Sunshine Coast

Sunshine Coast

Overview

This paradise region is called the Sunshine Coast for good reason. With sunny days and spectacular beaches, this is the ultimate holiday destination for outdoor adventure and coastal relaxation.

Stretching along the Coral Sea about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast extends all the way to Rainbow Beach - named for its distinctive multi-coloured sand dunes.

There are four sub-regions within the Sunshine Coast, each with its own unique flavour and range of exciting things to see and do. Book your trip and look forward to beaches, surfing, eco-parks and nature reserves.

Flights to the Sunshine Coast

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There’s so much to do on the Sunshine Coast. Here are some of our tips.

  • See Rainbow Beach or feel the sand between your toes on one of the many pristine beaches along the coastline.
  • Rejuvenate in the cool, lush hinterland villages of Montville, Maleny and around the Glass House Mountains - with quirky markets, local shops and fabulous, sprawling views across the ocean.
  • Join a kayaking tour and explore the magical Noosa Everglades. 
  • Check out a boutique winery or indulge in gourmet award-winning restaurants. 
  • Shop 'till you drop in the famous Hastings Street, right in the heart of Noosa. You’ll also find some great hidden treasures in the many local markets in the Sunshine Coast. It won’t take long to see why this region is considered one of the top 'market destinations' in the country.

Where to go

With sunshine, natural beauty and delicious food, the only thing more refreshing than the water is the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.

Sand between your toes

There are dozens of gorgeous beaches to recharge your batteries within the Sunshine Coast.

Whether your style is making sandcastles with the kids, seeking out your own secluded patch of sunshine, or surfing some great breaks - the Sunshine Coast has it all.

If you’re looking for a bit of eye-popping action, keep your eyes peeled during July to November when the humpback whales make their annual seasonal migration. There’s a number of terrific vantage points to view these magnificent creatures on their swim along the coast - or join an unforgettable whale swim tour!

The perfect place to relax

The Sunshine Coast is the ideal place to relax, refresh and revitalise.

Centre yourself and practice mindfulness - whether at a beach or riverside yoga classes, one of the many day spas or a meditation retreat.

Go mountain biking through the spectacular scenery of the hinterland, or catch the salty ocean breeze on the bike paths on the beachfront.

Take a stroll along one of the oceanside boardwalks, or a winding hike through the hinterland forests and breathe in the calm air.

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Tantalise your taste buds

It’s a foodie’s paradise on the Sunshine Coast, with many world-class restaurants and cafés on offer - as well as markets brimming with fresh delights.

Why not dine among the locals and immerse yourself in the true spirit of beach culture
at one of the beachfront surf clubs - many of which are blessed with the best views of the region.

With over 500 local producers based here, there’s a stunning array of foods and beverages to try while you tour local restaurants, cafés, markets and food festivals. The warm climate, rich soil and clear ocean surrounding the Sunshine Coast provide the perfect melting pot for a special dining experience.

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The Sunshine Coast hinterland is equal parts quaint, gourmet and breathtaking. With its fresh mountain air and European village-like feel, it ticks all the boxes for a weekend escape in the ‘country’. Read our article on 'The Sunshine Coast Hinterland'.

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The Sunshine Coast Hinterland

Beyond the glorious seaside of the Sunshine Coast is peaceful hinterland full of natural beauty sure to take your breath away.

This is a land of ancient volcanic peaks, crystal-clear waterways, sub-tropical rainforests and beautiful waterfalls. Natural swimming holes offer the perfect place to laze away the afternoon.

You can also see the ecotourism wonder of the only two adjoining biospheres in the world - the Noosa Biosphere and the Great Sandy Biosphere

Quick facts

Currency

Currency

Australian Dollar (A$)

Electricity

Electricity

230V/ 50Hz

Population

Population

294,376

Seasons

Seasons

Winters are mild and daytime summer temperatures on the coastal region average around 28°C. During the winter months there are clear skies and daytime temperatures average 20°C. Winter brings cool nights and evening temperatures on the coast average 10°C. Light frosts may occasionally occur, especially in the hinterland.

Getting around

From the airport

Sunshine Coast Airport is in the heart of the region so is an ideal entry and exit point for your holiday. Taxis and transfer services are available at the terminal.

Getting to your Sunshine Coast destination from the airport can be a fast as 5 minutes to Marcoola, 10 minutes to Coolum and Maroochydore, 15 minutes to Mooloolaba and around 30 minutes to Caloundra, Noosa, and Beerwah. For the hinterland areas, allow 35-40 minutes.

In and around the region

Both buses and trains can assist you in exploring the Sunshine Coast region. Check out the timetables and routes for buses and train times are available through Queensland Rail.

Sunshine Coast car hire

Book car hire with Avis, Budget, Hertz or Thrifty. Qantas Frequent Flyer Members could earn Qantas Points with Avis and Budget.

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