The best of both worlds in the form of a pristine coast and lush hinterland
The Sunshine Coast is like no other Queensland coastal region in that it’s many destinations in one. Whether you’re keen to immerse yourself in the galleries of Noosa, Maleny and Montville, sample the local cuisine at one or more of the region’s many restaurants, markets and wineries, experience unforgettable subtropical forests and freshwater lakes and rivers, or treat yourself to a bit of sun, surf and sand, you won’t be disappointed. The laid-back cities of Caloundra and Coolum are home to pristine beaches, the Sunshine Coast’s majestic hinterland features natural landmarks like the Glass House Mountains, the national parks of Mapleton Falls, Great Sandy and Kondalilla, the quaint shops and cafés of Noosa and the multi-coloured sand of Rainbow Beach.
Things to do
Crikey! It's a croc!
There’s really no other zoo like Steve Irwin’s Australia Zoo opens in new window. You can also keep the kids happy visiting attractions like Aussie World, SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, Big Kart Track and The Ginger Factory.
Wonders of nature
Venture beyond the beach and surf scene to explore the Glass House Mountains, Hinterland and Mary Valley regions. The townships of Maleny, Mapleton and Montville offer stunning views, bespoke accommodation and incredible proximity to rainforest and waterfall discoveries. Wonders of nature abound in the Sunshine Coast, with the globally renowned Noosa Everglades and the many national parks all must-do experiences.
Fresh produce straight from the farm sits side-by-side with international tastes at the many Sunshine Coast markets, including the famous Eumundi Markets. Paddock-to-plate and local fare are common on Sunshine Coast menus, with local heroes such as Mooloolaba prawns, Buderim ginger, cheese, strawberries and pineapples served regularly in restaurants both waterside and nestled in the hinterland. Just add a cooking school session to create the perfect foodie holiday.
The Sunshine Coast’s sub-tropical climate provides the perfect conditions for an events calendar that unfolds in stunning natural amphitheatres. Kick up your heels at events like the Caloundra Music Festival, discover your green thumb at the Queensland Garden Expo or get the blood pumping at Noosa Triathlon.
The Sunshine Coast is home to 100km of beaches bordered by crystal-clear waters. From sheltered bays to some of the world’s most famous breaks, it’s the perfect place to learn or pursue a passion for diving, fishing, sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, water skiing, kiteboarding, paddleboarding, snorkelling, surfing or swimming. And if bucket list experiences are what you want, it doesn’t get much better than swimming with a humpback whale!
Travel time 40 minutes
Taxi Approx A$80
Bus Henry’s Airporter to Noosa meets all flights. One-way A$25 (adult), A$15 (child), takes 45 minutes
Travel time 15 minutes
Taxi Approx A$30
TransLink Bus 622 One-way A$6.10 (adult); journey takes one hourBack to top
When to go
The Sunshine Coast is perfect for an action-packed holiday any time of the year. Temperatures average 28°C in summer in the coastal region; it’s slightly cooler in the hinterland. During the winter months, the average daytime temperature is 20°C and evening brings a cooler 10°C.
If you’re into literature, music and the arts, July is the best time to visit when the Noosa Longweekend Festival takes place. The year-end Woodford Folk Festival has been attracting crowds annually with its offering of music and cultural programmes. The Sunshine Coast Council runs free school holiday programmes to keep the kids entertained.Back to top
Travellers can hire cars at the airport but it’s just as easy (and less expensive) to take a train or bus. Sunbus provides frequent services throughout the Coast. Hinterland Connect Bus Service is a new route servicing the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Many tour operators are based in the region so you can sit back and enjoy the views without having to navigate unfamiliar territory.Back to top