Enjoy paddle boarding at Noosa National Park. Photo: 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 activities 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 over the world.

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

Go padddle boarding on the Sunshine Coast
Photo: Sunshine Coast Daily
  • 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.
  • Enjoy an off-road bike ride. Whether you're an experienced thrill-seeker or a first-timer, there are trails that will keep you smiling and your legs moving. Tours cater for all levels of fitness, skill and abilities, and are a great way to see the the local area.
  Take a hike on the Sunshine Coast

Take a selfie while hiking in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Photo: Tourism Australia

Beaches and National Parks

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

Great Beach Drive, Rainbow Beach. Photo: Glen Davis

  • 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!
  • 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.

Hastings Street is full of surprises. Photo: Tourism Australia

  • Swim with the fish in the crystal clear waters of Noosa Main Beach. You’ll find the swell is gentle and is just right for a relaxing dip. When you finish your swim, wander up the road along the iconic Hastings Street which is known for its trendy shops and cafes.
  • 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.