Sunshine Coast

Travel Guide
Mooloolaba which includes a coastal town and surf

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

Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters
Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters
4.5 out of 5
9 Florey Boulevard, Birtinya, QLD, 4575
The price is $102 per night from Jun 2 to Jun 3
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (917 reviews)
"Close to where we wanted to be."

Reviewed on Apr 24, 2022

Mercure Sunshine Coast Kawana Waters
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 $113 per night from May 22 to May 23
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! (2,090 reviews)
"A great location close to amenities, shopping and of course the beach! Excellent facilities to entertain the family. The water park within the resort is awesome. The Staff and the food at the restaurant are excellent too! Thanks for having us, we enjoyed our stay!"

Reviewed on May 9, 2022

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel
Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel
4 out of 5
270 Ocean Drive, Sunshine Coast, Twin Waters, QLD, 4564
The price is $121 per night from Jun 5 to Jun 6
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Sunshine Coast. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the family amenities ...
3.9/5 Good! (977 reviews)
"This resort has a great pool and a great setup for weddings, we didn't attend the wedding but did hear a group of people speaking extremely highly about how it was setup and how the whole wedding was fantastic and how the staff were great. Will definitely be back."

Reviewed on May 1, 2022

Novotel Sunshine Coast Resort Hotel
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 $86 per night from May 18 to May 19
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! (310 reviews)
"Reception was exceptional. Friendly and professional."

Reviewed on Apr 16, 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 $113 per night from May 22 to May 23
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! (2,090 reviews)
"A great location close to amenities, shopping and of course the beach! Excellent facilities to entertain the family. The water park within the resort is awesome. The Staff and the food at the restaurant are excellent too! Thanks for having us, we enjoyed our stay!"

Reviewed on May 9, 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 $196 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! (1,478 reviews)
"Staff are amazing. Shuttle service is easy, pool is great. Overall a great place for families."

Reviewed on May 14, 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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