Sunshine Coast
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Our most recommended Sunshine Coast Day Trips

Mooloolaba: Marine Wildlife Safari

1. Mooloolaba: Marine Wildlife Safari

Get up close with the wildlife of the Sunshine Coast on a boat tour from Mooloolaba wharf. Listen to educational onboard commentary from your local skipper. Sit back and relax in a comfortable seat with a high back as you cut through the water in a high-speed vessel. Feel the power of the engine as your skipper takes you to wildlife hot spots. Look for fish, turtles, and playful dolphins. See graceful sea birds and take a peak at what life is like below the waves with underwater cameras that live-stream what is happening below the ship in real time.

Dolphin View Kayak and Great Beach Drive Tour from Noosa

2. 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.

Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

3. Sunshine Coast Hinterland and Noosa Small Group Tour

Depart Brisbane and journey past small villages and farms as you venture into the mountains of the Blackall Range. Get stunning views of the coastline of Queensland and stop at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for panoramic vistas of the majestic Glass House Mountains from the lookout. Go for a stroll above the tree tops or relax with a morning tea as you take in the views. Continue past Gerrard's Lookout and marvel at the views to Coolum, Maroochydore, Caloundra and Bribie Island along the coast. Arrive at Montville and get some free time to explore the quaint mountain village before going to Eumundi Markets to experience Australia’s premier artisan outlet for art and food. Enjoy lunch at leisure at Eumundi Markets before visiting the pristine beaches of Noosa, where the rich and famous come to unwind by the sea. Return to Brisbane via the world's largest operating ginger factory at Yandina, where you can try their delicious ginger ice cream.

Noosa Heads: 2-Hour Surf Lesson with Local Instructor

4. Noosa Heads: 2-Hour Surf Lesson with Local Instructor

Learn to surf on the idyllic Sunshine Coast at Noosa Heads, one of Australia's best known surfing towns. With warm water and a safe beach, it is ideal for learning how to surf the waves. Start off with a safety briefing and some basic instruction on the beach before catching your first few waves waist-deep in the water. Back on the beach, take in some detailed instruction about how to stand up on your surfboard before finally paddling onto the wave. Feel the thrill of standing on your first wave with the help of your instructor, who will assist by pushing you onto waves, and offering advice and support to everyone for the remainder of the lesson. Feel free to use the showering facilities at the end to leave feeling refreshed after an exhilarating lesson. 

Mooloolaba: Whale Watching Adventure

5. Mooloolaba: Whale Watching Adventure

Embark on a whale watching tour from Mooloolaba. Listen to educational commentary from your skipper as you get up close to humpback whales. Hop aboard an open boat at Mooloolaba wharf. Cruise out to where the whales congregate in a speedy craft to make sure that you can see the whales for as long as possible. Admire the whales as they breach and slap their massive tails on the water. Watch these majestic creatures from a low position in the water to ensure that your view is unobstructed. Discover facts about the whales from your skipper as you see them frolic and play on the coast.

Sunshine Coast: Rainforest, Views, and Montville Day Tour

6. Sunshine Coast: Rainforest, Views, and Montville Day Tour

Today is a day for nature with a Sunshine Coast Hinterland day tour, including spectacular views, local delicacies, and plenty of photo opportunities from three different panoramic lookouts Begin your experience with pickup from Mooloolaba in the early morning, or from Noosa and Noosaville 45 minutes later from your accommodation (depending on where you are staying). First, visit an Australian company recognized for quality and innovation: Nutworks. Nutworks is a proud supplier of macadamia nuts in the shell, kernels, flavored nut products, and sweets. Across the road is another major attraction — the Buderim Ginger Factory. Here you can take a tour of the factory or ride the steam train through the rainforest gardens (additional cost) and sample unique ginger-based products. You will then arrive in Montville where you will spend an hour checking out the quirky and delightful shops and boutiques, enjoying this picture-perfect postcard village and its mountain air. Following Montville, it will be time to get back on the minibus and check out the awesome panoramic views from Gerrard’s Lookout. It will then be time for lunch at The Edge Restaurant, where you will enjoy a delicious 2-course meal with panoramic views. After lunch, take a short drive across the Blackall Range to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a bush-walkers paradise set on 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the stunning Glass House Mountains. In the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, enjoy the opportunity to walk 1.7 kilometers (about 1 mile) through the pristine rainforest, learning about the unique flora and fauna present there. At the conclusion of your tour, you’ll be dropped back to your accommodation in the late afternoon in time for a rest before dinner.

