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GETTING AWAY FROM IT ALL

You can’t beat the Sunshine Coast when it comes to whale watching, native flora and fauna, and communing with the sights and sounds of nature.

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WHALE OF A TIME

Swimmers can frolic with these gentle giants of the deep on the Sunshine Coast. Sunreef Mooloolaba will host wildlife lovers from all over the world from July to October. About 35,000 humpback whales migrate through Sunshine Coast waters each year, leaving Antarctica for warmer climes. They generally swim along the ‘whale highway’, about 15 nautical miles off the coast. A purpose-built vessel takes up position more than 100m away. Swimmers in wetsuits and snorkels, who have been safety-briefed, can enter the water with a guide and a floating safety line attached to the boat. sunreef.com.au

MOUNTAIN MAGIC

The Glass House Mountains hold the same fascinatio­n today as when Captain James Cook named them in 1770, and when Aboriginal Dreamtime stories were told tens of thousands of years ago. Cook named the cluster of 13 volcanic peaks that rise abruptly from the coastal plain, near what are now Beerburrum State Forest and Steve Irwin Way, on May 17, 1770. Seen from the water, the steepsided, craggy peaks reminded him of the glass furnaces in his home county of Yorkshire, England. The mountains have always been considered sacred by Aboriginal people. Long before white settlement, the region was a special meeting place for Aboriginal people to gather for ceremonies and social activities.

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