The Sunshine Coast has many attractive features, including a pleasant climate, sandy beaches, well-liked tourist sites, luxury lodgings, lush rainforests, and stunning mountains. It would be impossible to experience everything the area offers in a single trip.
Adventure-seekers can climb mountains, discover steamy rainforest valleys, and travel to the far-flung Fraser Island. However, many visitors might be reluctant to leave the Sunshine Coast‘s immaculate white beaches.
Theme parks, renowned zoos, instructional nature centres, and unusual museums are just a few of the fun and varied things families may enjoy, ensuring they never get bored!
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
Ecotourists have been coming to Maleny‘s only remnant rainforest since the 1940s. The subtropical rainforest species that originally covered the entire Blackall Range are preserved in the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a natural refuge.
The reserve recently underwent remodelling with the addition of a cutting-edge Discovery Centre with interactive displays that provide visitors with a multi-sensory experience and educate them about the delicate rainforest environment.
You will see spectacular strangler figs and strong buttress roots as you travel down the boardwalk. The viewing platform, which provides a spectacular southeast-facing view of the mysterious Glass House Mountains, is the centrepiece of the reserve.
Due to its location on a sandy spit, Port Cartwright Shields, Mooloolaba Beach stands out from other tourist beaches. Because the wealthy white sand beach faces away from the Pacific, the waves are manageable, and the shallow water area stretches for many meters.
The Esplanade is located at the beach’s western end, where tropical trees shade the area and the enormous Pacific Ocean shimmers in the sunlight. Visitors will discover a wide variety of international restaurants and pubs just a few blocks from the waterfront.
Rich residential communities are situated on the canals at the mouth of the Mooloolah River behind the sandy spit.
Caloundra Bulcock Beach
Bulcock Beach and Kings Beach are next along the coast and connected by a continuous boardwalk. While strolling along the boardwalk, you can have a picnic or BBQ in parks like Clarke Place and Happy Valley.
The long Pumicestone Passage that separates Bribie Island from the mainland may be seen if you turn your head to the south. Bribie Island‘s narrow northern edge can also be seen.
When the tide goes out, Bulcock Beach provides an exceptional experience. The sun-warmed, tiny, clear pools of retreating ocean water on the beach’s southernmost tip provide a good surfing break.
A row of pubs, ice cream parlours, and cafes is on the beach’s western end. Additionally, adventure sports fans can pursue pursuits like Caloundra jet skiing and kitesurfing on the East Coast.
Glass House Mountains
The Sunshine Coast is home to 13 volcanic peaks that rise from the coastal plain and are listed on the National Heritage Register as a landscape of national significance.
These monolithic rocks are the remains of volcanic vents that, over millions of years, as the surrounding sandstone topography eroded, filled with magma, solidified, and finally became revealed.
Mount Tibrogargan, which rises to a height of 364 meters and, with a little imagination, resembles a face peering out to the sea, is the most outstanding of these peaks. Visitors can hike up the 253-meter Mount Ngungun or take a leisurely stroll at the base of this mountain.
The recently opened Yul-yan-man track is a strenuous Grade 5 hike that spreads around the hills and is ideal for intrepid bushwalkers.
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Birdworld
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Birdworld is situated on a terraced escarpment spanning 110 acres and features a range of stunning attractions such as ponds, cascades, and various themed spaces.
Visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the Glass House Mountains while walking along trails that wind through the landscape and lead to picturesque spots filled with various plants, including roses, camellias, desert species, orchids, and rainforest flora.
The gardens are also home to four aviaries, where you can observe 700 native and exotic birds and a petting zoo that houses domestic animals.
At the highest point of the gardens, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy coffee while taking in the awe-inspiring scenery!
Buderim Forest Park
A 45-hectare rainforest sanctuary with waterfalls, cascades, and a maze of trees is located not far from Buderim Hamlet.
It’s not surprising that Instagram users and photographers have started to frequent Buderim Forest Park. A trail with two entrances allows visitors to explore the area, taking them through ferns and beneath the unsettling strangler fig canopy. The sounds of native rainforest birds like catbirds and whip birds can be heard around them as they roam.
Buderim Falls, also known as Serenity Falls, is breathtaking, especially when heavy downpours swell Martins Creek. The falls continue to produce a gentle trickle that cascades over the rocks even during dry seasons.
The mountain is a laccolith, a geological feature formed about 26 million years ago when magma developed a bulge in the earth’s surface that cooled without breaking through. A tiny national park protects it.
The mountain, which rises to a height of 208 meters, stands out from the south’s Glass House Mountains. Visitors are treated to stunning 360-degree views of the shoreline and the Blackhall Range to the west as they ascend to the peak’s summit.
One of only two locations on the Sunshine Coast that maintain a montane heath environment is Mount Coolum.