Naturally refreshing

Nature abounds

While less than 45 minutes from Queensland’s capital of Brisbane, nature has provided the Sunshine Coast with plentiful options for exciting and unusual team building events and group activities.

Stretching north from the Glass House Mountains, there is an emphasis on outdoor pursuits, and event organisers revel in the variety of recreational, team building and offsite options available.

With nine national parks, the region boasts more than one third of Australia’s bird species, more than 150 rare or endangered species, and unspoilt wetlands, rainforests and coastal heath.

Being enveloped in nature allows for an abundance of nature-based activities. Water pursuits include surfing, sailing, kayaking, jet boating and dinner cruises. For land lovers, there is everything from farm-gate tours, seaside cycling, hinterland hikes and champion golf courses to shopping and day spas.

Waterside parks, al fresco eateries, mountain-top vineyards, botanic amphitheatres and beach “ballrooms” transform into nature-encased off-site venues, each offering a quintessential Queensland experience.

Add to this mix accredited tour companies eager to show delegates some rarely accessed sites, then you’ll see why the Sunshine Coast offers a privileged glimpse into nature’s playground.

Gateway to Fraser Island

The world’s largest sand island, and a World Heritage-listed treasure, is located just north of the Sunshine Coast. Made up of sand that has been accumulating for about 750,000 years, the island has rainforests, eucalyptus woodland, mangrove forests, swamps and mammoth sand dunes. Access from the mainland is via a high-speed catamaran that whisks delegates across the Great Sandy Strait, which is one of the largest breeding grounds for humpback whales in the world. A stunning alternative to access the island is by charter plane, where you can land straight onto one of the islands iridescent white beaches.