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Golden beaches, emerald hills and relaxing resorts

The Sunshine Coast is a subtropical wonderland of pristine beaches, lush hinterlands, relaxing resorts and a bunch of family-friendly attractions. Starting north of Brisbane in Caloundra and winding north up to Cooloola, it's a daisy chain of coastal towns that are perfect for that beachy getaway.

Fun things to do: Sunshine Coast

  • Hit the colourful sand dunes at Rainbow Beach
  • Discover the jewels of the Hinterland, from mountains to waterfalls
  • Cuddle a koala at Australia Zoo – crikey!
  • Lose yourself in Australia's largest outdoor artisan market at Eumundi
  • Shop it up on Hastings Street in Noosa Heads

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Hit the sand at Rainbow Beach

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Stunning Rainbow Beach.

Be blown away by the sand dunes, turquoise waters and tropical rainforests of Rainbow Beach. Here, you can kayak with dolphins, ride a horse along the sand or go for a swim in the protected northern beaches. Do the stunning Coloured Sands beach walk (you'll see why they call it Rainbow Beach) and check out the moonscape of Carlo Sandblow. 

Chill out in Noosa

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Shopping is a laidback experience on Noosa's tree-lined Hastings Street.

Spend a day relaxing in Noosa, a balmy beach town with a boutique edge. Head to Hastings Street for coffee carts, art galleries, local designer stores and top-notch restaurants. This pretty tree-lined street is fairy-lit as the sun goes down, setting the scene for sunset cocktails and a boardwalk stroll. For more coastal town exploration, head south and check out Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum and Sunshine Beach. 

Hike the hinterland

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The hikes are worth it for the hinterland panoramas.

Hit the hinterland's national parks, where rainforests, walking trails and waterfalls are the name of the game. Hike the volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains for major panoramic views. For an epic adventure, tackle the Great Hinterland Walk, or, for something less strenuous, take in the vibrant villages of the area instead. All this, just half an hour inland from the beaches.

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