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The Top Things to do on the Sunshine Coast

You'll be spoilt for choice will all the best things to do in the Sunshine Coast available to book online here. The Sunshine Coast lives up to its name with sunny weather, golden beaches and family-friendly attractions. Feel the sand between your toes and learn to surf at Noosa Beach or get up close with incredible wildlife at Australia Zoo and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast. The Sunshine Coast is truly a destination that blends natural beauty with a host of family attractions. Browse and book all your tickets to the top Sunshine Coast attractions here.

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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Tickets
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Tickets by SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
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Book online here & save on your SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium tickets! Includes FREE Unlimited Digital Photo Pass, book now & save!

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Australia Zoo Tickets with BONUS Wildlife Hospital Entry
Australia Zoo Tickets with BONUS Wildlife Hospital Entry by Australia Zoo
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Buy your Australia Zoo tickets online and skip the queue to Sunshine Coast's famous zoo plus receive a sneak peek at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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Australia Zoo and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Combo Ticket
Australia Zoo and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Combo Ticket by Australia Zoo & SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
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The Animal Action Pass includes 1 day single entry to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Australia Zoo with 14 days to visit both attractions.

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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast + Aquaduck Combo
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast + Aquaduck Combo by SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast + Aquaduck Sunshine Coast

The ultimate day out in the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy entry to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium plus a 60 minute Aquaduck tour through the glistening waterways.

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Aquaduck Tours Sunshine Coast
Aquaduck Tours Sunshine Coast by Aquaduck Safaris Sunshine Coast

Join the Aquaduck for a 60-minute tour of the Sunshine Coast by land and sea taking you past The Esplanade and on picturesque canals and waterways.

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    Sunshine Coast Treetop Challenge
    Sunshine Coast Treetop Challenge by Treetop Challenge Sunshine Coast
    4.8

    Australia’s highest adventure course, located at the Big Pineapple Sunshine Coast will have you flying through the treetops

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    Noosa Jet Boat Ride
    Noosa Jet Boat Ride by Noosa Oceanrider

    The heart starts to beat a little faster as you catch your first glimpse of the waves and enjoy some airborne fun on offer with this Noosa Boating adventure

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      Noosa Tandem Skydive up to 15,000ft
      Noosa Tandem Skydive up to 15,000ft by Skydive Noosa

      Combine the epic thrill of free-fall with some of the Sunny Coast's signature gorgeous beachfront scenery with a skydive up to 15,000ft over Noosa!

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        Noosa Jet Boat Ride
        Noosa Jet Boat Ride by Noosa Oceanrider

        The heart starts to beat a little faster as you catch your first glimpse of the waves and enjoy some airborne fun on offer with this Noosa Boating adventure

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          Caloundra 90 Minute Jetski Tour
          Caloundra 90 Minute Jetski Tour by Caloundra Jet Ski

          A 60km Caloundra jet ski tour which lasts 90 minutes where you will explore a range of islands and marine life in the Sunshine Coast.

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            Noosa Dolphin Viewing Sea Kayak Tour
            Noosa Dolphin Viewing Sea Kayak Tour by Epic Ocean Adventures

            Departing Noosa your adventure will begin with a picturesque 4-wheel-drive beach drive into the Great Sandy National Park and up to Double Island Point.

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              Caloundra 45 Minute Jetski Tour
              Caloundra 45 Minute Jetski Tour by Caloundra Jet Ski

              This 45-minute jet ski tour in Caloundra is a laid back way to enjoy the sights and aquatic fun in the Sunshine Coast.

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                Aquaduck Tours Sunshine Coast
                Aquaduck Tours Sunshine Coast by Aquaduck Safaris Sunshine Coast

                Join the Aquaduck for a 60-minute tour of the Sunshine Coast by land and sea taking you past The Esplanade and on picturesque canals and waterways.

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                  Mary Valley Rattler: Return Heritage Railway Train Journey
                  Mary Valley Rattler: Return Heritage Railway Train Journey by The Rattler Railway Company

                  Join this scenic railway journey on the heritage Mary Valley Rattler train from Gympie through the picturesque Mary Valley. Get your tickets online here.

