5 of the best day trips from Noosa

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

Mooloolaba

A 45-minute drive south will take you to Mooloolaba, which is 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 an array of 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.

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 for hours through these two little picturesque towns. 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.

Australia Zoo 

For an iconic Australian experience, a trip to Australia Zoo is in order. Throughout the day, you can watch the many shows and educational talks on offer, to learn about Australia's native wildlife. Hand-feed kangaroos or cuddle koalas to see these beautiful creatures up close. With crocodile shows to keep you intrigued all while learning about these amazing reptiles.

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 rainforest and rock pools; it is well worth the three-hour drive. This national park is the second oldest in Queensland and is home to the beautiful Bunya pines throughout. 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.

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 not only is packed with incredible beaches but also lush rainforest 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 at your own accord, with camping sites or luxury accommodation options available.