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Sunshine Coast

Travel Guide
Mooloolaba showing a coastal town and waves

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

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
The price is AU$178 per night from 8 Aug. to 8 Aug.
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,970 reviews)
"Clean, comfortable and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 24 Jun. 2021

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas
Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas
5 out of 5
Little Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
Fully refundable
The price is AU$187 per night from 11 Aug. to 11 Aug.
Located in Noosa Heads, this luxury resort is within a 5-minute walk of Yunaman Bushland Reserve and Hastings Street. Noosa Beach is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) away.
4.4/5Wonderful! (985 reviews)
"The room was perfect however the view was only looking over other concrete buildings so it was no so nice to sit on your balcony as I thought it would be."

Reviewed on 19 Jun. 2021

Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas
RACV Noosa Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
5 out of 5
94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD
The price is AU$304 per night from 3 Aug. to 3 Aug.
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 ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,355 reviews)
"Very good"

Reviewed on 21 Jul. 2021

RACV Noosa Resort
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Honeybee Country Accommodation
Honeybee Country Accommodation
3.5 out of 5
20 Hasthorpe Road, Kandanga, QLD
The price is AU$148 per night from 28 Jul. to 28 Jul.
Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 12 miles (20 km) of Wurraglen Nature Refuge, Amamoor National Park and Dingo Creek Vineyard. Burrawingee ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (9 reviews)
"Was pleasantly surprised by the property and had a free upgrade which was a bonus - would definitely recommend."

Reviewed on 23 Mar. 2021

Honeybee Country Accommodation
Dolphin Waters Tin Can Bay
Dolphin Waters Tin Can Bay
3.5 out of 5
40-41 The Esplanade, Tin Can Bay, QLD
The price is AU$166 per night from 19 Aug. to 19 Aug.
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is 8.1 mi (13 km) from Pipeclay National Park and 12.1 mi (19.4 km) from Womalah Resources Reserve. Rainbow ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (165 reviews)
"Loved our stay at Dolphin Waters. Beautiful spot, lots of walking options in the area. Close to some good restaurants. Quiet location, good value for money with friendly helpful staff. Accommodation was clean, comfortable and apartment was well-appointed. Will stay there again when next in the ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jun. 2021

Dolphin Waters Tin Can Bay
On the Beach Resort Bribie Island
On the Beach Resort Bribie Island
4.5 out of 5
9 North Street, Woorim, QLD
Offering direct access to the beach, this Woorim apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Bribie Island National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Comboyuro ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (120 reviews)
"Loved the location and set up of the unit. The particular unit we had (No. 7) had limited views, wasn't cleaned properly and needed some renovating"

Reviewed on 21 Apr. 2021

On the Beach Resort Bribie Island
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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