North of Brisbane is where you’ll find the perfect contrasts of the Sunshine Coast. From its 100 km of sun-soaked golden sands where you can take endless relaxing beach strolls. To the lush volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains and the charming historic villages and quaint B&Bs of the hinterland. The Sunshine Coast has something for everyone.
Travel an hour north of Queensland’s capital for boutique shopping in trendy Noosa, resort living beside famous beaches, trekking in pristine national parks, wildlife encounters at Australia Zoo and Sunshine Coast kayak tours in the unique everglades. Pack your sunscreen and your sense of adventure; the Sunshine Coast is packed with attractions and perfect holiday moments.
With 100k m of beaches, the towns and neighbourhoods of the Sunshine Coast are diverse and inviting for many different reasons. Caloundra oozes laid-back charm for a low key holiday. Tea Tree Bay, Marcoola Beach and Coolum Beach attract surfers looking for wave breaking thrills. Kawana and Maroochydore offer beautiful beaches alongside fine dining opportunities.
Eumundi is famous for its market, the largest outdoor market in the country, bursting with local artisans, performers, and colourful characters. And the hinterland mountain top villages of Maleny and Montville make for secluded romantic getaways with woodland walking tracks and horseback riding adventures.
There are a plethora of Sunshine Coast tourist attractions to keep you busy. For adventure enthusiasts, there are Sunshine Coast bike tours, learn to surf lessons, jet skiing on Pumicestone Passage, Australia’s largest high ropes course, scuba diving and more.
For those looking for something more sedate, the Sunshine Coast has a host of mind and body wellness-orientated retreats, spas and organic cafes. If you’re feeling a little less wholesome, the Sunshine Coast has recently been dubbed Australia’s craft beer capital. You can follow a self-guided brewery trail or join a craft beer tour.
Covering an area of 1,633 km², the Sunshine Coast stretches from the tip of Bribie Island in Brisbane’s north to the edge of the Cooloola Great Sandy National Park, the gateway to World Heritage-listed Fraser Island.
The Sunshine Coast experiences a sub-tropical climate with mild winters showcasing picture-perfect blue sky days and cooling sea breezes in the hot Queensland summer. This makes the Sunshine Coast the perfect year-round holiday destination. Browse through our Queensland holiday packages if you’re keen to stay and play on the Sunshine Coast.
For foodies, Mooloolaba is one of the busiest seafood ports on Australia’s eastern coast, with daily hauls of fresh prawns, crabs, and swordfish served up in bustling waterfront restaurants. Further inland, rich volcanic soil produces juicy pineapples and finger limes. Other local specialities include macadamia nuts, ginger, avocados and dairy. You’ll find award-winning cheeses and yoghurts in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Jump on a farm-to-fork tour to learn more.
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