Make the Most of the Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Plaza at Night - Courtesy of Tourism Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast Beaches – Courtesy of Tourism Sunshine CoastClear blue waters, secluded bays and golden beaches make Queensland's Sunshine Coast a favourite destination for holiday makers. This stunning stretch of coast takes in beachside playgrounds and hinterland villages from Caloundra to Cooloola, including the much loved destinations of Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum, the untouched Cooloola Coast and Australia's most famous resort town, Noosa.

Kings Beach Pool at Caloundra – Courtesy of Tourism Sunshine CoastVisitors to Caloundra can experience the tranquility and beauty of Pumicestone Marine Park, or picnic and barbecue along the waterfront boardwalks of Bulcock Beach. Stroll along Caloundra's boulevard, enjoy a game of cricket on the beach, or take a cruise and spot the abundant marine and birdlife. Dive into the salt water pool at Kings Beach or join the locals kiteboarding, windsurfing or sailing. For more information visit at Mooloolaba – Courtesy of Tourism Sunshine Coast

The stylish beachside resort town Mooloolaba has recently been transformed with extensive streetscaping, and the new look beachfront esplanade is a great place to explore with many beachfront resorts, alfresco dining, casual coffee shops and designer shopping.

Maroochydore is the commercial hub of the Sunshine Coast and home to its largest shopping centre, Sunshine Plaza, with more than 200 specialty stores, a food court and cinema complex. The beaches and Maroochy River are a paradise for water sports and some of the Coast’s top fishing spots.

Coolum is a favorite holiday spot for families with its village atmosphere, safe swimming and spectacular views.

Noosa, with its well-known Hastings Street, is a mecca Shopping on Hastings Street Noosa – Courtesy of Tourism Sunshine Coastfor visitors from around the world who enjoy its elegant, low rise mix of cosmopolitan cafés, delis, designer shops, fabulous restaurants and al fresco dining. A 15 minute stroll away is Noosa National Park, with its unspoilt beauty and native wildlife. 

The historical centre of Gympie is located a two hour drive north of Brisbane. Its attractions include the Gold Mining Museum, Lighthorse Museum, Mary Valley Heritage Railway and a cultural walk which guides you past the historical highlights of Mary Street, in the centre of town.

The Cooloola Region includes the coastal towns of Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay, the rolling hills of the Mary Valley and untouched Cooloola National Park. Hire a 4WD and discover Lake Poona and Carlo Sand Blow. Plan a day trip and see the dolphins at the boat ramp in Tin Can Bay or pack your fishing rod and a barbecue lunch and head up along the Coloured Sands to Rainbow Beach.  Family on the beach in Noosa – Courtesy of Tourism Sunshine Coast

The Noosa Hinterland, Glasshouse Mountains and the Blackall Ranges form the Sunshine Coast's magnificent hinterland region. There are the mountain villages of MontvilleMaleny and the Noosa Hinterland towns of EumundiYandina and Pomona to explore. The quaint village of Montville has an old mill water-wheel, colonial buildings and classic Queenslanders. Mary Cairncross Park, near Maleny is a spectacular lookout to take photographs of the Glass House Mountains. Fairy Lady, Eumundi Markets - Courtesy of Tourism Sunshine Coast

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Getting there
The Sunshine Coast is easily accessible from New Zealand with direct daily flights to Brisbane. Vehicle transfers and car rentals are available from the airport. The Sunshine Coast is also serviced by all major coach companies and an efficient electric rail service.

No wonder it's called the Sunshine Coast, with an average of seven hours sunshine daily. Winter (June-August) days are characteristically mild and sunny, with average temperatures from 7°C to 22°C. Spring (September-November)

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Editorial and images supplied courtesy of Tourism Sunshine Coast