The best of both worlds: pristine coast and lush hinterland
Pristine coastline just minutes away from lush hinterland, fresh local produce and superb cuisine, exhilarating events and world-class attractions – the Sunshine Coast is like nowhere else in Queensland.
Beginning at the Glass House Mountains, just one hour’s drive north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast extends north to Rainbow Beach, the gateway to Fraser Island. It takes in tranquil hinterland, including the towns of Maleny and Montville, the Noosa hinterland and Mary Valley, as well as more than 100 kilometres of stunning beaches stretching through the coastal towns of Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Cotton Tree, Maroochydore, Coolum Beach, Noosa and Rainbow Beach.
The Sunshine Coast is the perfect destination to escape the daily grind with a relaxed beach culture and a variety of coastal and hinterland highlights to experience.
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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.
There's a jam-packed annual events calendar that includes some of Australia’s most famous sporting and surf events (Mooloolaba Triathlon, Noosa Festival of Surfing), food and culture (Noosa Food and Wine Festival), as well as iconic music festivals (Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival, Gympie Music Muster). Plus, the Sunshine Coast Council runs free school holiday programmes to keep the kids entertained.Back to top