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                  Noosa Dolphin Viewing Sea Kayak Tour
                  Noosa Dolphin Viewing Sea Kayak Tour by Epic Ocean Adventures

                  Departing Noosa your adventure will begin with a picturesque 4-wheel-drive beach drive into the Great Sandy National Park and up to Double Island Point.

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                    Cruise'n'Canoe Noosa Everglades Ecosafari
                    Cruise'n'Canoe Noosa Everglades Ecosafari by Noosa Everglades Eco Safaris

                    This 6 hour adventure of the Australia's Everglades includes a cruise up the Noosa River, canoe tour of the Everglades, morning tea, lunch and drinks.

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                    SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast + Aquaduck Combo
                    SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast + Aquaduck Combo by SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast + Aquaduck Sunshine Coast

                    The ultimate day out in the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy entry to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium plus a 60 minute Aquaduck tour through the glistening waterways.

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                    Noosa Everglades Afternoon Cruise
                    Noosa Everglades Afternoon Cruise by Noosa Everglades Eco Safaris

                    Cruise through the magnificent lakes and wetlands as you navigate your way into the mysterious and tranquil mirrored waters of the Noosa Everglades.

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                      Noosa Everglades Cruise with Lunch
                      Noosa Everglades Cruise with Lunch by Noosa Everglades Eco Safaris

                      Immerse yourself in nature and experience the untouched Noosa everglades on this half river cruise with morning tea and roast lunch! Book online here!

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                      Mooloolaba Seafood Lunch Cruise
                      Mooloolaba Seafood Lunch Cruise by Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba
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                      Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch of Mooloolaba prawns, Calamari and Chips or fresh Fish of the Day whilst enjoying sensational views of the bay of Mooloolaba.

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                      SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Tickets
                      SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Entry Tickets by SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
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                      Book online here & save on your SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium tickets! Includes FREE Unlimited Digital Photo Pass, book now & save!

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                      Australia Zoo Tickets with BONUS Wildlife Hospital Entry
                      Australia Zoo Tickets with BONUS Wildlife Hospital Entry by Australia Zoo
                      4.8

                      Buy your Australia Zoo tickets online and skip the queue to Sunshine Coast's famous zoo plus receive a sneak peek at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.

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                      Aquaduck Tours Sunshine Coast
                      Aquaduck Tours Sunshine Coast by Aquaduck Safaris Sunshine Coast

                      Join the Aquaduck for a 60-minute tour of the Sunshine Coast by land and sea taking you past The Esplanade and on picturesque canals and waterways.

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                        Sunshine Coast Treetop Challenge
                        Sunshine Coast Treetop Challenge by Treetop Challenge Sunshine Coast
                        4.8

                        Australia’s highest adventure course, located at the Big Pineapple Sunshine Coast will have you flying through the treetops

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                        Australia Zoo and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Combo Ticket
                        Australia Zoo and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Combo Ticket by Australia Zoo & SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
                        4.9

                        The Animal Action Pass includes 1 day single entry to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Australia Zoo with 14 days to visit both attractions.

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                        Experience Oz Gift Vouchers Woman On Sail Boat Give The Gift Of Memories

                        Let your special someone choose their own Sunshine Coast Experience.

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                        SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast + Aquaduck Combo
                        SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast + Aquaduck Combo by SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast + Aquaduck Sunshine Coast

                        The ultimate day out in the Sunshine Coast. Enjoy entry to SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium plus a 60 minute Aquaduck tour through the glistening waterways.

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                        Noosa Jet Boat Ride
                        Noosa Jet Boat Ride by Noosa Oceanrider

                        The heart starts to beat a little faster as you catch your first glimpse of the waves and enjoy some airborne fun on offer with this Noosa Boating adventure

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                          Noosa Everglades Afternoon Cruise
                          Noosa Everglades Afternoon Cruise by Noosa Everglades Eco Safaris

                          Cruise through the magnificent lakes and wetlands as you navigate your way into the mysterious and tranquil mirrored waters of the Noosa Everglades.

