If you’re visiting the Sunshine Coast you’ll be greeted with a hive of things to do and see. From eating your way through the foodie paradise that is Noosa, taking in the views from a select number of mountains, chasing waterfalls or, of course, relaxing at the beaches that make the Sunshine Coast famous, there’s always something to do in this relaxed part of Queensland. Discover the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast here.
1. Make friends at Thirlestane Farm
Situated in Cooroy, on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, Thirlestane Farm is a quintessential farm getaway with beautiful views of the Noosa Hinterland and surrounding countryside. Perfect for a relaxing Sunshine Coast weekend away, plus you’re likely to make one or two friends of the furry kind.
2. Discover the Noosa Fairy Pools
One of the most (Instagram) famous spots on the Sunshine Coast is the Noosa Fairy Pools. As the name suggests, you can find these quaint rock pools in Noosa. The walk here is just as beautiful as the location and you can find this spot here: How to get to Noosa Fairy Pools. Just remember to be careful on the rocks and with the tides.
3. Take in the view from Mt Tinbeerwah
For those who like the view without the hike, Mt Tinbeerwah has you sorted. With a road, dedicated carpark and only a short walk included, you can take in the view across the Sunshine Coast without too much physical effort required. You can find Mt Tinbeerwah on the Sunshine Cost here.
4. Enjoy Serenity Falls at Buderim, Sunshine Coast
One of my favourite places on the Sunshine Coast, Serenity Falls (often called Buderim Falls) is found in Buderim Forest Park in Buderim. An easy rainforest stroll will bring you to this very picturesque small waterfall, which is often frequented by locals and visitors. I visited early in the morning and you can find out how to get here yourself: How to get to Buderim Falls (Serenity Falls) on the Sunshine Coast
5. Snap a picture on the Instagram road at Mt Tibrogargan
The picturesque road leading up to Mt Tibrogargan on the Sunshine Coast has become Instagram famous and it is a fun little spot to stop at to snap a pic when exploring the hinterland area. Find how to get to this exact spot: Looking for that Instagram road at Mt Tibrogargan, Sunshine Coast?
6. Visit the Carlo Sand Blow
The Carlo Sand Blow is an impressive natural sand blow that has been attracting visitors for several years now. Slightly above the Sunshine Coast (just over an hour from Kin Kin), the Carlo Sand Blow is still relatively easy to get to. Find out exactly how to get to this moonscape like landscape here: How to get to the Carlo Sand Blow. While you’re here, spend some time enjoying the nearby holiday area of Rainbow Beach.
7. Swim with whales
We attempted swimming with wales in 2020, and unfortunately we weren’t successful. We saw a few whales in the distance (although they didn’t breach). It would be a tremendous experience if you were lucky enough to have it and it was pretty cool swimming in open water.
8. Hike Mount Coolum
A very popular hike on the Sunshine Coast is Mount Coolum. Easy to get to (Google Map location here) and a relatively easy hike to accomplish, you’ll find this trail full of locals – especially if you visit in popular hiking times. With beautiful views across the Sunshine Coast and the ocean, once at the top keep your eye out (depending on the season) for whales breaching off shore. Afterwards treat yourself for your efforts with brunch at one of the cafes nearby.
9. Walk along the Noosa River
While the Sunshine Coast is known for its beaches, did you know there are also a gorgeous selection of rivers? The Noosaville section of the Noosa River is a great spot to go for a relaxing afternoon walk, enjoy a BBQ or even enjoy a paddle board down the river.
10. Wander through Eumundi Markets
A popular Sunshine Coast activity is wandering through the Eumundi Markets. Open twice a week on Wednesday and Saturday explore the eclectic collection of arts, craft and food in this lively market. First opened in 1979 you can learn more about this iconic Sunshine Coast activity here.
11. Pick-your-own strawberries at Cooloola Berries
If you’re looking for something a little different, be sure to visit Cooloola Berries on the Sunshine Coast where you can pick your own strawberries. A fun experience whatever your age, Cooloola Berries is also home to a charming cafe open seasonally in line with the strawberry season.
12. Go shopping at Hastings Street
Need a shopping fix? You’ll find it at Hastings Street. A famous tourist location, spend a few hours wandering up and down the street popping into shops as you go. You can find Hastings Street here.
Suggested read: Things to do in and around Noosa
13. Explore the quaint Montville village in the Sunshine Coast hinterland
It’s not all beaches, hikes and waterfalls – Sunshine Coast is also home to a few quaint villages tucked away on the hinterland. Known for its charm, you can drop by for an afternoon or plan a few relaxing days enjoying this little village. For a list of things to do in Montville see here.
14. Take in the view from Mapleton Falls Lookout
When exploring the Sunshine Coast hinterland, be sure to stop at Mapleton Falls Lookout. Found only 15 minutes from Montville Village, this spot is tucked away inside Mapleton Falls National Park and the viewing platform shows off sweeping views of Obi Obi Valley. Discover more about this Sunshine Coast view point here.
15. Hike to the top of Mt Ngungun
Another popular hike on the Sunshine Coast, Mt Ngungun is one for those who want to push themselves a little bit more than the above mentioned Mt Coolum, without too much of a major challenge. Due to this, Mt Ngungun is often quite busy; however, it is still possible to find a spot at the top to sit and admire the view.
16. Relax at Moffat Beach
Arguably one of the best beaches on the Sunshine Coast, Moffat Beach is a relaxing yet full of good atmosphere location where you can spend a few hours or a few days. Popular with families for weekends (and weeks!) away, here you’ll find a great selection of takeaway food and cafes, making it easy for you to pick something up and enjoy some time at the beach.
17. Admire the boathouses at Maroochy River
One of the lesser known sights in the Sunshine Coast, the Maroochy River is home to a few cute boathouses. These Maroochy River boathouses have become a frequent photographer location and are a great place to stop for a picture or enjoy a picnic nearby. Find them by heading to Maroochy River and driving along until you see them!
18. Eat your way through Noosa
Whether you’ve worked up an appetite ticking off everything above or you’re just here for the food, treat yourself with a delicious foodie tour around Noosa. Being a very popular holiday destination, Noosa is home to some of the best restaurants on the Sunshine Coast – whether you’re looking for laidback beach front views or finer dining. Get the low down on the best places to eat in Noosa: The ultimate Noosa foodie guide: The best places to eat and drink in Noosa
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