The hottest activities to get stuck into on your upcoming Sunshine Coast holiday.
Now that you've got your flights and accommodation sorted out, it's time to book in some activities to keep you entertained.
We've picked our favourites to share with you, as well as where to book them for the best experience at the best price.
Top things to do on the Sunshine Coast
Spend a day at the Sunshine Coast’s UnderWater World and get up close and personal with marine life such as sharks, turtles and stingrays.
There are 11 unique zones and thousands of colourful marine creatures in their natural environment.Starfish touch pools are ideal for little ones to interact with the aquarium’s marine life. Those who are a bit more adventurous can try jump into the tank for a swim with the sharks
From kangaroos and koalas to pandas and giraffes, Australia Zoo is home to animals found all over the country and across the Earth.
It's designed by the Irwin family to be one of the world's best wildlife conservation centres and allows visitors the opportunity to get up-close and personal with some of the zoo's creatures. If you're looking to hand-feed kangaroos and meet cuddly koalas, this is the place to do it.
The Sunshine Coast is home to numerous inviting beachfronts, making for an idyllic beach getaway destination. Popular beaches in the area include Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Spit, Sunshine Beach, Sunrise Beach, Castaways Beach and Coolum Beach.
Surfers the world over flock to these Sunshine Coast beaches for their peeling breaks. For keen amateurs, many beaches feature calm surf conditions and surfing schools where you can learn the tricks of the trade.
The Gold Coast might be the home of amusement and theme parks in the Sunshine State but the Sunshine Coast isn't without its thrills and spills.
One of the best for heart-racing rides and family fun is Aussie World. Think rides for all ages, daily attractions, entertainment shows and live music events for an idea of what's in store during a day at Aussie World.
An institution on the Sunshine Coast, the Eumundi Market is the place to browse for locally made treasures and trinkets and take home a souvenir or two while supporting the local community.
Rain, hail or shine, the markets run every Wednesday from 8am–1:30pm and Saturday from 7am–2pm. Bring your spare change and get ready to shop.
Water sports and cruises
From kayak and jet ski adventures to whale watching and long lunch cruises, the Sunshine Coast has a seemingly endless array of water-based activities to suit, whether you're after a fun and adventurous one or prefer to relax and enjoy yourself.
Not your style? Other activities on the Sunshine Coast to enjoy during your stay include deep sea fishing, scuba diving, flyboarding and 4WD beach tours.
Teeming with wildlife and enchanting natural landscapes, the Sunshine Coast is home to a handful of national parks. The most accessible of these is Noosa National Park, but other parks worth the visit include Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, Mooloolah River National Park, Mudlo National Park, Conondale National Park and Mount Coolum National Park.
Each park offers a variety of walks catered to various fitness levels and including captivating viewpoints for those mandatory photos.
The Sunshine Coast is often used as a gateway to the picturesque Fraser Island. Approximately five hours north of the Sunshine Coast, its claim to fame is for being the largest sand island in the world and is a picture of paradise.
It boasts over 100 freshwater pools as well as sandy beaches, dramatic cliff faces and natural wildlife. Multi-day tours to Fraser Island are popular from the Sunshine Coast and feature 4WD excursions, hikes and sailing adventures.