Eli Imaminato, 14, from Japan enjoys a soaking on the log flume ride at Aussie World, with Demi Woodford, 12, from Noosa behind. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily
Eli Imaminato, 14, from Japan enjoys a soaking on the log flume ride at Aussie World, with Demi Woodford, 12, from Noosa behind. Photo: Iain Curry / Sunshine Coast Daily Iain Curry

Sunshine Coast's top theme parks and tourist attractions

THE Sunshine Coast is home to a wide variety of tourist attractions and fun parks from the award-winning, internationally recognised Australia Zoo right though to our famous Big Pineapple.

Here's a rundown on some of the major ones.



73 Frizzo Road, Palmview, Australia, 4553

Aussie World is found alongside the iconic Ettamogah Pub, just off the Bruce Highway, as you are coming into the Sunshine Coast.

 It includes six function venues and thrilling rides and games, Aussie World features a variety of rides including Plunge - the Sunshine Coast's main water ride, new water play area Leak'n Logs, thrill ride Redback, Giant Slide, Wild Mouse Rollercoaster, Dodgems, Mini Golf, Ferris Wheel, Bizzy Buggies, and the classic Swinging Ship and Octopus ride.

There is plenty for the little kids including the Tin Lids Tea Party ride, the Carousel, Tykes Trolley, and everyone's favourite, Side Show Alley.

The Ettamogah Pub, probably the most photographed pub in the world, welcomes visitors from all over the world for a cold beer, and for lunch and dinner serves up huge meals for the hungry traveller.

There's also a selection of specialty shops on site featuring Australian made products and unique souvenirs.




Steve Irwin Way, Beerwah, Australia, 4519

AUSTRALIA Zoo, the home of the Crocodile Hunter, continues to undergo expansion with more wildlife and entertainment than you can poke a stick at!

With over 1,200 animals and stacks of free shows daily, it's chock-a-block full of wildlife action and adventure!

Get hands-on with their cuddly koalas, waddling wombats, slithering snakes and cute kangaroos.

Come face to face with their majestic tigers, hand-feed their gorgeous elephants, or get your photo taken with a baby alligator.

Step on board the African Safari Shuttle and explore Australia Zoo's newest exhibit - Africa!

Experience the wide open plains of the African savannah and see exotic animals such as Giraffe, Rhino and Zebra interacting together - and marvel at their gorgeous Cheetah as they walk by.

Then join their snakes, free-flight birds and crocs live in their world-famous Crocoseum show, and get your adrenalin pumping as you watch a crocodile launch a strike from the water's edge.


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25 Tanawah Tourist Drive Tanawah Qld 4556, Tanawah, Qld

BELLINGHAM Maze, set in a lush tropical environment, is situated on Tanawha Tourist Drive in close proximity with other tourist destinations.

For recreation, the Bellingham Maze makes a superb day out in this popular tourism region.

Bellingham Maze is ideal for a special party or group function, school excursions, birthday parties, and fund raising activities.

The maze is made up of over 1,000 trees and is the only maze of its kind in Australia.

It has its own watering system supplied from the natural creek which runs through the site.

Its design is an eight-pointed star and can be viewed from a platform adjacent to the tea house where you can choose from a range of refreshments, including our delicious devonshire teas.

The maze is equipped with lighting which makes the venue popular for hiring for private night functions.

After entering Bellingham Maze through our magic waterfall, you'll pass our wishing well, cross the bridge and walk through our tropical rainforest garden before reaching the hedge maze.

Once you are inside the maze, your mission is to travel to the middle and locate the hidden fountain - the sound of the water leading you further in - but watch out for the dead ends - there is only one correct way.





2310 Steve Irwin Way, Landsborough, Australia, 4550

BIG Kart Track is the largest commercial go kart track In Australia. They have 50 karts going on their 1.2 kilometre long international standard race track at 60 kilometres per hour.

They are open seven days a week. It is a perfect venue for your company, social club or association to have an action-packed experience whilst doing some teambuilding in full fun!!!

Since 1983 they have been in the business to please and give the best fun in full safety!




367 David Low Way, Bli Bli

GoWake Cable Park at Bli Bli is the the Sunshine Coast's best known watersports complex.

There is free admission to the park for those who just want to come and watch.

Even if you have never seen a wakeboard or kneeboard, they promise they can teach you how.

The venue has a cafe and licensed bar as well as BBQ and sheltered areas.

It caters for group bookings for birthdays, bucks, hens or Christmas parties.

The Cable Park is based just 10 mins north of Maroochydore on David Low Way in Bli Bli.




3 Main Drive, Warana, Australia, 4575

Laserzone offers the excitement of being inside a real life video game simulation with your friends and family, utilising the latest technology in laser tag equipment.

The brilliant multi-level maze has been created by a team of Australia's best arena designers and will have you slip into a surreal world with fog, music, lighting and sounds.

Laserzone also features a large ticket redemption arcade with great prizes and Australia's first Laser Web, where you can enter the world of Mission Impossible, weaving and dodging through a room of laser beams.

Find out more on Laserzone Sunshine Coast



70 McCarthy's Road, Maleny, Australia, 4552

Maleny Dairies is a family owned business situated in the picturesque hills of the hinterland town west of the Bruce Highway.

The process of milking their Guernsey girls and bottling their creamy goodness for your breakfast table is a fascinating one.

On their tours you get to see where it all happens and learn a lot about the process and the different products that the dairies are so famous for.