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                            Mary Valley Rattler: Return Heritage Railway Train Journey
                            Mary Valley Rattler: Return Heritage Railway Train Journey by The Rattler Railway Company

                            Join this scenic railway journey on the heritage Mary Valley Rattler train from Gympie through the picturesque Mary Valley. Get your tickets online here.

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                            The Ginger Factory Play Bundle
                            The Ginger Factory Play Bundle by The Ginger Factory
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                            Ride the Ginger Factory's two charming rides with this double deal that includes a trip on both the Overboard water adventure and historic Ginger Train.

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                            Noosa Tandem Skydive up to 15,000ft
                            Noosa Tandem Skydive up to 15,000ft by Skydive Noosa

                            Combine the epic thrill of free-fall with some of the Sunny Coast's signature gorgeous beachfront scenery with a skydive up to 15,000ft over Noosa!

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                              Noosa Everglades Cruise with Lunch
                              Noosa Everglades Cruise with Lunch by Noosa Everglades Eco Safaris

                              Immerse yourself in nature and experience the untouched Noosa everglades on this half river cruise with morning tea and roast lunch! Book online here!

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                              Caloundra 90 Minute Jetski Tour
                              Caloundra 90 Minute Jetski Tour by Caloundra Jet Ski

                              A 60km Caloundra jet ski tour which lasts 90 minutes where you will explore a range of islands and marine life in the Sunshine Coast.

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                                The Ginger Factory Play Taste and Discover Pass
                                The Ginger Factory Play Taste and Discover Pass by The Ginger Factory

                                Experience all the fun-filled park of the Ginger Factory on the Sunshine Coast has to offer with the Play Taste & Discover Pass - everything you'll need for

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                                Noosa Dolphin Viewing Sea Kayak Tour
                                Noosa Dolphin Viewing Sea Kayak Tour by Epic Ocean Adventures

                                Departing Noosa your adventure will begin with a picturesque 4-wheel-drive beach drive into the Great Sandy National Park and up to Double Island Point.

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                                  Bellingham Maze Entry Tickets
                                  Bellingham Maze Entry Tickets by Bellingham Maze
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                                  A fun activity for all ages - the Bellingham Maze is a must-do when visiting the Sunshine Coast! Make a day of it and SAVE with a mini golf and maze combo.

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                                  Mooloolaba Seafood Lunch Cruise
                                  Mooloolaba Seafood Lunch Cruise by Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba
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                                  Enjoy a fresh seafood lunch of Mooloolaba prawns, Calamari and Chips or fresh Fish of the Day whilst enjoying sensational views of the bay of Mooloolaba.

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                                  Mooloolaba Sunset Cruise
                                  Mooloolaba Sunset Cruise by Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba

                                  Finish your day by cruising around Mooloolaba Harbour, River and Canals, whilst enjoying a spectacular Mooloolaba sunset. Dinner & drink options available.

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                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast

                                    One of South East Queensland’s favourite escape destinations due to an overall laid-back atmosphere, an array of wonderful beaches and some incredible weather, the Sunshine Coast is a popular choice for those looking to take the family to a lovely natural spot without the excessive crowds that are common in many other holiday hotspots in the state.

                                    The Sunshine Coast is as diverse as it is beautiful – home to an array of man-made and natural attractions, it’s a location that provides a great balance of things to see and do; those who love the water will be in their element here, however, the coastline and golden beaches are just one of the region’s highlights.

                                    There’s a great hinterland area, vibrant Eumundi markets, winding inland waterways and animal attractions such as Australia Zoo and the SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast aquarium that cover the spectrum of tourist activities in order to truly provide “something for everyone”.

                                    But if you’re travelling to the Sunshine Coast for the first time, with such a diverse range of offerings, how should you best spend your time there? To lend a hand, we’ve put together a detailed list of the Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast and surrounds to ensure you get the most out of your trip to this South East QLD oasis. The Sunshine Coast is a destination that attracts visitors year after year and after a visit, you'll soon understand why.

