Whether you live in Australia or plan to visit it, the Sunshine Coast should top your list of places to explore. Located in the beautiful state of Queensland, the Sunshine Coast perfectly combines rural and urban living with a sub-tropical climate year-round.
The Sunshine Coast is a major tourist attraction. Whether you’re an explorer, a foodie, a party animal, an escapee, a wildlife enthusiast, or a social butterfly, the Sunshine Coast is sure to have what you are looking for.
So, slip on your Archies Arch Support Thongs, and get ready to explore some of the best things to do in Australia’s Sunshine Coast!
Go to the Noosa Main Beach
Can’t decide between the beach and a day out? Combine the best of both and head straight to Noosa Head’s Main Beach. With crystal clear water and soft sand, this beach is considered one of Australia’s best. It is also one of the few north-facing beaches in the entire country. Surf, swim, or simply chill on the sand while overlooking the beautiful Coral Sea coastline.
Mornings are typically less crowded and get better sun. So try to arrive early to make the most of your beach day!
Running parallel to the beach is Hastings Street. This street is packed with restaurants, cafes, boutiques, and stores, offering the perfect place for a stroll. Have a delicious meal in one of Hastings Street’s restaurants, and then satisfy your sweet tooth with Massimo’s Gelateria.
Visit the Australia Zoo
If you enjoy watching wildlife documentaries, you need to experience the Australia Zoo in real-life. It derives part of its fame from being the legacy of Steve Irwin (AKA The Crocodile Hunter). The Irwin family still runs the Zoo to this day.
This award-winning zoo has over 1000 mammals, birds, and reptiles. It offers animal encounters, exhibits, conservations shows, tours, and expeditions. It also has a play area for kids and a waterpark.
The Zoo offers both full day and two day admission tickets.
Did you know that you could hug a koala and hand-feed a kangaroo at the zoo? What else could you ask for!
Shop in the Marketplace
This isn’t the Facebook Marketplace you have in mind! The Eumundi Market is a local farmers’ market established in 1979. It’s held every Wednesday and Saturday in the small cozy town of Eumundi.
You’ll find plenty of fresh and delicious local produce as well as stalls offering home décor, artisan food, jewelry, and clothing. This is the perfect place to buy souvenirs for friends and family at a reasonable price.
Even people who don’t care for shopping can enjoy lunch at one of the food stalls. Live musical performances will surely keep you The market’s local vibe is a must-try!
Fun Time at the Aussie World
Rides, shows, food, and events. Need I say more?
The Aussie World is one of Australia’s favorite theme parks. It has over 30 rides and attractions that costs $38 for a single entry ticket. The park is just minutes away from Sunshine Coast Airport. It’s packed with activities that suit every age.
Enjoy a classic ride on the Ferris wheel that overlooks the amazing vista of the Sunshine Coast, or go crazy with a thrilling ride on the Redback. When you’re done riding get your mind working in the Mayhem Maze and Professor Bogglesworth’s Illusionarium.
The rides and attractions are worth the visit, and so are the eateries! But don’t miss the in-house brewed beer of The Banana Bender Pub.
Spend a day at Mooloolaba
Mooloolaba is a beautiful coastal suburb in the Sunshine Coast region. It’s known for two places: The Mooloolaba Beach and The Sea life Aquarium.
The sandy shoreline of Mooloolaba Beach is the perfect getaway for sunbathing and swimming. Enjoy the pure white sand of the beaches and discover the vibrant coral reefs and colorful fish just under the surface.
Just minutes away at the Mooloolaba Spit, you can gear up and explore the sunken wreck of the EX-HMAS Brisbane, a ship that once belonged to the Royal Australian Navy.
Tired of all the swimming? You can take a break and grab a bite in one of the waterfront seafood restaurants surrounding the Mooloolaba beach.
The day isn’t finished until you visit the Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium and visit the fascinating view of life under the water. This Australian sea life habitat includes freshwater streams, touch pools, jellyfish tours, seahorse sanctuaries, ocean tunnel tours, shark dives, and seal shows.
This marine mammal park will certainly keep you entertained. Just try not to miss the penguin encounter and the seal swim.
Instagram the Big Pineapple
Let’s be real, we’re all constantly looking for Instagrammable places. So head over to the iconic Big Pineapple and click some pretty pictures with the 16-meters-high fruit. This site is a heritage-listed tourist attraction and dates back to 1971.
You could take a train ride around the plantation and taste the region’s local produce.
For something more exciting, how about the TreeTop Challenge offered at the Big Pineapple. Get your adrenaline pumping with high ropes and a zipline course!
Get some Ginger in your system
The Ginger Factory in Yandina is one of the largest suppliers of ginger in the world. Enjoy yummy tastings, and discover how ginger is grown and transformed into a delicious range of products. The iconic Ginger Factory is open all days of the week and offers free entry.
Ride the historic Moreton cane train for a fascinating tour through 9 hectares of heavenly tropical gardens. After your ride, treat yourself with their famous parfait at the Ice Creamery, and don’t forget to pass by the Ginger Shop for a wide selection of souvenirs and ginger treats.
Explore the Noosa National Park
Channel your inner explorer and visit the Noosa National Park. Spread over 9,800 acres, the Park boasts crystal clear waters, dolphins surfing on the waves, breaching whales, swimming turtles, singing birds, and koalas hanging on the trees.
This magical place combines the best of beach life and wildlife. Swim, surf, hike, relax, walk, or run, all within the same area. However, for your first time visiting, we recommend that you enjoy a long walk throughout the park to view the stunning scenery.
The Noosa National Park is definitely the place to be when you’re trying to get in touch with nature.
P.S. Try not to miss the sunset at the park; it’s a beautiful one-of-a-kind panoramic view.
So, is there anything else?
The Sunshine Coast has so much to offer. The list of zoos, parks, aquariums, beaches, historical sites, wildlife sanctuaries, restaurants, shops, and markets seem never-ending.
The Sunshine Coast Region is the perfect place to immerse yourself in the Australian culture with all of its variety. The rural and urban mix of the place will surely keep you on your feet.
So prepare for a good mood, a relaxed body, and a full stomach. An exciting trip is ahead of you!