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Australia Zoo is one of the great attractions of the sunshine coast and home of the crocodile hunter. Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah

Aqua Fun Park is great if you’re up for a bit of climbing, jumping and sliding into the water. Ocean Drive, Pacific Paradise

Sea life Aquarium at Mooloolaba offers tank shark dives, seal shows and touch tanks. If you can’t, or don’t want to, get out in the real ocean then this will give you a taste of the real thing.

Xperiences at Twin Waters offers a bunch of activities including segway and night vision eco tours and for those very brave there is a high ropes course.

Beach bumming

That’s why you’re here isn’t it? Go joyfully and often. Long walks along the beach at dusk can be better than medicine. It’s a 200 metre walk to the 10km stretch of pristine beach via a beach track. The beach is patrolled during Summer months straight out the front of the house, year round at Marcoola surf lifesaving club and various other locations

Bike/walk tracks

The network of paths is perfect to cycle, push a pram or wheelchair along. Access is via the boardwalk directly opposite SANDS beach house. We’ve provided two single speed bikes in the house for you to borrow and explore with.

Botanic gardens and reserves

Buderim Rainforest Park is a small reserve 15 minutes drive from the house where you can take walks (ranging 15-60 minutes), check out the waterfall and enjoy a picnic. Lindsay Rd, Buderim

Maroochy Bushland Botanic Garden is 82 hectares of bushland with picnic facilities. Palm Creek Road, Tanawha

Maleny Botanic Garden, a private garden and aviary, Maleny Stanley River Rd, Maleny


Ex-HMAS Brisbane is a great dive site just of the coast from SANDS BEACH HOUSE. You can also snorkel or dive at Mudjimba Island (Old Woman Island) one kilometre off the coast.

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Food trails

Create your own food trail and chase down unique farm and providor experiences. You can plan you rout online with this handy food trail planner.


Do some surf fishing straight out the front of the house, or charter a boat to go deep sea from either Mooloolaba or Noosa.


Mount Coolum Golf Course – The 18 hole course features beautiful scenery with the majestic Mount Coolum backdrop for social players and affiliate members. Lumeah Drive, Mt Coolum

Palmer Resort Golf Course – Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jnr, this 18 hole course challenges even the best golfers while still providing plenty of enjoyment for the novice. Warran Rd, Mount Coolum

Twin Waters Golf Course – This 18 hole, par 72 championship course designed by Peter Thomson and  Mike Wolveridge. Ocean Drive, Twin Waters

Maleny and Montville

Lovely little towns in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Great for escaping the heat when it’s too hot down on the coast.


Marcoola Markets – Food stalls, Friday nights, Lorraine Ave, Marcoola

Noosa farmers markets – Food glorious food on Sunday mornings, Weyba Road, Noosaville

Eumundi marketsWednesday and Saturday, Memorial Drive, Eumundi

National Parks

Mount Coolum National Park climb – the view from the top extends from Noosa National Park to Caloundra. The walk takes half to one hour to the top, but varies dependant on speed, fitness and route. You need at least medium level fitness and a clean bill of health to attempt the climb. Take some water. Mount Coolum is an isolated volcanic dome, 208 metres in height, roughly circular in outline, covering a plan area of approximately 1 square kilometre. Ecologically it is one of the most important square kilometres in Australia. There are only 1400 plant species in all of Great Britain, whereas the square kilometre covered by Mount Coolum is home to over 700 plant types, including 590 flowering plants and 49 ferns. The climb can be started at the corner of Tanah Street West and Jarnahill Drive.

Noosa National Park, at the end of Park Rd, Noosa Heads is a fabulous place to walk or swim in the ocean.

Other national parks are also worth a look if you have time to work your way through them.

Sea kayaking

Get your adventure on and take off into the great blue yonder. Sunshine Coast Kayaking can you help you out with kayaks, gear and guides. The closest adventure is the one kilometre paddle to Mudjimba island.


Hoping for a day a the spa? We quite like one at Doonan, about 20 minutes drive from the house.


One of our favourite things to do is to take a glass of wine for a walk along the boardwalk out to the beach and sit watching the waves, dolphins, whales and the sun go down over Mount Coolum.


Have a go on your own, with a friend or check out one of the local surf schools.

Whale watching

We’re on the migration trail for humpback whales. Every year they make their way from Antarctica up the Queensland coast to have their babies then return back down the coast to the colder waters before summer hits. Various tour operators offer boat trips, but you will usually spot whales from the beach if you are here at the right time!

Visit Sunshine Coast

For more great ideas and lists of the latest events checkout Visit Sunshine Coast.