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Things to do within a day in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Things to do within a day in Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is a collection of beachside and hinterland towns to the north of Brisbane. This was the second destination we headed to after one day in Brisbane for the #escapers15 social media campaign last year, organised by Accor, Scoot and Tourism Events Queensland. Just the name of the place itself makes me happy. There are lots of things to do in Sunshine Coast if you love the outdoor:

Our first stop in the morning was at Australia Zoo (1638 Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah QLD 4519, Australia), a 100-acre zoo owned by Terri Irwin, the widow of Steve Irwin, whose wildlife documentary series The Crocodile Hunter made the zoo a popular tourist attraction.

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Located an hour north of Brisbane, on Sunshine Coast, Australia Zoo features a team of passionate conservationists working round the clock to deliver an experience like no other.

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Steve and Terri Irwin’s vision has always been to make Australia Zoo the biggest and best wildlife conservation facility in the entire world and I must say, what they have achieved is impressive.

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At the zoo, we enjoyed the Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors Show held in the Crocoseum, while munching on some sandwiches for a quick lunch.

The Crocoseum

The Crocoseum

Waiting for the show to start

Waiting for the show to start

A keeper bringing a petting snake around for the audience

A keeper bringing a petting snake around for the audience

The show started with a small alligator

The show started with a small alligator

A big eagle

A big eagle

Time to bring in the big crocodile

Time to bring in the big crocodile

Yes, it went this close

Yes, it went this close

Making the crocodile jump for it's food

Making the crocodile jump for it’s food

For a moment, the audience were all very worried for this bird before it flew away

For a moment, the audience were all very worried for this bird before it flew away

The highlight at the zoo was when we get to pet and hug some of the zoo’s natives, including a koala bear, a wombat and lots of kangaroos.

My thai friend, Bomb, trying to kiss a gecko

My thai friend, Bomb, trying to kiss a gecko

Wild chicken

Wild chicken

Lizard

Lizard

Old, grumpy-looking kangaroo

Old, grumpy-looking kangaroo

Me feeding a kangaroo

Me feeding a kangaroo

Me feeding Bomb who was feeding a kangaroo

Me feeding Bomb who was feeding a kangaroo

Another friend, Karri from Australia, feeding a kangaroo

Another friend, Karri from Australia, feeding a kangaroo

A macaw

A macaw

Wombat

Wombat

Hungry wombat

Hungry wombat

My friend, Lavender from China, posing with the wombat

My friend, Lavender from China, posing with the wombat

Snake

Snake

A larger snake

A larger snake

I carried the snake

I carried the snake

The highlight - koala bear!

The highlight – koala bear!

Everyone wanted to hug the sleepy koala

Everyone wanted to hug the sleepy koala

After the zoo, we headed to Noosa, Australia’s most popular beach resort and home to the Noosa International Food & Wine Festival. This northern Sunshine Coast town offers beautiful beaches, lush hinterland, a stunning coastal national park, an amazing river, and a cosmopolitan dining scene.

Noosa beach

Noosa beach

We got to meet some the lifeguards on duty at the beach and played some games with them.

The lifeguard's watch tower

The lifeguard’s watch tower

Me with a real lifeguard

Me with a real lifeguard

Two of the lifeguards

Two of the lifeguards

Camera surveillance

Camera surveillance

Rescue craft

Rescue craft

Sun-tanning duo

Sun-tanning duo

Hello!

Hello!

Fake lifeguards

Fake lifeguards

Our tour guide, another fake lifeguard

Our tour guide, another fake lifeguard

Beautiful day

Beautiful day

This was followed by some quick shopping and cafe hopping at Hastings Street, the fashion strip located behind the beachfront, specialising in high-end designs, familiar local labels, signature stores and affordable beachwear, footwear and local creations.

Hastings Street

Hastings Street

Handicraft shop

Handicraft shop

Souvenir shop

Souvenir shop

Making flat whites for us

Making flat whites for us

Toasting to flat whites at the beach

Toasting to flat whites at the beach

Bakery shop

Bakery shop

Next, we hopped aboard for a thrilling ocean jetboat ride with Noosa’s most experienced ocean water sports company, Noosa Thriller, established since 1978. The ride was awesome. Expect to get really wet from all the sharp turns and waves bashing. We spotted a school of dolphins during my ride, which made it all the more worthwhile.

Getting on the jetboat

Getting on the jetboat

Ready to go

Ready to go

A school of dolphins! - Picture by my friend from China, Guan Chao

A school of dolphins! – Picture by my friend from China, Guan Chao

After Noosa, we checked into Novotel Twin Waters Resort for the night. The resort is set around a private beachfront lagoon, amongst 14 hectares of natural bushland and manicured gardens.

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We had dinner by waterfront at the resort, enjoying an awesome outdoor grill buffet featuring seafood, kangaroo steaks and other meat. We were entertained by a performance from a aboriginal group before we tucked in for the night.

Dinner venue

Dinner venue

Getting ready to perform

Getting ready to perform

The dance

The dance

Posing for pictures

Posing for pictures

Group shot

Group shot

The next day morning, we had breakfast at the resort, followed by some watersports. I got to experience a crash course on sailing.

After sailing lesson

After sailing lesson

Me sailing with Guan Chao

Me sailing with Guan Chao

And that’s it for my one day tour of the Sunshine Coast! Next, we moved on to Gold Coast, the last leg of the trip. Stay tuned for updates.

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