6 of the best day trips from Noosa

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Noosa provides a choice of entertainment and stunning locations to explore all within close proximity of each other. Once you have exhausted the many options, consider these day trips from Noosa. The region unlocks a passageway to unspoilt, natural beauty. Its lush greenery and white sandy beaches make it a true paradise to plan your getaway. The further you explore, the more you will realise that the region does not fall short of incredible.

1. Mooloolaba

A 45-minute drive south will take you to Mooloolaba, one of the Sunshine Coast’s most scenic and liveable towns. Home to one of Australia’s top ten dive sites. Take a day trip or stay the night to make the most of this underwater paradise. The ex-HMS Brisbane sits off the coast of Mooloolaba and welcomes various colourful marine life. Apart from diving, for a family adventure, visit one of the many stunning beaches, restaurants, cafes or entertainment options like Sea Life Aquarium for a memorable day trip.

Mooloolaba Beach
Mooloolaba Beach by Tanya Dedyukhina, CC BY 3.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

2. Maleny and Montville

Maleny and Montville bring a charming, old-fashioned romantic feel and are a wonderful escape to the countryside. The 45-minute drive from Noosa will take you through the scenic, lush hinterland. Arrive hungry to enjoy a gourmet lunch at one of the many cafes showcasing some of the best local produce, with local dairy, fudge and wine to try too. The selection of gorgeous and unique stores will leave you wandering through these two little picturesque towns for hours. After you have explored the towns, visit the wineries surrounding the region to try some of the local varieties, or stop by Kondalilla Waterfalls for a refreshing swim in the cascading freshwater pools.

The quaint, popular town of Montville on a sunny winter's day in sunshine coast hinterlands
The quaint, popular town of Montville on a sunny winter’s day

3. Amaze World

Amaze World, sits in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, is a whimsical wonderland perfect for family day trips from Noosa. Originating in 1993 with a charming hedge maze, it has evolved under the Cheshire family’s ownership into a vibrant attraction featuring intricate puzzles, playful characters like Mazey the forest trickster, and serene natural settings. Visitors can enjoy seasonal events, eco-friendly practices, and activities for all ages, from playgrounds and water play areas to brain-bending mazes and a future mini-golf course. With delightful experiences and memorable adventures, Amaze World promises a day full of laughter and exploration.

Amaze world windmill sunshine coasrt
Amaze World – Day Trips from Noosa

4. Australia Zoo

To truly immerse yourself in an unforgettable Australian adventure, a visit to Australia Zoo is an absolute must. Prepare to be captivated as you spend your day witnessing an array of captivating shows and engaging educational talks, all designed to enlighten you about the fascinating world of Australia’s native wildlife. From the exhilarating opportunity to hand-feed kangaroos to the heartwarming experience of cuddling koalas, you’ll have the chance to connect with these magnificent creatures intimately. And let’s not forget the thrilling crocodile shows that will keep you on the edge of your seat, providing entertainment and valuable insights into these incredible reptiles. Australia Zoo promises an iconic experience that combines entertainment, education, and a deep appreciation for the natural wonders of this extraordinary country.

A giraffe and a zebra with a boy pointing at them at Australia zoo
Australia Zoo

5. Bunya Mountains

If you are looking to get a real insight of the Sunshine Coast’s lush nature and green surroundings, visit Bunya Mountains. Made up of all kinds of natural wonders, from waterfalls to rainforests and rock pools, it is well worth the three-hour drive. This national park is the second oldest in Queensland, home to the beautiful Bunya pines. The many walking tracks will take you past dramatic cliffs and gorgeous scenery, with the Barker Track and Scenic Circuit being two favourites for visitors.

Tatters:) on Flickr, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

6. Fraser Island

Fraser Island is a tropical paradise worth adding to your travel list. Home to sun-bleached sand and crystal blue water, it is the world’s largest sandbar. The island is not only packed with incredible beaches but also lush rainforests and rivers, making it the perfect place to explore and fill your camera roll. Fraser Island is home to an array of wildlife, including turtles, dolphins, whales and even dingos. Take a four-wheel drive and discover the island of your own accord, with camping sites or luxury accommodation options available.

Boat turning in ocean at Fraser Island
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You’ll be spoilt for choice for day trips exploring the Sunshine Coast. Discover Mooloolaba’s scenic beauty and dive sites, Maleny and Montville’s charming cafes and shops, and Amaze World’s family-friendly fun. Enjoy wildlife shows at Australia Zoo, lush trails in the Bunya Mountains, and Fraser Island’s stunning beaches and rainforests. What are you waiting for???