The Aussie World family fun-park is located behind the iconic Ettamogah Pub on Queensland 's Sunshine Coast . With over thirty rides and games it's guaranteed to please every one of all ages!
Set in beautiful native Australian gardens Aussie World provides a variety of rides including the Wild Mouse Rollercoaster, Stockshed Speedway Dodgems, the second largest Ferris Wheel in the southern hemisphere, Bizzy Buggies and the classic Swinging Ship and Octopus ride. There is plenty for the little kids including the Tin Lids Tea Party, Tykes Trolley Railway and everyone's favourite - Side Show Alley!
Aussie World and the Ettamogah Pub 73 Frizzo Road Palmview Sunshine Coast Qld 4553 P 07 5494 5444
View how nougat is made at this small friendly factory located at 4 Tallgum Avenue, Eumundi. Taste some of the many samples which are exported across the world.
Crikey! Australia Zoo home of the late world famous Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, offers visitors wildlife action and entertainment beyond any other, priding itself on promoting hands on interactive experiences with pythons, koalas, kangaroos, wombats, tigers, elephants and many more intriguing and awesome animals. The wildlife action is endless with 14 LIVE wildlife shows daily. Set on over 70 acres of Australian bush land with more than 1000 animals, Australia Zoo into your ultimate destination.
Australia Zoo is located an easy one hour drive north of Brisbane or an hour drive south of Noosa along the Glasshouse Mountains Tourist Drive, Beerwah. Australia Zoo is easily accessible by car, coach or train. Catch the FREE Courtesy Coach which can pick up from Noosa, Coolum, Maroochydore, Alex Headlands, Mooloolaba and Caloundra, however bookings are essential.
For a full day of action and adventure check out Australia Zoo, it's the wildest show on earth!
Drive around Australia’s fastest and longest go-kart track at 1200m. Big Kart Track has a newly laid Millennium Surface that provides a smooth fast ride. After karting try the Bungy Bullet where you can be shot 50m into the air in just over a second. Located at Old Brisbane Road, Landsborough on the route to Australia zoo, open every day from 9- 5 and until 10pm on Saturday (07 5494 1613).
Take a train ride through this working pineapple farm at which a number of additional tours have been added over the years since it opened in 1971. These include a ride on the Macadamia nut mobile where enthusiastic guides explain how Macadamia nuts are processed, the Harvest Boat ride that educates us on hydroponics, the rainforest walk or visit the wildlife gardens. Located on Old Bruce Highway, Woombye and easy to spot with a 16m high fibre glass pineapple marking the entrance. Open every day 9.30 – 5 with free admission. but with charges for the tours (07 5442 1333).
Work commenced in 1987 to create some magnificent botanic gardens on the site of a rubbish tip at Lake Macdonald. Around 80 per cent of the plants in the garden are native species and home to tortoises and 40 varieties of birds make for a very pleasant place to walk around. The gardens are located on Lake Macdonald Drive just before you reach Cooroy from Noosa. Ida Duncan who founded the gardens had a vision that a rubbish tip was not the correct use of land and she planted native trees all over the land. The gardens cover 20 acres and have an amphitheatre in the gardens used for concerts and weddings and other noosa events. Lake MacDonald is used to breed fish and is a peaceful lake to enjoy picnics. One every day the Noosa Botanical Gardens are in Lake MacDonald Drive. Cooroy.
The famous Eumundi market operates every Saturday and Wednesday morning. Over 250 exciting stores offer handicrafts local produce and many other delights. With careful selection ensures only the best items and crafts are available for purchase. Regular buses operate from Noosa to Eumundi and also many local tour operators offer an excursion. Henry's (07 5474 0199) offer a shuttle service direct from your accommodation to Eumundi Market. Easy to find in the centre of Eumundi with parking signposted. (0419 733 468).
Fairhill Native Plants and Botanic Gardens 3ha garden was established in 1974 and aims to show the variety of Australian plants in the hope of encouraging all gardeners to grow some. Pathways lead you through a mix of wildflower and rainforest gardens containing local and north Queensland species. Plants can be purchased at the nursery. There is a gift shop, bookshop and restaurant. Located at Fairhill Road, Yandina and open daily from 8.30 – 5 (07 5446 7088).