Tours run everyday at 10.30 and 2.30 except Sundays.

They also have a kiosk on the farm where you are able to purchase cappuccino's, milkshakes, and their famous soft-serve ice-cream.

If you want to bring your own picnic you are most welcome. There are also electric barbecues for you to use.




37 Pioneer Road, Yandina, Australia, 4561

NUTWORKS is at Yandina, across the road from the Ginger Factory. Visitors are welcome to uncover the history and health benefits of Australia's macadamia nut, view chocolates and confectionery being made and taste the delicious samples on offer.

Admission is free. Shopping for unique gifts and souvenirs in Nutworks retail store is also a real delight.

There's an amazing array of unique and boutique macadamias, chocolate and confectionery, including handmade chocolates and beautiful packaged gifts and hampers.

Afterwards, you can relax with a coffee in the cafe and enjoy a macadamia scone or a decadent treat from the ever-changing cake display.




292-296 David Low Way, Bli Bli, Australia, 4560

THE Sunshine Castle is an award winning tourist attraction and function venue.

Much in the tradition of Castles all around the world the Sunshine Castle captures the imagination of old and young alike.

A stand out landmark in this location this Norman style Castle, with medieval additions, complete with moat, turrets, towers and drawbridge is completely unique in Australia.

The Castle offers a plethora of highlights on a self walk tour.

Wander over the drawbridge into another time and feast with Kings in the Great Hall or squalor in shame in the dungeon.

The Castle's 24 metre lookout tower offers stunning views from Coast to Hinterland.


Sunshine Castle at Bli Bli
Sunshine Castle at Bli Bli



Nambour Connection Road, Woombye, Qld, 4559

In 1970, the world was a very different place to what we are experiencing now.

In Australia baby boomers were given the chance to vote, wear miniskirts and revel in the rock and roll era.

The opinion of the public suddenly mattered and the tourism industry was ready to rumble.

1970 was also the year Bill and Lyn Taylor were fascinated by the diversity and quality of the local produce, bought an old pineapple farm and announced their plans to build the Sunshine Plantation.

Having no experience working from an office to a farm, Lyn declared ignorance was bliss. For a decade Sunshine Plantation consumed their life.

Their vision was for a working plantation to grow a variety of tropical fruits, nuts and spices.

A 16 metre high pineapple with an observation deck, audio visuals and diagrams illustrate the techniques used in tropical production.

A guided tour on our sugar cane train offers a close encounter of the growing process….Toot toot.

We now offer the animal farm for a family day trip to the pineapple which was introduced many years after the opening of "Sunshine Plantation".

For more than 25 years happy faces, sunshine, excited children, baby animals, train rides, cream and ice-cream delighted people from all over the world. Millions of people learnt all about Queensland's agriculture as they climbed the Big Pineapple staircase.

A new era has arisen on the Big Pineapple Premises thanks to the innovative investors who purchased the icon and its 165 hectares in September 2011.

The repairs were started almost immediately to bring some life back into the venue and tidy the mess left behind.

The decision was made to revitalise the Big Pineapple and use the venue to host a multitude of possibilities.

With the appointment of a new General Manager and staff the process begun, the Big Pineapple structure was overhauled and repaired, Parfaits returned, the animal farm resumed, the train was reinstated, pineapples were planted, the function centre fabulously  re-opened and the grounds started to take shape.

The location is currently home to the Biggest all weather markets showcasing local producers, growers, organics, food, art, fashion, and more which creates a day out for everyone's shopping and an experience for the family.

The location is ever evolving and with the Big Pineapple Music Festival the future is looking very positive for the Big Pineapple.


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50 Pioneer Road, Yandina, Australia, 4561

AS one of the Sunshine Coast's largest and most popular tourist attractions - find out why millions of visitors keep coming back to the Ginger Factory.

There's so much to discover, taste, see and do! Drop in and enjoy educational tours, entertaining rides, great shopping facilities and a whole lot of fun.

Dine at the all-new cafe with an ever-changing menu featuring the region's best produce.

Admission is free. Fees apply for ticketed attractions.




Corner of Maroochydore Road, and Allora Drive, Maroochydore, 4558

TOP Shots Fun Park features two of Queensland's best 18-hole mini golf courses, these courses wind around gardens, waterfalls and a picturesque pool with a cafe courtyard.

The rides include blaster boats (like dodgem cars on water with spray guns), extreme vertical trampoline (like abseiling up a trampoline face), indoor rock climbing wall (with the latest safety auto-belay system) and their newest attraction the Inflatable waterslide (seasonal, please check availability).

Top Shots also has a coin operated video games arcade and a fast food cafe to satisfy the hunger. They cater for families, groups, and birthday parties.




Parkyn Parade, The Wharf, Mooloolaba, Australia, 4557

UNDERWATER World is a multi-award winning, all weather, tourist attraction located in the heart of the beautiful Sunshine Coast.

Home to seven unique zones over four levels, and the entertaining seal and otter shows, UnderWater World continues to excite visitors of all ages.

Enjoy a once in a lifetime experience where you can take part in a Behind the Scenes Tour, world first Otter Adventure, swim with the seals or receive a seal kiss.

You can also become a Seal Trainer for a Day! Visitors can enjoy over 13 presentations daily including the famous seal show.

UnderWater World offers touch and explore experiences for all its visitors, giving them the opportunity to get up close and personal with our marine life.


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