Sunshine Coast

Travel Guide
Mooloolaba showing a coastal town and surf

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.

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.

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Where to stay in Sunshine Coast

Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters
Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters
4.5 out of 5
9 Florey Boulevard, Birtinya, QLD
The price is £87 per night from 21 Dec to 21 Dec
Located in Birtinya, this luxury hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from NightQuarter, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kawana Beach and Moffat Beach. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (857 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 27 Nov 2021

Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £141 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Golden Beach, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bulcock Beach, Caloundra Events Center and Queensland Air Museum. Kings Beach and Moffat ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,002 reviews)
"Amazing resort! Loved the water Park!"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2021

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
5 out of 5
94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD
The price is £214 per night from 16 Dec to 16 Dec
This family-friendly Sunshine Coast aparthotel is located on the riverfront, within a 5-minute walk of Weyba Creek Bushland Reserve North, Weyba Creek Bushland ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,408 reviews)
"I like environment"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2021

RACV Noosa Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort
4.5 out of 5
98-110 Alexandra Parade, Alexandra Headland, QLD
The price is £134 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Alexandra Headland, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Suncity Tenpin and Mooloolaba Esplanade. Maroochydore Beach and Sunshine Plaza ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,562 reviews)
"The beds were a bit hard"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2021

Oaks Sunshine Coast Seaforth Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
The price is £141 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Golden Beach, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bulcock Beach, Caloundra Events Center and Queensland Air Museum. Kings Beach and Moffat ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (2,002 reviews)
"Amazing resort! Loved the water Park!"

Reviewed on 28 Nov 2021

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
5 out of 5
94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD
The price is £214 per night from 16 Dec to 16 Dec
This family-friendly Sunshine Coast aparthotel is located on the riverfront, within a 5-minute walk of Weyba Creek Bushland Reserve North, Weyba Creek Bushland ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,408 reviews)
"I like environment"

Reviewed on 5 Dec 2021

RACV Noosa Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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