5 days in Sunshine Coast Itinerary

5 days in Sunshine Coast Itinerary

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Noosa
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Maleny
— 2 nights
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Noosa

— 2 nights
Known for its "green" development and north-facing beach, Noosa is a natural getaway.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Noosa: Mooloolaba (Mooloolaba Beach & Boat Tours & Water Sports) and BLAST Aqua Park Coolum (in Coolum Beach). Spend the 9th (Thu) exploring nature at Noosa National Park. There's still lots to do: kick back and relax at Noosa Main Beach, center your mind and body at Genuine Thai Massage & Beauty, and wander the streets of Hastings Street.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Noosa visit planning tool.

Brisbane to Noosa is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Maleny.

Things to do in Noosa

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Beaches

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Maleny

— 2 nights
A large influx of people searching for a cooperative lifestyle migrate to Maleny every year.
On the 11th (Sat), experience rural life at Maleny Dairies, admire the natural beauty at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Kondalilla Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and then meet the residents at Australia Zoo.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Maleny vacation maker.

You can drive from Noosa to Maleny in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. In December in Maleny, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 23°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Maleny

Parks · Zoos & Aquariums · Outdoors · Trails

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Sunshine Coast travel guide

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Beaches · Zoos · Gardens
Beaches, sun-drenched streets, and a relaxed ambience are the defining elements of Sunshine Coast, a region just north of Brisbane. Having grown rapidly in the 1960s and 1970s, Sunshine Coast became a popular destination for surfers in particular and has now grown into a well-managed city focused on "green" economic development.