The Sunshine Coast is home to a huge range of natural attractions. From waterfalls, mountain ranges, rainforests, waterways and beaches, there is something for everyone to appreciate during their visit to the area.
We‘ve put together our top 8 natural attractions on the Sunshine Coast that we think are a must see for anyone spending a bit of time here in our little slice of paradise.
It’s hard to believe this little pocket of natural wonder exists so close to town but tucked away behind the township of Buderim you’ll find this spectacular spot. A short 20-minute walk through the winding rainforest takes you down to the stunning waterfalls and multiple swimming holes. If you’re short on time, this spot is perfect for a quick visit.
EWAN MADDOCK DAM
A popular recreation destination, Ewan Maddock Dam is worth checking out on your way up the coast. Whether you enjoy swimming, boating, fishing, canoeing, hiking, mountain bike riding or horse riding, there are heaps of tracks and facilities to enjoy.
Just a few minutes drive from Maleny township, Gardners Falls is a local favourite for cooling off on a hot summer’s day. A short 800m walk from the carpark on Obi Lane, this gem of a spot is well worth the detour on your journey through the hinterland.
GLASS HOUSE MOUNTAINS
As one of our local icons, no trip to the Sunshine Coast is complete without checking out the Glass House Mountains. Admire from afar on your journey up to Maleny or take a closer look by exploring the surrounding areas and national parks in Beerwah and Beerburrum. If you’re feeling adventurous you can even climb/hike sections of Mount Ngungun, Mount Beerwah & Mount Tibrogargan.
Another must see in the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Just a few minutes outside of Montville this spot is a well-known favourite among locals. It’s a 4.7km round trip to get to the based of the falls and back (with 300 stairs). If you can‘t make the full circuit its worth the hike to the Rock Pools (2.4km). Your hard work is greatly rewarded with a picturesque swimming hole and stunning views out through the valley waiting for you at the pools.
If you’re feeling fit and looking for spectacular views of the coast you definitely want to tackle the hike up to the summit of Mount Coolum. The steep 1.6km track is not for everyone but if you are up to it, the view at the top is worth it. It is a very popular place for locals , so it can get pretty busy at peak times.
NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
In the centre of the Noosa region lies this stunning National Park. Featuring spectacular coastal views from various lookouts and five walks to choose from, this park is worth spending a bit of time exploring. This park is also a wildlife sanctuary so keep your eyes peeled for snoozing koalas and plenty of native birdlife.
Located between Noosa North Shore and Rainbow Beach this little-known spot is one for the nature lovers. The 60km stretch of river and lake system is one of only two Everglade environments identified on the planet making it especially unique. Best experienced by kayak or private tour, the Noosa Everglades is worth slowing down to take your time through this pristine natural environment.