at Australia Zoo
Underwater World SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba is an aquarium that houses over 10,000 creatures of the sea and rivers, as well as Australia's largest collection of jellyfish. With nothing but a bit of glass to separate you, you'll get to see sharks and stingrays like you've never seen them before. You'll also get to learn about rare creatures such as sea dragons and, if you're lucky, meet the resident seals and otters.
Climb Mount Coolum for spectacular views of the Sunshine Coast. While it's a challenging climb, taking around 30 to 40 minutes each way, it's well worth the hard work. From the top, you'll experience 360° views of the Sunshine Coast, from Noosa to Point Cartwright and the expanse of the hinterland. At the right time of year, around May to October, you may even see whales.
Boardwalk at Coolum beach looking towards Mount Coolum