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6 Best Places to Visit at Sunshine Coast- What is not to like about the Sun, the beach and some shade?

Whether what you are after is sparkling beaches, electrifying adventure, delectable cuisine or some over-the-top shopping experience, running out of choices in this haven is just out of the question! Read on to find out our best recommendations for your visit to the Sunshine Coast.


Swim with Humpback Whales

How would you like to take a casual swim by the side of a whale in the Pacific Ocean, no big deal? These tours are ever so famous for letting the curious travellers get up-and-close with one of the gentlest sea creatures in the world. The boats get as close as possible to the humpbacks but also makes sure that no harm could come to them by any means such as from the boat propellers. It is not always, but given that certain conditions are met, you will be allowed in the water to float alongside these playful creatures, of course, the whole while securely attached to the boat by a rope.


Ride a horse down the Noosa North Shore

Sure, walking down the beach is fun too, but considering you are on vacation, how about we get a little 'extra' and go for a horseback ride along the stunning Noosa shore? Take in the fresh zing of the salty beach breeze and let your hair catch some air whilst you take in some soul-touching views strutting gently down the bush-fringed North Shore. Despite whether you are an experienced rider or a shaky nervous first-timer, you need not fear as the tours can be customized to your needs.


Maroochydore Beach

Put together some fishing, barbecues and some good old beers in the mix and you got yourselves a brilliant yet classic Australian favourite! The Maroochydore beach is a one-off location that allows you to do all three together, only you will be sailing away in the sea on a motorised pontoon, known locally as a BBQ boat. We have to say, it is such a thoughtful invention considering that it comes built with a picnic table, water on tap, a barbecue and last but not least, an onboard toilet as well! If you are staying at any Alexandra Headlands hotel, for instance, the likes of Oaks Seaforth Resort, feel free to check in with the friendly staff for any information that you may require on this front.


Noosa National Park

Let's just say call the Noosa National Park as the place where the next few of your most likeable Instagram pictures are simply lying in wait to happen! One would say it's a hearty slice of heaven with its amicable coastal scenery, lavish rainforest, and flourishing wildlife, and we could not agree more! Noosa National Park is one of Australia's oldest and most visited National Parks and is famous for its spectacular views, pristine beaches just next door and rather gentle waters. You could opt for a hike along one of the 5 set trials which could take up anywhere between a half-hour to a whole day!


The Great Beach Drive

This is easily one of the world's longest beach drives and features some irresistible stretches of sand, National Parks and World Heritage-listed sites. It is quite a demanding 4WD drive and connects Noosa and towns such as Hervey Bay and Maryborough with the Fraser Island, which happens to be the world's largest sand island.


Main Beach Noosa

Dare we say that Main Beach Noosa is one of the most photographed beaches in the whole of Queensland and is a fact that comes with no element of surprise considering its stunner views and gentle waters and most of all its inviting ambience for anyone to come right on in for a quick dip that will simply refresh your senses! The fact that it is hugged by the Noosa National Park just on the other side makes it doubly interesting considering how you can easily split your day in half for some Vitamin Sea complemented by a soothing nature walk!