Get Outdoors! Top 5 Outdoor Activities on the Sunshine Coast

Stand up paddle boarding at Cotton Tree

If you’ve never tried your hand at the fun outdoor activity, never fear, it’s quite easy once you have the right size board and some tranquil waters to glide around in. Cotton Tree is arguably the best on the coast for this with incredible flat water in this perfectly protected inlet with the experts from Ocean Addicts hiring out boards and providing lessons. If you’re looking for a bit more adventure you can also catch a few waves at the river mouth.

Noosa National Park koala spotting

This gorgeous shady walk almost always guarantees you the chance to see a koala with a population of around 30-40 who call the eucalypt trees home. We recommend starting in the National Park car park or try around the toilets at Tea Tree Bay where sightings are more common. Finish the day with a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream in Hastings Street before heading back

Mount Coolum hike

As one of the Sunshine Coast’s ancient volcanic domes, created about 26 million years ago, Mt Coolum is a really interesting walk. To get there head north towards Coolum Beach and turn off the David Low Way 3 km north of Marcoola township onto Tanah Street. The car park entrance is near the junction of Tanah Street and Jarnahill Drive. It’s a short hike around 30 mins up and less back, depending on fitness levels but one that kids can definitely attempt too!

Fish & Chips at Mooloolaba Spit

A leisurely and incredibly picturesque walk down to Mooloolaba is the perfect way to spend an afternoon. We suggest grabbing some delicious fresh seafood from Fisheries on the Spit at Mooloolaba, voted best fish and chip shop in Queensland, and if sunset on the sand is not your thing you can also dine in their upstairs seating area.

4WD up Rainbow Beach

Head north to enjoy the spectacle of the coloured sands at Noosa North Shore on the way to Double Island Point with lush national parks on your left and the sparkling ocean on the right it’s a beautiful day trip from Oaks Seaforth. 4WD access is via a short ferry ride over the Noosa River from Tewantin. Make sure you head up at low tide to get the most time and the nice firm packed sand for ease of driving. Permits are now required to drive on the beach between Noosa and Rainbow Beach so be sure to grab one online before you take off.