Arriving at the Sunshine Coast Airport, collect a hire car and head towards at the Buderim Ginger Factory in Yandina, enjoying the delicious ginger flavours of this locally grown produce which is used in a huge variety of tasty treats.
Heading west, arrive at the Sunshine Coast Hinterland and take time to stop at Kondalilla Falls National Park. The falls (named after an Aboriginal word meaning “rushing waters”) drop 90m through dense subtropical rainforest - an area that is home to over 100 different species of birds.
Next stop is the Maleny Botanic Gardens and Bird World, situated on 110 acres, they are surrounded by magnificent rainforest with spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains. The pathways also take you on an enchanting journey up to the majestic lookout and into the pristine rainforest.
Spend the night at one of the many fantastic Bed and Breakfasts you will find here.
Buderim Ginger Factory
Maleny Botanical Gardens and Bird World
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Drive back down the range to Caloundra and enjoy some of the many activities available in the Pumicestone Passage before heading up the coast to Buderim Forest Park to see the waterfalls.
Next stop is Mount Coolum, the world’s second largest rock, where the fitter and more adventurous can attempt the 1 hour walk to the summit for spectacular 360 degree views.
Sleep with the sound of the surf at one of Coolum Beach’s seaside accommodation choices.
Pumicestone Passage - Caloundra
Buderim Rainforest Walk
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Driving north about eight kilometres, you enter the Noosa Biosphere Reserve, which is made up of 150,000 hectares of land and sea. Hop onto a Noosa Biosphere Cruise to explore this place of high biodiversity. More than 626 vertebrate fauna species have been recorded here. There are 13 types of vegetation, including rain forest, heathlands, eucalypt forest, melaleuca wetlands, sand dunes and mangroves.
Tonight you can enjoy views of the beautiful Noosa River as you enjoy a twilight walk along the foreshore.
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Heading north, enter the Fraser Coast region and the start of the Great Sandy Biosphere - 1.2 million hectares of outstanding natural beauty and diversity, including World Heritage-listed Fraser Island and RAMSAR listed Great Sandy Strait .
Spot rare shorebirds, dolphins, dugong and turtles off the shore at one of Great Sandy Strait’s charming seaside villages such as Poona and Tinnanbar. Discover sailing conditions and stunning scenery to rival the Whitsundays and sheltered bays, sand flats, beaches and mangrove-lined creeks that are perfect for fishing.
Next stop, explore the historic Mary River at Petrie Park at Tiaro home the rare Mary River Turtle and ancient lungfish. Continue to Hervey Bay, where white sandy beaches and sheltered waterways create perfect conditions for year round swimming, fishing, diving, windsurfing, kayaking and sailing.
Be one of the few to see the untouched and remote western side of Fraser Island with a tour to the hidden natural treasures of the World Heritage icon.
Experience the Island while bush walking, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking and swimming and see wildlife such as dolphins, dingos, turtles and sea eagles.
Fraser Island Dingo
Fishing - Fraser Island
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