So, you’ve seen the Sunshine Coast’s breathtaking beauty and heard our natural symphony of sounds on film. But did you know there’s another story behind the making of Sunshine Moments, for real? In keeping with the Sunshine Coast’s sustainability credentials, we’ve we harnessed the power of our destination’s namesake – sunshine. Learn more about it with our Behind-the-scenes film here.
Want to discover which locations exactly, the destination film was shot? Strap in friends, let us play tour guide and show you the nine locations where Sunshine Moments was (and are!) made. You can also download our Where Sunshine Moments Are Made map and guide below, to help you plan your Sunshine Moments itinerary later.
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1. Mount Ngungun
Set amongst the Glass House Mountains National Park, you’ll find Mount Ngungun – one of the Park’s craggy peaks that was formed by volcanic activity some 25 million years ago. The 2.8 kilometre walking track to the summit of the mountain offers hikers splendorous views of Mount Beerwah, Mount Coonowrin and Mount Tibrogargan. The walk is managed by Queensland Park and Wildlife Service. Visit www.des.qld.gov.au for park information and safety guidelines before you set out.
If hiking in nature is your thing: check out the Sunshine Coast Hinterland Great Walk.
2. Gardners Falls
You’ve just found the perfect spot for couples or families seeking to reconnect with nature. Drive to the banks of the Obi Obi Creek and take a short, level walk downstream to the falls. There are several shallow rock pools which are ideal for smaller children to splash about! Tip: bring a picnic and listen to the sounds of running water and trees rustling in the rainforest for the ultimate alfresco dining experience.
If you’re a fan of waterfalls: then you’ll probably relish a visit to of our many cascading natural wonders, such as Buderim Forest Waterfall.
3. Hinterland Drive
With lush green rolling hills, towering rainforests, quaint villages and stunning lookouts, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is the perfect place for a scenic drive. Arguably, the Blackall Range Tourist Drive is the cream of the crop! The road takes you through a number of quaint little townships nestled up in the mountains, enjoying phenomenal views of the valleys below and the coast off in the distance.
Local’s tip: Ensure you take some spare change for the fresh produce you’ll find at farm gates along the drive.
4. Kings Beach
Caloundra is the Sunshine Coast’s southern belle, with Kings Beach offering plenty of fun for families both above and below the waterline. Enjoy cooling off at Kings Beach Water Fountain and Playground, take a dip in Kings Beach Beachfront Saltwater Ocean Pool or go for a surf in the big blue between the surf lifesaving flags.
5. Mooloolaba Foreshore Reserve
It comes as no surprise that Mooloolaba is one of Australia’s favourite beaches. With Mooloolaba Foreshore Reserve’s new beachfront parklands and family facilities, there’s plenty more reasons to love this slice of Sunshine Coast paradise. Soak up the sunshine at Mooloolaba Beach, stroll along the Mooloolaba Esplanade or dine at one of many waterfront restaurants.
While you’re there: Participate in Mooloolaba’s array of water-based activities and grab a bite to eat at The Wharf.
6. Craft Breweries
On the Sunshine Coast, we take our craft beer pretty seriously. From beachside brewers to hinterland hops, visiting our breweries will take you on a journey where every hour feels like happy hour! Sip our liquid sunshine at Ten Toes Brewery in Maroochydore for laid back coastal vibes.
7. Mudjimba Beach
Surfers at Mudjimba
There’s just something special about Mudjimba Beach. Gentle rolling waves, a patrolled beach, an iconic island, generous parklands, and a kids’ playground. Not to mention the cute cafes, restaurants and a fish and chippery. If effortless days with the family by the beach is your jam, then you’re home baby.
Immerse yourself here too: Here’s a little secret – the Sunshine Coast is home to over 100km of pristine coastline. From Rainbow Beach in the north to Kings Beach in the south, you can’t go wrong!
8. Noosa North Shore
Set on the northern side of the Noosa River and just a stone’s throw from Noosa Heads, Noosa North Shore is a stunning wilderness with plenty of outdoor activities on offer, including horse riding on the beach with Equathon! If exploring miles of unspoiled beaches and bushland is more your thing, then jump aboard a four-wheel drive tour with Epic Ocean Adventures or Great Beach Drive 4WD Tours to explore this vast landscape on wheels.
Further north from here: you’ll find the gorgeous coastal town of Rainbow Beach. Sink your feet into the golden sand of the beach and explore the rainbow hues of the seaside beach cliffs on foot or by horseback with Rainbow Beach Horse Rides.
9. Noosa Everglades
A spectacular network of pristine waterways and tea tree forests, Noosa Everglades offers an opportunity like no other to unplug from the modern world and reconnect with nature. Nicknamed the ‘river of mirrors’ for its clear and calm waters, you can explore the everglades by eco cruise, kayak or canoe. For those who’d like to linger a little longer, there’s a number of camping options around Lake Cootharaba.
Did you know? The Noosa Everglades are one of only two everglade systems in the world.
Good for you, good for the planet
The Sunshine Coast is the only place in Australia where three UNESCO Biospheres sit side-by-side. Think that’s pretty special? So do we, and that’s why we’re committed to supporting the sustainability of the destination.
On a holiday here you can do the same, getting back to nature with an eco-tour across our sparkling waters, treading lightly though our leafy backyard and sleeping soundly in accommodation where sustainability is a way of life. And the best part is it’s not just good for the planet, but good for your soul.
Acknowledgement of country
Visit Sunshine Coast acknowledges the Sunshine Coast Country, home of the Kabi Kabi peoples and the Jinibara peoples, the Traditional Custodians, whose lands and waters we all now share. We wish to pay respect to their Elders – past, present and emerging, and acknowledge the important role First Nations people continue to play within the Sunshine Coast community.