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Sunshine Coast: Hinterland Tour with Snacks and Drinks

1. Sunshine Coast: Hinterland Tour with Snacks and Drinks

Start the day with pickup from your accommodation in Noosa, Mooloolaba, or Alexandra Headland and head straight to the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve. Immerse yourself in 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest and admire epic views of the Glass House Mountains. From here, visit Maleny, a small but charming town bursting with character and friendly locals. Next, arrive at Gardners Falls, a local favorite that boasts breathtaking vistas. Enjoy a refreshing dip under a glistening waterfall and soak up the beauty of nature. After your swim, stop at Gerrards Lookout where you can marvel at yet more epic Hinterland landscapes. Continue the tour to Montville, arguably the jewel of the Sunshine Coast’s Hinterland. Spend some time exploring this picturesque location, then enjoy a break for lunch. After lunch, visit Mapleton Falls National Park for an epic rainforest walk to an impressive 120-meter high waterfall. At the end of an unforgettable adventure, begin the return journey to your accommodation.

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Rainbow Beach Drive 4WD Tour from Noosa to Mooloolaba

2. Rainbow Beach Drive 4WD Tour from Noosa to Mooloolaba

Benefit from pickup at your accommodation, if located between Mooloolaba and Noosa, and then set off on a 6-hour off-road adventure to get stunning views of the golden the sands. Drive across a pristine stretch of white sand with stunning headland views all the way from Noosa to Double Island Point. Stop to admire the scenery of Great Sandy National Park, and take in the impressive views from the Double Island Point Lighthouse. Keep a look out for turtles, sharks, manta rays, and pods of dolphins in their natural environment, along with majestic humpback whales between June and October. Get exclusive access to the lighthouse to discover parts of the popular spot you might otherwise miss. Take photos of the dramatic Red Canyon and Coloured Sands, and watch a demonstration of the traditional techniques of the Aborigines. Go to a scenic picnic spot in Great Sandy National Park, where friendly Lace Monitor Lizards may join you for a selfie. Cool off with a dip in the ocean before the return trip to your accommodation.

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Sunshine Coast: Rainforest, Views, and Montville Day Tour

3. Sunshine Coast: Rainforest, Views, and Montville Day Tour

Today is a day for nature with a Sunshine Coast Hinterland day tour, including spectacular views, local delicacies, and plenty of photo opportunities from three different panoramic lookouts Begin your experience with pickup from Mooloolaba in the early morning, or from Noosa and Noosaville 45 minutes later from your accommodation (depending on where you are staying). First, visit an Australian company recognized for quality and innovation: Nutworks. Nutworks is a proud supplier of macadamia nuts in the shell, kernels, flavored nut products, and sweets. Across the road is another major attraction — the Buderim Ginger Factory. Here you can take a tour of the factory or ride the steam train through the rainforest gardens (additional cost) and sample unique ginger-based products. You will then arrive in Montville where you will spend an hour checking out the quirky and delightful shops and boutiques, enjoying this picture-perfect postcard village and its mountain air. Following Montville, it will be time to get back on the minibus and check out the awesome panoramic views from Gerrard’s Lookout. It will then be time for lunch at The Edge Restaurant, where you will enjoy a delicious 2-course meal with panoramic views. After lunch, take a short drive across the Blackall Range to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, a bush-walkers paradise set on 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the stunning Glass House Mountains. In the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, enjoy the opportunity to walk 1.7 kilometers (about 1 mile) through the pristine rainforest, learning about the unique flora and fauna present there. At the conclusion of your tour, you’ll be dropped back to your accommodation in the late afternoon in time for a rest before dinner.

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Sunshine Coast and Noosa: Private Full-Day Tour

4. Sunshine Coast and Noosa: Private Full-Day Tour

Enjoy a fantastic full-day private tour of the Sunshine Coast. Avoid the hassle of traveling with a large tour group and enjoy the peace and serenity of exploring with close family or friends. Take complete control of your itinerary — decide what to do on the day or let your experienced tour guide/driver create a full itinerary for you based on your preferences. Here are some suggested itineraries you may choose from: Sunshine Coast Hinterland Enjoy a 1.7-kilometer walk through the rainforest, visit Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World, enjoy lunch on the lakefront, go shopping in Montville, and visit the Ginger Factory and Nutworks. Noosa National Parks Enjoy a serene walk along the coast, take in panoramic views from Mount Tinbeerwah lookout, visit Noosa Botanic Gardens and the Ginger Factory and Nutworks, with a stop for lunch in a brewery. Wildlife and Rainforest See koala bears and kangaroos in Australia Zoo, enjoy breathtaking views of the Glasshouse Mountains from a scenic lookout, go shopping in Montville and walk through Mary Cairncross Rainforest. Markets and Gardens Shop for souvenirs at Eumundi Markets and visit the Nutworks and Ginger Factory. Stop for lunch at Flaxton Gardens before doing some retail therapy in Montville and enjoying afternoon tea at Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World. Gympie Region Shop for souvenirs at Eumundi Markets, visit Gympie Historical Museum, have lunch in a historic train station and visit a vineyard or brewery in Dingo Creek.

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What people are saying about Mooloolaba

Brilliant day out

I, my husband and son, went on the Great Beach Drives 4WD Tour to Rainbow Beach (not Mooloolaba). We were picked from our apartment by Craig, our driver and guide for the day, along with another couple. Craig was very friendly and really informative about the area, the history and the wildlife. We drove up 40 mile beach to a picnic spot for morning tea and cake, then on to Double Island Point and the lighthouse, where we were lucky enough to see Humpback Whales, Dolphins, Turtles and Rays. We drove back down to the beach for a swim, and then over to Rainbow Beach for lunch and a stroll along the beach. Craig explained how Rainbow Beach got it's name (I'll not spoil the surprise) and then we headed back along the beach to Noosa. This is a brilliant, great value for money, day out. Craig was a great guide and I especially appreciated how he engaged with our son (he'll know what I mean). Would definitely recommend this trip.

Crikey - another Australian icon discovered - Greg!

Such a glorious adventure. Greg shared so much history of the area. The day from start to finish is jam packed with fun and adventure. Greg’s happy demeanour and great communication skills translates the local info perfectly. Truely had such an amazing day. It is a must do,highly recommend.

The trip was unique. You have enough time to look at everything in peace and to bathe. You are not all alone, but the beach is anything but crowded. At lunch there was no other car in sight. Our guide explained everything great.

Our guide Craig gave us an unforgettable experience with this tour. This uniqueness of the Rainbowbeach must remain protected. The color of the bathroom is just AMAZING

Very knowledgeable guide. Had a great day. Highly recommended. Very comfortable vehicle