Sunshine Coast Travel Guide
Introduction to the Sunshine Coast
Just north of Brisbane, Australia's Sunshine Coast boasts over 65 kilometres of the world’s most beautiful beaches. There’s no better place to soak up the sun and enjoy the surf lifestyle – the hardest part is deciding where to vacay!
From the stunning natural beauty and style of Noosa to the family friendly fun of Coolum, Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Caloundra or the cosy and creative hinterland villages of Maleny, Montville and Mapleton, there’s a special place on the coast for everyone. Wherever you decide to spend your Sunshine Coast getaway, the beach is never far away and your body, mind and soul will thank you for all the vitamin D, good food and fun times.
The Sunny Coast, as it’s so fondly called, is less developed than its southern counterpart, the Gold Coast. The vibe on the Sunny Coast is humbler, friendlier and more organic. A truly diverse part of the world, you can live it up in Noosa (some call it the antipodean version of the French Riviera) or stay in a cheap beach shack along the shores of Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland or Maroochydore – you don’t have to go far to find a sweet spot and a dose of laidback Aussie beach culture. Spend your days surfing, give paddle-boarding a go, take to the skies paragliding or skydiving! Simply cruise along the estuaries fishing or kayaking or stretch out on the beach with a good book and an iced latte and you’re set.
Nature and wildlife is celebrated at the famous Australia Zoo, then there’s the Big Pineapple, Underwater World, The Ginger Factory and even Palmersaurus – the Jurassic Park dream of multimillionaire and eccentric Sunshine Coast politician Clive Palmer. A holiday on the Sunshine Coast can be cheap as chips or 5-star all the way – the best part is the beach is free and you can’t put a price on the sunshine, fresh air, crystal-clear waters, mountainous surrounds and rugged beauty of the coastline. Enjoy!