Take a road trip to the Sunshine Coast

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With warm winter days on the forecast, no two days will be the same on an adventure through the Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Catch your first glimpses of the iconic Glass House Mountains as you head north from Brisbane. The craggy, eroded peaks in the National Park offer impressive walking tracks to panoramic lookouts, while the well-drained slopes of rich volcanic soil around the mountains are ideal for growing pineapples, which are sold at roadside stalls with avocados, macadamia nuts and other produce.

Don’t miss a stop at Australia Zoo. With natural Australian and recreated Asian habitats, there are numerous mammals, birds and reptiles on display, as well as daily shows. You could easily spend half a day or more here.

As you climb the roads towards Maleny, scenic views of patchwork farms and the coastline far to the east are revealed. There are many spots tailor-made stop the car, whip out the camera and admire the countryside.

In Maleny and Montville, discover picturesque country towns of quaint colonial architecture occupied by new-age shops, galleries and craft outlets. Why not follow the Hinterland Art Trail.

No trip to the Sunshine Coast is complete without a visit to Eumundi. Another charming hinterland town, decorated with contemporary artwork and sculptures by local artists. Mingling with the historic buildings are shops selling new-age paraphernalia and jewellery along with plenty of cafes and the heritage-listed Imperial Hotel.

If you time your trip so you pass through Eumundi on a Wednesday or Saturday, try to catch the renowned Eumundi Markets.  

Nothing says road trip quite like a snap of one of Australia’s “big things” and the Sunshine Coast is home to the Big Pineapple. After you have snapped your favourite photos, get an adrenalin rush next door at the Tree Top Challenge or take the Pineapple Train down to Wildlife HQ.