The top things to do on the Sunshine Coast

Aside from its pristine beaches, award-winning cuisine and numerous world-class events, there’s always a plethora of things to do on the Sunshine Coast. We’ve highlighted the top 5 Sunshine Coast attractions for your next holiday, so that you can experience the best of this amazing region.

1. Australia Zoo

Home of the Crocodile Hunter, the late Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo is an absolute must when visiting the Sunshine Coast. With over 1,200 animals including koalas, wombats, crocodiles, giraffe and tigers, as well as daily shows and water play area, you may need to spend a few days here…crikey!

Where to stay:  BreakFree Grand Pacific, Caloundra. Just 23 kilometres from Australia Zoo, this waterfront resort boasts self-contained apartments, a lagoon pool with ocean views and an inviting barbecue area.

BreakFree Grand  Pacific

2. Glass House Mountains

The remnants of volcanic activity from 25-27 million years ago, the awe-inspiring Glass House Mountains are a Sunshine Coast icon. Head into the Glass House Mountains National Park or Beerburrum State Forest for a hike to some spectacular lookouts.

Glass House  Mountains

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Where to stay:  BreakFree Grand Pacific, Caloundra. Approximately half an hour’s drive from the Glass House Mountains, this is the perfect Oceanside resort to retreat to after a busy day exploring the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

BreakFree Grand  Pacific

3. Eumundi Markets and The Ginger Factory  

The Eumundi Markets are held every Saturday and Wednesday, rain, hail or shine! Known as the biggest and best art and craft market in Australia, you’ll find everything here…from handcrafted furniture to fashion and jewellery. You’ll also enjoy gourmet food and plenty of entertainment.

Eumundi Markets

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After picking up some goodies at the markets, head to The Ginger Factory, a hidden gem on the Sunshine Coast. With a ginger train, café, kids play area, shops and more, it’s the perfect place for a family day out.

The Ginger  Factory

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Where to stay:  Mantra French Quarter, Noosa. Just steps away from popular Hastings Street and Main Beach, Mantra French Quarter offers apartment accommodation in the heart of Noosa. Enjoy a heated lagoon pool, children’s wading pool, heated spas and poolside barbecues.

Mantra French  Quarter

Peppers Noosa Resort & Villas. Located in the heart of Noosa National Park, you will enjoy the serenity at this beautiful resort, whilst being only a short stroll away from the shops and cafes on Hastings Street. Relax at the award-winning day spa or dine on local delicacies at View Restaurant.

Peppers Noosa  Resort & Villas

4. The Big Pineapple

The Big Pineapple is an iconic Sunshine Coast attraction! Climb to the top of The Big Pineapple for stunning views of the surrounding region, learn about the pineapple farming process or take the Pineapple Train through the rainforest to Wildlife HQ for an up close and personal encounter with a wombat, red panda, meerkat or alligator.

The Big  Pineapple

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Where to stay:  BreakFree Alexandra Beach, Alexandra Headlands. Ideally located just across the street from the beach, this family-friendly resort boasts a lagoon pool with waterslide, playground and fully self-contained apartments.

BreakFree Alexandra Beach

5. Sea Life Sunshine Coast

Get ready to explore the underwater world at Sea Life in Mooloolaba. With 11 themed zones including Ocean Tunnel (sharks, rays, sawfish and more) and Seal Island (interactive seal presentations) as well as a behind the scenes tour and marine biologist program during school holidays, you’ll want to come back again and again!

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

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Where to stay:  Mantra Mooloolaba Beach. Occupying a prime position on the Mooloolaba Esplanade, Mantra Mooloolaba Beach features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a recreation and observation deck and modern apartments with ocean or hinterland views.

Mantra  Mooloolaba Beacht

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