From Brisbane: Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure

7. From Brisbane: Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure

Your guide begins the adventure by letting the tires down on the 4WD and hitting the surf beach. Make your way towards Fort Bribie WWII Bunkers along the sand. Stop to view wildlife and the various lagoons along the way. After an informative, historical tour of the WWII bunkers, this is when the real adventure begins! The scenery changes from rugged Australian bush to open forests, swampy wetlands and dirt roads, all in the blink of an eye as you head inland and hit the 4WD tracks of the Bribie Island National Park. Following a stop for lunch, enjoy the opportunity to see local kangaroos, goannas and other wildlife at Poverty Creek. Next enjoy the serenity and the stunning views of The Glass House Mountains. After a picnic lunch and group photo in front of the Pumicestone Passage, continue along the 4WD track to White Patch.

Mooloolaba: Daytime or Twilight Cruise

8. Mooloolaba: Daytime or Twilight Cruise

Join this cruise onboard the Crusader 1. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the surroundings with friends or family on this 1.5-hour cruise along the Mooloolaba River and canal system. Crusader 1 is ideal for cruising—this open deck boat puts you in the fresh outdoors, with plenty of deck space for you to mingle or simply enjoy your own company. Pass by multi-million dollar houses, view the Wharf from a new perspective, see where the Coastguard departs from, and pass by beautiful marinas. Then, head down towards the fisheries to see the trawlers and working boats that bring in fresh seafood. Your skipper and crew will be there to make sure you have an enjoyable cruise, so order your favorite drinks, and enjoy being out on the water.

Coolum: Beginner's Surf Lesson

9. Coolum: Beginner's Surf Lesson

Catch a wave and experience the thrill of surfing on this 2-hour beginners’ lesson with an expert instructor. Learn how to surf in a fun and supportive environment that is suitable for kids and adults alike. Listen to a surf awareness presentation and understand how the ocean works and how to surf safely. Learn how waves break, what a rip or a sweep is, and how to spot a safe area for surfing or swimming. Your instructor will teach you what to do if you ever find yourself in a rip and how to get out of trouble. Next, get a quick demonstration and practice how to stand on the board. Head into the water with your newfound knowledge, catch some waves, and feel the thrill.

Rainbow Beach Drive 4WD Tour from Noosa to Mooloolaba

10. Rainbow Beach Drive 4WD Tour from Noosa to Mooloolaba

Benefit from pickup at your accommodation, if located between Mooloolaba and Noosa, and then set off on a 6-hour off-road adventure to get stunning views of the golden the sands. Drive across a pristine stretch of white sand with stunning headland views all the way from Noosa to Double Island Point. Stop to admire the scenery of Great Sandy National Park, and take in the impressive views from the Double Island Point Lighthouse. Keep a look out for turtles, sharks, manta rays, and pods of dolphins in their natural environment, along with majestic humpback whales between June and October. Get exclusive access to the lighthouse to discover parts of the popular spot you might otherwise miss. Take photos of the dramatic Red Canyon and Coloured Sands, and watch a demonstration of the traditional techniques of the Aborigines. Go to a scenic picnic spot in Great Sandy National Park, where friendly Lace Monitor Lizards may join you for a selfie. Cool off with a dip in the ocean before the return trip to your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Sunshine Coast

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

It was way to book but I want keen on needing to download the app. On arrival there staff were friendly. The skipper even made the safety briefing fun. The trip was great fun. My children and I both enjoyed it. I’d definitely recommend it.

Boys made it fun, informative and didn’t make us feel like like the Griswald tourists that we are saw dolphins all around us on the kayaks. Had a fun day.

Great Instructors, patient, caring and fun. Had a great time in the sea, sometimes unforgiving, but fantastic anyway. Also a great aerobic workout.

Steve the instructor was great, he made everything understandable and fun. I feel like I definitely got my money’s worth.

Brian was an amazing tour guide! We enjoyed our trip so much ;) Thanks Brian :)