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Sunshine Coast
SUNSHINE COAST

Sunshine Coast

Mellow is the only way of life on the magical Sunshine Coast, which is why many of the locals from Brisbane choose to holiday here. Experience a laid-back lifestyle centred around pristine beaches, freshwater rivers and lakes, subtropical forests and warm sunshine.

Whether you’re looking for a calm sheltered swimming inlet or some waves, there are plenty of long unbroken beaches to find a spot to lay the towel down and relax in the sun or take to the water. There are great picnic areas available, many with public BBQ’s beachside.

The Sunshine Coast is much more than just a beach holiday destination. The hinterland of the Sunshine Coast offers a different type of relaxation, from wandering through galleries and enjoying a coffee in a small mountain town to reconnecting with nature at Noosa National Park – just a short walk from Noosa’s busy shopping and dining precinct of Hastings Street.

To really stretch the legs, visit the Glass House Mountains National Park, consisting of 16 dramatic volcanic crags and countless picturesque lookouts.

Take a drive north to Hervey Bay for the world’s closest whale watching encounters or explore the World Heritage-listed Fraser Island – the largest sand island in the world. An unspoilt paradise, where tall rainforests are found and more than 100 freshwater lakes are scattered around the island, including the famous white sand and turquoise water of Lake McKenzie.

Other Sunshine Coast Destinations you may like:
> NOOSA     > MOOLOOLABA     > ALEXANDRA HEADLANDS



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OUR FAVOURITE PLACES TO EXPLORE IN  SUNSHINE COAST



Noosa
Noosa

Noosa is a superb spot for a stylish holiday, blending unspoilt nature with refined culture. Noosa’s National Park is merely a 10 minute walk from Hastings Street shopping strip. It offers stylish restaurants, trendy cafés, bars, designer fashion boutiques and is just a few steps from Noosa Main Beach. A 5 minute drive or a leisurely ferry ride up the Noosa River takes you to neighbouring Noosaville.

Mooloolaba
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba’s main beach is one of the safest surf beaches in Australia and is patrolled every day of the year.  Step out of your apartment onto the pure white sand of Mooloolaba Beach, wander up the road to Mooloolaba Spit for calm, sheltered swimming and excellent seafood cafés or shop and dine along the beachfront Esplanade, full of outdoor cafés, juice bars, alfresco restaurants and boutiques.

Alexandra Headlands
Alexandra Headlands

Known as ‘Alex’ to the locals, this is a chilled out town sitting on the Sunshine Strip between Mooloolaba and Maroochydore. It is more laidback than its neighbours, but you’re still close enough to walk there if you feel like a bit more hustle and bustle.

Caloundra
Caloundra & Twin Waters

Family friendly beaches, water activities galore, wonderful coastal and mountain views at the southern end of the Sunshine Coast, Caloundra is the perfect bucket and spade holiday spot. Head to Twin Waters, situated around a private beach-lined lagoon, kids can enjoy Segway tours, laser skirmish and kids clubs.

 



SOME THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN SUNSHINE COAST




Australia Zoo AUSTRALIA ZOO

With plenty of wildlife action every day, including exciting croc shows, knowledgeable zoo keepers to chat with and lots of drop-dead gorgeous animals who can’t wait to get up close and personal with you.

Hinterland HINTERLAND
 

Stretching from the World Heritage-listed Glass House Mountains, through the Blackall Range and up to the scenic Mary Valley. This part of the coast is home to stunning views, rainforest walks, fresh produce, local wines, fine arts and crafts.

Markets MARKETS
 

Head to one of the local, hinterland or seaside markets. Stock up on local produce, specialty fare and original creations. ‘Make it, bake it, grow it or sew it’ is the ethos of the famous Eumundi Market.

Caloundra Coastal Path CALOUNDRA COASTAL PATH
 
Follow the 25 kilometre coastal path from Golden Beach in the south to Point Cartwright in the north, passing through spectacular scenery of lakes, creeks and surf beaches.
Noosa National Park NOOSA NATIONAL PARK
 

A short walk from Noosa’s Hastings Street is the Noosa National Park. Spot koalas dozing in the trees, swim or surf at coves and beaches found around the scenic headlands, and retreat into the cool forests of the inland tracks.

Coolum Boardwalk COOLUM BOARDWALK

Take a wander along the Coolum Boardwalk and you’ll reach Point Perry, a small headland that gives you great views of the coast right up to Noosa. It’s also one of the best land based whale watching spots – the season is June to October.
Golf GOLF
 

Tee off against spectacular scenic backdrops at one of the Sunshine Coast’s championship golf courses. Choose from Greg Norman-designed Pelican Waters Golf Club, Twin Waters or Hyatt Regency Coolum – home of the Australian PGA championship, Peregian Springs (members only) and Noosa Springs Golf Resort and Spa.




SUNSHINE COAST ACCOMMODATION



Here's a taste of some of our favourite hotels and resorts in the Sunshine Coast.
Come in-store or send us an enquiry to help us find the best accommodation for you.

First Light Mooloolaba
Stroll to the beach
FIRST LIGHT MOOLOOLABA
★★★★
Funky and modern fully self-contained one, two and three bedroom apartments designed with a luxurious feeling of space, with floor-to-ceiling glass sliding doors opening onto the private balcony, creating a perfect area to soak up the Queensland summer climate. Located in the heart of Mooloolaba, just a short stroll from Mooloolaba Esplanade and the patrolled beach
Mantra French Quarter
Location, Location, Location
MANTRA FRENCH QUARTER
★★★★
Smack bang in the centre of Noosa is famous Hastings Street lined with boutiques, restaurants and cafés. Right here is where you’ll be located – in this resort that surrounds the big lagoon pool and is set amongst tropical gardens. Cross the road and you’re at the beach, where you can walk to Noosa National Park with its beautiful walking tracks.
Mantra Mooloolaba
Everything at your fingertips
MANTRA MOOLOOLABA BEACH
★★★★
This is a great place for both couples and families – right across the road from the beach, with heaps of beach-side cafés and ice-cream parlours lining the waterfront and a supermarket next door. Swim in the indoor/outdoor pool or cross the Esplanade to the beach BBQ’s and playground.
Breakfree Alexandra Beach
Family Fun
BREAKFREE ALEXANDRA BEACH
★★★half star
A great family resort directly across the road from the patrolled golden beach. The resort is designed around a great 150 metre tropical lagoon pool, with water slides, two other pools, spas and an adventure playground – heaps to keep the kids entertained. If you fancy a meal out, take a stroll to the surf club where you can enjoy a meal right on the beach.




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