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Sunshine Coast
Travel Guide

Mooloolaba which includes a coastal town and surf

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.

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Where to stay in Sunshine Coast

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
The price is ¥12,514 per night from Jun 22 to Jun 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! (1,954 reviews)
"Great place for kids to enjoy the activities on site. Unfortunately we were in a villa next to some permanent residents that were very loud"

Reviewed on May 23, 2021

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
5 out of 5
94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD
The price is ¥18,545 per night from Jun 23 to Jun 23
This family-friendly Sunshine Coast aparthotel is located on a river, within a 5-minute walk of Weyba Creek Bushland Reserve North, Weyba Creek Bushland Reserve ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,346 reviews)
"Our stay was lovely"

Reviewed on May 24, 2021

RACV Noosa Resort
Noosa Blue Resort
Noosa Blue Resort
4.5 out of 5
16 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥22,180 per night from Jul 21 to Jul 21
Located in Noosa Heads, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Weyba Creek Bushland Reserve North, Noosa Beach, and Hastings Street. Lake ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,382 reviews)
"Great location and the option to book an adult only section is fantastic! Very central and with amenities on your doorstep, without the eye watering price tag."

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Noosa Blue Resort
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Dolphin Waters Tin Can Bay
Dolphin Waters Tin Can Bay
3.5 out of 5
40-41 The Esplanade, Tin Can Bay, QLD
The price is ¥12,813 per night from Jun 24 to Jun 24
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is 8.1 mi (13 km) from Pipeclay National Park and 12.1 mi (19.4 km) from Womalah Resources Reserve. Rainbow ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (163 reviews)
"The price was reasonable and the unit had a great view of the water.Some furniture and decor was worn. Bath washers weren't provided. There was a mirrir in the bathroom but the only other was behind the main bedroom door. This was inconvenient when 3 people were getting ready to go out."

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2021

Dolphin Waters Tin Can Bay
On the Beach Resort Bribie Island
On the Beach Resort Bribie Island
4.5 out of 5
9 North Street, Woorim, QLD
Offering direct access to the beach, this Woorim apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Bribie Island National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Comboyuro ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (118 reviews)
"Loved the location and set up of the unit. The particular unit we had (No. 7) had limited views, wasn't cleaned properly and needed some renovating"

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

On the Beach Resort Bribie Island
Welcome Home to Imbil Country Cabins
Welcome Home to Imbil Country Cabins
Imbil, QLD
Situated in Imbil, this cabin is within 12 mi (20 km) of Kenilworth Bluff Nature Refuge, Borumba Dam, and Little Bella Nature Refuge. Wurraglen Nature Refuge ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great weekend getaway
"Modern cabins in a very scenic location, not far from the centre of town. Easy check in, good BBQ and other cooking facilities. Highly recommend a stay at Imbil Country Cabins."

Reviewed on Jul 26, 2020

Welcome Home to Imbil Country Cabins
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