                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - Wildlife & fun at Australia Zoo

                                    1. Wildlife & fun at Australia Zoo

                                    Location: 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, QLD

                                    There are few wildlife parks in the country more famous than the Sunshine Coast's iconic Australia Zoo, given a worldwide spotlight in large part due to the efforts of late, great Aussie icon Steve Irwin and carried on by the continued passionate efforts of the Irwin family.

                                    As such, it's an attraction that isn't just an essential stop on any Sunshine Coast itinerary – in many cases, it's the main reason for families making the trip to the Sunshine Coast in the first place. While it's become more and more commercialised throughout the years, it's never lost touch with the its original messages and core values of conservation and respect for the animal world that were established from the beginning, and this is obvious throughout the facility from staff enthusiasm through to animal care and welfare.

                                    Australia Zoo boasts an incredibly diverse array of animals from all parts of both the animal kingdom and the globe – all the typical Aussie favourites such as kangaroos, koalas, wombats and, of course, crocodiles are here in full, but it's the likes of the massive and comprehensive African exhibit that truly make this feel like a world-class wildlife attraction.

                                    It's also continually growing, with its massive grounds still featuring plenty of opportunity for expansion, and it's due in large part to this scale of grounds that the animals are treated to large and spacious enclosures that give them enough freedom to enjoy their lives while still offering quality viewing angles for visitors. The animal's habitats are also impeccably clean, and all the animals look both happy and well taken care of – a testament to the efforts of the staff and management.

                                    There are few wildlife parks in the country more famous than the Sunshine Coast's iconic Australia Zoo, given a worldwide spotlight due to the efforts of late, great Aussie icon Steve Irwin and carried on by the continued passionate efforts of the Irwin family.

                                    Given the scale of the zoo, the number of shows and presentations, and the sheer variety on offer, Australia Zoo is a place that can be properly considered an all-day attraction rather than just a few hours, which means despite the price you end up getting considerable “bang for your buck”. The zoo's crocodile show is one of its most iconic daily presentations, and it's got a well-deserved reputation as the experienced staff aren't shy about getting up close to feed these massive reptiles.

                                    Other interesting shows provide an emphasis on individual animals – koalas, otters, tortoises and the impressive birds of prey are all given their own moment to shine, and help round out the day as well as providing the chance to rest your legs from walking through the large grounds of the zoo. For those feeling a little worn out, the zoo also offers a shuttle bus to travel from one major section to the next, which is a nice touch.

                                    As far as design and facilities go, Australia Zoo also scores high marks here; it's got a huge sheltered food court with a great variety of food – this isn't your typical small attraction's cafe. In addition, the zoo's open and wide design makes visiting in crowded time periods of the year less of a hassle than other similar facilities, and there's also ample parking that can help reduce the typical headaches associated with finding a spot.

                                    There are also plenty of optional extras – such as animal encounters with otters, zebras, giraffes and more – as well as feeding, photos and tours which are all enjoyable and only limited by how deep you're willing to reach into your wallet.

                                    There's a reason Australia Zoo has such a strong reputation on both the global and international stages - as one of Australia's premier wildlife facilities, there's no reason a first-timer to the Sunshine Coast should miss visiting here unless they have absolutely no interest in wildlife. A definite Sunshine Coast must for all ages.

                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - Aquatic entertainment at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

                                    2. Aquatic entertainment at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

                                    Location: Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba, QLD

                                    The Sunshine Coast shines when it comes to animal attractions considering its relatively small population, with one of the prime examples of this being expansive and popular aquarium SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast (formerly UnderWater World).

                                    Having been in existence since back in 1989, it's been a staple attraction of the Sunshine Coast for a substantial amount of time yet has been continually revamped and renewed to stay fresh and modern while adding a number of exhibits and new sea creatures to form a comprehensive marine-viewing experience. The attraction is of a surprisingly high quality that competes – and even exceeds – that of similar aquariums in bigger cities around Australia, and puts an emphasis on interaction and education that ends up being great for both adults and kids alike.

