Tour Description

Stunning Sunshine Coast Stayput

Eight Days: 29th May – 5th June 2021

Prices to be advised.

Included in the tour:
  • Home pick-ups & set downs (most metro areas – please contact us for details)
  • Picnic-style morning teas & all meals as per the itinerary
  • All accommodation & admissions to all attractions
  • Experienced & informative tour driver/guide.

 

Just north of Brisbane lies the Sunshine Coast, home to over 100 kilometres of pristine beaches with a backdrop of hinterland that includes the famous Glass House Mountains. We take in this beautiful landscape while enjoying the highlights of this region including Australia Zoo, Underwater World and a cruise along the Noosa River. This tour has so much to offer; beautiful scenery, wildlife, rainforests, quaint villages and local produce. All of this with the added benefit of staying in one location at beautiful Caloundra with its balmy subtropical climate and easy lifestyle. Join us for what will be a perfect eight day winter escape!

 

Day One – SATURDAY 29 MAY 2021

(includes light lunch and two course dinner)

After being picked up from our homes (limited areas*) we are taken to the Adelaide Airport. On arrival we are met by an Endeavour Tours representative who assists us with our group check-in and helps us through the security procedures and to the gate, ready to board our direct flight to Brisbane.

In Brisbane we are met by a local guide, who assists with our luggage and takes us to the Endeavour Tours minicoach, where our driver will be waiting.

From the airport we head north to the Sunshine Coast, stopping for lunch along the way. The Sunshine Coast boasts over 100km of coastline, dotted with stunning beaches, seaside towns and magnificent views. Its hinterland is home to the striking Glass House Mountains, a number of friendly villages and a variety of delicious artisan products. Today we are destined for the southern-most coastal community, Caloundra.

The Oaks Oasis Resort is set on ten acres of landscaped palm gardens and as this will be our accommodation for the entire tour, we can unpack and settle in.

Day Two – SUNDAY 30 MAY 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

We start the day with a hearty cooked breakfast before taking a scenic drive to acquaint ourselves with the area. Caloundra sits on the northern end of the Pumicestone Passage or Channel—the waters which separate the mainland from Bribie Island. Surrounded by beaches, Caloundra is a popular spot for families and water sports.

We’ll journey further north to Mooloolaba, which sits on a spit of land between the ocean and the Mooloolah River. Here we visit Sea Life Sunshine Coast Aquarium, a marine mammal park, oceanarium and wildlife sanctuary. With sharks, rays, seals, otters and many more marine animals, there is much to see and do here at Queensland’s largest oceanarium and aquarium. Sea Life has regular shows and demonstrations that allow us to see and understand so much about the ocean and its creatures. We have plenty of time to explore the centre and enjoy lunch at our leisure at the Octopus Café.

This afternoon we drive back to Caloundra with some free time to look at the shops, walk on the beach or return to our accommodation to relax and freshen up before dinner.

Day Three – MONDAY 31 MAY 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

This morning we journey into the hinterland, towards Beerwah in the Glass House Mountains area. The drive is scenic and the views are beautiful.

We spend today at one of the best known attractions in the Sunshine Coast, Australia Zoo. Originating as the Beerwah Reptile Park in 1970, the park had risen to become Queensland’s premier wildlife attraction by 1980. Passed on from father to son in 1992, it became known as Australia Zoo and at that time, was run by the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin.

Steve developed the Zoo extensively with a vision of creating the best wildlife conservation facility in the world and after his tragic death, his legacy has continued. The Zoo encompasses over 1500 acres and there are over 88 different species that call the it home. With the many displays and a variety of shows throughout the day, there is so much to see and do, and we will have plenty of time to wander at our leisure. Our day here will be a memorable and enlightening wildlife experience.

We enjoy a relaxed drive back to Caloundra for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Day Four – TUESDAY 1 JUNE 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Today we set out on a beautiful drive west into the hills to the township of Maleny. Once a timber town, it is now better known for dairy and fruit production and boasts a strong artistic community.

Our first stop this morning will be at the Maleny Botanic Gardens, where we will be treated to a Devonshire Tea. These beautiful gardens are surrounded by rainforest and as you meander along the walking paths past lakes, waterfalls and a diverse range of plants, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Glasshouse Mountains.

We enjoy lunch and some free time in town, where there is the opportunity to browse through the shops.  Being a mecca for artistic talent, there are plenty of galleries, craft studios and quirky shops to discover.

Mid-afternoon we head to the Maleny Dairies, a local family-owned milk company. Once just a dairy farm, this business grew with the deregulation of the milk industry and it now has its own processing and bottling plant, creating premium dairy products made from locally sourced milk. We will have a guided tour of the farm and factory, where we learn about the process of milk, from the cow to the bottle. During this tour we have the opportunity to watch the Guernsey cows being milked and get to sample some of their award winning products which include a variety of milks, yoghurts, custard and cream.

We return to Caloundra late afternoon.

