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Sunshine CoastAustralia

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.

Sunshine Coast Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Sunshine Coast

Mooloolaba featuring general coastal views and a beach as well as a small group of people

Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba is beloved for its stunning beaches. Take some time to explore sights in the area like Mooloolaba Esplanade and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

Mooloolaba
Noosa Heads showing a sandy beach and tropical scenes

Noosa Heads

Travelers to Noosa Heads praise its stunning beaches. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Noosa Beach and Hastings Street.

Noosa Heads
Kawana Beach which includes a sandy beach and landscape views

Caloundra

Caloundra is known for its stunning beaches, and with sights like Bulcock Beach and Caloundra Events Center, you won't get bored spending a day wandering around this part of Sunshine Coast.

Caloundra
Maroochydore featuring tropical scenes, landscape views and a sandy beach

Maroochydore

Travelers come to Maroochydore for its beaches, and you can see top attractions like Sunshine Plaza and Maroochydore Beach while you're in town.

Maroochydore
Coolum Beach which includes a sandy beach and landscape views as well as a couple

Coolum Beach

The beaches and seaside views are top of the list for many visitors to Coolum Beach. A stop by Coolum Beach or Noosa National Park might round out your trip.

Coolum Beach
Noosaville which includes general coastal views and a coastal town

Noosaville

Noosaville is known for its stunning river views, and you can see some sights in the area like Lake Weyba and Noosa National Park.

Noosaville

Top Hotels in Sunshine Coast

The Sebel Noosa
The Sebel Noosa
4.5 out of 5
32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
The price is ¥17,374 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Offering direct access to the beach, this Noosa Heads aparthotel is in the city center, steps from Hastings Street and Noosa Beach. Noosa National Park and Noosa ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,249 reviews)

"Pleasant experience. Staff were delightful. Great location on Hastings amongst it all."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

The Sebel Noosa
Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel
Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel
4 out of 5
270 Ocean Drive, Sunshine Coast, Twin Waters, QLD
The price is ¥10,770 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Located in Twin Waters, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Mudjimba Beach and Twin Waters Golf Club. Marcoola Beach ...

3.9/5Very Good! (993 reviews)

"Family friendly, activities for kids, kangaroos that let the kids get up close, great restaurant, room was great value"…"

Reviewed on Jul 19, 2020

Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba, QLD
The price is ¥17,137 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in Mooloolaba, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba Beach. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Maroochydore Beach are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,036 reviews)

"Great location within walking distance to shops, cafe, beaches and restaurants. The room was clean and the spa bath is amazing."…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Sunshine Coast

The Sebel Noosa
The Sebel Noosa
4.5 out of 5
32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
The price is ¥17,374 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 27

Offering direct access to the beach, this Noosa Heads aparthotel is in the city center, steps from Hastings Street and Noosa Beach. Noosa National Park and Noosa ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,249 reviews)

"Pleasant experience. Staff were delightful. Great location on Hastings amongst it all."…"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2020

The Sebel Noosa
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
4.5 out of 5
Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba, QLD
The price is ¥17,137 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 9

Located in Mooloolaba, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba Beach. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Maroochydore Beach are also ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,036 reviews)

"Great location within walking distance to shops, cafe, beaches and restaurants. The room was clean and the spa bath is amazing."…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
The price is ¥11,312 per night from Oct 21 to Oct 22

Located in Golden Beach, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bulcock Beach, Caloundra Events Center, and Queensland Air Museum. Kings Beach and Moffat ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,858 reviews)

"The property was excellent with lot of activities for both adults and kids. The rooms were spacious and clean. Staff were very accommodating to requests."…"

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2020

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Sunshine Coast

Noosa Beach
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Noosa Beach

4.5/5(51 reviews)

Pristine white-sand shores, calm waters and lush forest alongside cosmopolitan shopping and dining await in this fashionable beachside town.

Mooloolaba Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach

4.5/5(39 reviews)

Cool off in the water, stroll along the coastal esplanade and scuba dive among military shipwrecks.

Kawana Beach
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Kawana Beach

4/5(7 reviews)

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.

Bulcock Beach
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Bulcock Beach

5/5(4 reviews)

Clear ocean waters, a dazzling stretch of sandy shore, warm paddling pools and a beachside boardwalk combine to make this a classic seaside getaway.

Maroochydore Beach
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Maroochydore Beach

4.5/5(11 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Maroochydore Beach, a popular beach in Sunshine Coast. Make time for the spas and surfing spots in this family-friendly area.

Coolum Beach
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Coolum Beach

4.5/5(24 reviews)

Nothing says vacation like spending a lazy day at Coolum Beach, a popular beach in Sunshine Coast. Make time for the spas and surfing spots in this romantic area.

Top things to do in Sunshine Coast

Noosa, Eumundi & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Excursion
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Noosa, Eumundi & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Excursion

¥9,059
Per adult
82% of travellers recommend
Eumundi Market & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Eumundi Market & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

¥9,059
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Bribie Island Adventure Tour
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Bribie Island Adventure Tour

¥10,277
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

¥9,059
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Everglades Eco Safari Cruise (Cruise 'n' Canoe)
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Everglades Eco Safari Cruise (Cruise 'n' Canoe)

¥7,137
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium Entrance Ticket
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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium Entrance Ticket

¥3,342
Per adult

Cities near Sunshine Coast

Southbank Parklands showing a skyscraper, boating and a city

Brisbane

Beerwah showing zoo animals as well as a large group of people

Beerwah

Aussie World featuring street scenes, signage and a bar

Palmview

Photo by Mel T

Landsborough