                                    Located in the Sunshine Coast suburb of Mooloolaba on the waterfront, UnderWater World provides the chance to look at numerous different facets of the underwater kingdom while hopefully learning something in the process – there are plenty of facts and opportunities to acquire some new knowledge dotted throughout, combined with a range of informative talks and demonstrations.

                                    There's a touch pool with the ability to get hands-on with some reef creatures, an otter presentation that goes into detail about these fun aquatic mammals, a detailed look at jellyfish and more. The undisputed highlight, however, is the wonderful seal show that's always a hit with the kids – it's great to see these intelligent creatures interact and perform, and the staff manage to stay enthusiastic and upbeat despite no doubt having repeated the same performance and jokes hundreds of times.

                                    Queensland’s largest aquarium, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast, is home to thousands of curious sea creatures. Come face to face with predators in the shark tunnel, say hello to the seals and penguins and sit down and enjoy the animal talks.

                                    On the exhibit side of things, the aquarium also shines – its key drawcard is its great walk-through tunnel that follows a path underneath the multi-million litre oceanarium that gives an up-close look at the likes of grey nurse and Wobbegong sharks, massive yet graceful stingrays, large turtles and numerous kinds of fish of varying colours and species.

                                    Couple this with some lovely displays of coral reef environments and sixteen different themed “zones” in total each highlighting a different part of the marine world, and there's more than enough to keep even those with the shortest attention spans occupied for several hours.

                                    In addition, SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast offers a range of optional animal experiences for those looking to directly interact with various animals – visitors have the chance to do a variety of experiences with the seals (including face-to-face encounters, swims and even a full-blown “trainer for a day” behind-the-scenes tour), while there are also shark snorkel and dive adventures for those brave enough to come face to face with these oceanic predators.

                                    Given the quality of the facility and the reasonable ticket prices given the quantity of things to see and do (tickets are cheaper when purchasing online rather than at the counter), plus the ability to receive a pass out to exit and enjoy lunch in one of the surrounding restaurants before returning, it's a solid all-round animal attraction that's one of the key items on any itinerary for Sunshine Coast first-timers.

                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - Aussie World

                                    3. Aussie World

                                    Location: 1 Downunder Drive, Palmview QLD

                                    Aussie World on the Sunshine Coast is part theme park, part country fair combining all the thrills and feed good laughs for the entire family to enjoy. With over 30 amusement rides, it's impossible for kids not to have a good time.

                                    It is impossible to miss Aussie World as it is conveniently located on the Bruce Highway near Caloundra.

                                    Aussie World’s motto is ‘fun is our thing’ and it would be impossible for kids not to enjoy themselves here with over 30 amusement rides that range from tame ferris wheels, bumper cars, merry go rounds to rollercoasters and scarier thrill rides.

                                    And while the park is marketed to younger children, don’t overlook the place because there are plenty of activities, thrill rides and attractions for the adults too.

                                    And while the park is marketed to younger children, don’t overlook the place because there are plenty of activities, thrill rides and attractions for the adults too.

                                    Once you have tackled the rides take a scary walk through the Mayhem Maze or have your mind boggled in Professor Bogglesworth’s Illusionarium.

                                    Then there is the Platypus Ponds Mini Golf and how could we forget the iconic Pub serving ice cold beer and delicious grub (food).

                                    Aussie World is an ideal place to visit on the Sunshine Coast whether you are looking for a half day or full day activity and is open daily from 10am to 3pm. Extended hours apply on weekends and public holidays.

                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - Aquaduck Sunshine Coast

                                    4. Aquaduck Sunshine Coast

                                    Cruise the Mooloolaba waterways and explore the Esplanade and Sunshine Strip on a fun 60 minute Aquaduck tour through the Sunshine Coast.
                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - Noosa Everglades

                                    5. Noosa Everglades

                                    Location: 186 Gympie Terrace, Noosaville, Queensland

                                    Experience the untouched Noosa Everglades on a tranquil cruise along the mirror-like waters. See a variety of stunning beaches, pristine waterways, majestic headlands and forested sand dunes on this breathtaking journey.
                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - Go Whale Watching

                                    6. Go Whale Watching

                                    Location: Various locations, Sunshine Coast, QLD

                                    With a developing whale sightseeing industry and a number of factors working in its favour such as high whale numbers and reliable weather, the Sunshine Coast makes for an excellent whale watching spot during the annual migratory season.

