Sunshine Coast

Travel Guide
Mooloolaba showing surf and a coastal town

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.

Where to stay in Sunshine Coast

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Golden Beach
Ramada Resort by Wyndham Golden Beach
4 out of 5
75 Esplanade, cnr Jellicoe Street and Esplanade, Golden Beach, QLD, 4551
The price is CA $135 per night from Jun 9 to Jun 10
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,339 reviews)
"We had a wonderful and awesome experience in Ramada Wyndham Resort Golden Beach for 2 nights. The service team was great and welcoming and amenities was excellent. Easy accessible and walking distance to many shops around the resort. Definitely well recommended to everyone and for sure coming back ..."

Reviewed on Apr. 25, 2022

Ramada Resort by Wyndham Golden Beach
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD, 4551
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $146 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a water park. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,093 reviews)
"Its a shame ot rained our whole stay but the heated splash park and spa was still good for out daughter. I love the on site restaurant and buffet breakfast."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
5 out of 5
94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD, 4567
The price is CA $254 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,479 reviews)
"Pool was so good, water temperature is perfect."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

RACV Noosa Resort
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.
Aquarius Kawana
Aquarius Kawana
4 out of 5
14 Bright Place, Birtinya, QLD, 4575
The price is CA $122 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a terrace. Our guests praise the comfy beds and the family ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (311 reviews)
"Great place close to everything"

Reviewed on May 20, 2022

Aquarius Kawana
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD, 4551
The price is CA $146 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a water park. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (2,093 reviews)
"Its a shame ot rained our whole stay but the heated splash park and spa was still good for out daughter. I love the on site restaurant and buffet breakfast."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
5 out of 5
94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD, 4567
The price is CA $254 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 5-star luxury aparthotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,479 reviews)
"Pool was so good, water temperature is perfect."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

RACV Noosa Resort
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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