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Sunshine CoastAustralia

Enjoy pristine beaches, lush rainforest and exciting cities in this area north of Brisbane, famous for its surf breaks, fresh seafood and laid-back locals.

The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful area of South East Queensland that takes in incredible beaches, cosmopolitan cities and scenic mountain landscapes. The area runs from Caloundra in the south to Noosa Heads in the north and inland to the verdant Blackall Ranges.

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

Stay in cosmopolitan high-rise hotels along Mooloolaba’s busy Esplanade. A short walk from here is Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, an award-winning marine park and wildlife sanctuary. Just 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 chic bistros and hike through rainforest in Noosa National Park.

The Sunshine Coast hinterland is a great daytrip from the coast or a romantic mountain getaway. Artistic communities such as Maleny and Mapleton offer organic food, art galleries and incredible views. Visit the markets in Eumundi on Wednesdays and Saturdays to browse fresh produce and arts and crafts, among more than 500 stalls.

The Sunshine Coast has a subtropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. Lifeguards patrol many beaches every day of the year and you’ll find visitors and locals swimming even during winter. Try your hand at watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. You can hike and bike ride through the forests and mountains that surround many communities on the Sunshine Coast.

Caloundra is about 90 kilometres (56 miles) from Brisbane. Hire a car at the Brisbane Airport and drive. You can also fly in to the Sunshine Coast Airport at Marcoola, south of Coolum. The privately run Sunbus buses operate between towns and let you hop on and hop off anywhere along a route. You can get around towns on foot or by bicycle, but you’ll also find plenty of free parking.

The beautiful Sunshine Coast is an easy holiday destination for families and an exciting adventure for travellers.

Sunshine Coast Travel Guide Video

Where to stay in Sunshine Coast

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

Mooloolaba

A noteworthy feature of Mooloolaba is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Mooloolaba Esplanade and SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast.

Mooloolaba
Noosa Heads featuring a beach and tropical scenes

Noosa Heads

A noteworthy feature of Noosa Heads is its stunning beaches. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Noosa Beach and Hastings Street.

Noosa Heads
Kawana Beach featuring landscape views and a beach

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 showing landscape views, a beach and tropical scenes

Maroochydore

Maroochydore is known for its beaches, and you can plan a trip to Sunshine Plaza and Maroochydore Beach while you're in town.

Maroochydore
Coolum Beach showing 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 area like Lake Weyba and Noosa National Park.

Noosaville

Top hotels in Sunshine Coast

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Sebel Noosa
The Sebel Noosa
4.5 out of 5
32 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
The price is NZ$257 per night

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

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,236 reviews)

"Location to the beach and the spa bath also staff were friendly"…"

Reviewed on 25 May 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

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! (979 reviews)

"We only stayed 1 night, we didn't seem to get the room that we were looking at on the website, but we were able to upgrade without too much hassle or expense."…"

Reviewed on 13 Jul. 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 NZ$210 per night

Situated near the beach, this luxury aparthotel is steps away from Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba Beach. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Maroochydore Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,997 reviews)

"Wonderful location. Excellent facilities. Truly a breath of fresh air. I was through the door of my apartment and said ‘this is beautiful’"…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2020

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

Popular places to visit in Sunshine Coast

Noosa Beach
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Noosa Beach

4.5/5(1,317 reviews)

Enjoy the calm surf of this protected beach located near Noosa’s fashionable town centre and the wilderness of Noosa National Park.

Mooloolaba Beach
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Mooloolaba Beach

4.5/5(1,360 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

4.5/5(283 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

4.5/5(468 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.

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
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SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast

4.5/5(274 reviews)

Watch seals play with their trainers, sharks swim above your head and dolphins jump out of the water at this award-winning marine park.

Shelly Beach
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Shelly Beach

4.5/5(310 reviews)

Discover tidal pools amid the fascinating rock formations and crashing waves of this rugged beach, enclosed by Caloundra’s scenic pine-covered headland.

Top activities in Sunshine Coast

Whale Watching on Whale One
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Whale Watching on Whale One

NZ$80
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Eumundi Market & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Eumundi Market & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

NZ$127
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Everglades Half Day Serenity Cruise
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Everglades Half Day Serenity Cruise

NZ$71
Per adult
Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour
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Noosa & Sunshine Coast Hinterland Tour

NZ$127
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
3-Day Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay Resort Excursion
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3-Day Fraser Island Kingfisher Bay Resort Excursion

NZ$582
Per adult
Private Rainbow Beach 4WD Day Trip from Noosa
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Private Rainbow Beach 4WD Day Trip from Noosa

NZ$174
Per adult

Cities near Sunshine Coast

Southbank Parklands which includes a river or creek, a high-rise building and boating

Brisbane

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

Beerwah

Aussie World which includes a bar, street scenes and signage

Palmview

Mel T on trover

Landsborough