Sunshine Coast: Adventurous types

Sunshine Coast Insider
An airborne kite sailor (Photo: Orien Harvey/Lonely Planet)
An airborne kite sailor.
If you're an adrenaline junky, you'll love the adventurous options to be had at the Sunshine Coast. Our Insider shares the best thrills on offer.

Kite surfing

It only takes a bit of breeze and you can spot the colourful kites of kite surfers up and down the beaches of the coast. The favoured spots are Noosa (the mouth of the Noosa River and Castaways Beach) and Caloundra (Bulcock Beach) and there are lessons available in both towns. Try Kitethrills at Caloundra or Adventure Sports Kite Surf at Noosa.

Go exploring in the Noosa Everglades with Kanu Kapers which offers a range of guided and self-guided trips. You can just go out for the day, or do an overnight or two-night safari, camping out along the way.
The everglades are worth seeing, with the water creating a perfect mirror when there are no boats around.

Scuba diving

The top diving spots on the coast are Wolf Rock off Double Island Point and the wreck of the HMAS Brisbane, which lies off the coast of Mooloolaba. Contact the Wolf Rock Dive Centre at Rainbow Beach for diving with grey nurse sharks around the four volcanic pinnacles known as Wolf Rock or go with Sunreef at Mooloolaba for the HMAS Brisbane (certified divers only).

Stand-up paddle surfing

A keen Noosa surfer brought this traditional Hawaiian sport to Australia and both experienced surfers and novices are giving it a go. Stand-up paddle surfing is exactly what the name suggests: standing on a surfboard and using a long paddle to propel yourself along. It can be done both on flat water — as a great core strength workout — or in the waves for a few thrills and spills. Take a lesson or hire a board from Stand Up Paddle Surfing in Noosa.

Skydiving

A beach landing makes for a memorable jump. Skydiver Ramblers offer tandem jumps over Coolum Beach, giving you views right up and down the coast on a clear day, while Sunshine Coast Skydivers at Caloundra do beach landings along with night jumps.

Mountain biking

The lush hinterland of the Sunshine Coast lends itself to mountain biking of all levels. Noosa Mt. Bike Adventure Tours runs guided mountain bike tours through the Noosa hinterland, with options ranging from a few hours to a few days or more.

Camel safaris

Go on an overnight camping safari — by camel. Camel Company operates a range of day tours but also does overnight trips on the Noosa North Shore. It's a great way to see the sights of this very natural and peaceful part of Noosa, and you get to sleep out under the stars.

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