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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.
This family-friendly Caloundra hotel is located near the beach, within a 15-minute walk of Bulcock Beach and Caloundra Events Center. Kings Beach and Queensland Air Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in Twin Waters, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within a 10-minute walk of Aqua Fun Park Twin Waters and Mudjimba Beach. Twin Waters Golf Club and Marcoola Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Nestled on the beach, this Marcoola hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Marcoola Beach and Mudjimba Beach. Aqua Fun Park Twin Waters and Twin Waters Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Situated on a lake, this luxury hotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Pelican Waters Golf Club and within 6 mi (10 km) of Bulcock Beach and Kings Beach. Shelly Beach and Queensland Air Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).
Situated in Mooloolaba, this luxury aparthotel is steps from Mooloolaba Esplanade and Mooloolaba Beach. SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Maroochydore Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hastings Street and Noosa Beach. Noosa National Park is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.
Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Alex Beach and Maroochydore Beach. Mooloolaba Beach and Sunshine Plaza are also within 2 mi (3 km).
Located in the heart of Birtinya, this luxury hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Sunshine Coast Stadium and within 6 mi (10 km) of Kawana Beach and Moffat Beach. Shelly Beach and Bulcock Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).