Enjoy paddle boarding at Noosa National Park. Photo courtesy of Tourism Australia

The Great outdoors

The Sunshine Coast is a dream location for people who love the great outdoors. Stroll along pristine ocean shores or hike your way through subtropical Hinterland rainforests. Exploring and discovering the Sunny Coast all year round is easy because there's great weather and plenty of actvities to choose from.

 
  • Go scuba diving and explore the mysterious HMAS Brisbane, which is about nine kilometres out to sea from Mooloolaba. This underwater wreck is home to schools of fish, eagle rays and turtles, and attracts experienced divers from all parts of the globe.
    
   

Land, air and sea adventures

  • Boating is a popular pastime on the Sunshine Coast. Choose from one of the organised cruises, or hire your own boat. There are plenty of boat hire places to choose from, with run-abouts, tinnies, barbeque pontoons, and cruisers on offer. Most boat hire is available without the need for a boat license (conditions apply).
Go cruising. Photo: Tourism Australia
  • Whether you’re a novice or a SUP (stand-up paddle-board) surfing pro, Noosa is the ideal place to hone your skills. Hire a SUP board and glide your way along the calm waters of the Noosa River. There's also experienced instructors who provide lessons and will have you up on your feet in no time.

Photo: Tourism Australia
 
 
  • Go on a deep-sea fishing charter. Summer is best for tuna and mackerel, while winter you’ll find the pearl perch and snapper are biting.
  • Enjoy a cruise up the Noosa River in your own private Venetian inspired gondola. Book a breakfast, lunch, dinner, sunset or moonlight cruise.  
  • Enjoy an off-road cycling experience with one of the Sunny Coast tours. Whether you're an experienced, thrill-seeking rider or a first-timer, there are trails that will keep you smiling and your legs moving. Riding a bike is a great way to see the the local area. Tours cater for all levels of fitness, skill and abilities.
  • Take a hike - literally - and explore the nearby rainforests, mountains and national parks. There's so much to see, and Glasshouse Mountains is a must.
  • Take a skydive adventure from 15,000 feet in an adrenaline pumping free-fall, landing safely on one of Caloundra’s beautiful beaches.

Beaches and National Parks

Glass House Mountains. Photo:  Jason Charles Hill Photography, Tourism and Events Queensland

  
  • A feature of the Sunshine Coast Hinterlands is the stunning Glass House Mountains. Aboriginal mythologies tell the story of how these volcanic peaks were formed many years ago. There are many adventure activities you can enjoy at the mountains, including canoeing, rock climbing, bush walking and abseiling.
  • Looking out over the Glass House Mountains is the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, which is a must for wildlife and nature lovers. Take a guided tour and uncover the rainforest’s secrets, as the songs of native birds, provide you with a tranquil soundtrack. 
  • Stretch out on your own little slice of sand and enjoy a glorious day at Sunshine Beach , which is nestled between Noosa and Coolum. Visit ‘The Surf Club’ for a refreshing beverage or tasty meal, and watch the surfers catch a wave. A short distance from the beach is the southern edge of Noosa National Park where there are several walking paths for you to explore. Don’t forget to look into the trees, if it’s your lucky day, you may just find a cute koala!
  • Get back to nature at the charming Kondalilla National Park, Blackall Range. Follow the walking trail through the rainforest to the Kondalilla Falls lookout, and then trek back for an invigorating swim at the rock pools. Feeling peckish after all that hiking? The park also has a large grassy area perfect for picnics and barbeques.  
  • A stone’s throw away from the iconic Hastings Street, known for its trendy shops and cafes, is Noosa Main Beach. Swim with the fishes in the crystal clear Pacific Ocean waters where you’ll find the swell is gentle and just right for a relaxing dip.
 

Great Beach Drive, Rainbow Beach.
Photo: Glen Davis

  • Kings Beach, Caloundra is a family favourite when it comes to Sunshine Coast beaches. Keep the kids entertained as they search for sea creatures among the rock pools. Swim a lap or two in the safe and secure saltwater tidal pool, which is ideal for little swimmers. Time things right, and you’ll enjoy the annual Caloundra Music Festival, a community event showcasing quality Australian and International music industry talent.