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Parks and nature in Sunshine Coast

Top parks

Coffee Shop
“Whilst up at Noosa Heads take a walk along the track at Noosa National Park. It is a great way to see our coastal beauty. Depending on the season, or time of day, you may see koalas, turtles, whales, and dolphins.”
  • 322 locals recommend
National Park
“A lovely climb first thing in the morning to catch the sun rising and panoramic views over the coast. Take water, a hat and good walking shoes.”
  • 72 locals recommend
Trail
“Easy walk with the kids. Waterfall at the end if you make it that far in. We love to take the kids here to throw rocks. Great place to take some Insta photos too!”
  • 50 locals recommend
National Park
“Little Cove Beach - Boiling Pot Lookout - Tea Tree Bay - Dolphin Point Lookout - Granite Bay - Hell's Gate - Alexandria Bay - Devils Kitchen - Sunshine Beach. This route/walk/hike has to be one of the most stunning and spectacular in Australia and an absolute 'MUST' when visiting this part of the divine Sunshine Coast!”
  • 61 locals recommend
Hotel
“Take a dip in the fresh water at Buderim falls in the Buderim Forest Park. Suitable walkway for people with disabilities. Visit the Buderim Tavern for lunch or coffee and cake afterwards.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Nature Preserve
“This spot is a favourite - the ocean runs into the lake. Great for families, shallow waters and then deeper further around for bigger kids who can jump off rocks or boogie board the tide coming in...sometimes there are sand dunes to slide now into the water too. Cafe and shady areas with a playground. Happy days!!!”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“a beautiful botanic garden fantastic on a hot day, gorgeous sculptures also”
  • 9 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Playground
“As there are two sides to the river it doesn't matter which way the wind is going you will have a protected side for you to enjoy. Such an enjoyable day relaxing, safe for kids and perfect for the paddle boards and fishing. Swan boat hire is located on Bradman Avenue at the foot bridge. Hire bbq boats, small boats, paddle boards, canoes. Next door is the jet ski hire. Swan bites does a great burger as well as fish and chips.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Playground
  • 1 local recommends

Beaches

Beach
“Found at the southern end of Alex Beach, Mooloolaba beach has a patrolled beach, is great for swimming, paddling, and surfing and the esplanade is lined with boutiques, cafés, and restaurants.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Beach
“Great place for an easy meal. Favourite with families as it has a childrens' play area with cctv monitors.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bay
“Tea Tree Bay is a stunning beach in Noosa National Park that’s the perfect getaway spot from the busy crowds at main beach. A short walk through the national park will lead you to this secluded bay. The bay is a popular spot amongst surfers and people looking for a quiet place to enjoy the sun.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Beach
“Local markets (Saturday only) Great food Great bars Great Boutique shopping”
  • 70 locals recommend
Beach
“if you are bringing your pooch along with you, this is a great spot to have him off leash. Enjoy the quiet beach its pretty beautiful down there.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Beach
“Beautiful little cove an easy 5 minute walk around from main beach. Sheltered with small waves perfect for beginners learning to surf or just spend the day lazing in the sun and people watching.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Beach
“Bulcock Street, Caloundra QLD has a range of name brand shops, specialty homeware stores and boutiques. If you're into vintage and op shopping Bulcock street has a number of choices on offer. Just around the corner are some of the best Sunshine Coast parks, playgrounds and beaches - all within about 15 minutes of Glenview.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Beach
“Great local store with a very good selection of necessities as well as a few local surprises. Reasonable prices for a "convenience" store”
  • 6 locals recommend

Trails

Trail
“Easy walk with the kids. Waterfall at the end if you make it that far in. We love to take the kids here to throw rocks. Great place to take some Insta photos too!”
  • 50 locals recommend
Trail
“The coastal walk from Noosa Main Beach to Hells Gate is a must do! It's so beautiful. Keep your eyes peeled for koalas, turtles, echidnas, dolphins and whales (in season). It takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes round trip from Noosa Main Beach. Stop for a dip at Little Cove, Tea Tree Bay or Granite Bay. ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Trail
  • 1 local recommends
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