sunshine coast nature experiences
For lovers of the great outdoors, the sunshine coast offers a plethora of opportunities to connect with nature.
here is Seamark on First’s list of local highlights.
Look beneath the surface
Just a short boat ride off Mooloolaba lies Mudjimba Island – an impressive Sunshine Coast landmark offering impressive sites for snorkelers and divers alike. The area’s coral gardens are brimming with colourful hard and soft coral, and give way to steep ledges and bommies a little further off shore. An array of sea life, including butterflyfish, lionfish, moray eels, wrasse, angelfish, morwong, surgeonfish, damsels, pufferfish and gobies have all made the setting their home, and are easy to spot on a snorkelling adventure. SunReef operates regular dive and snorkelling tours from The Wharf, Mooloolaba – just a short stroll from Seamark on First.
Explore a forest trail
The Sunshine Coast is home to a wide range of forest trails that are perfectly suited to beginner hikers. Mooloolah River National Park’s scenic Melaleuca Walking Trail is a one kilometre trail boasting picturesque views of both forest and river. Those walking at dawn or dusk are often rewarded with a platypus sighting. Maroochy Wetlands Sanctuary is home to an easy one kilometre boardwalk that winds through eucalyptus forests, casuarina woodlands, salt marshes and mangroves and leads to the Bilai Environmental Education Centre, which offers spectacular views of over 200 native bird species. Both locations are within a 15 minute drive of your Seamark Mooloolaba accommodation, so pack a picnic and prepare for a fabulous day in the outdoors.
Climb a mountain
What better way to enjoy the breathtaking sights of the Sunshine Coast than from above? Mount Coolum is one of the Coast's most beautiful and family-friendly mountains. Mount Coolum is stunning first thing in the morning and the summit offers 360 degree views of the breathtaking beaches and rolling hinterland hills. If you are seeking a challenge, the Glasshouse Mountains provide a variety of tracks to suit every age and fitness level.
Swim in a waterfall
The Sunshine Coast’s lush green hinterland is a cool sanctuary on a balmy summers day, and offers some spectacular waterfalls to explore. In the wet season, Kondalilla Falls sees Skene Creek drop an amazing 90 metres into a rainforest valley. The Kondalilla National Park offers a number of walking tracks varying in length and difficulty, many of which lead to the base of the falls, where you will find a large fresh water pool that is popular with bathers. The area is surrounded by picnic destinations and is home to hundreds of birds species, as well as rare rainforest animals.
Soak up the beauty of Noosa National Park
Noosa's magnificent National Park is home to an abundance of wildlife (think echidnas, koalas and black cockatoos) and pristine pocket beaches. An easy series of paved paths and boardwalks carries sightseers over spectacular headlands from the Hastings Street Information Centre to Dolphin Point, while a more rugged coastal path continues on past numerous pandanus-lined bays to Hell's Gate ...a jaw dropping cliff formation which is popular for dolphin, turtle and whale spotting. A number of crystal clear beaches and pristine rock pools will tempt you along the way, so don't forget to pack your bathers.
Whale watch from Point Perry
Coolum’s Point Perry is one of the best whale watching vantage points for sighting magnificent Humpback Whales during their migratory season. Point Perry is easily accessible by car, and is a popular year-round destination for walkers enjoying the breathtaking Coolum boardwalk. Start your walk from the Coolum Surf Club and keep an eye out for artworks by local artists as you wander south.