Investigate the Sunshine Coast

Did you know the Sunshine Coast is home to a huge range of environmental wonders and amazing wildlife? With extinct volcanoes, rivers, forests and so…many…beaches….there is so much to investigate. We have found the best free places for you to investigate this summer. 

Become a Junior Ranger

When visiting the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve you can become a Junior Ranger by borrowing an explorer kit and undertaking the challenge. Visit the Rainforest Discovery Centre and ask one of their awesome volunteers at the front desk. 

Before you go download the Agents of Discovery app onto a smart phone. With the app you can then become a Secret Agent and go on a mission to explore the Scenic Reserve 

Discover the past

Bankfoot House is the oldest surviving residence in the Glass House Mountains and when you enter it is like going back in time. William and Mary Grigor established the house in 1868 and was used as an accommodation house and a staging post for Cobb & Co Coaches. Inside each room is fully furnished with original cupboards, settees and even radios, so it really is like stepping back in time.

When you visit you can also investigate even further back and experience the First Nations at Bankfoot House VR tour. With the VR headset you will meet Elders of the Kabi Kabi and Jinibara Traditional Custodians and be lead on a quest to complete tasks. Each task will let you experience daily life, culture, ceremony and environment of the First Peoples of the land.

Bankfoot House Ordinary Home Extraordinary Story

Become a young nature agent

Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens have some awesome adventures to become a nature agent. Just like Mary Cairncross they have a mission for you to complete on the Agents of Discovery app. They also have orienteering challenges for kids in the form of the Great Botanic Race. Plus guided and self guided walks and a fantastic holiday program. 

Go on an adventure

Adventure Sunshine Coast is your one stop shop to find so many things to do and discover on the Coast. From rockclimbing to kayaking, kangaroo spotting to bird watching, you will definitely find new adventures to undertake. 

Beach or park?

Did you know the Sunshine Coast Council cares for 1069 hectares of parklands and reserves across the region? There is around 60 kilometres of coastline to explore with over 30 awesome beaches.

Use the beaches and parks directory through the Sunshine Coast Council website. Just click on the Directory Map for an aerial view and pick an area of the Coast. Zoom in and it will show you all the parks, amenities, beaches and even dog friendly parks in that area. 

Before you head off remember to do your homework:

  • Check your beach safety knowledge with Surf Life Saving Queensland
  • Reserve books from your local library to learn about bush safety for any hiking or outdoor adventures.

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