Beautiful beaches, natural wonders and popular attractions form the backdrop for the laid-back lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast. The area is an ideal place for shopping, sightseeing and outdoor recreation. When visiting the Sunshine Coast on your next holiday, consider these seven attractions that are fun for the whole family.

1. Underwater World Mooloolaba

Underworld Mooloolaba is a marine mammal park, oceanarium and wildlife sanctuary that reveals the colourful and mysterious creatures that inhabit the oceans and rivers of Australia. Travel through a see-through tunnel for an up-close look at sharks, interact with starfish in the touch pools and enjoy a variety of live animal presentations.

2. Australia Zoo

Made famous by the Crocodile Hunter, the 100-acre Australia Zoo is home to more than 1,200 animals. You can view cuddly koalas, cute kangaroos and waddling wombats as well as zebras, giraffes and elephants. See exotic animals in exhibits that mimic their native Asian, African and Australian habitats.

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3. Eumundi Markets

The Eumundi Markets are a haven for foodies and people looking for local art, crafts and other unique items. Patrons will find a spectacular assortment of original artwork, handmade toys, jewellery and innovative fashions. You can also enjoy a wide assortment of tasty delicacies, freshly baked bread and locally produced cheeses as a variety musical performers entertain you.

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4. Beaches

The beaches of the Sunshine Coast draw millions of visitors each year. Sit back and relax in the sun or participate in a wide array of water sports. You can explore the ethereal undersea world offshore, surf a spectacular break or enjoy a beachside playground. There are several off-leash beaches as well.

Check out our top 5 beaches of the Sunshine Coast.

5. Ginger Factory

The Ginger Factory is one of the Sunshine Coast’s most popular attractions. You can enjoy entertaining rides, educational tours and great shopping. Learn the secrets of a honeybee hive, ride the historic cane train through beautiful gardens and enjoy a water adventure ride with the gingerbread man.

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6. Aussie World

Sure to please the entire family, Aussie World has thrilling rides, exciting games and a selection of specialty shops. Family members can enjoy roller coasters, plunging water rides, carousels and minigolf. Stop for lunch at the Ettamogah Pub, one of the world’s most photographed eateries. Find just the right souvenir in shops that feature unique Australian made products.

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7. Fraser Island

Fraser Island 4WD Tours are an exciting way to explore the largest sand island in the world. A World Heritage Site, the island is home to a diverse ecosystem of sand dunes, lakes and rainforests that harbor an abundant display of natural wildlife, such as wild dingoes, freshwater turtles and more than 350 species of birds.

There is never a shortage of things to see and do when visiting Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.