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Sunshine Coast Holidays

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.


Guide to Exploring Sunshine Coast


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AU$152
Oaks Oasis Resort

Oaks Oasis Resort

2 Landsborough Parade, Caloundra
4.0
of 5, from 167 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this luxury hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Caloundra Events Center and Bulcock Beach. Kings Beach and Aussie World are also within 9 mi (15 km).

AU$112
Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel

Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel

9 Florey Boulevard, Birtinya
4.3
of 5, from 36 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Birtinya, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Dickey Beach, Caloundra Golf Club, and Kawana Beach. Moffat Beach and Shelly Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

Costa Bella Apartments

Costa Bella Apartments

9 Selene Street, Sunrise Beach
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Noosa, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Sunshine Beach Village Shops and Ed Webb Park. Noosa National Park is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away.

AU$96
Beach Retreat Coolum

Beach Retreat Coolum

1750 David Low Way, Coolum Beach
3.5
of 5, from 84 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Coolum Beach, this beach hotel is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Mount Coolum National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Aqua Fun Park and Mt Coolum Golf Club. Peregian Golf Course and Red Jacket Aqua Fun Park are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Makepeace Island - All Inclusive

Makepeace Island - All Inclusive

Lot 55 Northshore, Noosa North Shore
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Noosa North Shore resort is located on a river, within 3 mi (5 km) of Noosa Marina and Tewantin Noosa Golf Club. Noosa Beach and Sunshine Beach Village Shops are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Maleny Views Cottage Resort

Maleny Views Cottage Resort

1 Panorama Place, Maleny
3.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Maleny, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Art on Cairncross, Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve, and Maleny Cheese. Maleny Botanic Gardens and Landsborough Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km).

AU$191
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba
4.1
of 5, from 247 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Mooloolaba aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast and Mooloolaba Beach. Kawana Beach and Sunshine Plaza are also within 3 mi (5 km).

La Mer Penthouse

La Mer Penthouse

37 Hastings St, Noosa Heads
4.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Noosa, this luxury apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Noosa Beach and Noosa National Park. Sunshine Beach Village Shops and Ed Webb Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

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