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About Us

SHOWING YOU THE BEST OF THE SUNSHINE COAST

Coast to Hinterland Tours is a Sunshine Coast Tour Operator incorporating storytelling, sightseeing, food & wine into customer-focused authentic day tours, transfers and minibus charter experiences.  
Mission

Deliver Sunshine Coast’s best travel experiences with unmatched safety, comfort and customer-focused service, every day of the week.

Vision

To strengthen our position as Sunshine Coast’s most desired Tour Operator that is respected and trusted by both partners and customers.

Values

We ensure Quality

We are Passionate

We are Constantly Improving

We are Customer Focused

Hi, I’m Mark owner of Coast To Hinterland Tours and it’s subsidiary Coast to Hinterland Charters and passionate Sunshine Coast local.

My team and I would love to show you around this paradise we call home. From sparkling sapphire coastlines to the majestic Hinterland, we give you the local insight into the BEST the Sunshine Coast has to offer.

Whether you’re looking for amazing beaches, untouched nature or idyllic hinterland villages – we’ve got you covered.

Our day-tours are carefully designed to indulge foodies, nature-buffs, history fans and beach-lovers alike.

Personally, I’ve been involved in tourism for over 20 years both in Australia and overseas and in that time I’ve learned what’s important to ensure you receive a first-class day tour experience. I’ve put all the best highlights and more together for you into what I think are the Sunshine Coast’s best day tours.

Here’s a small taste of what awaits you on one of our tours:

  • Sip world-class wines at boutique wineries
  • Visit and walk through one of the best-hidden secrets in the Noosa Hinterland
  • See awe-inspiring natural attractions up close
  • Explore the gold rush town of Gympie and journey through the picturesque Mary Valley on a steam train
  • Excite your tastebuds at local food markets, award-winning restaurants and small family-owned farm gates
  • Explore the unforgettable Sunshine Coast and Noosa hinterlands from rainforests to wineries

We are committed to ensuring your holiday on the Sunshine Coast is the best it can be. Let us take you on a Sunshine Coast tour to remember.

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Tour Operator Sunshine Coast, Mark Baker, Coast to Hinterland Tours

Mark, Founder

I am a consummate organiser with a passion for tourism and travel. I’ve not only studied tourism but I’ve also lived it, having visited over 80 countries. Leaving Zimbabwe with my family at age 9, we settled in South Africa before migrating to Australia. After a brief stay in Perth, we settled in Townsville, where I finished school before completing an Associate Diploma of Business in Travel and Tourism. I began working for a local travel agency, before taking over its management. 

Taking a break from the travel industry I ventured into selling print media advertising, developing further my customer service skills. My passion for adventure ignited with the prospect of a working holiday; the UK opened its arms and welcomed me to its shores. I was immersed in travel, visiting over 50 countries during my time away. New jobs allowed me to further develop my organisational and leadership skills, and learn new skills that have become integral to Coast to Hinterland Tours.

Not content to stay in one location or one industry, an impulse decision saw me land in Shetland on the working side of the bar, sharing stories with locals and visitors, before returning to London in a new leadership role. This was another stepping stone, a chapter in a longer story. With my finger pointed the globe turned once more, this time stopping at Slovenia.

Soon work led me back to tourism; I became Sales & Customer Relations Manager for an online company selling travel packages throughout Europe. 4+ years later, I was back in London, planning my return to Australia.

Settling on the Sunshine Coast despite never having been here before was another challenge to be met. I had lived in 6 countries, one of them where I didn’t have the language, so how hard could it be? I found my feet before I had taken off my shoes, this was my new home; paradise.

Starting a business was the only thing to do. I had found paradise and wanted to share it with as many people as I could; and what better way to do that than to utilise all of my skills and experience to create a company that would allow me to do just that? So I created Coast to Hinterland Tours. My passion for adventure, my love of food, of nature, of where I live, this place was too good not to share.

My life has always been an adventure and I will continue to make adventure my life. The rest, well, it’s still happening.

Tour Operator Sunshine Coast, Geoff Cherry, Driver | Coast to Hinterland Tours

Geoff, Senior Tour Guide

Jan - Coast to Hinterland Tours. Tour Guide

Jan, Passionate Tour Guide

Having been a school teacher for over 40 years, both in Australia and the UK, you could say I am experienced with handling situations and people – both big and small.

After living and teaching on the Sunshine Coast for many years, a quest for ‘seeing the world’ saw me pack up my life and head off with nothing more than a bag of clothes. The two years I’d planned to stay soon turned into twelve as the travel bug had taken me to explore and experience 27 different countries.

With retirement from teaching in England, home on the Sunshine Coast was calling, which is where I found a new career – tour guiding. This was ideal for me  – giving me the opportunity to share the delights of interesting places with a coachload of tourists – meeting new people and being instrumental in giving them an enjoyable experience. Initially I worked for tour guiding companies, meeting cruise ships docking in Brisbane and Mooloolaba. Through this line of work I developed an indepth knowledge of places, while using my organisation skills of managing group travel.  Taking a coachload of elderly cruisers is not dissimilar to a group of school kids, except they take longer to load on board!

When the pandemic put paid to that scheme, I looked for a new outlet for my guide experience and found it in coach tours. Touring locally on the Sunshine Coast means I can share my knowledge of and passion for the special places I love right on my doorstep.

Being part of the CTH team means I can share my enthusiasm for the Sunshine Coast and help to fulfill customers’ desire for a happy and meaningful day out.

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