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Best Places in Sunshine Coast- The golden oasis of sun and fun!

Just as the name suggests, the Sunshine Coast is a place where you will be able to enjoy the best of Australia's sun, sand and beaches! The urban area situated in South East Queensland is ranked as Australia's 9th largest metropolis with a horde of top attractions for you to explore.

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Mooloolaba beach

Mooloolaba beach

Several stretches of the Sunshine Coast are lined with unbroken beaches perfect for a day out with your family or loved one. One of the most notable of these beaches includes the Mooloolaba beach, which offers excellent beachside playgrounds. The Oaks Seaforth Resort is a holiday accommodation Sunshine Coast you should consider staying in during your vacation as it is conveniently located approximately just 8 minutes away from the Mooloolaba Beach. The esplanade facing Mooloolaba beach is a centre for tourist activity, containing the UnderWater World marine park, as well as many souvenir and clothing shops, bookshops, galleries and restaurants. It's recognized as one of the best beaches to visit not only for its attractions, but also for its clean, white sand that has a choice of surf or calm bays sparkling with warm water. The beach is also popular for being a safe haven of fun as it is patrolled by surf lifesavers, making it one of the safest and most family-friendly surf beaches in Australia.

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Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo

Here's your chance to see some of the most exotic of Australia's wildlife. The Australia Zoo created by the world famous 'Crocodile Hunter', wildlife explorer Steve Irwin. You will be blown away by the array of wildlife attractions setting it apart from the rest of the zoos of the world. As the creator of the zoo is famed for his love for crocodiles, the Crocoseum being the first in the world where snake, bird and crocodile shows were conducted is one of its main attractions. Other notable sections include the African Safari exhibit, Tiger Temple, and Elephantasia- the largest Asian elephant enclosure in Australia.

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Kondalilla National Park

Kondalilla National Park

The Sunshine Coast region is home to more individual national parks than any other region in Queensland. Out of these parks, the Kondalilla National Park is of high importance. The park is located in the scenic Blackall Range a landscape created by volcanoes and sculpted by water over millions of years. The Kondalilla National Park is home to at least 107 species of birds including the Australian brush-turkey, 70 species of reptiles and 32 species of frogs including the endangered southern dayfrog.

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Big Pineapple

Big Pineapple

If you want to have a bit of fun in your sightseeing at the Sunshine Coast, visit the Big Pineapple. The Big Pineapple is a heritage-listed tourist attraction on the Sunshine Coast in South East Queensland, Australia. Standing 16 meters high, it is situated on a 165 hectare site and features two rides: One on a Nut Mobile, the other on a small train that takes passengers on a tour of the plantation and lets them feed the animals such as dingoes and deer!

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The Buderim Ginger Factory

The Buderim Ginger Factory

The Buderim Ginger Factory is one of the Sunshine Coast's largest and most popular tourist attractions as it's a place where you can not only have fun sightseeing but also fill your taste buds with some tasty treats! A working ginger factory established in 1980, it includes rides, tours of the factory, and shops, restaurants and other exhibits for visitors to enjoy. Over the last decade Buderim Ginger has expanded its business to become the world's leading processor and marketer of macadamias since some pieces of raw ginger found their way to Buderim, not long before World War 1.