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Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, just an hour’s drive north of Brisbane, is renowned as a 60-kilometre stretch of spectacular coastline that’s studded with some of Australia’s most Insta-worthy beaches. If you think you’ve seen everything this beautiful part of the world has to offer, think again – and include some of these hidden gems in your next visit to the Sunshine Coast.

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1. Connect with nature
Did you know that the Sunshine Coast is home to more National Parks than any other region in Queensland? Whether you’re looking for lizards on a morning stroll around the forested headlands of Noosa National Park or soothing your hot feet in the tranquil rockpools at Gardners Falls while you enjoy a picnic feast of goodies bought in the nearby village of Maleny, there are opportunities to connect with Queensland nature at its finest around every corner.

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2. Shop the Hinterland
Tear yourself away from the shopping malls and seek out the less-known gems that are tucked away in the Hinterland’s friendly, rural towns. Browse for second-hand books and handmade chocolates in Maleny, choose a new artwork in Montville and pop into the Saturday farmer’s market in Yandina for some fresh, local produce.

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3. Laze the beaches
Of course, you’re hardly likely to visit the Sunshine Coast and not spend time on the beach, but why not seek out some of the less well-known but equally lovely spots on offer. Bulcock Beach in Caloundra is a great option for families, thanks to its pirate playground and the rockpools which form at low tide, while secluded Alexandria Beach, within Noosa National Park, is accessible only by foot so it’s great if you’re looking for peaceful solitude. 

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4. Drink the beer
The great Aussie tradition of the local surf club has long been a great place to grab a beer and a bite to eat, but what happens if you like your beer a bit more… crafty? The Sunshine Coast craft beer scene has exploded over the past few years so that you’re now spoilt for choice: think Friday night beer and tapas at Moffat Beach Brewing Co, a lakefront sundowner at Eco Brewing Co. in the Noosa Everglades or vintage style at Bonsai Brewhouse in Cooran. Non-beer drinkers and designated drivers are well cared for at Sunshine Coast Brewery, thanks to their OG beverage, Ginger Keg ginger beer.

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5. Ride your bike

Sometimes the hidden gems are hidden in plain sight, and you just need a change of perspective to find them. The Sunshine Coast is an ideal destination for taking to two wheels – you can explore the coastal cycle paths on a retro beach cruiser or hit the climbs to earn those amazing hinterland views. There’s plenty of routes and local bike hire options for every level of rider: the six-kilometre stretch between Peregian and Coolum is one of our favourites, with a taste of everything – plus you can reward your efforts with a beachside gelato when you’re done! 

To experience the Sunshine Coast – favourite spots and hidden highlights – talk to House of Travel today.


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