Best free things to do on the Sunshine Coast

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Explore Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park has the best of both worlds: beautiful hiking trails and stunning beaches. Walk the entire Coastal Track from Hastings Street and you will be rewarded with numerous hidden bays and glistening pockets of sand where you can lay out your towel and escape for a day. Head inland and you’ll wind through a fairly diverse range of bush and rainforest, particularly on the Tanglewood track. You can even hike from Noosa Main Beach to Sunshine Beach via the Park if you’re feeling particularly lively.

 

Take a scenic drive in the hinterland

Hinterland road, Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast hinterland offers up one of the best scenic drives on the coast. With its rolling hills, charming towns, and lovely parks to explore, there’s plenty to keep you occupied for a day – more if you have the time. Be sure to stop in at Montville or Maleny – or even both! – to wander the charming streets and potter around the stores.

Stroll around the Eumundi Markets

The world famous Eumundi Markets have to be one of the best markets around where you can simply stroll through the stalls and just take in the plethora of arts, crafts, food, and clothing on offer. It’s easy to take pleasure in just ‘window’ shopping here. You’ll be amazed at the diverse range of offerings and the quality of goods on offer.

Delve into rainforest at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve

Queensland rainforest

Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve is like a breath of fresh air when it comes to escaping the everyday stresses of modern-day life. It’s easy to lose yourself in the immense beauty of the rainforest here. There are a number of walks and hikes you can do to get amongst it all, and even a number of freshwater pools to take a quick dip. The view of the glorious Glasshouse Mountains from the park isn’t too shabby either!

Climb Mount Coolum

Mount Coolum View

If you’re feeling energetic, a climb to the top of Mount Coolum awards fantastic views of the coastline and beyond. The steep stair-master inspired hike takes about 45 mins and sure does get the blood pumping. The good news is there’s ample room to sit and marvel at the view and recover before your descent.

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