Nature-based tourism leading the way

As per our ‘Naturally Refreshing’ branding, the Sunshine Coast’s biggest strength is its world-class nature, well regarded from all markets and core to our tourism offering.

Nature-based tourism is leisure travel undertaken largely or solely for the purpose of enjoying natural attractions and engaging in a variety of nature-based activities – from scuba diving and bushwalking to simply going to the beach. It forms a significant component of the Sunshine Coast’s visitor economy, ranking among top travel motivators for visitors to the region.

Cooloola is the word of the local Aboriginal Gubbi Gubbi people, meaning “the sound the wind makes as it whispers through the branches of the trees”. And now, Australia’s newest guided bushwalking experience – the Cooloola Great Walk, is set for launch in April.

A fully-guided trek along the spectacular Cooloola Coast will provide an unforgettable adventure through massive sand-dunes, hidden sub-tropical rainforests and along unspoilt beaches between Noosa and Rainbow Beach.

Renowned small-group trekking specialists, Tropical Treks, will offer the new Great Cooloola Walk guided trek on a fortnightly basis starting from Sunday 22 April to Sunday, 23 September 2018.

The 88km, 5-day/4-night, fully-guided, self-sufficient trek, links the Noosa Northshore to Rainbow Beach via the 500,000 year old Cooloola Sandmass and its unique dune, water, and vegetation systems.

Experienced Tropical Treks guides will lead the tours highlighting the many rare and native animals inhabiting the Sandmass, including Ground Parrots, Feathertailed Gliders, Koalas and Wallabies, along with rich flora and myriad wildflowers. Humpback whales can also be seen as they migrate up the coast during the winter months.

Groups are limited to six and the package includes all camping equipment, meals and drinks along the trek. Nightly accommodation is in four walkers’ camps, which offer tranquil camping experiences with toilets and freshwater.

For further information contact Visit Sunshine Coast member, Tropical Treks.

Simon Latchford is the CEO of Visit Sunshine Coast.