Educational Tours to the Sunshine Coast

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The Sunshine Coast is that place you’d rather be.

The Glasshouse Mountains hold stories of family and floods passed on by the Kabi Kabi people. The beaches rival those of the Gold Coast and offer beautiful swimming spots beside cruisy beach villages. It is an agricultural hub for tropical fruits like pineapples and avocadoes, and a happening tourist district thanks to attractions like Australia Zoo and Underwater World. From day tours to support specific units of the curriculum to one-of-a-kind experiences, Second Nature offers a variety of tour options for school and university groups.

What We Provide 

  • Award-winning educators/ facilitators
  • Itineraries and Flyers
  • Information Sessions at your school or university
  • Transportation options (we arrange flights where necessary and provide options for ground and water transport)
  • Accommodation options (we provide quotes to utilise the most affordable and most appropriate accommodation to suit your needs)
  • Catering options (all food is covered through our fantastic range of reliable third-party providers)
  • Curriculum-based work-booklets (where requested)
  • Pre/Post Tour Activities (usually a PPP)
  • Risk Assessment (location specific)

Sunshine Coast Tours for School & University/TAFE Group

Our Domestic Tours for school and university groups are all-inclusive, affordable and fully customised. The flexible design of our Domestic Tours means itineraries can be adapted to fulfil curriculum requirements for any of the following subjects: Geography, Biology, Earth & Environmental Science, Marine Science, Investigating Science, Agricultural Science and Tourism. Educational institutions can experience one of our pre-existing itineraries or work with us to design an itinerary that perfectly suits their needs.


  • Summit Mt Ngungun for a panoramic view of the Glasshouse Mountains
  • Try your hand at rock climbing around the base of Mt Tibrogargan
  • Mingle with Australia’s native animals and meet the Irwin family at Australia Zoo
  • Watch sharks swim in a tunnel around you at Underwater World
  • Sample local produce from pineapple, macadamia and strawberry growers
  • Visit the beautiful beaches at Caloundra, Mooloolaba and Noosa
  • Explore Noosa National Park by 4×4
  • Explore the hinterland regions of Montville and Maleny
  • Enjoy a bushwalk in the rainforests of Kondallila National Park
  • Drop into Gardners Falls and swim beneath the cascade

More Information

Tour Outcomes
  • Describe the nature, spatial patterns and future directions of Sunshine Coast tourism
  • Identify environmental, social, political and technological factors affecting Sunshine Coast tourism
  • Examine the environmental, social and economic impacts of Sunshine Coast tourism
  • Identify human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability
  • Consider the environmental worldviews of people and their implications for environmental management
  • Learn about approaches to custodial responsibility and environmental management in different regions of Australia
  • Investigate human-environment systems thinking to understanding the causes and likely consequences of environmental change
  • Apply geographical and/or scientific concepts and methods to the management of environmental change
  • Apply environmental, economic and social criteria to evaluate management responses to the change
Example Itinerary: Sunshine Coast Hinterland Day Tour

An example itinerary with a focus on the environments on the Sunshine Coast.

07:00 Depart from Gold Coast for Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve
09:00 Arrive at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for a guided rainforest walk and sweeping views of the Glasshouse Mountains
10:00 Depart Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve for Maple Street, Maleny
10:15 Enjoy boutique shopping and country cafes on Maleny’s main street
10:30 Depart Maple Street for Maleny Cheese
10:35 Cheese Taste Testing at Maleny Cheese
11:05 Depart Maleny Cheese for Gardners Falls
11:10 Arrive at Gardners Falls and swim beneath the waterfall
12:00 Depart Gardners Falls for Gerrard’s Lookout
12:10 Stop at Gerrard’s Lookout to take in the breath-taking view!
12:30 Depart Gerrard’s Lookout for Montville
12:45 Enjoy lunch in the beautiful country town of Montville
13:45 Depart Montville for Mapleton Falls National Park
14:00 Arrive at Mapleton Falls National Park for a short rainforest walk
14:45 Depart Mapleton Falls National Park for the Gold Coast
17:00 Arrive at Gold Coast. End entire program.