The Sunshine Coast is a lot like what the Gold Coast used to be before the developers and the swarms of tourists moved in. Not that the Sunshine Coast is tourist-free - when you're flaunting more than 100 km (62 mi) of peerless surf beach, come-hither hinterland and a mix of upmarket and laid-back scenes, you've got to expect a few visitors.
Highlights - aside from the average of 300 sunshiny days a year - include Noosa, with its frothing surf and frothing latte scene, the kick-backed backpackers feel of Maroochydore, and the bewitching eeriness of the Hinterland, particularly the Glasshouse Mountains.
The pride of the township of Eumundi, the Eudmundi Markets are the best in the Queensland area. Whether you're just looking to stroll around, look at artwork, or buy souvenirs, you won't be disappointed.
Local sculptors, jewelry makers, fashion designers, and other artists gather to display their creations amongst homemade beauty products, interior decorations, toys, and so much more at Eumundi every Wednesday and Saturday morning to share with passers-by. There is no better place to find a keepsake to remember your trip.
Your shopping experience is enhanced by live music and performances, as well as a plethora of food stalls to choose from. Whether you're looking for fresh seafood, fresh baked goods, local fruit and vegetables, or some old fashioned lemonade, your appetite will be satisfied. Now a tradition held for over 30 years, the Eumundi Markets are not to be missed.
Whether you’re snuggling up to baby koalas or feeding bouncing kangaroos, the Australia Zoo—home of the world-famous Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin—delivers a wildlife experience unlike any other.
The popular Bindi’s Bootcamp lets excited kids burn off energy while testing their wilderness skills, and the Tiger Temple puts travelers right up close to the Sumatran felines. There’s even an African savannah complete with rhinos, giraffes and cheetahs, too. Guests can participate in a Birds of Prey experience, or get up close with Outback favorites like the dingo, tortoise, wombat and lemur.
Conservation is key at Australia Zoo, with endangered species breeding programs, field study and habitat preservation. The zoo is managed by Irwin’s family members, whose personalities are a major part of the zoo's continuing attraction for visitors.
Considered to be one of the young and trendy towns on the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba has something to offer everyone. Enjoy swimming, surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling, and even diving with sharks in this lovely beach town.
Mooloolaba is also a great places for nature lovers. Visit Kondalilla National Park to take in swimming holes, waterfalls, and great walking trails just outside of the city. Underwater World is one of the top aquariums in Australia, and with the ocean as your background, see sharks, crocodiles, hundreds of fish, turtles, and seals.
If you're feeling adventurous, Mooloolaba is also home to Sunshine Coast Skydivers. Get one of the most breathtaking views of the coast from up in the air. For a more relaxed view of the coast, hire a boat out of the Mooloolaba Wharf.