Garnisha spice gardens are 20 minutes from Noosa at Boreen Point. Walk around the gardens, view the cooking demonstrations and see the curry factory. Open Friday and Saturday from 10 - 4pm and Sunday from 10 - 12.30pm. (07 5485 3386)
The world’s largest high tech Ginger processing plant with historic cane train through native rainforest and gardens. The ginger shop sells the biggest selection of ginger produce in the world. The Ginger factory now hosts the Buderim Ginger Cooking School. The seasonal program has something for everyone with hands-on classes and lots of special events. The Ginger Factory is open daily 9 – 5, free admission and located at 50 Pioneer Road, Yandina (07 5446 7096)
Australia's longest continuously running theatre is located at Pomona - about 30 minutes drive from Noosa Heads. The Majestic was built in 1921 and still operates today. The theatre has a pipe organ which accompanies each performance. Evening screenings are shown most Thursdays at 8.30pm with other shows as arranged. Call 07 5485 2330 for the latest times of shows. Box office hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-2pm
The views and ambience of Noosa Marina is something to be experienced. This complex is a unique destination for both locals and tourist alike. The specialty restaurants overlook a forty berth marina, catering for breakfast, snacks, lunches and dinner as well as larger functions. The complex also boasts a number of specialty shops, a wine bar & fish & chip shop. Any number of boating activities are available from the Harbour, from deep sea and river fishing, cruises and self drive hire boats, even the latest houseboats for the ultimate Noosa Holiday. Click here to read more about Noosa Marina.
The Noosa area has long been known for its Macadamia nuts. You can visit the Macadamia Factory which is located opposite the Ginger Factory in Yandina (07 5472 7777) and experience the nut processing operation and sample the many flavoured nuts in the tourist shop.
The Sunshine Castle Bli Bli opened in 1973 is a mock mediaeval castle featuring a dungeon, tower block and collection of 350 dancing dolls representing 57 countries. Located on the David Low Way at Bli Bli. Much in the tradition of Castles all around the world – the Sunshine Castle on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, Australia captures the imagination of old and young alike. A stand out landmark in this location it offers excitement, enchantment and education as you pass through its doors. The planning and execution of the Norman style Castle, with medieval additions, complete with moat, turrets, towers and drawbridge is unique in Australia and the Southern Hemisphere. A visit to the Castle is ideal for a family outing or a fun experience for young and old. 90% under cover it is a great option come rain or shine. Opening hours, are daily from 9.30am - 4.30pm, Late night Cafe & Bistro opening on Thursdays - until 10pm (07 5448 4477).
A honey factory open to visitors with daily shows every hour. Call 07 07 5445 3544 for details.
Offers mini golf, rock climbing, blaster boats and a giant vertical trampoline as well as a water slide, great for kids you can just pay for mini golf or buy an all inclusive ticket for everything. They also have family tickets, making it a good value fun activity for all the family. Open all day and until late evening on weekends & holidays. Located at 2 Allora Drive, Maroochydore (07 5442 7007)
The largest oceanarium in the Southern Hemisphere is located at The Wharf, Mooloolaba and has almost 20,000 sea creatures, an 80 metre walk through tunnel. Shows take place during the day. You can dive with the sharks at Underwater World. Now includes Dinosaur Word with an interactive show. Open every day 9 – 6 (07 5444 8488)
A scenic full day 80km steam rail journey along the Mary Valley departs on Sundays and Wednesdays. This 80km return trip commences at historic Gympie Station. First stop is at Kandanga Station where a selection of local produce is available. Then, a lunchtime stop at Imbil which is the Valleys largest town. The journey is not complete without a stop at Dagun Station to savour local wine and cheeses, guaranteed to make the rest of your day a merry one. On Saturdays there is a half day steam tour, this 40km steam train visits Amamoor, Dagun and the historic Gympie Station. Marvel at the splendor of these Stations, restored to capture the original character of the early 1900's. Enjoy arts and crafts, wine and cheese tasting and local produce, experience the friendliness and hospitality of a bygone era. For timetable details and prices phone (07 5482 2750).
Wood Works Museum is a Queensland Museum Campus and operates as a joint venture with the Department of Primary Industries. The museum features static displays, working displays and live demonstrations in traditional hand tools, blacksmithing and woodworking. It is located on the Bruce Highway in Gympie which is about 50 minutes drive north of Noosa. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 9 - 4 and on Sunday from 1 - 4 . (07 5483 7691).