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Sunshine Coast

Known for Family-friendly, Beaches and Dining

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.

How do you get to Sunshine Coast?

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.

Activities in Sunshine Coast

Cuddly koalas, cute kangaroos and amazing crocodile shows – get up close to Australia and the world’s most amazing animals in Brisbane’s famous wildlife park.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Twist and turn on exciting rides, climb great heights, fall at high speeds and thrill yourself in a day at this popular theme park north of Brisbane.

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Explore Fraser Island on this 3-day eco tour and hike by towering trees, swim in beautiful freshwater lakes, and spot scenic natural wonders. Drive along one of the world's most beautiful highways and enjoy 2 nights at the magnificent Kingfisher Bay Eco Resort.

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Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin's legacy is your playground as you discover amazing wildlife and spectacular entertainment at Australia Zoo. Travel in style and comfort on the air-conditioned Croc Express, which takes you on the scenic route to the world-famous wildlife theme park.

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Hailed as one of the most pristine snorkeling spots in Queensland, Flinders Reef is known for its dazzling visibility, diverse coral species, and abundant marine life. Grab your gear and embark on a snorkeling cruise to spend the day discovering this aquatic paradise.

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Experience an Epic Ocean Adventure back to nature and into the wild with our Dolphin View Kayak Tour. We take you on a stunning Great Beach Drive into the Great Sandy National Park to the spectacular Double Island Point.

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See the wonders of the Australia Zoo and the Australia's splendid Sunshine Coast all in one day on this tour. Spend time exploring the educational and interactive exhibits of the zoo, then visit the quaint village of Montville before walking the astounding rainforests of Mary Cairncross Reserve.

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Explore the natural wonders of the world's largest sand island on this 2-day adventure. Venture to breathtaking beaches, lakes, and rainforests in this UNESCO-listed paradise, and stay overnight in fun hostel-style accommodations.