We've put together five must do places every nature lover must visit when exploring the Sunshine Coast.
Escape to the countryside in the Mary Valley. This idyllic valley is dotted with villages that have a welcoming community spirit and are ideal for a technology break. Make a weekend of the experience and stay at Amamoor Lodge. Nestled between magnificent mountain ranges and 50 acres of stunning Australian bush, this local gem boasts breathtaking sunsets and phenomenal stargazing, as well as plenty of outdoor adventure. Explore the Amamoor State Forest parks, go for a swim in the lagoon style pool, relax in the spa, or go for a stroll to the waterhole through the rainforest and say hello to the local wildlife. Head to Imbil to stroll the historic Timber Cutters' Walk that weaves between age-old jacaranda trees right down to Yabba Creek, or hire a kayak from Ride on Mary and explore the tributaries that make up the magnificent river giving the region its name.
Mary Valley Country
Conondale National Park
Forming the heart of unspoilt mountain scenery, Conondale National Park creates a picturesque overnight trip to explore the magnificent forests, deep gorges, and spectacular views. A great location to bring the whole family, offering picnic areas, campsites and plenty of walking tracks for beginner’s all the way to advanced hikers. For those who want a 4WD adventure, we recommend the scenic drive starting on Booloumba Creek Road, just make sure you leave yourself enough time for picnics and bushwalks along the way. You can also bring along your mountain bike or go for a horse adventure along the vehicle tracks.
Booloumba Falls. Photo: Elin Power.
Currimundi Lake (Kathleen McArthur) Regional Park
Currimundi Lake Regional Park is a natural gem. A great location to immerse yourself in nature and perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, swimming and even fishing, there is something for everyone. If you are looking to hire beach gear contact Kitethrills for a range of choice. Enjoy a stroll along the short walking tracks and take in the local flora and fauna or walk to Currimundi Beach for some epic surf, which is patrolled by lifesavers on weekends and school holidays.
Baroon Pocket Dam (Lake Baroon)
Tucked away between Montville and Maleny, Baroon Pocket Dam is a hidden treasure perfect for day trips and natural getaways. With picnic tables, free BBQs and kids' playgrounds, it becomes an easy choice for your next catch up with family and friends. The dam's calm waters are perfect for swimming and kayaking, or you can test your fishing skills and try and catch an Australian Bass. Keep an eye out for koalas and kangaroos whilst exploring the bushwalks, and hike to Baroon Lookout, taking in the gorgeous views of the Obi Obi Gorge and Baroon Pocket Dam.
Baroon Pocket Dam
Happy Valley, Caloundra
Happy Valley is a wonderful little beach hidden away from the hustle and bustle between Bulcock Beach and Clarke Place Park. Lie on the sand and soak up the sun or have a picnic or BBQ in the park that runs the length of the beach. For those after some high thrill adventure, bring along your kite or windsurf baord for some action-packed fun. Don't have your own gear? Not a problem, just hire from a local operator. Remember to pack the cricket set, frisbee, and football and enjoy a day of outdoor activity and family fun!
Happy Valley, Caloundra