Sunshine Coast

Travel Guide
Mooloolaba showing a coastal town and waves

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.

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, 4551
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$197 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a water park. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,091 reviews)
"Its a shame ot rained our whole stay but the heated splash park and spa was still good for out daughter. I love the on site restaurant and buffet breakfast."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel
Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel
4 out of 5
270 Ocean Drive, Sunshine Coast, Twin Waters, QLD, 4564
The price is NZ$211 per night from 20 Jun. to 21 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
3.9/5 Good! (976 reviews)
"This resort has a great pool and a great setup for weddings, we didn't attend the wedding but did hear a group of people speaking extremely highly about how it was setup and how the whole wedding was fantastic and how the staff were great. Will definitely be back."

Reviewed on 1 May 2022

Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel
RACV Noosa Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
5 out of 5
94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD, 4567
The price is NZ$342 per night from 5 Jun. to 6 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,479 reviews)
"Pool was so good, water temperature is perfect."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

RACV Noosa 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.
Aquarius Kawana
Aquarius Kawana
4 out of 5
14 Bright Place, Birtinya, QLD, 4575
The price is NZ$165 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (310 reviews)
"Reception was exceptional. Friendly and professional."

Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2022

Aquarius Kawana
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD, 4551
The price is NZ$197 per night from 29 May to 30 May
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a water park. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,091 reviews)
"Its a shame ot rained our whole stay but the heated splash park and spa was still good for out daughter. I love the on site restaurant and buffet breakfast."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
5 out of 5
94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD, 4567
The price is NZ$342 per night from 5 Jun. to 6 Jun.
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,479 reviews)
"Pool was so good, water temperature is perfect."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

RACV Noosa 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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