Sunshine Coast

Welcome to the Sunshine Coast!  Australia’s 9th largest city is the perfect vacation destination for all kinds of interests. With rivers, lakes, the ocean, subtropical forests, and mountains; this is an outdoor lover’s paradise. You will find great freshwater fishing spots, or you can charter a boat to try your hand at deep sea fishing. You should also check out a multitude of museums rich in history, and some very unique art galleries. If theme parks are more your style you can ride on thrilling roller coasters, take a cruise through a world class zoo or lose yourself in a giant maze. The beautiful Sunshine Coast has a little something for everyone!

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The national parksNature and Wildlife

Beautiful beaches, gorgeous countryside, and green forests unspoiled by overdevelopment so you can enjoy them and all their pristine wonder.  Lake front and beach front camping is one of the biggest draws for camping enthusiasts.  With campgrounds and parks scattered up and down the coast choose fresh or seawater and bring your tent.

 

The national parks in the vicinity offer desert scapes with volcanic cores, underwater sea adventures, waterfalls set in deep rainforests and amazing views from the tops of mountains.  Choose your element and make your way to one of these amazing parks or tour them all.If you love camping, you have the best opportunity to carry your camping gear and set up camp to enjoy the great outdoors.

 

Museums

The town of Gympie is credited with singlehandedly saving Queensland from bankruptcy.  Learn how at the Gympie Gold Miner’s Museum.  Explore this 5 hectare museum and see antique mining equipment from a bygone era, and view wonderful finds the miners have extracted from the land.  After enjoying the museum stop in at the cafe for some delicious coffee, and a plate of their famous chips.

 

Head over to the Woodworks Museum and try out your lumberjack skills using an antique hand saw.  Learn all about the wood industry, and how if done properly can be a fully self sustaining green industry, and how if done properly can be a fully self sustaining green industry. There are several hotels in the location so accommodation should not be a problem when you plan to visit the museum. Book your accommodation online before your visit.

 

Art Galleries

Many visitors to the Sunshine Coast are often shocked at the number of art galleries to visit.  For one of the most eclectic collections visit Art on Cairncross you will find works from both emerging and established artists.  On display are sculptures using bronze, marble, ceramic, steel and even opal infused works.  You will also find paintings, drawings, and even hand blown glass.  The one thing the works do have in common is their exceptional quality.

 

A family owned gallery with an original form of art combining glass, lights and incredible use of color will blow your mind. Illume opened their doors in 2004 and celebrated their 10 year anniversary in July 2014.  Amazing sea life blown glass, unique lamp works, and gorgeous scent bottles in colors you never even knew were possible will delight your eyes.

 

Patchwork and quilt lovers will find themselves in heaven when they visit this unique gallery.  Maleny Patchwork & Quilt has fabrics from all over the world and hosts workshops to keep the art of quilting alive.

 

There are a number of unique museums in and around the Sunshine Coast see this list for other quirky unique places to visit on your trip here.

 

Fishing

Rivers, lakes, streams, creeks, ponds, dams, and miles of beach the Sunshine Coast is every fisherman’s dream.  Enjoy fresh water fishing, coastal fishing, or charter a boat and try your hand at deep sea fishing.Many anglers would love to keep their favourite spots a secret but the best fishing spots include Lake Macdonald, Tinbeerwah; Noosa River Mouth, Noosaville and Mooloolah River, La Balsa Park, Buddina. You need to watch out for days with heavy boat traffic though.

 

Aussie WorldThemeparks

Aussie World is a fantastic theme park with over 30 rides and attractions for all ages.  From giant slides, classic bumper cars, an enormous ferris wheel, and thrilling roller coasters there are rides and fun for the whole family.  Food options include classic carnival like fare, with foot long hotdogs, burgers, and fish & chips, or enjoy healthier fare with gluten free options.

 

Lose yourself in Bellingham Maze, with over 1,000 trees and a self sustaining watering system fed by a natural creek you will be delighted with this sub tropical location and all the lush greenery.  Once inside the maze your mission is to find the center and locate the hidden fountain.  A challenge for all ages.

Sunshine Castle

Take a trip back in time visiting Sunshine Castle, a medieval castle in the Norman style complete with a moat, turrets, towers, and even a drawbridge.  Sunshine Castle is the only castle of it’s kind in Australia and has won awards for it’s excellence as a tourist attraction.  There are many things to do at the castle, including weddings, parties, and even Opera at the castle.

Markets

Sunshine Coast Markets offer a huge variety of farmers and weekend markets. For the best in local produce, browse through the different produce stalls that sell everything from fruit and vegetables to arts and crafts, clothes, food, souvenirs and much more. Even though you are not interested in shopping, you can go along for the great food and some live music.

All in all, the Sunshine Coast has incredible natural attractions that border the region, from the beautiful beaches to the breathtaking Glass House Mountains. You can join the experienced guides who share local knowledge about the region’s best destinations. As you can see by now, this region has no shortage of amazing attractions to choose from for all ages. Enjoy pristine beaches, beautiful national parks, medieval castles, hiking, animal watching, great dining, and adrenaline packed thrills. Whether you want to relax and unwind, or pack your stay with hours of activities, the Sunshine Coast is sure to please!

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