Sunshine Coast
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Our most recommended Sunshine Coast Day Trips

  • Dolphin View Kayak and Great Beach Drive Tour from Noosa

    1. 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.

    We had an amazing day! We were so lucky to see 5 whales and several pods of dolphins that were so close to us. Vince was a great tour guide/instructor, he’s so passionate about what he does. Thanks

  • Sunshine Coast: Mary Valley Rattler Ticket from Gympie

    2. Sunshine Coast: Mary Valley Rattler Ticket from Gympie

    Rediscover the magic of a bygone era aboard the historic Mary Valley Rattler. The Mary Valley Rattler fleet is made up of heritage steam locomotives and carriages, each with their own unique story. The fleet also boasts vintage railmotors and diesel locomotives. The historic Gympie Station on Tozer St, has been restored to its former glory. Make sure you arrive early enough to take time to wander through the Station where you will learn the stories of the Mary Valley Rattler line, its people, and its history. The popular Platform No.1 Cafe offers a dine in experience before or after your rail journey, or you can buy take away treats to enjoy on board. The gift shop offers a selection of local goodies as well as speciality giftware and souvenirs. Have a chat with the train drivers and the tour guides before you board the train. Then sit back and relax as you begin your nostalgic rail jou...

    Well organised, volunteers wonderful, being on steam a great joy. Access suitable for disabled.seating varies between carriages reflecting different classes. All staff approachable. Engine driver very accommodating. Folk at Amamoor put themselves out. Only negative is Cafe inability to cope with volume.took ages for lunch and coffee to arrive (in excess of an hour)

  • 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 Yan...

    The Tour was professional, commenced promptly and with traffic holdups was delayed in our return rather than shortening the Tour. There was an intimate group of friendly people on board a very clean tidy 13 seater van :) Brian’s commentary was interesting and demonstrated that he knew the area well. We enjoyed our day and would not hesitate to recommend this Tour to others.

  • From Brisbane: Bribie Island 4WD Nature Adventure

    4. 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.

    Thanks Jason for leading the tour with informative introduction. We did enjoy the tour and experience. :)

  • Noosa Heads: 2-Hour Surf Lesson with Local Instructor

    5. 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. 

    Scott the instructor was pretty easy going and made sure everyone had fun while learning

  • Noosa: Tandem Skydive from 15,000 Feet

    6. Noosa: Tandem Skydive from 15,000 Feet

    Benefit from a 10-minute instruction and training session before you head for the sky above the Sunshine Coast. Then, jump out of the aircraft attached to your experienced instructor. Dive back down to earth at speeds of up to 200 kph. See stunning beaches and ocean views as you free fall from up to 15,000 feet into one of Australia’s favourite tourism destinations. After you experience freefall, your instructor will pull the chute and you will soar serenely for up to 7 minutes taking in the views. If you are feeling brave, take control and steer the parachute before landing safely back on soft Coolum beach.

  • Mooloolaba: Daytime or Twilight Cruise

    7. 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.

  • Australia Zoo Entry, Koala Cuddle and Transfer from Noosa

    8. Australia Zoo Entry, Koala Cuddle and Transfer from Noosa

    Spend a day experiencing first hand the wild Australian flora and fauna with a trip to a spectacular lookout point and then a visit to the Australia Zoo! Begin the day in style, comfort and luxury as you ride in a 10-seat air-conditioned vehicle. On the way to the zoo, you'll visit the famous Glass House Mountains Lookout. Make sure to bring your camera! Here you will see the sun's rays light up the mountains and surrounding countryside at this peaceful lookout. Then, visit Australia Zoo, accompanied by your friendly and experienced guide. You will have approximately 5 hours - heaps of time to enjoy the best zoo in Australia! You will get to explore the world's most interactive zoo at your own pace and watch daily animal shows, including saltwater crocodiles, afternoon otters and more. Take advantage of the amazing opportunity to cuddle a koala (and receive a photo to capture the moment...

  • Rainbow Beach: 4WD Beach Drive and Surfing Lesson

    9. Rainbow Beach: 4WD Beach Drive and Surfing Lesson

    Depart Rainbow Beach to discover a hidden paradise only accessible by taking a 4WD vehicle through the Great Sandy National Park. Arriving at the spectacular Double Island Point, you will find a perfect surfing location, with long waves that seem to go on forever. You could be riding waves for 100’s of meters on your first surfing lesson. Learn to surf in waist-deep water with friendly instructors that are highly experienced and fully qualified to get you surfing and having fun in a safe, uncrowded environment. Don’t worry if you have never surfed before, you will be taught the basics and will develop through the lesson.  If you're not a complete beginner and looking to progress further with your surfing, we have fully accredited surf instructors with all the technical guidance you need. From learning how to ride the nose on a longboard to more advanced shortboard training.

    had a great surf lesson today, and the location is really beautiful. The water was also nice even though it's technically 'winter'. Really fun experience. Tip: prepare for surfing with some push-ups over your holidays!

  • Australia Zoo Entry with Small-Group Transfers from Brisbane

    10. Australia Zoo Entry with Small-Group Transfers from Brisbane

    Begin the day in style, comfort and luxury as you ride in a 7-10 seated, air conditioned vehicle. On the way to Australia Zoo you will visit the famous Glass House Mountains Lookout. Make sure to bring your camera as Here you see the sun's rays light up the mountains and surrounding countryside at this peaceful lookout. Visit Australia Zoo, accompanied by your friendly and experienced guide. You will have approximately 5 hours, heaps of time to enjoy the best Zoo in Australia. Explore the world's most interactive zoo at your own pace and watch daily animal shows including saltwater crocodiles and more. Don't miss the Wildlife Warriors show at 12:00 PM! Relax at the end of the day as your tour concludes with drop off back to your accommodation. 

    A fantastic day at a superb zoo, we had torrential rain all day but it didn’t dampen the excitement of the day.

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What people are saying about Sunshine Coast

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 27 reviews

The Tour was professional, commenced promptly and with traffic holdups was delayed in our return rather than shortening the Tour. There was an intimate group of friendly people on board a very clean tidy 13 seater van :) Brian’s commentary was interesting and demonstrated that he knew the area well. We enjoyed our day and would not hesitate to recommend this Tour to others.

The tour was amazing. We saw some whales on the Beach Drive and when we were on the Kayaks we saw dolphins and turtles. Vince is a really good and fun tour guide. He shares his knowledge of the Ocean life and we learned a lot from him. We really enjoyed the day and would recommend this tour at any time.

What a lovely day. Brian was friendly and informative throughout the day. The rainforest was very beautiful So much of the day was so memorable....the markets and Noosa were wonderful. This day trip is such a great jam packed day and was thoroughly enjoyable!

This was an amazing experience from start to finish. Highly recommended.

Everything from the bookings to the finish of the ride was excellent