8 things to do on the Sunshine Coast, Australia
The Sunshine Coast is a long stretch of stunning coastline made up of beautiful beaches, vast national parks to explore and not to mention the world class surf. The Sunshine Coast runs from Caloundra all the way up to the Cooloola Section just north of Noosa Heads. This part of the East Coast is not to be missed.
Here are 8 top things to do on the Sunshine Coast:
1. Noosa fairy pools
Noosa Fairy Pools are a couple of beautiful rock pools deep within Noosa National Park. A stunning place full of dreamy beaches, viewpoints to watch the dolphins (and whales in the right season) and home to Australias national animal- the koala. See if you can spot one on your visit.
To find the fairy pools you will need to walk 45 minutes towards Hells Gate from the car park. It’s located just after Granite Bay (the path down is near a bench). You will need to scramble down some rocks to access the pools.
Tip- Head there early as it is a popular spot to take a dip and ensure you check the tide times before hand. Low tide is the best time to visit so be sure to check the tides before you go to avoid disappointment.
2. Booloumba creek
Situated in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Booloumba Creek is a natural pool that’s perfect for a summer swim. Hike through the wilderness and hear the sounds of whip birds and the rustling of the Bush turkeys. This place is so tranquil and peaceful it’s a must visit if you love nature.
To get here requires a 4 wheel drive or a 20 minute walk from the access road entrance. It’s roughly a 1 hour drive from Noosa Heads. There are paid camping facilities here which you can book online.
3. Rainbow Beach
Rainbow beach is slightly north of the Sunshine Coast but its not to be. It has some of the most beautiful coast line to be explored. It gets its name from all the colours of sand you can see along the coast. Chill at the beach or if you’re up for some fun try sand boarding.
To get to this spot involves a short 15-20 minute walk from the car park. It takes roughly 2-2.5 hours to drive here from Noosa Heads.
Tip- Head here for sunrise and watch the sun come up over the horizon. As you walk to the shoreline you will see the sand glittering in the light. It’s incredible.
4. Serenity Falls
Serenity Falls can be found in Buderim National Park. Situated in dense rainforest are a series of stunning waterfalls scattered along the trail. A boardwalk will lead you to the largest of the falls- Serenity waterfall. Take a dip or admire these falls from a perfectly placed bridge above. This spot makes for some amazing photos.
The walk takes roughly 30 minutes to the main waterfall. Serenity falls are in Buderim which is a 40-45 minute drive from Noosa Heads.
5. Glass house mountains
A mountain range with hikes that’ll take your breath away. The highest peak is Mount Beerwah at 556m. If you enjoy hiking with stunning scenery then the Glass House mountains are not to be missed. Most popular hiking trails are Mount Ngungun & Mount Tibrogargan.
The Glass House Mountains National Park is roughly 1 hour from Brisbane and 1.5 hours from Noosa. Be sure to check the Glass House Mountains website before you visit to know of any trail closures before you go.
6. Kondalilla National Park
A beautiful national park situated in the sunshine coast hinterland. A 3km hike takes you through dense rainforest, passing rockpools and waterfalls. At the end of the hike you are rewarded with an impressive 80m high waterfall. Bring your swimmers cause you’ll want to take a dip after this hike.
Kondilla National Park is roughly a 1 hour drive from Noosa. Take a picnic and enjoy spending the day in the wilderness.
7. Paradise Caves
This hidden gem is situated in the Noosa National Park. Paradise caves still remain unknown to many locals so it really is a secret spot. The cave is huge and involves a mini adventure to get there. Bring your swimmers and enjoy bathing in the rock pools.
The easiest way to access this cave is by entering Noosa National Park via the Sunshine Beach hinterland section. Walk to the first view point (top of the first lot of steps) and you should see a faint path leading to the cliff face. As you get to the edge you will need to scramble down so wear sensible shoes. I wouldn’t recommend children to do this as it is a big drop down. You can only access the cave at low tide so ensure you check the tide times beforehand.
Sunshine beach is a 10 minute drive from Noosa Heads. You could also access the caves from the north of Noosa National Park. The trek would be around 10km from the entrance of Noosa National Park (Noosa Heads main entrance).
Exact coordinates are 26°23′43.08″S 153°07′01.1″E
8. Noosa National Park
Noosa National Park is huge and consists of many beautiful beaches and points of interest. Eg Noosa fairy pools & paradise caves. Here you will find world class waves at many of the points throughout the National Park. A must visit destination for any surfer. Notable spots are Tea Tree Bay, Granite Bay & Alexandria bay. Whilst visiting Noosa National Park don’t forget to explore the hinterland sections for some koala spotting. If you don’t spot a koala you will definitely find a bush turkey 😉
The National Park is situated 2 minutes away from the very popular Hastings Street and Noosa Main Beach.
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