Take a stroll at Mary Cairncross
Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve comprises 55 hectares of subtropical rainforest overlooking the Glass House Mountains National Park. A remnant of the rainforests that once covered the Blackall Range, the reserve is a living museum of diverse plant and animal life, which will delight with its tranquillity and beauty. Check out the interactive information centre and set off on a journey to see how many pademelons and other fauna you can find.
Paddle the Everglades
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The Noosa Everglades is unlike anything else in the region. If you haven’t yet explored this amazing ecosystem, this is the perfect chance to seize the day and take a paddle through the magical everglades. To extend the adventure, this is an idyllic spot in which to go camping. But remember to book your permit through National Parks before you head off.
Try your hand at snorkelling
Raper Shoal is about 500 metres off Currimundi Beach and is well known to the local fishing enthusiasts. But you may not know, it is also a great place to go snorkelling. The large rocky formation is surrounded by plenty of sand and is covered in some great coral with plenty of creatures to meet around the edges of the drop-off.
Check out local art
The Sunshine Coast Art Gallery Trail makes it easy for lovers of the creative arts to tap into the best galleries, studios and exhibitions on offer throughout the region. Spend a day taking in all the art you can, or spread your journey of discovery out over a few days to savour every beautiful piece you see. The trail website, sunshine coastartgallerytrail.com.au, has everything you need to plan your trip, with opening hours and addresses for all of the listed venues.
Head to the falls
Throw some drinks and snacks into a backpack and head out to Wappa Falls for a picnic with a difference. Sit beside (or in) one of the gorgeous rock pools and enjoy Mother Nature at her best. Wappa Falls is just moments from Yandina and also offers a beautiful open area with lots of shade where you spot native wildlife.