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Sunshine Coast
Travel Guide

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

Top Hotels 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 ¥13,035 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

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! (1,907 reviews)

"Loved the location. So close to everything you need. The chef in the restaurant needs to improve however."…"

Reviewed on Feb 9, 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 ¥19,997 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

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! (1,328 reviews)

"Clean and modern accommodation. On-site parking is a little messy with cars parked across footpaths etc. Shuttle bus service is handy. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

RACV Noosa Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort
4.5 out of 5
98-110 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, QLD
The price is ¥15,276 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

Located in Alexandra Headland, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Suncity Tenpin and Maroochydore Beach. Mooloolaba Esplanade and Sunshine ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,527 reviews)

"Facilities were great. Two pools and a spa. Room was bright and clean. Bed was comfy as. Everything was thought of. The only disappointment was no split system or tv in the 2nd bedroom. We shall be back"…"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth 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.

Vacation Rentals 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 ¥13,035 per night from Mar 14 to Mar 15

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! (1,907 reviews)

"Loved the location. So close to everything you need. The chef in the restaurant needs to improve however."…"

Reviewed on Feb 9, 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 ¥19,997 per night from Mar 16 to Mar 17

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! (1,328 reviews)

"Clean and modern accommodation. On-site parking is a little messy with cars parked across footpaths etc. Shuttle bus service is handy. Friendly staff."…"

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2021

RACV Noosa Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort
4.5 out of 5
98-110 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, QLD
The price is ¥15,276 per night from Mar 29 to Mar 30

Located in Alexandra Headland, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Suncity Tenpin and Maroochydore Beach. Mooloolaba Esplanade and Sunshine ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,527 reviews)

"Facilities were great. Two pools and a spa. Room was bright and clean. Bed was comfy as. Everything was thought of. The only disappointment was no split system or tv in the 2nd bedroom. We shall be back"…"

Reviewed on Jan 29, 2021

Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth 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.

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