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Sunshine Coast: Hinterland Tour with Snacks and Drinks

1. Sunshine Coast: Hinterland Tour with Snacks and Drinks

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Noosa, Mooloolaba, or Alexandra Headland and head straight to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Immerse yourself in 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest and admire epic views of the Glass House Mountains. From here, visit Maleny, a small but charming town bursting with character and friendly locals. Next, arrive at Gardners Falls, a local favorite that boasts breathtaking vistas. Enjoy a refreshing dip under a glistening waterfall and soak up the beauty of nature. After your swim, stop at Gerrards Lookout where you can marvel at yet more epic Hinterland landscapes. Continue the tour to Montville, arguably the jewel of the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland. Spend some time exploring this picturesque location, then enjoy a break for lunch. After lunch, visit Mapleton Falls National Park for an epic rainforest walk to an impressive 120-meter high waterfall. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, begin the return journey to your accommodation.

Sunshine Coast: Maleny Gardens & Rainforest Tour with Lunch

2. Sunshine Coast: Maleny Gardens & Rainforest Tour with Lunch

Travel to the Maleny Botanic Gardens and the Mary Cairncross Rainforest Reserve on this tour from Noosa Head. Admire views of the Glasshouse Mountains from the gardens and look for wildlife in a subtropical rainforest. Be picked up from your accommodation in Noosa Heads and enjoy the scenic drive to the Maleny Botanic Gardens which is nestled in the green hills of the Blackhall Range. Marvel at views of the Glasshouse Mountains and stroll through local and exotic flora.  Bask in the tranquility of the Asian garden, climb the treehouse, and stroll beneath an arched walkway. Have the option to purchase tickets to go into the aviary. Refuel with late morning tea and scones before heading to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Rainforest Reserve. Admire one of the last remnants of subtropical rainforest in the Blackall Range. Listen for the distinctive loud call of the Wompoo fruit dove, the wailing-baby cries of the green catbird, and the call of the almost-invisible paradise riflebird.  Discover a rich ecosystem of bugs, frogs, squirrel gliders, and flying foxes. Finish your day with a stop at the Barrel at Clouds Vineyard for a nice lunch.

Sunshine Coast: Maleny Village and Kondalilla Falls Tour

3. Sunshine Coast: Maleny Village and Kondalilla Falls Tour

After getting picked up from your accommodation, travel with your guide to the unique rural community of Maleny. Take in stunning views of the Sunshine Coast below and the Glasshouse Mountains to the southeast. Locals say the rolling green hills, deep pockets of rainforest, and spectacular views in all directions cast a spell over Maleny. But that’s only part of the story. Come unravel the mystery for yourself. Explore the renowned shops of Maleny. Indulge in a true delight to the senses and taste the variety of food and drinks on offer. Peruse the selection of arts and crafts as well as the town's many boutique shops. Afterwards, take a leisurely stroll through the rainforest to reach reach Kondalilla Falls, a beautiful and easily accessible waterfall. Cool off with a swim in the rock pools at the top and bottom of the falls before heading back. Come have a beer to relax at the banana Bender hotel before we cruise back into town.

Noosa: Hidden Beach & Hilltop Walks Private Day Tour & Lunch

4. Noosa: Hidden Beach & Hilltop Walks Private Day Tour & Lunch

You will be picked up at 9am for a short drive to our first stop where you will enjoy a complimentary tea or coffee in Peregian Beach Village. Here you can explore the wonderful variety of boutique locally owned stores in what’s becoming one of Noosa’s favourite shopping hideaways. Make sure you save some time to also walk through the park to the secluded Peregian surf beach. After another short drive we will take an easy climb to the top of the 70 metre high Emu Mountain, which is not much of a mountain, but offers incredible panoramic views of the area. Our experienced guide will point out some endemic plants that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Next we visit Coolum Beach, home of one of Australia’s best surfers, where we will take in the sea views from the clifftops of Point Arkwright before walking the coastal boardwalk down to Coolum Beach esplanade. As it is now time for lunch, you will be seated at your table overlooking the Coolum surf, where you will indulge in your included lunch with a drink. Once you’ve eaten you can decide whether to stay for another drink or go explore the beach, park, or shops until it’s time to leave. A scenic drive south of Coolum will land us in a hidden part of the Sunshine Coast called Mudjimba where you can peer across at Old Woman Island from this little paradise and get some sand between the toes. Our most southerly stop of the tour could easily be your favourite as we walk the Maroochy river mouth and visit the smallest island on the coast, with uninterrupted views of Maroochydore and Cotton Tree. A tour along this stretch of the Sunshine Coast would not be complete without a cold drink at possibly the best positioned surf club in Australia, with incredible views and a newly refurbished restaurant and bar. We’ll get the first round of drinks and let you sit back and reflect on your day or go explore a little before we leave. One last short drive will get you dropped back to your accommodation by approximately 5pm in time for sunset and dinner.

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What people are saying about Sunshine Coast

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Had such a fantastic day hopping around the Sunshine Coast hinterland on this tour. Got to see some amazing places, had a refreshing swim, ate a delicious lunch in Montville and topped it all off with a great view over a waterfall. Great experience and excellent value!

Informative trip ,excellent guide ,good value ,highly recommend