The Best 9 Sunshine Coast Day Trips

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Home to a spectacular 45 kilometres of coastline and a picturesque hinterland, the Sunshine Coast offers an abundance of day trip opportunities. As a world-renowned tourist destination boasting sublime sub-tropical conditions, there are sunshine coast day trips for everyone, no matter what time of year you visit.


With an area of over 1600 square kilometres to explore, you will find yourself lost in natural beauty, man-made attractions and the many quaint towns that populate the area. Without further ado, let’s get into the 9 Best Sunshine Coast Day Trips to plan for your next visit.


The Best 9 Sunshine Coast Day Trips


1. Dive a Decommissioned Navy Destroyer


This Sunshine Coast one day trip is ideal for the underwater explorer. Located 2.9 Nautical miles off the coast, Ex-HMAS Brisbane is an easily accessibly dive site all year round. Your friendly and knowledgeable crew will provide you with all the information about the decommissioned guided-missile destroyer and help you get in the water and exploring.


On the Ex-HMAS Brisbane Double Dive, not only will you get to explore the ship, but you will also be able to see the many resident aquatic life that inhabit the area including, turtles, rays, groupers, rays, squid, and snapper. With an easily accessible location and a relatively short dive time, this is one of the day trips from Sunshine Coast destinations for those who want to get out and explore but don’t have an abundance of time.


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2. Relax, Explore and Surf at Double Island Point


What better way to explore one of the most beautiful spots on the sunshine coast than jumping in a 4WD, cruising along the beach, and immersing yourself in the natural playground that is Double Island Point?


Easily missed by tourists, Double Island Point is accessed by a scenic 4WD drive along the beach. Once you arrive, you will be able to surf one of the longest breaks in Australia. Don’t worry; even beginners can ride these waves in the picturesque crystal-clear waters. If surfing isn’t your thing, you can try to spy on the thousands of dolphins and whales that are spotted every year in the Great Sandy Marine Park. This is one of the Sunshine Coast day trips we could not recommend enough. With the Double Island Surf Hire Tour or Play Adventure Noosa (Day Trip), your guides will look after ferry and national park fees and have you there and back in 5-6 hours.


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3. Moreton Island 4WD Eco Explorer Tour


Another great day trip adventure is exploring Moreton Island on a guided 4WD eco-tour. Located just off the southern coast of the Sunshine Coast, you will catch the ferry over with your tour guide and small group for the day. Once you arrive, you will travel by 4WD along the beach up to Moreton Lighthouse lookout, Honeymoon Bay and North Point. Heading back down the coast of the island, you will be able to explore shipwrecks, swim and snorkel in the pristine waters and take hikes around the second largest sand island in the world!


The Moreton Island 4WD Eco Explorer Tour is one of those days trips from Sunshine Coast expert operators that will have you exploring the best of what Southern Queensland has to offer.


4. Explore Tamborine Mountain and Lamington National Park


If you love exploring the outdoors but would rather be inland than by the sea, then this is one of the Sunshine Coast day trips for you. This day trip will have you exploring Tamborine Mountain, Lamington National Park, and O'Reilly's Rainforest Retreat. Breaking out of the city, your small group with travel off-road through eucalyptus forests and spotting koalas. Morning tea at a local mountain manor serving freshly baked scones will have you ready to head into the world’s first canopy treetop walk and feeding wild birds. This all-inclusive, whole-day tour will provide you with a filling BBQ lunch before you head to your final vista, a 300-degree view of the Great Dividing Range and surrounding Queensland landscape. This Sunshine Coast one-day trip lasts for roughly 10 hours, so make sure to clear your schedule.


The Tamborine Mountain, Lamington NP & O’Reilly’s Tour is backed by 30 years of operation and is one of the best full-day trips you can take on the Sunshine Coast.


5. Visit Australia Zoo


Your time on the Sunshine Coast would not be complete without a day trip to Australia Zoo. Your Australia Zoo Day Trip will not only be conveniently from your accommodation but also take you via a scenic lookout in the Glasshouse Mountains on the way to the zoo.


With five hours to spend at the zoo however you like, you can see all the animals you wish. Visit a show at the Crocoseum, hand feed Kangaroos, explore and African Savannah, and learn about animal conservation from the Irwin Family. Once you have finished your time, you will be dropped back to your accommodation to unwind and relax. If you are an animal lover or looking for a family-friendly day trip, then this is one of the Sunshine Coast day trips for you.


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6. Cruise Through the Noosa Everglades


Known as the river of mirrors for its pristine waters, the Noosa Everglades spans 60 kilometres and is one of only two everglade systems in the world. Exploring the tranquillity, wonder and unique wildlife that inhabit this area is a must for any nature lover. There are many ways to explore the system, such as a Half Day Cruise in the Noosa Everglades or on canoes and kayaks. If you are looking the explore the whole system, you can also hire your own motorboat. The Kinaba Information Centre will have all the information about the surrounding landscape to satisfy even the most avid nature lover.


7. Explore Springbrook & Tamborine Rainforest


Looking for Sunshine Coast day trips to explore world heritage rainforests and enjoy quality local produce? Spend the day taking in waterfalls and exploring towering rainforests teeming with life. This comprehensive guided tour will take you through the World Heritage area that is the Springbrook National Park rainforest walk. You will also be treated to a scenic drive through the Numimbah Valley and to Mount Tamborine. Among the rock pools, walking tracks and beautiful scenery, there will also be opportunities to visit a glow worm cave, sample artisan produce and even a winery should you wish.


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8. Explore the Best Wineries in the Sunshine Coast


Although there are many natural wonders to explore in the region, there are also many spectacular wineries in the Sunshine Coast. What better way to spend a Sunshine Coast one day trip than treating yourself to the area’s finest wines and pairing them with beautiful food in a full day winery tour.


All aboard the Vino bus for a whole day trip through the hinterland, exploring guided tastings across five venues. Your knowledgeable guide will pick you up from your accommodation and take you out to Tamborine Mountain in a comfortable air-conditioned bus. Not only will you be taken through guided tastings at each winery, but you will also sit down for a beautiful two-course lunch and have the option to visit breweries and distilleries should you wish. Definitely one of the Sunshine Coast day trips for our food and wine lovers!


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9. Full Day Farm to Table Dining Experience


If spectacular vantage points, sampling local produce, and a scenic coastal picnic sounds like your cup of tea, then we have the Sunshine Coast one-day trip for you. Introducing a whole day Delectable Farm-to-Table Indulgence. This tour will have you travelling to the hinterland and coastal regions of the Sunshine Coast as you explore and sample the best local produce the region has to offer. Your first stop will be a beautiful vantage point in the Glass House mountains before you enjoy a platter of locally grown and produced meats, vegetables, and cheeses. After finishing your first round of food, you will then explore a quaint country town and the fine work of a local chocolatier. For lunch, you will be treated to a trip down to the coast enjoying locally caught seafood (or something else, depending on your preference) and locally paired wine before strolling along the beaches and enjoying one last final stop. A picnic with wine and chocolates picked up throughout the day.


Your guide will also help you get the most out of your day, showcasing the best local produce and showing you why the Sunshine Coast is one of the state’s best regions for farm to table dining experiences. This is arguably one of the most romantic Sunshine Coast day trips, ideal for couples or those who appreciate good quality local produce.


Book Your Sunshine Coast Day Trips Today


No matter what experience you are looking for, there is an abundance of Sunshine Coast day trips for all ages and times of the year within our tours page. Whether it be adventuring up and down world-class coastlines or enjoying sleepy towns and local produce, the day trips from sunshine coast destinations are sure never to disappoint.