The spectacular Sunshine Coast is home to a wealth of sightseeing delights, from scenic vistas to wildlife and bird watching. Thanks to the Nature Trail, you can easily access the best opportunities this area has to offer.
Launched in October 2012, the Nature Trail links together several of the most popular attractions in an easy-to-follow progression. Customise your experience by selecting a couple of the more interesting sites or navigate the trail from start to finish for a once in a lifetime journey.
Here’s a closer look at some of the magical points along the way. Which ones grab your fancy?
Noosa National Park
This hiker’s paradise features five different walking tracks ranging in length from 1km to 8km to accommodate every level of fitness. Keep your eyes peeled for native wildlife you may spot along the way. Head deeper into the park to discover such hidden treasures as rain forest patches and sandy bays.
Be sure to take your camera along when you visit this volcanic dome, which is the second largest rock in the world. The summit provides an unparallelled 360 degree view of the Sunshine Coast, including its beautiful coastline and beaches. Mount Coolum is also distinguished by one of the more diverse assortments of plant life in Australia, with more than 700 types documented.
Get a different perspective by heading out on the water to view this 35km channel between Bribie Island and the Caboolture coastline. Enjoy one of the ferryboat tours with commentary from knowledgeable guides, or rent a kayak and do your own exploring. This protected marine park is home to dolphins, turtles, fish and other wildlife both below and above the water’s surface. Birdwatchers will also marvel at the number of different species on view.
Ex HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park
Indulge your adventurous side by heading deep under the sea to explore the wreck of this former warship that lies 9km off the coast of Mooloolaba. Qualified divers may obtain permits to participate in tours, club or private dives. Opportunities are available for all levels from open water to advanced.
You’ll truly feel a million miles away from it all when you visit this park full of breathtaking scenery and tranquil images. The park’s namesake is a 90m waterfall where Skene Creek drops into a rain forest valley. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings by following one of the walking tracks through the serene eucalyptus forest and past rock pools.
The Beach Retreat Coolum makes a perfect base for your explorations of the Nature Trail. Its central location provides convenient access to all attractions, and you can take advantage of available tours and transport.