The Best of The Sunshine Coast

Located 90 minutes north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is home to over 100km of glittering coastline, effortlessly cool coastal towns, a lush hinterland bursting with fresh produce and 300 days of glorious sunshine every year.

The Sunshine Coast is like the Gold Coast’s more chilled out cousin, where the beaches are just as beautiful, the surf breaks are just as epic, and the list of things to do and see is just as long – but the pace of life is much more laidback and loose.

A relaxing getaway for couples and families all year round, you’re bound to fall in love with this captivating corner of Queensland. From North to South, here are our favourite places to visit on the Sunshine Coast.

 

▼Noosa

 

 

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Noosa has become one of Australia’s most trendy coastal towns and Hastings Street is at the heart of it all, boasting stylish boutique shops and bustling cafes and bars. Grab yourself a treat from Massimo’s Gelateria, enjoy an afternoon tipple at Miss Moneypenny’s or settle in for a coffee with a side of people watching at Café Le Monde.

Just a few steps from Hastings Street you’ll find the white sand and turquoise waters of Noosa’s idyllic Main Beach. The calm conditions make this the perfect beach for swimming, especially for the little ones.

Head to Noosa National Park to explore Noosa’s wilder side, sprawling across three untouched areas, Noosa Headland, Emu Mountain and Peregian. If you’re up for a challenge, you can make the trek to Noosa’s famous Fairy Pools at the far end of Granite Bay.

As one of Australia’s most sought-after destinations, this slice of coastal paradise is extremely popular all year round so don’t come to Noosa to escape the crowds (or find a park easily!).

 

 Coolum

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Sit back and enjoy the carefree beachside vibes of uncrowded Coolum – a far cry from the bustle of Noosa. Coolum is a surfer’s sanctuary, boasting some of the best waves on the Sunshine Coast. If you’re keen to learn, Coolum Surf School can show you the ropes with individual and group lessons available.

Cutting a dramatic figure on the Sunshine Coast landscape, Mount Coolum is a 25 million year old volcanic dome that you definitely have to climb when visiting the region. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the summit, and once you’re at the top, you’ll be greeted with spectacular 360-views of the entire coast and verdant hinterland.

After you’ve conquered Mount Coolum, head back to the main street opposite Coolum Beach for a well-deserved feast. Check out Coolum Surf Club for a classic pub feed, Canteen Kitchen + Bar for a sneaky midday cocktail, Mr Mancino for primo Italian, or head down Birtwill Street to The Caf for great coffee and all day brekkie options.

 

 Maroochydore and Alexandra Headland

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Maroochydore is considered the CBD of the Sunshine Coast, boasting a thriving nightlife and live music scene, plenty of recreational activities and creative restaurants with cuisine from all over the world.

Ocean Street is arguably Maroochydore’s best nightlight spot, home to an array of restaurants, bars and live music joints. Start your night with an authentic Asian street food feast at Junk, before enjoying a cocktail or two at The Piano Bar, then kicking on at Solbar or Old Soul.

Set beside the Maroochy River, there is a scenic coastal walk that runs from Cotton Tree through to Alexandra Headland – another beautiful beach and popular spot for surfers. Here you’ll also find our beachside Oaks Seaforth Resort, boasting spacious and family-friendly waterfront apartments.

 

 Mooloolaba

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Mooloolaba is a fantastic family holiday destination, buzzing with things to do but still maintaining that signature carefree Sunshine Coast vibe. With its seemingly endless stretch of white sand, Mooloolaba Beach is the ideal spot for sunbaking, swimming and surfing (or all of the above). Simply pick up some local fish and chips, claim your patch of sand for the day and enjoy.

Take a stroll along the vibrant beachfront esplanade, filled with alfresco cafes, restaurants and boutique shops, before settling in at The Surf Club for sunset drinks and dinner overlooking the golden beach below.

Keen to get out on the water? Head to The Wharf, where you can embark on a number of water-based adventures, such as whale watching, snorkelling, river cruises and fishing charters. If you’re travelling with kids in tow, the little ones will love spending the day at Sea Life Sunshine Coast where they can explore a unique underwater world with thousands of marine and freshwater animals.

 Caloundra

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 Holidays in Caloundra essentially revolve around beach-hopping – and Caloundra’s picturesque coastal paths and boardwalks provide the ideal way to take in the ocean views and visit each of the area’s postcard-perfect beaches.

Kings Beach is always a family favourite, with rock pools to explore, gentle surf and a calm ocean pool. Stroll the boardwalk at Bulcock Beach and catch a glimpse of the Pumicestone Passage and Glass House Mountains. To avoid the crowds, enjoy the serenity of Shelly Beach (but keep in mind this beach is unpatrolled so swimming is not advised). Surfers can hit the waves at Moffat Beach and Dicky Beach.

After a long day of lazing on the beach, kick back with an ice-cold craft beer from Moffat Beach Brewing Co. or grab a coffee, cocktail and everything in between from beach café The Pocket Espresso Bar. For dinner, you can’t go past a good ol’ pub meal and incredible ocean views at Mets on Kings –  a Caloundra institution.

Caloundra has been a much-loved family holiday destination for generations, and it’s also home to our Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort, ranked among the Top 10 Family Resorts in Australia by Holidays with Kids.

 

 

 

  Hinterland

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Though the Sunshine Coast may be renowned for its stunning coastal havens, you cannot visit the region without heading out into the cane fields to the lush rolling hills, rainforests and mountains of the Hinterland.

Brimming with natural beauty, incredible fresh produce, gourmet delights and artisan creations, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is truly a feast for the senses.

Here you’ll find the breathtaking Glass House Mountains, a collection of dramatic volcanic crags rising up from the earth. These mystical 27-million-year-old monoliths have become one of the Sunshine Coast’s most iconic landmarks. The best way to experience this fascinating area is to jump in the car and drive through the Glass House Mountains National Park, stopping at scenic viewpoints and lookouts along the way, or stretch those legs on one of the many hiking trails.

 

Dreaming of your next Sunshine Coast getaway? With our new Together Again offer, you can save up to 30% on your booking and enjoy the peace of mind of flexible booking policies, including free cancellation.

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