There are many excellent possibilities for half-day or day trips in the region. Visit the Queensland Holidays website for details of Sunshine Coast towns to visit. The council websites or several of the tourist links on the Links page will provide plenty of ideas. Here I've suggested a few possibilities with a variety of scenery and attractions. I'll no doubt expand on these as I develop the site further. You'll find photos of some of the attractions when I develop a photo gallery. Please e-mail me at quigweb(at)dodo.com.au if you have suggestions. See further details on the Trips Map.
Bribie Island - There are good beaches on both Pumicestone Passage and the ocean side, a National Park, new canal estates and three bowls clubs. Perhaps lunch at Bribie Island Bowls Club or Bongaree Bowls Club or a cruise on Pumicestone Passage.
Australia Zoo on the Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Route. Free coaches to the zoo are also available. Ring the zoo on 07-5436-2000.
Blackall Range Tourist Drive: Landsborough, Maleny, Montville, Flaxton, Mapleton scenic drive. Landsborough Shire's Historical Museum, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and spectacular lookouts over the Glasshouse Mountains, magnificent views of the coastline and the Blackall Ranges, wineries (winery map), arts and crafts and dining, Gardner's Falls, Lake Baroon, Kondalilla Falls (some walking involved) and Mapleton Falls. See the Sunweb site for places to stay and panoramic photos.
Conondale Range drive to Kenilworth. Maleny, Conondale, Kenilworth, Mapleton. Magnificent scenery, old Kenilworth Pub, Kenilworth Cheese Factory. Try the free samples and buy your favourites.
Aussie World and Ettamogah Pub - fun rides, exhibits, shops and the famous comical warped wooden pub based on an Aussie cartoon. From June to November, cross the highway to Strawberry Fields, where you can pick your own strawberries, watch professional pickers in action and buy fresh strawberries. You may also like to visit Opals Down Under, the House of Herbs and the Suncoast Crayfish Farm, all of which are off Glenview Road in the same area.
Tanawha Tourist Drive past Superbee Honey Factory, Bellingham Maze, Forest Glen Sanctuary (deer and Australian wildlife) and 7 Acres Winery (formerly Moonshine Valley Winery). Perhaps visit the young and vibrant University of the Sunshine Coast on the other side of the motorway beforehand.
Nambour Connection Road (Old Bruce Highway) to The Big Pineapple plantation and Macadamia Nut Factory, Buderim Ginger Factory (it used to be at Buderim) and Nutworks tourist attraction and macadamia processing facility at Yandina. Learn about the processes and sample the wares.
David Low Way - past Bli Bli Castle, Nostalgia Town, Sunshine Coast Airport, Twin Waters, beachside suburbs, Mount Coolum, Hyatt Regency, Coolum and other beaches to Noosa. Stop in at points of interest and lookouts along the way.
Noosa /Tewantin - beach and river, renowned Hastings Street shopping centre, Noosa National Park, lookouts. See the koalas in the gum trees and take a walk around the rocky coastline at Noosa National Park at the southern end of Noosa Beach. Don't miss the superb view of Noosa from the lookout at the end of Viewland Drive. Perhaps take a cruise on the river. If you're feeling more athletic, try the lookout at Mount Tinbeerwah. Take Tinbeerwah Road north off the Cooroy-Noosa Road. Spectacular 360o views!
Eumundi Markets - every Saturday from 6:30 am to 2 pm and Wednesday from 8 am to 1:30 pm. Art, crafts, clothing, nicknacks, food, music and more outdoors in the historic town of Eumundi.
Noosa North Shore - 4WD along the beach to the Coloured Sands and the wreck of the Cherry Venture. Cross the Noosa River via the ferry at Moorindil St, Tewantin. Guided tours can also be booked from Noosa.
Noosa River evening cruises. Can be booked at Noosa. A meal is included.
Maroochy River and Pumicestone Passage cruises are also available in daytime from Maroochydore and Bulcock Beach, Caloundra respectively.
A Longer Trip
Gympie, Tin Can Bay, Rainbow Beach - old gold mining town of Gympie, early morning dolphin feeding at Tin Can Bay, Corso Sand Blow at Rainbow Beach. Coloured Sands and the wreck of the Cherry Venture are also accessible along the beach by 4WD from Rainbow Beach or Noosa north shore.
For detailed local directions, see the street directory at the end of the Yellow Pages in the Sunshine Coast Telephone Directory, but do the right thing and please leave them there! Local tourist maps are available throughout the area and on-line from council and tourist websites. Visit the maps on my site and see my Links page first.