Things to do in Sunshine Coast

Our most recommended things to do in Sunshine Coast

Noosa: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

1. Noosa: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

Start your day from the convenient meeting point in Noosa or with a courtesy pickup from select hotels. You will travel through the Toolara Forest and Great Sandy National Park as you travel toward Fraser Island. Following a quick stop in Rainbow Beach, board the ferry from Inskip Point over to the island, looking out for marine life along the way. Then drive along the beach highway to a freshwater creek where you'll enjoy morning tea with a view. Following that, it will be time to make your way through the inland tracks to experience a 4WD adventure. You'll journey through the forest to Lake McKenzie, a highlight for many due to the beautiful white sandy beach and perfectly blue waters.  You can cool off with a swim, enjoy fantastic photo opportunities, or relax on the beach before tucking into an authentic and healthy Aussie picnic-style lunch. Following lunch, you'll walk through the ancient rainforest of Central Station and Pile Valley, which is home to many unique and exciting species. Wander alongside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek as you take in the sights and smells of the tallest rainforest growing out of the sand.  It will then be time to start making your way back towards Noosa with another drive down the beach highway and a brief stopover in Rainbow Beach. 

Noosa: Afternoon Cruise through the Noosa Everglades

2. Noosa: Afternoon Cruise through the Noosa Everglades

Climb aboard an eco safari vessel and travel to the Noosa Everglades on this group tour. Experience one of the two everglade systems on the planet. Travel over the clam reflective waters that are known as the river of mirrors. View Queensland's most stunning natural landscapes. Sip a glass of sparkling wine as you cruise the waterways and keep a lookout for wildlife. Upon returning to land, have some cheese, crackers, and dips. Try to spot one of the many grey Kangaroos that inhabit the Ecocamp.

Mooloolaba: Seafood Lunch Cruise

3. Mooloolaba: Seafood Lunch Cruise

Depart for your seafood lunch cruise from The Wharf in Mooloolaba. Jump aboard this entertaining 1.5-hour cruise along the river and canals of Mooloolaba, a top destination in Australia! Kick back and relax with table service and entertaining commentary from your guide. Come with an appetite - included on the cruise is a choice of four meals: fish and chips, calamari and chips, fresh Mooloolaba prawns, or a burger and chips. Upgrades and extras will be available on board. Enjoy your delicious meal while sailing by the beautiful sunny coastlines of Mooloolaba. With a fully licensed bar and comfortable booth seating onboard, this is a day out for the whole family to enjoy! 

Sunshine Coast: Mooloolaba River Sunset Cruise

4. Sunshine Coast: Mooloolaba River Sunset Cruise

Unwind into the Mooloolaba evening with a cocktail or two and a selection of the catch of the day while sailing effortlessly through the magical scenery of the Mooloolah Rivers.  The cruise picks you up from Wharf Mooloolaba, and takes you out to the river mouth first to enjoy scenic views right down to the Noosa headland.  Next stop is the local Mooloolaba fish markets to pick up the fresh catch of the day. You’ll then continue on a leisurely cruise through the bottom section of the Mooloolah River, and then through the harbor and canals. The boat is fully licensed so you can purchase wine, beer, cocktails and soft drinks all on board. And if you’d like to eat, A full à la carte menu is offered, using the fresh catch of the day picked up at the market.

Noosa: Everglades Canoe Adventure with Lunch

5. Noosa: Everglades Canoe Adventure with Lunch

Your adventure begins at Habitat Noosa as you travel to Lake Cootharaba, the start of the Noosa Everglades. The first stop of the day is Fig Tree Point where your canoe for the day awaits. Hop on board and paddle upstream in your classic Canadian style canoe through ancient landscape, mirrored waterways, and sub-tropical rainforest. After your ride from Fig Tree Point it's time to regain your energy with some morning tea snacks, prepared by your tour guide in the tranquil surrounds of historic Harry’s Hut. When you’re finished with morning tea, head down to the magnificent wonders of the Everglades, recognized as one of the most spectacular canoeing adventures in Australia. Enjoy a leisurely river cruise along the Everglades with your group and make a pit stop at a nearby swimming hole made up of tea-tree infused waters. As your canoe time draws to a close, head back to Habitat Noosa where a delicious roast lunch awaits you. Admire the stunning views of Lake Cootharaba as you eat with the group and bond over your canoeing experience.

Sunshine Coast: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Ticket

6. Sunshine Coast: SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Ticket

Take part in animal conservation activities on Australia’s Sunshine Coast Aquarium with access to the SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast in Mooloolaba, approximately 1-hour from Brisbane. Learn about projects to protect the local environment, discover the unique wildlife of the billabongs and more. Then, come face to face with seals, otters, and even sharks! General admission will get you up-close to many of the creatures that live beneath the sea and show you more about their fragile ecosystems. Discover what animals inhabit the surrounding waters of Queensland and what measures are being taken to protect them. Be entranced by the delicate movement of seahorses in the Seahorse Sanctuary. Touch an array of sea stars and sea cucumbers in the Tidal Touchpool. Explore the coral gardens, clown fish, and sea anemones of the Pacific Reef. Go to the brand new Coastal Wreck zone, and learn about the many species that inhabit the coral reefs of Australia. Learn about the unique wildlife of the billabongs, including freshwater sawfish, barramundi, and pacu fish (a cousin of the piranha). Marvel at creatures whose ancestors have been in the world for more than 650 million years in Jellyfish Kingdom, come up close to fierce-looking moray eels, and much more.