Day Five – WEDNESDAY 2 JUNE 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

This morning we head north past Mooloolaba to the small town of Eumundi, which boasts the most famous markets on the Sunshine Coast. There are hundreds of stalls with artworks, sculptures, furniture, toys, home-wares, jewellery, skincare, food and more! The stalls are all guided by the philosophy that “we make it, bake it, grow it or sew it” and you are sure to find a unique gift or souvenir of your holiday here.

After spending the morning at the markets we journey to the Yandina Ginger Factory.  We enjoy lunch on arrival before being taken on a tour of the factory. The Yandina factory is the largest ginger processing plant in the Southern Hemisphere and the only one of its kind in Australia. We explore the farm aboard the Ginger Train and discover more about the growing, processing and crystallisation of ginger. There is also a motor museum, dolls cottage, Koalas Kottage and Macadamia Kitchen for us to browse through.

Whilst in Yandina we will also take the opportunity to stop in at the Nutworks and Chocolate Factory, a retailer of Macadamias and other nuts, Macadamia oil, confectionery, dried fruit and of course chocolate!

Laden with goodies we head back to Caloundra with time to relax before dinner.

Day Six – THURSDAY 3 JUNE 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

Today we return to the Sunshine Coast hinterland, driving back towards Maleny. Prior to European settlement this area was covered in thick sub-tropical rainforest with huge hardwood trees, but in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, heavy logging led to almost the complete denuding of the rainforest-clad hills in the district. Pockets of forest remain in steeper terrain and also in one large remnant patch of 130 acres which forms Mary Cairncross Reserve.

The reserve is held in trust by Caloundra City Council and gives shelter to many species of wildlife—an indication of the amazing range of native fauna which lived in the rainforests of the area before European settlement.

We take a tour of the centre located at the entrance, before enjoying a walk in the Reserve itself. There are flat and easy walking paths where the sounds and atmosphere of the rainforest surround us. We can also marvel at the magnificent views towards the coast and over the Glasshouse Mountains.

We leave the Reserve and journey towards Montville, a small hinterland village that boasts a lot of character. We take our time on this drive, as there are many lookouts that offer fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. Once a logging community, Montville has become a popular spot for tourists and is appreciated for its many different architectural styles, charming shops and quaint village atmosphere. On arrival, we have some free time to stroll around before lunch.

Our return journey to Caloundra this afternoon will be via Woombye, home of the Big Pineapple. Originally opened in 1971 the Big Pineapple remains a Queensland tourist icon and is now heritage listed. We stop for a photo opportunity before driving back through the green hills of the hinterland to Caloundra.

Day Seven – FRIDAY 4 JUNE 2021

(includes cooked breakfast, light lunch and two course dinner)

After breakfast, we make our way north to the popular tourist destination of Noosa Heads. We travel towards Coolum Beach exploring the coastline which is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the region including Peregian, Marcus and Sunshine Beach. Renowned for these sun-drenched beaches and powder white sand, we will see why so many visitors flock to this part of the coast.

Arriving in Noosa Heads, we enjoy morning tea before embarking on a cruise along the beautiful waterways of the Noosa River. We travel down river seeing the waterfront shops, parks and restaurants along Gympie Terrace, then pass the mouth of the river and view the spectacular waterfront homes of ‘Millionaires Row’ along Noosa Sound.

Lunch is served on board as we cruise back towards Lake Cooroibah, past Richard Branson’s Makepeace Island and the Cable Ferry Crossing. This section of the cruise highlights the contrasting serenity, wildlife and fauna of the upper reaches of the Noosa River, where the Whistling Kites and other wild birds can be seen up close.

Back on land, we will have some time to look around Noosa, perhaps enjoying a little shopping or a scenic drive, before returning to our accommodation in Caloundra to enjoy the last night on tour with our fellow travellers.

Day Eight – SATURDAY 5 JUNE 2021

(includes cooked breakfast and light lunch)

We farewell our hosts in Caloundra this morning and begin our journey back towards Brisbane.

Crossing the Bruce Highway, we enjoy a scenic drive to the Glasshouse Mountains Lookout, for spectacular views of some of the prominent and impressive mountains that rise dramatically from the surrounding Sunshine Coast landscape. These craggy peaks towering over a scenic patchwork of pine plantations, bushland and cultivated fields, are so magnificent that they are listed on the Queensland and National Heritage Register as a landscape of national significance. The mountains were named by Captain James Cook in 1770, as they reminded him of glass houses in his own country.

We depart the mountains and drive south through the suburbs, on our way to Brisbane Airport. We are assisted through the group check-in process and guided to the departure area ready for our flight to Adelaide.

At the Adelaide Airport, we are met by an Endeavour Tours representative, who guides us to the baggage collection area. Assistance with luggage is provided if required, before we farewell our fellow-travellers and return home with memories of a fantastic holiday exploring the diversity and enjoying the warmth of the beautiful Sunshine Coast.