                                    As the Sunshine Coast recently continues to become more popular as a tourist destination, so too does the quantity of its whale watching tour options, with visitors now spoiled for choice of itineraries and operators with which to see these gentle ocean giants up close.

                                    Companies such as Australian Whale Watching, Noosa Blue Fishing Charters, Sunreef Mooloolaba, and Whale One all offer their own variation on the whale watching formula, with departure point the main differentiating factor.

                                    The Sunshine Coast’s whale watching tour and cruise options are typically divided up into two separate categories – those which depart from Mooloolaba, and those which head out from Noosa. .

                                    The Sunshine Coast's whale watching scene has high whale numbers, reliable weather and gorgeous scenery. You can even jump in the water for an unforgettable swim with majestic Humpback Whales.

                                    With a shorter peak season (typically only lasting from August to October) the Sunshine Coast offers a briefer window for seeing whales, however if you happen to be there during those three prime months it makes for one of the most viable spots in Queensland in which to do so.

                                    One of the key points that differentiates the Sunshine Coast from other whale watching destinations is that you are more likely to encounter the sight of Killer Whales than many other locations; while the whales themselves are not that rare, getting a glimpse of them doesn’t tend to happen very often off Australia’s east coast. It's also one of the first places in Australia to offer a "swim with the whales" experience that allows you to get a fish's eye view of the whales behind a boat.

                                    Couple this with the simple fact that the Sunshine Coast is a great destination to holiday for various other reasons, and if your holiday coincides with the three month whale watching window be sure to make a slot for this experience on your travel schedule. Expect to pay around $99 per adult for a standard Sunshine Coast whale watching experience, although sales do pop up regularly.

                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - The Ginger Factory

                                    7. The Ginger Factory

                                    Location: 50 Pioneer Rd, Yandina, QLD

                                    One of the Sunshine Coast's longest-running family attractions, the Ginger Factory at Yandina is actually far more interesting and upbeat than its name suggests. Far more than just a conveyor belt that cranks out ginger-related goods, the Ginger Factory is a veritable theme park of sorts in its own right – it's a complex that features tours, relaxed rides, good food and some lovely gardens all wrapped up in a decidedly ginger-y package.

                                    Obviously, this should all be prefaced with the disclaimer that if you don't like the taste of ginger, then you likely won't get the most out of your experience here, however there's enough non-taste-based entertainment so that even anti-ginger crusaders should find enough to keep them busy within the facility's increasingly-growing grounds.

                                    The Ginger Factory sits along the Bruce Highway (the “main vein” road of the inner Sunshine Coast) and can be entered completely free of charge, with enough things to see and do within that can be enjoyed without paying a cent if you so choose. Kids will obviously get the most out of this – there's a decked-out playground that little ones will love, while simply exploring the expansive and exotic gardens is pleasantly enjoyable for all ages.

                                    The gardens are kept in great condition and are immaculately kept, and feature a range of tropical plant life and spacious grassed areas ideal for relaxing in the sun. There's a great range of food and ice cream on offer (featuring a variety of unique flavours made from seasonal Sunshine Coast produce), as well as a range of smaller stores which offer various trinkets and souvenirs.

                                    Far more than just a conveyor belt that cranks out ginger-related goods, the Ginger Factory is a veritable theme park of sorts in its own right with tours, relaxed rides, good food and some lovely gardens.

                                    To get the most out of your time at the Ginger Factory however, you'll likely have to reach into your wallet at least a little – the main “stars” of the show here are its two rides and its excellent ginger tour. At the bare minimum, it's highly recommended to hop aboard “Moreton”, the 100-year-old cane train that takes guests on a leisurely tour around the perimeter of the facility to a relaxed look at the grounds and gardens; this can be purchased standalone or as part of a package.

