Spotting a koala in the wild on the Sunshine Coast is a rare treat for visitors and locals alike. These gorgeous, gentle animals are becoming increasingly rare on the Coast due to urbanisation. Noosa National Park walking track is one place where your chances of spotting a koala swaying in a eucalyptus tree, is increased.
Location: The National Park is located in the heart of Noosa along Laguna Bay headland road. Drive to Hastings Street in Noosa and continue up Park Road around the headland until you come to the car park entrance. Here you will find the Visitor Information Centre. The Centre sometimes has information on the latest koala spotting sites. Be sure to look up amongst the trees at the start of the walk.
The best place to spot a kangaroo on the Sunshine Coast is on a golf course. Kangaroos love the lush, green grass and can often be seen lazing around in the sun watching golf balls whizz by. The Palmer Resort and Twin Waters Golf Clubs are great places to spot a few wild kangaroos hopping around.
Location: Twin Waters is situated just north of Maroochydore and the Golf Club is located on Ocean Drive. Palmer Resort (previously known as The Hyatt) is located in Coolum.
Noosa Main Beach is a great place to spot dolphins. Kayaking or canoeing in the Bay is popular especially as dolphins sometimes swim alongside.
Dolphin Point is found along the Noosa National Walking Track and is a great lookout point for both dolphins and whales.
Coolum Beach is said to be the best whale and dolphin lookout spot on the Sunshine Coast. Point Perry and Point Arkwright along the Coolum beach Boardwalk are fantastic lookouts and the spurt of whales in from around July to October can often be seen from here. These lookouts offer amazing views as far as Peregian Beach and Noosa in the North and on a clear day, Maroochydore and Moreton Island in the South.
The Coolum Beach Boardwalk is also a great place to spot turtles. Continue along the boardwalk through the forested areas until you come to a signboard about turtles and their lifecycles. There is a viewpoint here and turtles can be spotted regularly. Turtle hatching occurs annually on the Sunshine Coast beaches from Mid January until late March/early April.
The Coast has an abundance of extraordinary birdlife along the Sunshine Coast and Hinterland walking trails. Large pelicans can often be seen along the Caloundra coastal paths, sitting on lampposts on the Maroochy River Bridge and on the Noosa waterways. Gympie Terrace in Noosa and other coastal paths comes alive with twittering in the late afternoons. A colourful array of birds can always be seen flitting around trees in suburbs and the early morning always heralds a loud cacophony of chirps and birdsongs. A Noosa Bird trail has been established for those interested in seeing some of these spectacular birds.