Dolphin View Kayak and Great Beach Drive Tour from Noosa

7. Dolphin View Kayak and Great Beach Drive Tour from Noosa

Begin your 6-hour program with a Great Beach Drive in Great Sandy National Park. Head to Double Island Point for views of Fraser Island and the colored sands of Rainbow Beach. Head out on a kayaking tour around the headland and admire the beauty of your surroundings and the Double Island Point Lighthouse from a unique perspective. Bottlenose dolphin pods are often seen in the area, feeding on large schools of fish. They’re usually as curious about you as you are about them, so be prepared for an experience of a lifetime! In addition, see local and migrating wildlife, including humpback whales (June-November), turtles, manta rays, stingrays, and migrating sea birds.

Rainbow Beach: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

8. Rainbow Beach: Full-Day Fraser Island Warrior Tour

Start your day from the convenient meeting point in Rainbow Beach and travel through the Toolara Forest and Great Sandy National Park as you travel toward Fraser Island. Board the ferry from Inskip Point over to the island, looking out for marine life along the way. Then drive along the beach highway to a freshwater creek where you'll enjoy morning tea with a view. Following that, it will be time to make your way through the inland tracks to experience a 4WD adventure. You'll journey through the forest to Lake McKenzie, a highlight for many due to the beautiful white sandy beach and perfectly blue waters.  You can cool off with a swim, enjoy fantastic photo opportunities, or relax on the beach before tucking into an authentic and healthy Aussie picnic-style lunch. Following lunch, you'll walk through the ancient rainforest of Central Station and Pile Valley, which is home to many unique and exciting species. Wander alongside the crystal clear Wanggoolba Creek as you take in the sights and smells of the tallest rainforest growing out of the sand.  It will then be time to start making your way back towards Rainbow Beach. 

From Brisbane: Australia Zoo Ticket and Roundtrip Transfer

9. From Brisbane: Australia Zoo Ticket and Roundtrip Transfer

Explore the world-famous Australia Zoo which was founded by the late Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his family on this day trip from Brisbane. Skip the stress of driving to the zoo and relax on the air-conditioned coach ride from and to your Brisbane hotel. Enjoy the convenience of being picked up from selected hotels in Brisbane. Relax on the drive in a comfortable and spacious coach. Along the way, soak up scenic views of the Glass House Mountains and the pineapple farms that line Steve Irwin Way. Stop at the Australia Zoo, which is dedicated to conserving wildlife through education and research. Have 6-hours of free time to spend at the zoo. Stroll among exhibits housing impressive mammals, birds, and reptiles. Have the chance to view outback and bush species like Tasmanian devils, wombats, dingoes, and kangaroos. See animals from around the globe at the new African savannah exhibit, like giraffes, rhinos, and zebras. Choose to learn about impressive endangered species and breeding programs that Australia Zoo is involved with. Make your way to view the animals that made the Crocodile Hunter famous like snakes, crocs, and free-flight birds, or watch the Wildlife Warriors show in the Crocoseum. Board the coach and return to your hotel in Brisbane at the end of your tour.

Noosa: Everglades Safari Day Cruise

10. Noosa: Everglades Safari Day Cruise

Head out on a day tour across Lake Cootharaba, along the upper Noosa River, and up into the Noosa Everglades. Stop at historic locations and take casual walks near iconic heritage landmarks. Enjoy morning tea and lunch in one of Queensland's most stunning natural landscapes, known as the ‘River of Mirrors’. Begin your trip with a boat journey over Lake Cootharaba before entering Australia’s Everglades. Make your first stop at Fig Tree Point, where you will have the opportunity to do a small 400m rainforest walk before entering the Everglades. Take in the breathtaking views from the comfort of the boat whilst going upstream through ancient landscapes, mirrored waterways, and sub-tropical rainforests. Look out for the local birdlife that lives in the area such as pelicans, ducks, cormorants, eagles, and rare jabiru. Relax and sip on morning tea served at the historic Harry’s Hut in the Great Sandy National Park. Return to Habitat Noosa and tuck into a chef-prepared hot roast lunch served in the Coothara BAR & Bistro. Admire the panoramic views of Lake Cootharaba while you eat. Finally, return to Noosa on a comfortable bus transfer.

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What people are saying about Sunshine Coast

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 468 reviews

You’re given roughly 5.5 hours to explore, as pickups can take about 2 hours, then another 2 hours back, as everyone gets dropped off. The amount of time spent exploring is just enough to see everything and maybe catch a show or two. The crocodile show with Robert Irwin is great and got to see a zookeeper take a wombat out for a walk like a dog. I visited this zoo to see all the wildlife I missed out on in their natural habitat due to weather. Great experience

I enjoyed this tour. It was relaxing. It’s quite an experience to see the river of mirrors. I took my 16 year old daughter and I joked that we were definitely the youngest on the tour. The description says we get anti pasto platters. We didn’t but we did get a delicious savoury scone each and a drink, which was lovely. The tour guide was knowledgeable and also humorous. We did see one bird. Lovely tour.

Beautiful views and great tour guide history telling with a nice drink

relaxing trip,the right length, good food and beverages

Recommend this to anyone wanting a relaxing night out