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Sunshine Coast Vacations

Enjoy uncrowded golden beaches, rainforest walks and charming oceanfront villages in this area north of the Queensland Capital, Brisbane. It’s where Australia comes to relax.

The Sunshine Coast is a stunning area of South East Queensland that takes in superb clean beaches, cosmopolitan tourist precincts against a scenic mountain backdrop. The area runs from the family friendly Caloundra in the south to world renowned Noosa Heads in the north and inland to the verdant Blackall Ranges.

Drive about 1 hour north of the state capital, Brisbane to reach Caloundra, which has six beaches and a range of accommodation. Continue north to Mooloolaba, Coolum Beach and Noosa Beach which are also popular coastal destinations.

Stay in cosmopolitan Mooloolaba’s for chic cafe’s, restaurants and bars, as well as one of the Sunshine Coast’s best surf clubs. A short walk away is Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, an award-winning aquarium. Just a mile or so 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 modern bistros and hike through rainforest in Noosa National Park.

The Sunshine Coast hinterland is a great daytrip from the coast or a romantic mountain destination itself. Mountain-top artistic villages like Maleny and Mapleton offer gourmet food, art and craft galleries, cool breezes and magnificent views. Visit the markets in Eumundi on Wednesdays and Saturdays to browse fresh produce and locally made goods, among the 600 stalls.

The Sunshine Coast has a subtropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. The famous aussie life savers patrol all the popular beaches throughout the year and the water is warm enough to swim even during winter. Try your hand at surfing or kayaking in one of the rivers and estuaries along the coast. You can walk and bike along the coastal paths or in the forests and mountains that surround many communities on the Sunshine Coast.

You can reach the Sunshine Coast in under 60 miles (90 kilometres) from Brisbane. Rent a car at the Brisbane Airport and drive. You can also fly to the Sunshine Coast Airport at Marcoola, south of Coolum from several destinations around Australia. The privately run Sunbus buses operate between towns and let you hop on and hop off anywhere along a route. If your are feeling energetic you can get around on foot or by bicycle, but you’ll also find plenty of free parking.

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Novotel Twin Waters Resort C$120
Reviewed on 19 Jul. 2019
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Novotel Twin Waters Resort

Novotel Twin Waters Resort

270 Ocean Drive, Sunshine Coast, Twin Waters, QLD
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Beautiful setting. Free water activities. Catered for children well. Some areas rather run down but there’s plans for renovations.

    Oaks Oasis Resort C$110
    Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2019
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    Oaks Oasis Resort

    Oaks Oasis Resort

    2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
       
      4.2 of 5
      4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Child friendly and large room with a great shower. The children’s play area was wonderfully set up and parents are able to enjoy this area as well.

      Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel C$101
      Reviewed on 25 Jun. 2019
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      Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel

      Best Western Plus Lake Kawana Hotel

      9 Florey Boulevard, Birtinya, QLD
         
        4.5 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Excellent location to the Health Precinct and University Hospitality. Hotel Staff were outstanding and very considerate and compassionate. There are dining venues and a medium size Shopping Centre close by, walking distance for most people. I would not hesitate to stay here again. I was very impressed ...

        Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas C$175
        Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2019
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        Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

        Peppers Noosa Resort and Villas

        Little Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
           
          4.6 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Rainforest location, proximity to beach, town and national park. Great buffet breakfast. Friendly staff.

          Mantra Mooloolaba Beach C$153
          Reviewed on 29 Jun. 2019
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          Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

          Mantra Mooloolaba Beach

          Cnr Mooloolaba Esplanade & Venning St, Mooloolaba, QLD
             
            4.4 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Beautiful, excellent location and great staff. Cafe's all around.

            Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach C$108
            Reviewed on 6 Jul. 2019
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            Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach

            Ramada By Wyndham Marcoola Beach

            923 David Low Way, Marcoola, QLD
               
              3.9 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Everything about the Ramada was great, especially the staff.

              Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort C$254
              Reviewed on 17 Jul. 2019
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              Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

              Sofitel Noosa Pacific Resort

              14-16 Hastings Street, Noosa Heads, QLD
                 
                4.6 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                happy to come back again for a further journey in Noosa

                Beach Retreat Coolum C$98
                Reviewed on 20 Jun. 2019
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                Beach Retreat Coolum

                Beach Retreat Coolum

                1750 David Low Way, Coolum Beach, QLD
                   
                  3.9 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  beach just across the road, plenty of food places close-by.

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