The Sunshine Coast is well known around the world as a great place to escape the everyday hassles and escape to the relaxed atmosphere of the beautiful white beaches that weave their way up the coastline from Caloundra to Noosa and beyond.
It’s the kind of place that once you get there you just don’t want to leave!
Yes, so many visitors get too relaxed and forget to explore this beautiful region beyond the beaches.
The Sunshine Coast region is one of the most attraction-filled regions in Australia, offering tours and attractions for every age group, from the very young to those, well, not so young!
If you’re staying at The Beach Retreat at Coolum, the great thing is you are literally right in the heart of all the best attractions on the Sunshine Coast, making it so accessible to enjoy everything within reach, without having to spend your day traveling and missing out on some of the best attractions.
One of the best ways to explore the Sunshine Coast is with a tour of the region. There are many tour companies that will show you the best of the Sunshine Coast in the comfort of an air conditioned coach, allowing you to sit back and soak in the views and discover areas you may not have known even existed in this wonderful region.
Along the way you are invited to stop at many of the popular attractions, often for a few hours at each, or arrange a day tour to just one or two different locations or attractions, allowing a more leisurely chance to explore the location.
One of the best attractions you can visit is the world famous Australia Zoo at Beerwah. Made popular by the late’ Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin and his family, this is probably Australia’s most popular tourist attraction, and whether you are from overseas or a local resident, you’ll find this is one attraction you can’t get enough of. The kids will love getting up close to the wild and native animals, and the latest attraction, the Africa Exhibition, is just amazing, allowing you to come face to face with African Rhinos, Lions and Elephants.
Of course, the ever popular crocodile feeding show always gets you on the edge of your seat as well.
The trip to Australia Zoo is pretty good as well, taking you through the local farming districts of the Sunshine Coast, and through the Glasshouse Mountains.
Many of the tours of the Coast will take you through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland towns of Mapleton, Montville and Flaxton, where you can gaze out at the amazing scenery to the mountains or beaches in the distance below, as well as sample the local arts and crafts, and the amazing ‘homebaked’ style foods and delights that are so popular in these regions. The Sunshine Coast Hinterland is also home to a number of popular wineries and fine dining restaurants, so if you are planning a weekend getaway without the kids, this is one stop to add to your itinerary.
Many of the local tours of the Sunshine Coast will usually wind up with a trip to the popular Eumundi Markets, on a Wednesday or Sunday, where you can discover local arts and crafts, sample the locally grown produce and take in the sights and sounds of some of the Sunshine Coast’s talented musicians and artists, before being delivered back to your Coolum holiday accommodation at the Beach Retreat, just in time to watch the sunset and the moon come up over the ocean, and a restful night’s sleep with the sounds of the waves on the beach in the background.