While Noosa Heads undoubtedly remains the hub for most holidaymakers, it also acts as a springboard for other destinations. The region is blessed with a diverse array of landscapes from mountain ranges to coastal heath and beaches to lush farming country. To see the best of what the region offers, you don't have to venture far from the holiday centre of Noosa. All of these destinations can be visited on easy day trips.
Nearby Mooloolaba is just 40 minutes from Noosa and is home to the family favourite, UnderWater World. An amazing marine life experience, UnderWater World offers a marine mammal park, oceanarium and wildlife sanctuary as well as a number of regular exhibits, shows and talks including a seal show, otter show, stingray reef talk and guided shark tours.
Just under an hours' drive from Noosa, Caloundra is home to the famous Australia Zoo. The enduring life's work of famous Australian crocodile hunter and 'wildlife warrior' Steve Irwin, Australia Zoo is a fantastic day out for the whole family and is home to a wide range of birds, mammals and reptiles. The Zoo features a number of exhibits including The Crocoseum, Tiger Temple, Elephantasia, Rainforest Aviary, South-East Asian Precinct and an African exhibit.
Only 20 minutes from Noosa, Coolum's newly opened Palmersaurus park at the Palmer Coolum Resort allows children and parents to get up close and personal with a variety of prehistoric creatures, some of which move and make noise. A great way to have fun and learn something at the same time. Just over half an hour from Noosa, Maroochydore's Top Shots Fun Park has long been a family favourite offering everything from mini golf to indoor rock climbing, an extreme vertical trampoline, waterslides and more.
About 30 minutes from Noosa you'll also find the water slides and fun of the Olympia Theme Park in Alexandra Headland. Kids and parents of all ages will enjoy a choice of 2 junior slides, 5 super slides, mini golf and laser games. Last but not least, half an hour from Noosa the Marcoola Ultimate Thrill Ride offers an amazing experience, taking you airborne in a beautiful German built EXTRA 300 mid-wing stunt plane pulling at 400 km/h and some mind numbing G forces.
If you'd like to spend a little longer in any of these places beyond Noosa, check out the rest of our Sunshine Coast accommodation.