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Follow this Sunshine Coast vacation guide and you will discover the very best of the “Sunny Coast” from the classic must do and see locations to the hidden gems that the locals keep stashed away for themselves to enjoy.


At every turn on this trip you are going to be making the most of that exquisite Queensland warmth and sunshine from dawn to dusk. Start out the day with an early morning stroll through shady bottle brush scrub and cotton trees along the Mooloolaba Esplanade and boardwalk. Begin the walk at local landmark “Loo with a View” and head towards the surf club; just behind the Mooloolaba Surf Club there is a charming boardwalk hidden away. On your return journey, stop off at one of the alfresco dining cafes along The Esplanade for a spot of breakfast to begin the day on the right note. Suitably stuffed and ready to face the day, the real adventure begins

In the hinterland you will see the Glasshouse mountains and you can learn more about this local wonder at the visitor’s centre in the Glasshouse Mountains Township on your way to visit one of the Sunshine Coast’s premier tourist attractions.

Take a scenic drive along Steve Irwin Way, off the Bruce Highway, taking in impressive views of the mountains on your way to Australia Zoo. Regardless of whether you are travelling with children or not, Australia Zoo is well worth the visit and it is easily one of the best of its kind in all of the country. It is best known for its razor-toothed resident crocs, but there is a whole swag of native animals waiting to meet you there as well as the odd Asian elephant and Bengal tiger or two.

After spending the morning meeting locals of the animal kind, you are going to continue up into the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Right after lunch you are going to discover a charming local spot that few tourists know about: Gardner’s Falls.

From the hinterland area you are going to head north up the Bruce Highway to Noosa. Make a beeline for the Noosa National Park, which is located just up from Hastings Street. The glorious native bushland here meets the ocean and hides away little beach coves where you can bathe and chill out. Make sure you cast your eyes heavenward from time to time as you wander along the trails for a chance to see wild koalas checking out the surf from the tree tops. A little light shopping and afternoon tea may be the very thing after a swim and a meet and greet with local marsupials (the gelato shops along Hastings Street come highly recommended).

As the sun is setting, there are two superb dining options to go with – each with very different ambiances. If you want to sample some of the sublime local seafood in a sophisticated setting, then head for the Maroochy River along Duporth Avenue or the Cotton Tree Esplanade. The sparkling waters of the river offer a divine backdrop to your seafood experience at one of the many quality restaurants located here. Alternatively, for something a little lower key, fish and chips on the beach can rarely be beaten. Cotton Tree and Alexandra Headlands are the top picks: order your meal and then stroll onto some of the world’s most beautiful beaches to watch the sun go down and congratulate yourself on a day well lived.

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