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Sunshine Coast Sightseeing, Australia

Sunshine Coast Queensland
Queensland Australia
Queensland Australia
Queensland Australia

Sunshine Coast Sightseeing, Australia

story by: Inspire Queensland

Steve Irwin’s family was onto something when they started their enterprise in 1970. Its incredible growth in popularity since then has been mirrored by that of the Sunshine Coast itself. Of course you don’t have to be into reptiles to have a great time in this region: you can learn to surf, walk the coastline for miles through a National Park and finally enjoy fish and chips or a gourmet meal as the sun goes down. The laidback, outdoor lifestyle is one you’ll adjust to very quickly! Choose from kilometres of fabulous beaches, from Caloundra in the south to Cooloola in the north (which also serves as gateway to Fraser Island). When you tire of beaches, the cooking schools and day spas will compete for your attention, along with championship golf courses and, of course, that world-famous zoo.

Australia Zoo 

CRIKEY! It’s as wild as life gets at the home of the Crocodile Hunter, where you’ll experience wildlife like nowhere else in the world. There are over 1200 animals and interactive wildlife shows daily – from tigers to otters, dingoes to koalas and everything in between. Don’t miss the slithering, jaw-snapping action of Australia Zoo’s Wildlife Warrior Show in the world famous Crocoseum. 
DEPARTS: Daily  
DURATION: Self guided 

Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba 

Take a fascinating journey from the coast to the ocean depths. Explore 16 themed zones and soak-up the amazing view from the sea bed in the 80m ocean tunnel. Get up close to over 10000 creatures including Australia’s largest collection of jellyfish. Meet the rare weedy sea dragons, the resident seals plus over 20 species of shark and rays. With 14 fun talks and animal feeds, including the family favourite seal presentation, there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy at SEA LIFE Mooloolaba. 
DEPARTS: Daily  
DURATION: Self guided 

Fraser Island Day Tour 

Jump aboard a purpose built ‘Warrior’ 4WD vehicle for a day of discovery to World Heritage listed Fraser Island. This tour starts with morning tea on the beach, followed by guided rainforest walks and a delicious Aussie BBQ lunch before a refreshing dip in Lake McKenzie. Keep an eye out for the infamous dingo. 
DEPARTS: Daily  
DURATION: Full Day (overnight option is also available) 

Noosa Everglades BBQ Lunch Cruise 

Experience a different side to the Sunshine Coast on this river cruise through the Noosa Everglades. Cruise aboard a flat bottom boat, or choose the option to canoe part of the journey, as you navigate your way through the magnificent lakes and wetlands. There’s plenty of time to swim in the pristine waters, photograph abundant wildlife and enjoy a delicious BBQ Lunch. 
DEPARTS: Daily  
DURATION: 6 hours 

Off Beat Eco Tours 

Explore the world’s most ancient rainforests, swim under a waterfall that’s flowed for millions of years, taste exotic bush tucker and see the famous Strangler Cairn stone sculpture. Enjoy a full day or half day tour experiencing the rich diversity of plant forms, breathing wilderness, insects, mammals, reptiles and birds - home to over a quarter of Queensland’s wildlife species, many unique to the area. Along the way pause at various spectacular spots for morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. 
DEPARTS: Daily  
DURATION: Half Day or Full Day 

Tastes of the Sunshine Coast 

This tour is one food lovers cannot miss! Experience a journey of taste sensations that is synonymous to the Sunshine Coast. Visit the world’s largest working ginger factory or savour delicious roasted macadamia, chocolate and candy treats at Nutwork’s. Tempt your taste buds with delicious European influenced cheese and yoghurts at Maleny cheese. Browse through specialty shops at Montville Village, before optional wine tasting at one of Australia’s leading wineries. Conclude the day at The Ettamogah Pub for a touch of Australiana. 

Fraser Coast  

Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world: 123km in length with striking sand cliffs, over 100 freshwater lakes, crystal clear flowing streams, dramatic shipwrecks, a thriving wild dingo population and the only subtropical rainforest where trees grow directly in the sand.  
That’s just one of the highlights of the Fraser Coast, just three and a half hours north of Brisbane.  
Another hot spot on this coast is Hervey Bay, considered Australia’s whale watching capital due to the annual visit made by humpback whales on their way from Northern Queensland to Antarctica between July and November.  
If boating doesn’t appeal, take to the air in a plane, helicopter or microlite for a different perspective. Fishing, sailing and glass-bottomed boat trips, museums and art galleries, sheltered beaches and a mild climate – it’s little wonder that the region’s catchphrase is ‘Perfect by Nature’. 

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