Discover the Sunshine Coast of Australia

We have put together 7 fun ideas for you to discover the Sunshine Coast of Australia! The Sunshine Coast is the perfect place to relax on the beach, explore national parks, and experience Australian wildlife. There is so much that is waiting to be discovered. Come check out one of the top holiday destinations in Australia!

 

Rainbow Beach

Rainbow Beach is well known for its diverse wildlife and tropical water activities. At high tide, you can enjoy paddling along the flat water of Pelican Bay in a mangrove ecosystem that is home to a large number of turtles, stingrays, sea birds, and crabs. Check out the Turtle View Kayak tour to get the full Rainbow Beach experience.

 

Double Island Point

Double Island Point is wild and pristine because it is only accessible by 4x4 vehicles form Noosa North Shore or Rainbow Beach. Bottlenose dolphins, Humpback whales, turtles, rays, sea birds, soldier crabs, and many other local and migrating wildlife frequent this area. Enjoy an unforgettable experience by seeing the wildlife up-close and personal on a unique Australian kayak tour.

 

Noosa Everglades

The Noosa Everglades are located within the Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park. They are a tropical wetland and one of only two everglades systems in the world. The Noosa Everglades also holds the title as Australia’s most diverse ecosystem, with over 40% of the country’s bird species.  The best way to explore this ancient landscape is on a kayak or canoe trip. The most famous part of the Noosa Everglades is the “River of Mirrors.” It is a narrow stretch of water with overhanging trees and perfect reflections. The tranquillity and peacefulness of the Noosa Everglades are so refreshing for the soul.

 

Fairy Pools at Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park is a stunning landscape with many lovely beaches, coves, and lookout points. The Fairy Pools are a must-see in Noosa National Park. The Fairy Pools are natural tidal rocks pools that are great to swim in because they shield you from the incoming waves. To get to the Fairy Pools, it’s about a 30-minute walk from the entrance of the national park. There are two rock pools, one lower closer to the sea that requires more climbing and another one higher up. Depending on the tides, your experience at the Fairy Pools will be quite different. In the morning at low tide, the rock pools are very still with minimal influence from the waves. In the evening at high tide, the pools are more like a tumultuous Jacuzzi, as the waves crash over the rocks and into the pools.

 

Fraser Island

Frasier Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because it offers one of Australia’s best wilderness adventures and is the largest sand island in the world. There are almost 700 square miles of pristine land to explore. Enjoy Lake MacKenzie, which has some of the clearest waters and whitest sands in all of Australia. Make the trek to Indian Head, which has the most incredible panoramic views. See the Cathedrals, a cliff famous for sculpted ribbons of colored sand. If you’re lucky, you might even get to see Fraser Island’s most famous resident, the dingo.

 

Glass House Mountains National Park

If you are an avid hiker, then add a visit to the Glass House Mountains National Park to your list. There are two main mountains here to summit:  Mount Tibrogargan and Mount Ngungun. The names fame from ancient myths of the indigenous Gubbi Gubbi people. You will get incredible views of the coastline from the two mountains summits. There are also less intense hikes here for less experienced hikers that are still really amazing. Also, keep a lookout for the park’s famous gray kangaroos.

 

Australia Zoo

The Australia Zoo was founded by Bob and Lyn Irwin, who passed the legacy onto their son, Steve Irwin. The zoo was made world-famous thanks to Steve and Terri Irwin, who put all their money from The Crocodile Hunter into conservation and improving the zoo. Today, The Australia Zoo has been expanded to 1000-acres and is home to more than 1,000 animals. There are dozens of attractions to keep kids and adults entertained for hours. This zoo is special because the staff has worked hard to make it fun, educational, and interactive. You can feed a wombat, pet a rhino, and stroke a lizard.

 

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