Sunshine Coast - Attractions
|UnderWater World in Mooloolaba is Queensland`s largest oceanarium and aquarium. See sharks, crocodiles, stingray, playful seals and cheeky otters. Get your hands wet in the touch tanks and catch some of the many informative and fun shows each day.|
The Big Pineapple
|The Big Pineapple at Woombye is an icon of the Sunshine Coast. Visit the pineapple and macadamia plantations with up to 5 tours. The tours are both entertaining and informative, with fun rides and interesting commentary. For a great snack, enjoy fresh and delicious sundaes and parfaits on the restaurant's wide verandahs, overlooking the plantation.|
|Visit the Crocodile Hunter in his natural habitat at Australia Zoo in Beerwah for a day of wildlife action and adventure. There are 14 shows each day including the crocodile show, the free flight bird show, the Asian otters and the playful tigers. Donít forget Harriet, the giant Galapagos tortoise, who hatched in 1830 and is the worlds oldest living resident. Crikey! Youíll have a great day!|
The Ginger Factory
|The Ginger Factory at Yandina is a theme park dedicated to the ginger plant, where you`ll be astounded to discover ginger`s versatility and uses in food, health preparations and beauty products. Walk through the sub-tropical gardens (featuring many varieties of ginger, of course!), enjoy a browse through the shops, including the Ginger Shop where hundreds of ginger-related products are stocked, or have a snack in the cafť. Admission to the Ginger Factory and many of the attractions is absolutely free. Charges are made for the train ride and some tours.|
|Aussie World fun park has more than thirty rides and games in beautiful native gardens. Thereís a rollercoaster, dodgem cars, the second largest Ferris wheel in the southern hemisphere, self drive jeeps and the classic swinging ship and octopus ride, reminiscent of the old Australian fairgrounds. Thereís plenty for little ones too, with the cup and saucer ride, miniature railway and side show alley. Right next door is the Ettamogah Pub, straight out of a cartoon strip and into Australian folklore. Itís a great spot for a cold beer.|
Woodworks The Forestry and Timber Museum
|Woodworks The Forestry and Timber Museum in Gympie is dedicated to the timber industry that first brought settlers to the area. There are displays of timber harvesting implements, bullock wagons and other colonial items. You can also watch skilled timber cutters using adzes, crosscut saws, broad axes and shingle froes. The steam-driven sawmill operates several times a year, usually on a Saturday during school holidays and special events.|
Queensland Air Museum
|The Queensland Air Museum houses one of the finest collections of mostly military aircraft and memorabilia in the country. There are 18 complete aircraft including the oldest Douglas DC3 in Australia and examples of Sea Venom, Meteor and Sabre jets which were once the pride of Australia's Navy and Air Force.|
|The Sunshine Coast boasts an array of fine beaches. With over 70 kilometres of surf beaches, there are many unspoilt and secluded areas with awesome breaks that are ready to be surfed. In addition, there are some lovely river beaches which make an ideal spot for youngsters. Try Golden Beach in Caloundra, Maroochy River in Maroochdore and the Noosa River in Noosa.
|With all this water about, itís not surprising that the Sunshine Coast offers a host of water activities including jet-skiing, parasailing, yachting, fishing charters, scuba diving or surfing lessons. The less energetic can take a cruise through the Maroochy Wetlands or Noosa Everglades, admiring the tranquil and unspoilt waterways and the wonderful scenery.
Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens
|The Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens features a range of plants native to the subtropical east coast of Australia, which are perfectly adapted to the gardensí climate and conditions. The gardens are set amongst 82 hectares of existing forest, with creeks, lagoons, walks, picnic areas, artworks and wildlife.|