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  •   Sunshine Coast - Natural Attractions

•   Buderim Forest Park
Buderim Forest Park lies in the heart of the village of Buderim, on a plateau overlooking the beaches of the Sunshine Coast. The park is managed by Maroochy Shire Council and features subtropical rainforest with creeks and waterfalls.

•   Noosa National Park
Just moments from Noosa’s bustling Hastings Street lies Noosa National Park. This area features dramatic coastal scenery, open forest and wallum heath. It is a habitat for koala as well as rare species such as the glossy black cockatoo, ground parrot and wallum froglet. There are walks of various lengths and level of difficulty throughout the park.

•   The Glasshouse Mountains
The Glasshouse Mountains were named by Captain Cook, who observed their peculiar, rocky outlines from out at sea. They are ancient volcanic plugs, and there are lookouts and picnic areas. Several of the peaks have paths leading to the summit for great views.

•   Conondale National Park
Conondale National Park lies at the foot of five of the tallest peaks in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. The area includes lush subtropical rainforest with many unique fauna species, some found only in this area.

•   Kenilworth Forest Reserve
Kenilworth Forest Reserve, south of Kenilworth, features magnificent forests, gorges, creeks and stunning views

•   Lake Borumba
Lake Borumba, south west of the town of Imbil, is surrounded by native and plantation forests and is well stocked with fish, including the Mary River cod which are `catch and release` only. Water sports are permitted on the lake and there is a campsite at Yabba Creek, below the dam wall.

•   Great Sandy National Park (southern Cooloola section)
The southern Cooloola section of the Great Sandy National Park lies between Noosa and Rainbow Beach. It includes the shallow lakes of the Noosa River Everglades, which are ideal for exploring by canoe. There are simple camping sites along the river.

•   Kondalilla Falls National Park
In the cool hinterland behind the Sunshine Coast lies Kondalilla Falls National Park, named after the park’s most outstanding feature, the 90m high Kondalilla Falls. Skene Creek winds through lush subtropical rainforest before plunging down the falls, whose name is derived from an Aboriginal word meaning “rushing waters”. Also check out Mapleton Falls National Park, not far away.

•   Tewantin State Forest and Forest Reserve
Tewantin State Forest and Forest Reserve preserves rainforest, open eucalypt forest and wallum remnants between Noosa and Cooroy. Enjoy a picnic, take a walk and head to Mt Tinbeerwah lookout for panoramic views over the Noosa River, the coast and the hinterland.

•   Fraser Island
Fraser Island stretches over 123 kilometres along the coast of Queensland to the north of Noosa. It is the largest sand island in the world and is a World Heritage listed area. It is of outstanding natural beauty and ecological significance, with its long white beaches, stunning lakes, sand blows and rainforest.

•   Jimna State Forest
Jimna State Forest, south west of the town of Kenilworth,. is part of the rugged Conondale Range. It features forests, lookouts, waterfalls and creeks, with many inviting, cool swimming holes. A highlight is Queensland`s highest fire tower. Kenilworth Forest Reserve, south of the town, is also worth a visit.

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