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5 Things to Do in Caloundra - The best of Australia's Sunshine Coast

Caloundra is much like its neighbouring cities on the Sunshine Coast: full of energy, sunshine, and enough activities to keep even the most enthusiastic busy for days.


Visit the SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast is the largest aquarium in Queensland and is combined with an oceanarium as well. It is home to one of the largest collections of marine life and is quite diverse in its collection. There are eleven themed zones in the aquarium, and hosts 14 talks every day. You can take part in feeding animals, an activity that is sure to thrill the younger visitors. If you purchase your tickets early enough, you will be able to obtain early bird discount coupons as well.


Explore the Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo gained worldwide popularity with the TV show hosted by Crocodile Hunter (late) Steve Irwin hitting the air. It is widely accepted as the best zoo in the entirety of Australia and is featured as a must-do on Sunshine Coast. The Australia Zoo is a cut above the rest because it focuses on more than a mere exhibition of animals. The variety of animals in the zoo is quite remarkable, but the informative and upbeat educational sessions they have revolving around wildlife shows is what makes this place special. In fact, it could easily be termed an "animal theme park", although it is officially called a zoo.


Take a cruise

Taking a cruise is one unique way of getting to know an area. Caloundra cruises are no different in this regard. Setting off from the vicinity of Oaks Oasis Resort, the cruises come with several options. You can opt for a cruise of a couple of hours or one that comes complete with lunch and snacks. The latter makes a stop at Pelican Waters Tavern, an iconic pub in the history of Caloundra. As the sea here is rather calm and tranquil, these cruises can be enjoyed by visitors of all ages. Each cruise comes with a guide, who will explain the importance of each attraction you pass by, as well as the ecological importance of the area.


Get out of a maze

If you want to do something other than sit in the lap of comfort that Caloundra hotels offer, and are not really in the mood to go play in the water, Bellingham Maze might be just the thing for you. It is a man-made maze that incorporates beautiful landscape including waterfalls and tropical rainforests. The main maze is 80m x 80m structure made of over a thousand Lilly Pilly. That is best tackled by adults. There are several mini mazes suitable for kids so that they do not feel left out of the game. Within the maze, you also find metal and wooden puzzles that act as an added challenge to the entire game.


Take a duck tour

Contrary to the name, the duck tour is not about real ducks. The name comes from the vehicle that is used for the tour, an amphibious truck that is dubbed a "duck". It is a fun tour for the entire family, where you will be taken to iconic places on the Sunshine Coast. You are likely to encounter a lot of wildlife on this tour, not to mention aquatic life such as dolphins, turtles, and dugongs.

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