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The Sunshine Coast is blessed with around 60 kilometres of coastline, with stunning resorts like Noosa and Mooloolaba making it an ever-popular destination for beach lovers, water sports fanatics and anyone who enjoys being near the ocean.
It almost seems rude not to take a dip or (at least) get out on to the water in this beautiful part of Queensland and there are all kinds of ways you can do just that and create some awesome memories at any time of year.
Whether you live on the Sunshine Coast or you’re planning your holiday itinerary for a break in the region, there are plenty of adventures in, under, on and above the water to try! Intrigued? We’ve rounded up some experiences for you to try.
Sunshine Coast beaches like Noosa are a great place to learn to surf. You’ll find a range of surfing lessons and packages to choose from, so whether you’re an absolute beginner or just looking to take your skills to the next level, you’re in the right place. Surfing is incredibly popular in this area, so why not see what all the fuss is about? It’s a great way to get active and have fun, plus the thrill of riding a wave is something we think everyone should experience. Whether you’re going solo, as a couple or taking a family break, don’t miss the chance to learn from some of Australia’s best surf instructors in some amazing Sunshine Coast surf spots.
From an old tradition, to a newer one – jet pack and jet board experiences may not have been around too long (not long at all when compared to surfing) but they’re growing in popularity all the time. One of the best things about these adventures is that almost anyone can do it. With a little training from an expert instructor, you’ll be blasting your way above the water like a rocketman in no time!
This coastline is just begging to be explored. One of the best ways to do it is by getting out there in a kayak and paddling. Choose one of our sea kayaking tours or a dolphin-spotting kayaking tours for a day on the water, soaking up the sunshine and taking in the sights. What could be better?
Call yourself a thrill seeker? How does an dive with sharks sound? Those bold enough to give this thrilling experience a try will head to a secret shark reef off Mooloolaba in search of grey nurse sharks. You’ll learn all about this protected species, which are not generally dangerous to humans, and see them (along with plenty other incredible marine life) during your trip on this purpose-built glass boat. No previous scuba dive experience is needed for what’s sure to be an adventure that you’ll never forget.
If you’ve always fancied being a pilot, don’t just dream about it, make it happen. You can take control of a modern flying training aircraft and learn to fly at Caloundra Aerodrome. There are a range of options to choose from, all with expert flying instruction and the best views of the Sunshine Coast imaginable. You can even take home video footage of the flight and (if you really enjoy it) you can use the flight time you log towards a license.
If it’s a huge rush you want, the bucket list favourite of skydiving is hard to beat. If you’ve never experienced the rush of freefall before, a tandem skydive on the Sunshine Coast is well worth doing. You’ll be able to take in glorious views of those sandy beaches and walk away having done something truly amazing.
If it’s great things to do as a family on the Sunshine Coast you want, there are plenty of options to choose from. A firm favourite all-weather activity is the impressive SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium in Mooloolaba. It’s great fun for visitors young and old, giving you the chance to come almost nose-to-nose with turtles, rays, sharks and much more.
For a unique way to see the beautiful landscape and get active as a family, a High Ropes and Flying Fox Adventure is it. Tackle a range of high-rise obstacles, including 12 flying foxes. With suitability for kids aged eight and up, plus challenges of a variety of difficulty levels, this has all the makings of a great day out.
How could we cover the Sunshine Coast without mentioning whale watching? Well, we couldn’t! So if you’re keen on seeing these incredible creatures up close, be sure to check out our selection of whale watch cruises departing from Mooloolaba. With some including sighting guarantees, it’s a family adventure not to miss.
While the Sunshine Coast might not have the number of Theme Parks and Attractions as you can find on the Gold Coast, it does have Aussie World. Grab an unlimited rides pass to ride again and again! It’s open 363 days a year and there are rides for all ages.
The Sunshine Coast is a district of South East Queensland around 100 kilometres (62 miles) north of Brisbane. It stretches from Caloundra in the south to the Great Sandy National Park in the north.
Popular spots to stay and see include Noosa, Mooloolaba, Caloundra, Rainbow Beach, and the Glass House Mountains.
With its humid subtropical climate, stunning coastline, national parks and rugged hinterland, Sunshine Coast is the perfect spot for an action-packed break.
You can rely on us for a quick and easy way to find the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast and beyond. We’re always adding new experiences from the very best providers, so wherever you are in Australia, we have adventures to bring joy to your day.
From bucket list thrills for adrenaline junkies to family activities, our experiences are always a great choice. Narrow down your search by location, price, category and find something that suits you.