Top 5 Day Trips From Noosa


Holidaying in Noosa opens the door to the some of the most stunning destinations on the Sunshine Coast. We’ve put together our list of the top 5 day trips you can easily take from Noosa so get ready to pack up the car or hop on the next ferry and head off!

Fraser Island

Stretching over 123 kilometres in length and just 22 kilometres at its widest point, Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world! Just a short hour and a half drive to Inskip Point and then 10 minutes on the Manta Ray Fraser Island barge, you’ll arrive to find soft sandy beaches and crystal-clear water. Tours of the island operate daily but you’re also free to explore on your own. Whether you’re after a day of 4WD-ing along the sand, whale watching in Hervey Bay or simply sitting back and relaxing on the famous 75-mile beach, a day in Fraser Island will not be forgotten.


1: 75-Mile Beach, Fraser Island. Source: Instagram.


Just a quick 1 hour drive from Noosa, this unique rural community is perched high above the Sunshine Coast with amazing views of the Glasshouse Mountains. Locals say the rolling green hills, deep pockets of rain forest and spectacular views in all directions cast a spell over Maleny. Eat your way through the town, indulging in their delicious local cheese and ice-cream. With an abundance of little cafes and eateries dotted throughout the town, you’ll find it hard to choose just one!

Maleny Dairies is one of our personal favourites, a great spot for the kids to learn about where diary products come from, taste test some of their famous products and have a cuddle of some cute calf!

After you’ll stuffed yourself with yummy treats, stop off at Kondalilla Waterfall. You’ll be wowed by the beauty of this hidden gem and don’t forget to bring your bathers for a refreshing dip in the warm water.


2: Kondalilla Falls. Source: Sunshine Coast Daily.

Noosa Everglades

More affectionately known as the “River of Mirrors”, the Noosa Everglades are Australia’s only everglades – and one of just two in the world. It offers the opportunity to explore a 60km-long wonderland of meandering riverway, lush rainforest and abundant wildlife.

Experience breathtaking beauty and tranquillity as you explore with guided and self-guided kayak tours, on a guided boat tour, in your own boat or on foot.

Keep an eye out for local wildlife, you’ll spot anything from dugong, turtles, koalas and kangaroos as well as a wealth of local bird species.

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3: Noosa Everglades: Trail Finders.

Australia Zoo

Visit the home of the Steve Irwin, or more famously known as The Crocodile Hunter! Hop in the car and head down the highway for 1 hour and you’ll arrive at Australia Zoo. Get up close and personal with an array of Australian animals, watch them feeding and learn more about them in series of daily talks – with an endless array of activities for all ages, your day here will fly by.

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4: Australia Zoo Entrance Source: Australia Zoo.

Rainbow Beach

You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to beautiful beaches in Queensland but it’s hard to go past the iconic Rainbow Beach. About an hours drive north from Noosa, you’ll find the bright white sand and array of colours this coastal gem exhibits. Explore the clear waters by kayak or snorkelling, speed up and down the sand in a 4WD or wander through the coastal town, experiencing their great produce and local art.


5: Rainbow Beach. Source: Fraser Tours.


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