For the thrill seekers you can jump from a perfectly good plane after a good site-seeing adventure with a wedge-tailed eagles’ view from Bribie to Fraser Islands, the Glasshouse Mountains to New Zealand. From $330. Visit www.scskydivers.com for more information.
Getting looser in Noosa
There’s plenty to do around Noosa and the Sunshine Coast’s other towns of Maroochydore, Alexandra Headlands and Caloundra. Just as the Gold Coast’s towns have morphed into one large highrise city, these too have become loaded with apartments, nightspots and tourism.
Also at the southern end of the coast is Mooloolaba’s The Wharf. It’s tackier than fresh gum on the pavement, but here you’ll find Underwater World with an ocean of finned friends and foes. Entry is $24. The best part is that for a fee you can swim with the seals ($76 not including aquarium entry) or dive with the sharks ($165 not including aquarium entry). For more info see www.underwaterworld.com.au.
A couple of great ways to see Noosa is getting environmentally friendly on a bike or canoe. Take a mountain bike tour on trails that will lead you to the best photo opportunities in town. General bike hire starts from $15 for two hours, more for tours. Likewise, hop in a canoe and paddle yourself around the quays of Noosaville and Noosa River. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, head out on a guided five day/four night trip into Upper Noosa River, with side walks to Cooloola Sandpatch and Teewah Coloured Sands. For more info see www.elanda.com.au or Ph: (07) 5485 3165.
Rather than getting in a big bus to Rainbow Beach, the usual jump-off spot for Fraser Island, why not leave from Noosa with a 4wd tour, heading up the beach along the Great Sandy National Park? You’ll take in the huge cliffs, dunes and coloured sands to Rainbow Beach before stocking up fuel and film for Fraser Island. Visit www.koalaadventures.com, or Freephone: 1800 357 457.