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Sunshine Coast
Travel Guide

Mooloolaba showing waves and a coastal town

Enjoy pristine beaches, lush rainforest and exciting cities in this area north of Brisbane, famous for its surf breaks, fresh seafood and laid-back locals.

The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful area of South East Queensland that takes in incredible beaches, cosmopolitan cities and scenic mountain landscapes. The area runs from Caloundra in the south to Noosa Heads in the north and inland to the verdant Blackall Ranges.

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

Stay in cosmopolitan high-rise hotels along Mooloolaba’s busy Esplanade. A short walk from here is Underwater World SEA LIFE Mooloolaba, an award-winning marine park and wildlife sanctuary. Just 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 chic bistros and hike through rainforest in Noosa National Park.

The Sunshine Coast hinterland is a great daytrip from the coast or a romantic mountain getaway. Artistic communities such as Maleny and Mapleton offer organic food, art galleries and incredible views. Visit the markets in Eumundi on Wednesdays and Saturdays to browse fresh produce and arts and crafts, among more than 500 stalls.

The Sunshine Coast has a subtropical climate with warm temperatures year-round. Lifeguards patrol many beaches every day of the year and you’ll find visitors and locals swimming even during winter. Try your hand at watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and kayaking. You can hike and bike ride through the forests and mountains that surround many communities on the Sunshine Coast.

Caloundra is about 90 kilometres (56 miles) from Brisbane. Hire a car at the Brisbane Airport and drive. You can also fly in to the Sunshine Coast Airport at Marcoola, south of Coolum. The privately run Sunbus buses operate between towns and let you hop on and hop off anywhere along a route. You can get around towns on foot or by bicycle, but you’ll also find plenty of free parking.

The beautiful Sunshine Coast is an easy holiday destination for families and an exciting adventure for travellers.

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Where to stay in Sunshine Coast

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
4.5 out of 5
2 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach, QLD
The price is SG$169 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Golden Beach, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Bulcock Beach, Caloundra Events Center and Queensland Air Museum. Kings Beach and Moffat ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,955 reviews)
"Great place for kids to enjoy the activities on site. Unfortunately we were in a villa next to some permanent residents that were very loud"

Reviewed on 23 May,2021

Oaks Sunshine Coast Oasis Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
RACV Noosa Resort
5 out of 5
94 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD
The price is SG$228 per night from 24 Jun to 24 Jun
Excludes taxes & fees
This family-friendly Sunshine Coast aparthotel is located on the riverfront, within a 5-minute walk of Weyba Creek Bushland Reserve North, Weyba Creek Bushland ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (1,348 reviews)
"Excellent resort close to everything. 1 bedroom apartment was as expected, an apartment with spacious rooms, clean and serviced everyday. We had the ground floor which was surrounded by gardens on our outside veranda. The resort provides a great games room which we used, all machines free and fun ..."

Reviewed on 21 Jun,2021

RACV Noosa Resort
Noosa Blue Resort
Noosa Blue Resort
4.5 out of 5
16 Noosa Drive, Noosa Heads, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is SG$272 per night from 21 Jul to 21 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
Located in Noosa Heads, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Weyba Creek Bushland Reserve North, Noosa Beach and Hastings Street. Lake ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,382 reviews)
"Great location and the option to book an adult only section is fantastic! Very central and with amenities on your doorstep, without the eye watering price tag."

Reviewed on 4 May,2021

Noosa Blue Resort
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Dolphin Waters Tin Can Bay
Dolphin Waters Tin Can Bay
3.5 out of 5
40-41 The Esplanade, Tin Can Bay, QLD
The price is SG$172 per night from 13 Jul to 13 Jul
Excludes taxes & fees
Situated on the waterfront, this apartment building is 8.1 mi (13 km) from Pipeclay National Park and 12.1 mi (19.4 km) from Womalah Resources Reserve. Rainbow ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (163 reviews)
"The price was reasonable and the unit had a great view of the water.Some furniture and decor was worn. Bath washers weren't provided. There was a mirrir in the bathroom but the only other was behind the main bedroom door. This was inconvenient when 3 people were getting ready to go out."

Reviewed on 9 Mar,2021

Dolphin Waters Tin Can Bay
On the Beach Resort Bribie Island
On the Beach Resort Bribie Island
4.5 out of 5
9 North Street, Woorim, QLD
Offering direct access to the beach, this Woorim apartment building is 0.9 mi (1.5 km) from Bribie Island National Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Comboyuro ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (118 reviews)
"Loved the location and set up of the unit. The particular unit we had (No. 7) had limited views, wasn't cleaned properly and needed some renovating"

Reviewed on 21 Apr,2021

On the Beach Resort Bribie Island
Welcome Home to Imbil Country Cabins
Welcome Home to Imbil Country Cabins
719 Kandanga Imbil Rd, Imbil, QLD
Situated in Imbil, this cabin is within 12 miles (20 km) of Kenilworth Bluff Nature Refuge, Borumba Dam and Little Bella Nature Refuge. Wurraglen Nature Refuge ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great weekend getaway
"Modern cabins in a very scenic location, not far from the centre of town. Easy check in, good BBQ and other cooking facilities. Highly recommend a stay at Imbil Country Cabins."

Reviewed on 26 Jul,2020

Welcome Home to Imbil Country Cabins
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