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Sunshine Coast Vacations

Enjoy uncrowded golden beaches, rainforest walks and charming oceanfront villages in this area north of the Queensland Capital, Brisbane. It’s where Australia comes to relax.

The Sunshine Coast is a stunning area of South East Queensland that takes in superb clean beaches, cosmopolitan tourist precincts against a scenic mountain backdrop. The area runs from the family friendly Caloundra in the south to world renowned Noosa Heads in the north and inland to the verdant Blackall Ranges.

Drive about 1 hour north of the state capital, Brisbane to reach Caloundra, which has six beaches and a range of accommodation. Continue north to Mooloolaba, Coolum Beach and Noosa Beach which are also popular coastal destinations.

Stay in cosmopolitan Mooloolaba’s for chic cafe’s, restaurants and bars, as well as one of the Sunshine Coast’s best surf clubs. A short walk away is Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, an award-winning aquarium. Just a mile or so north of Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland is a quieter destination known for its surfing beaches. Coolum is similarly relaxed and offers world-famous golf courses. Visit Noosa to dine in modern bistros and hike through rainforest in Noosa National Park.

The Sunshine Coast hinterland is a great daytrip from the coast or a romantic mountain destination itself. Mountain-top artistic villages like Maleny and Mapleton offer gourmet food, art and craft galleries, cool breezes and magnificent views. Visit the markets in Eumundi on Wednesdays and Saturdays to browse fresh produce and locally made goods, among the 600 stalls.

The Sunshine Coast has a subtropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. The famous aussie life savers patrol all the popular beaches throughout the year and the water is warm enough to swim even during winter. Try your hand at surfing or kayaking in one of the rivers and estuaries along the coast. You can walk and bike along the coastal paths or in the forests and mountains that surround many communities on the Sunshine Coast.

You can reach the Sunshine Coast in under 60 miles (90 kilometres) from Brisbane. Rent a car at the Brisbane Airport and drive. You can also fly to the Sunshine Coast Airport at Marcoola, south of Coolum from several destinations around Australia. The privately run Sunbus buses operate between towns and let you hop on and hop off anywhere along a route. If your are feeling energetic you can get around on foot or by bicycle, but you’ll also find plenty of free parking.


Guide to Exploring Sunshine Coast


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Novotel Twin Waters Resort ¥9,123
Reviewed on Jun 23, 2019
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Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Novotel Twin Waters Resort

270 Ocean Drive, Sunshine Coast, Twin Waters, QLD
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    close to beach and golf ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..

    Oaks Oasis Resort ¥8,879
    Reviewed on Apr 28, 2019
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    Oaks Oasis Resort

    Oaks Oasis Resort

    2 Landsborough Parade, Caloundra, QLD
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      love the water park and the kids playgrounds. could use a convenient store and perhaps pizza pick up

      Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach ¥8,717
      Reviewed on Jun 14, 2019
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      Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach

      Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach

      923 David Low Way, Marcoola, QLD
         
        3.9 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        The location is great, staff are very professional and pleasant

        Oaks Seaforth Resort ¥13,015
        Reviewed on Jun 1, 2019
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        Oaks Seaforth Resort

        Oaks Seaforth Resort

        98-110 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, QLD
           
          4.3 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Good location with everything we required either a short walk or drive,clean with good facilities.

          Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas ¥14,123
          Reviewed on Jun 13, 2019
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          Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

          Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

          Little Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
             
            4.6 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            It was a great property at a great price. The staff were also great

            Mantra Mooloolaba Beach ¥12,366
            Reviewed on Jun 10, 2019
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            Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

            Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

            Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba, QLD
               
              4.4 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              the apartment was clean and well maintained. Our bedroom had a spa and I loved the indoor heated pool. 1 yo daugter had a very good time. will definetly be going back!

              Noosa Blue Resort
              Reviewed on Jun 9, 2019
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              Noosa Blue Resort

              Noosa Blue Resort

              16 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD
                 
                4.3 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                It was handy, good parking and the apartments were great all the amenities you need.

                The Sebel Noosa ¥16,352
                Reviewed on Jun 15, 2019
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                The Sebel Noosa

                The Sebel Noosa

                32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Right in the heart of town, beautiful modern property with everything you could need & more; from free parking to bath salts in the deep soaking tub. Wonderful swimming pool great for adults and kids alike. Handy to the beach, dining on your door step. Would definitely stay again and highly ...

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