It’s called the Sunshine Coast for good reason with an average of seven hours sunshine per day. Enjoy a laid-back lifestyle centred around pristine beaches, freshwater rivers and lakes.
Stretching along the Coral Sea about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast extends up to Rainbow Beach, named for its distinctive multi-coloured sand dunes. There are four sub-regions within the Sunshine Coast, each with its unique flavour and range of exciting things to see and do. Look forward to beaches, surfing, eco-parks and nature reserves, including the Great Sandy National Park with its sculpted sand dunes, mangrove forests, rivers and shelters rare birds.
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.
- See Rainbow Beach or feel the sand between your toes on one of the many pristine beaches along the coastline.
- Paddle in the creeks of Pumicestone Passage or ramp it up a notch and take a stroll and indulge in the effortlessly cool Noosa.
- Take in local food at the Farmers Markets, check out a boutique winery or indulge in gourmet award-winning restaurants.
With sunshine, natural beauty and delicious food, the only thing more refreshing than the water is the Sunshine Coast lifestyle.
Tantalise your taste buds
It’s a foodie’s paradise on the Sunshine Coast, boasting many world-class restaurants and cafés where you can sample the local fare, as well as markets brimming with fresh delights where you can meet the producers.
Blessed with some of the best views from one of the many beachfront surf clubs, you’ll experience quality dining in amongst the locals; immersing yourself in the true spirit of beach culture.
With over 500 producers based in the region, there’s a stunning array of foods and beverages to try within the abundance of local restaurants, cafés, markets and food festivals. The warm climate, rich soil and clear ocean surrounding the Sunshine Coast provides the perfect melting pot for a dining experience you won’t forget.
Beyond the glorious seaside of the Sunshine Coast is the cool, peaceful hinterland where you’ll find a natural beauty that will take your breath away. From ancient volcanic peaks, crystal-clear waterways, sub-tropical rainforests to beautiful waterfalls and natural swimming holes to laze away the afternoon, there’s a peaceful calm you can’t help but feel when you visit.
As a world-class ecotourism destination, the must see is the only two adjoining biospheres in the world, the Noosa BiosphereOpens external site in a new window and the Great Sandy BiosphereOpens external site in a new window. A walk through Rainbow Beach and Noosa National ParkOpens external site in a new window with lookouts offering spectacular views is not to be missed.
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, surfing some great breaks or body surfing until your fingers wrinkle, jet or water skiing, fishing, sailing or paddle boarding, the Sunshine Coast has it all.
If you’re looking for a little bit of eye-popping, life-changing 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 through right throughout the coast. You can even join an unforgettable whale swim tour!
The perfect place to relax
The Sunshine Coast is the ideal place to relax, refresh and revitalise.
It’s the perfect getaway to centre yourself and practice mindfulness, whether it’s at a beach or riverside yoga class, one of the many day spas or a meditation retreat.
Take a mountain bike ride through the spectacular scenery offered in the hinterland or catch the salty ocean breeze on the bike paths on the beachfront.
Take a stroll along one of the ocean-side boardwalks, or a winding hike through the hinterland forests and breathe in the calm.
Shop 'till you drop
Apart from hosting great local apparel and big name brands, you’ll find some great hidden treasures in the many local markets in the Sunshine Coast. It won’t take long to see why TripAdvisor has listed this region as one of the ‘top market’ destinations in the country.
One of the most famous in the area is the Eumundi MarketsOpens external site in a new window which boasts quirky stalls, original artworks and jewellery, hand crafted clothing and foodstuffs that will have your tastebuds hopping. In amongst the talented buskers and street performers you’ll find a myriad of fresh fruit and vegetables plus a host of food stalls covering a wide range of tastes made from delicious local produce. If high end is more your thing, head to the famous Hastings Street right in the heart of Noosa.
An eventful time
There’s so much to do on the Sunshine Coast with an events calendar that’s brimming with memorable ways to enjoy the area. Hosting major events like triathlons and ironman events through to amazing food and music festivals, there’s something for everyone to enhance their holiday plans.
With so many spectacular natural locations combined with on average 300 days of sunshine each year, it’s the ideal place to enjoy these great events.
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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.
From the airport
With direct flights now operating, the Sunshine Coast is closer than ever for a perfect getaway. Sunshine Coast Airport is in the heart of the region so is an ideal entry and exit point for your holiday.
Getting to your Sunshine Coast destination from the airport can be a fast as 5 minutes to Marcoola, just 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 area
Take the wheel in your own hands and do a self-drive to get out and about around the region, from coast to hinterland. Why not hire a car and plan your own adventure.
Taxi, bus or regular shuttle services can get you to where you want to go with little fuss and not much expense.
Both buses and trains can assist you in exploring the Sunshine Coast region. Check out the timetablesOpens external site in a new window and routesOpens external site in a new window for buses and train times are available through Queensland RailOpens external site in a new window.
Sunshine Coast car hire
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