                                    Meanwhile the “Overboard” boat ride takes passengers on a miniature 'around the world' adventure as the vessel chases the gingerbread man that's sure to be a hit with younger kids. Likewise, the attraction's ginger factory tour is both interesting and detailed, providing a closer look at how ginger is made and packaged before culminating in some taste-testing, while the beekeeping and production show details the process behind that sweetest of syrups.

                                    While each of these can be purchased individually, there's also the option to buy a combined pass that includes all of the above for a reduced price, and thus comes highly recommended if you're looking to spend a solid amount of time here.

                                    An attraction that all ages can enjoy, the Ginger Factory is a highway-stop style family attraction done right – even minor elements such as its cafe are surprisingly good, and the chance to buy all kinds of ginger-related sweets, powders and other goods makes for a day out that's sure to at least be a break from the norm for most families.

                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - Take a Mooloolaba Cruise

                                    8. Take a Mooloolaba Cruise

                                    Location: 123 Parkyn Parade, Mooloolaba

                                    While the coastline is the most obvious star drawcard for visitors to the Sunshine Coast, be sure not to turn a blind eye to its inner rivers and canals that serve to provide an entirely new perspective that simply exploring the beach can't.

                                    It's in this regard that hopping aboard a vessel for a journey into its inner reaches truly shines, and few offer a better dose of this than Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba who provide water-borne adventures through a blend of harbour, river and canal environments aimed to showcase the best of two of the Sunshine Coast's major highlights - its sunsets and fresh local seafood.

                                    Based out of the suburb of Mooloolaba's central wharf, the trips head out along the river mouth and out along the waterways with views reaching all the way down to Noosa's headland. During the cruise, the vessel winds its way on a leisurely course and features comprehensive commentary on the local bodies of water including prominent residents, marine life and more that strikes an ideal balance between being entertaining and informative.

                                    Along the way, the cruise stops at the fish markets at Mooloolaba's Spit to pick up a bevy of fresh seafood – those taking the lunch cruise option here will have the option of choosing between four different adult lunch meals (fish and chips, calamari, king prawns or a burger with sides), and also have the option to upgrade to a fully-fledged seafood platter featuring this aforementioned fresh catch.

                                    Few offer a better dose of relaxation than Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba who provide water-borne adventures through a blend of harbour, river and canal waterways aiming to showcase the highlights of the Sunshine Coast.

                                    Along the way you'll travel along more man-made canals and get a firsthand look at some of the exclusive and gaudily ostentatious waterfront properties belonging to the rich and famous – some of the pricing figures paid for these pieces of real estate are truly staggering and some of the ritziest the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

                                    Add to this the chance to see marine life (dolphins can occasionally be seen jumping in the bay at the mouth of the river) and get some great snapshots of the glowing sun on the water if taking their sunset cruise option, and its a variety of spectacles on offer that prevents the trip from getting boring.

                                    The ability to grab yourself a wine or other drinks on board from the licensed bar while watching this spectacle pass by is a welcome one, and the entire atmosphere of the cruise is made warm due to the attitudes of the friendly, helpful and jovial staff. Given that it's also great value to money – lunch cruises are priced at $35 with your choice of mains while sunset cruises are a mere $25, with both options lasting 90 minutes – there are few better and more relaxing ways to do a bit of Sunshine Coast sightseeing without having to tire your legs than this.

                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - Skydiving

                                    9. Skydiving

                                    Location: Sunshine Coast, Queensland

                                    Looking to live your best life and experience an unbeatable rush on the Sunshine Coast? Tick skydiving off your bucket list once and for all with locations at Bribie Island, Caloundra and Noosa to choose from.
                                    The Top 10 Things to do on the Sunshine Coast - Treetop Challenge

                                    10. Treetop Challenge

                                    Location: 76 Nambour Connection Road, Woombye, Queensland

                                    Suspended in the rainforest, take the kids on a treetop adventure on Australia’s highest courses. Ranging from easy to difficult, the treetop challenge in the Sunshine Coast features 100 obstacles and ziplines to tackle.