Getting To Know The Locals
A trip to Mooloolaba is a must! The local bus service will take you from Golden Beach all the way to Mooloolaba.
While you are there walk around. The wharf is great with local shops and restaurants,; try The Hog's Breath Cafe!
Then walk off your meal by crusing the local hotels...almost every hotel had some sort of retail shop, gelato and juice bar, jewelers, beauty therapy, or hair dresser.
There are several tour boat companies which can take you fishing or just to see the sights. I loved the wharf. It was colorful and lively despite the threat of rain. We were able to make a new friend (see photo). hahaha.
Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.
Pristine coastline and lush hinterland, superb cuisine, action and adventure or just the perfect piece of sand on which to sit and ponder?
The Coast begins at Caloundra, just one hour's drive north of Brisbane and extends to Cooloola, the gateway to Fraser Island. It takes in tranquil hinterland including the Glass House Mountains, Blackall Range, Noosa Hinterland and the Mary Valley; as well as more than 100 kilometres of beaches stretching through the coastal towns of Caloundra, Kawana, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum Beach, Noosa and Rainbow Beach. It's holiday central for both couples and families.
You can keep the kids happy fishing, visiting attractions, canoeing or wandering the markets. Rivers, sheltered bays and surf beaches provide a variety of swimming spots. Factor in an indulgent massage for two, a quiet rainforest walk, a round of golf or a romantic dinner in the mountains or by the sea.
The Sunshine Coast is the perfect mix of coast and country and the ideal place to relax and unwind.
The choice is yours.
"Adventure & Attractions, & Australia Zoo."
Get your heart pounding diving with huge sharks and swim with the seals at UnderWater World or swim with the playful seals. or gasp as the keepers feed the crocodiles at the internationally renowned Australia Zoo at Beerwah. Tickle your tastebuds at Yandina's Ginger Factory or capture a photograph in front of the iconic Big Pineapple.
Why not pick up the pace a little and indulge the thrill seeker within? Scream around the track in a go-kart, shoot high into the sky on the bungy bullet at the Big Kart Track.
Get struck by gold-rush fever and pan for gold, ride the Mary Valley Rattler steam train. Discover 30 rides and games at Aussie World family fun park behind the quirky Ettamogah Pub, or explore the medieval world of The Sunshine Castle at Bli Bli, complete with moat, turrets, towers and drawbridge.
You'll also find some of the best animal-based attractions in Australia. Crocodiles, koalas, snakes, giant sting-rays, seals, deer, wombats, kangaroos and emus are some of the myriad of wondrous creatures being conserved on the Sunshine Coast for future generations.
First place to visit is Steve Irwins
Australia Zoo - Home Of The Crocodile Hunter
Beerwah, Caloundra Area
Crikey! The Crocodile Hunter's Australia Zoo is on Queensland's beautiful Sunshine Coast. An easy one hour drive, just north of Brisbane, Australia Zoo offers a full day of wildlife action and adventure.
They maintain the highest level of passion and enthusiasm for wildlife, providing visitors with a unique and exciting experience. Australia Zoo holds firm their commitment to achieve Conservation through Exciting Education.
With 14 shows daily, you can get your adrenalin pumping as you watch crocodiles launch a strike from the water's edge in their awesome 5,000 seat Crocoseum, catch the thrilling free flight bird show and get hands on with the wandering wildlife as their keepers introduce you to koalas, snakes, wombats, dingoes, alligators, tortoises and more. You can even have your photo taken with a giant python, if you dare!
Your day out at Australia Zoo will be full of Wildlife action and adventure!
"Dive On The Coast."
Whether, a seasoned diver or trying on a wetsuit for the first time, the Sunshine Coast offers the best diving experiences in Queensland.
A major drawcard of diving the Sunshine Coast is the variety, ranging from the newly created shipwreck of the ex-HMAS Brisbane to the shallow waters of Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island to the more adventurous dives on Wolf Rock.
Marine life is in abundance with the perfect sub-tropical waters being a haven for soft and hard corals to flourish. A variety of tropical fish, pelagic fish, giant Queensland gropers, marine reptiles (including green turtles, loggerhead turtles and hawksbill turtles), rays and sharks are regularly encountered at many dive sites.
Minimum 18 degrees Celsius in winter
Maximum 27 degrees Celsius in summer
15-25 metres in winter
10-15 metres in summer
Here is the pick of some of the best dive sites on the coast:
The decommissioned HMAS Brisbane warship was sunk off the Sunshine Coast to create a world-class dive destination and artificial reef. The vessel was scuttled in 28 metres of water and approx. 9km from the mouth of the Mooloolah River, meaning that the ship is only 20 minutes run from the mouth of the harbour.
Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island
A popular shallow-water dive site and close to shore, Mudjimba Island offers safe, easy and interesting diving. The island offers a variety of marine life including lots of soft corals, sea sponges, sea anemones, Nudibranchs and a variety of tropical fish. This site is also great for snorkelling.
One of the best known dives on the Sunshine Coast is the shark dive at UnderWater World at The Wharf in Mooloolaba. Both certified and non-certified divers can experience the adrenalin rush daily when they are submerged in the 2.5 million litre Oceanarium with sharks, giant rays and tropical fish.
This is an extensive shoal stretching north-south off Sunshine Beach, south of Noosa Headland. The site hosts a diverse population of marine life including even the occasional Grey Nurse Shark. As this site is deeper (32-33m) the hard and soft corals flourish and offers excellent diving for experienced and advanced divers.
This site is located near Laguna Bay at Noosa and is an amazing site of 3 pinnacles standing upright from the sea bed. The highest reaches 10 metres from the sea bed and the tops of the pinnacles are submerged in 16 metres of water, making the bottom dive 26 metres. This site is a photographers dream with a large variety of marine.
Also located near Laguna Bay at Noosa, The Caves is a 10-12 metre dive incorporating interesting ledges, gutters and swim throughs. This site is renowned for its colourful array of soft and hard corals, ascidians and tropical fish.
Darcy's reef site is a series of ridges and sand gutters 500 metres due East of The Pinnacle. The reef is adorned with many beautifully coloured Soft Corals, Black Coral Trees and White Coral Whips with Fairy Basslets and Saphire Damsels darting in and out of cover. Numerous Wobbegongs inhabit this area, laying in wait for their staple diet, the Spiny Rock Lobster.
'Castaways' is an isolated reef half way between Noosa and Coolum and is home to many residential fish. Coral life here is quite abundant with a beautiful garden of Coral Whips and Black Coral Trees. This location is also home to the Bullseye Lobster, a very rare species in these waters.
The most northerly of the Sunshine Coast dive sites, Wolf Rock is found off Double Island Point, and is one of Australia's top ten scuba diving destinations and is perhaps one of the most adventurous dives. Wolf Rock is a formation of four volcanic pinnacles that provides some exciting diving with plenty of swim throughs, vertical gutters and overhanging ledges. Marine life is in abundance. There are also several giant Queensland Groper, manta ray and a variety of turtles,leopard shark, wobbegong shark and Grey Nurse Shark.