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Best things to do when travelling to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is becoming an extremely popular destination for many tourists. It offers a wide range of activities for everyone, whether they are looking for a family fun holiday or looking to explore Queensland solo.

Kawana Waters Beach – Image by Nathan James

Located two hours north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast consists of many small coastal towns such as Noosa, Mooloolaba, Kawana Waters, and Maroochydore.  With so many places to go, you really can’t go wrong planning a holiday here. Here are some of the best things to do when visiting the Sunshine Coast!

Australia Zoo

Home to the legendary Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin and his family, the zoo is a great family fun activity. The destination is packed with over 1,200 animals and many activities to get the day going. Feel like petting a koala or getting up close and personal with a kangaroo? The Australian Zoo has you covered!

The zoo is located 30 minutes away from Mooloolaba on Steve Irwin Way and is stacked full of events and shows. It is a fun-filled day for the whole family.

Front of Australia Zoo – Image by Nathan James


The Big Pineapple/ Zoo

The Big Pineapple is another famous destination on the Sunshine Coast. Located in Nambour which is about 20 minutes away from Mooloolaba, the Big Pineapple is home to many things.

Not only is it home to a large pineapple but also offers the Pineapple Train, the Wildlife HQ Zoo and the Big Pineapple Café. The zoo may be smaller than Australia Zoo but offers a home to over 200 species.

For adventure goers, the newly opened Tree Top Challenge is a must see. It consists of zip lines and high ropes spreading across eight acres, perfect if you’re feeling adventurous. The Big Pineapple is also home to the Big Pineapple Music Festival which features on the 25th of May, with this year’s line-up featuring Peking Duk and Vera Blue.


The Big Pineapple – Image by Nathan James



Noosa is one of the bigger coastal towns on the Sunshine Coast, offering many activities that appeal to different people. Whether you like shopping, hiking, or relaxing on the beach, Noose provides the goods.

Hastings Street, which is located directly next to the main beach, is full of stores, restaurants, bars, and cafés. The main beach is a popular destination but Noosa also has other beaches which includes Sunshine Beach.


Noosa Main Beach – Image by Nathan James


Mooloolaba is a small coastal town in the middle of the Sunshine Coast and is quickly becoming a hot tourist spot.

The Esplanade, the Wharf and the Spit are all places that provide local boutiques and many trendy and hot restaurants. The Wharf is also home to the SEALIFE Sunshine Coast which is an aquarium that provides shows such as the seal presentation.

South of Mooloolaba Beach – Image by Nathan James


Overall, there are many more things to do on the Sunshine Coast. There is a little bit of adventure for everyone and anyone.


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