Enjoy the laid-back atmosphere, magnificent surroundings and a network of nature trails in Beerwah, one of the larger towns in the Glass House Mountains area. Beerwah’s biggest attraction is the beauty and majesty of the Glass House Mountains, but it is also home to exciting theme parks, including the famous Australia Zoo.
The name Beerwah comes from the Aboriginal Kabi word birrawaman, which is an abbreviation of the word birra-wandum where birra means “sky” and wandum means “climbing up”. With spectacular views of the Glass House Mountains, it’s easy to see how the town earned its name. If you are an experienced climber, tackle the challenging Mount Beerwah, the largest of the Glass House Mountains. From its summit, relish the stunning panoramic views across the Sunshine Coast.
Venture into the Beerburrum State Forest and the Beerwah State Forest. These extend north from Caboolture to Caloundra and from Pumicestone Passage west to Woodford. Take one of the short walks through exotic pine plantations and open eucalypt forests. Try to identify the changes in vegetation as you move through remnants of rainforest and and pockets of coastal wallum country. Wallum is characterised by shrubland and heath where wildflowers and the beautiful banksia grow.
You can also go four-wheel driving, trail biking or horse riding along the established forest roads.Experience the outdoors with a camping trip at Coochin Creek. This mangrove-lined creek is a great place to fish or explore in a canoe. The creek flows into the sheltered waters of Pumicestone Passage and into Moreton Bay Marine Park. The Coochin Creek camping area includes communal fire rings and sites for tents, camper trailers and caravans.
Set aside a full day to enjoy Australia Zoo. Established in 1970, Australia Zoo was brought to fame by the late wildlife enthusiast Steve Irwin. Australia Zoo features dozens of open enclosures filled with remarkable wildlife and spread throughout native bushland. Experience the one-of-a-kind crocodile show made famous by the Crocodile Hunter himself, Steve Irwin.
Beerwah is located about 70 kilometres (43 miles) north of Brisbane along the Bruce Highway. Only a short drive from the Sunshine Coast, Beerwah is the perfect spot to explore the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland where you will find the charming towns of Maleny and Montville.
Mountains, Zoo and Wildlife
Cuddle a koala, feed kangaroos, see elephants or watch a crocodile show at this famous wildlife park, the former playground of the late crocodile hunter Steve Irwin.
Relax at one of the Sunshine Coast’s most attractive beaches, where fishing is abundant, the surf is great and the rolling waves are perfect for swimming.
Cool off in the water, stroll along the coastal esplanade and scuba dive among military shipwrecks.
Clear ocean waters, a dazzling stretch of sandy shore, warm paddling pools and a beachside boardwalk combine to make this a classic seaside getaway.
Discover tidal pools amid the fascinating rock formations and crashing waves of this rugged beach, enclosed by Caloundra’s scenic pine-covered headland.
Watch seals play with their trainers, sharks swim above your head and dolphins jump out of the water at this award-winning marine park.
Hop on board the Croc Express and ride to Australia Zoo—made famous by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Explore the zoo at your own pace and see plenty of wildlife action and exciting wildlife shows.
Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's legacy is your playground as you discover amazing wildlife and spectacular entertainment at Australia Zoo. Travel in style and comfort on the air-conditioned Croc Express, which takes you on the scenic route to the world-famous wildlife theme park.
Visit the famous Australia Zoo to meet some of the most incredible creatures on Earth in a natural habitat. Spend a full day exploring the incredible and educational exhibits of the zoo, including thrilling shows, an African safari, and spots where you can feed kangaroos and baby animals.
Hop on board the Croc Express and ride to the Australia Zoo—made famous by Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin. Explore the zoo at your own pace and see plenty of wildlife action and exciting wildlife shows.
Take a scenic tour through the history of Brisbane and the unique wildlife of Australia with 4 days in Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Meet the animals at Australia Zoo, made famous by the legendary Steve Irwin, and admire the distinctive Glass House Mountains.
Flinders on a Jetski is a 90-minute trip tracing the path of Mathew Flinders back from 1799. After leaving the marina, you'll head out to White Patch before continuing north along the eastern side of Little Goat Island.