Things to do

Cottontree Backpackers is close to everything the beautiful Sunshine Coast has to offer! These are just some of the attractions and activities you can keep yourself busy with while staying with us

Feeding the roos at Australia Zoo

Feeding the roos at Australia Zoo

Australia Zoo
Steve Irwin’s world famous Australia Zoo is only a 25 minute drive, or a 40 minute bus ride from us. At the Zoo you can cuddle a koala and pat the kangaroos and wallabies. Remember to check out the daily show at the Crocoseum and the big cat show at the Tiger Temple. Just ask us about tickets to Australia Zoo!


A must do for every traveller! Experience the true Aussie lifestyle by hitting the waves with a surf board. The Maroochy Beach is only a short walk away, or you can check out the surf at Alexandra Headland, Mooloolaba or Point Cartwright. If surfing isn’t your thing, try body boarding for an easier thrill.

Stand up paddling and kayaking
Explore the beautiful Maroochy River on one of our stand up paddle boards.


Kite Surfing
Experience the thrill of kite surfing at our local beach! Whether you are a complete beginner or already have kite surfing experience, there are lessons to suit all competency levels. Ask us about current deals! Or if getting hands-on experience in kite surfing is a bit too much, you can just watch the kite surfers on the river from our front patio, with a cold beer in your hand!

Underwater World and Shark Dives
Lovely seals at Underwater WorldUnderwater World is one of Sunshine Coast’s leading tourist attractions! You can explore the world underwater in Turtle Temple, where recovering wild turtles are waiting to be released back into the wild, or come face-to-face with sharks in the 80 metre long shark tunnel. To get even closer to the creatures at Underwater World, you can do a shark dive (no scuba diving certification needed!) or get a seal kiss!

Scuba Diving – ex-HMAS Brisbane
The wreck of former warship HMAS Brisbane sits at 28 metres 5 kilometres off Mooloolaba. The 133 metre ship was purposely sunk in 2005 for scuba diving activities and has become one of Australia’s premier wreck dive destinations. The ship is now a growing artificial reef teaming with marine life from massive schools of bait fish to massive Queensland groupers, tiny nudibranchs and graceful eagle rays. During the humpback whale season you can even hear the whales singing under water!

Eumundi Markets
Famous Eumundi Markets are held every Wednesday and Saturday. You can find original artwork, clothes, skin care products and jewellery all made by local artists and designers. Food stalls offer culinary experiences from all over the world.

The Hinterlands and Glass House Mountains
The Hinterland area offers a great day trip that suits everyone’s interests. You can satisfy your sweet tooth at Chocolate Country in Montville, sample cheese at Maleny Cheese, go say hi to the cows at Maleny Dairies, or visit one of the many vineyards in the area. For nature enthusiasts, the Hinterland area offers plenty of beautiful walks with a chance to cool off at Kondalilla Falls or Gardners Falls. Glass House Mountains are a group of cores of extinct volcanoes. Mount Ngungun (253m) has a well maintained walking track up to the summit, and is not as steep as many of the other mountains. The Glass House Mountains lookout in Beerburrum State Forest offers beautiful views of the whole area. Wild Horse Mountain lookout along the Bruce Highway gives beautiful views of the Glass House Mountains, Bribie Island, Caloundra and on a clear day you can even see the skyscrapers in Brisbane.

Shopping and Nightlife
Sunshine Coast’s biggest shopping centre Sunshine Plaza is less than a 10-minute-walk away from us! You can find everything you need at the Plaza, and go the movies. Get a movie ticket for half the price on Cheap Tuesdays.

The Factory at Sunshine Plaza is the newest addition to Maroochydore’s night life. The night club is open Thursday to Saturday, while downstairs cafe/restaurant offers tasty coffee and food every day of the week, with live music on selected      nights!

Solbar is one of Sunshine Coast’s liveliest live music venues, and is only a 5-minute-walk from Cottontree Backpackers. Solbar offers entertainment and live gigs nearly every day of the week.

Mooloolaba supports a few night clubs that are only a short taxi ride away. Mingle with the local students on Thursdays at The Wharf, or enjoy a pint of Guinness at Irish Bar O’Malleys.

Music Festivals
Sunshine Coast supports a few music festivals throughout the year! Such as Big Pineapple Festival in May, Caloundra Music Festival in October and Golden Days Festival in November.

Peregian Originals!
Every first Sunday of each month, it’s all happening at Peregian Beach in the form of a free community music event. Relax in the sunshine in the park listening, or dancing, to local bands and soaking up the awesome chilled out atmosphere. Subject to demand, we at Cottontree Backpackers might even put a trip together for our guests to experience the amazing local community event!

Humpback whale breaching

Whale Watching
From June until early November the magnificent humpback whales migrate along the East Coast of Australia. They start their journey in their summer feeding grounds in the Southern Ocean off the Antarctica to reach the tropical waters in North Queensland to give birth and mate. The busiest whale traffic on the Sunshine Coast usually occurs in August-September when you can see whales heading in both directions. Whales heading back south are often accompanied with their playful calves. The local waters also support three different species of dolphins, including the rare Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin.

Jump out of a plane and experience the thrill of the freefall and enjoy spectacular views of the Sunshine Cost landing safely on our local beaches.

These are just some of the attractions and happenings that the Sunshine Coast has to offer! See our knowledgeable staff for more information and bookings.

Mudjimba Island