Sunshine Coast Basic Information
If you’re travelling to the Sunshine Coast from Brisbane, a stop off at the iconic Ettamogah Pub is a must – apparently it’s the most photographed pub in Australia. If you’ve ever wondered what Ettamogah means, it’s an Aboriginal word for ‘place of good drink’ – well, it’s settled then! Here’s some more info you’ll need about the Sunny Coast.
Australian residents can explore the country with no limitations! For most international travellers, a normal holiday visa (eVisitor) permits 3 months’ travel within Australia over a 12-month period. Please be aware this information is only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, please contact your local Embassy or Consulate of Australia.
The currency of Australia is the Australian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and other currencies fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For overseas visitors, consider using a credit or debit card or a travel money card for safe spending while you are in Australia.
Foodie and coffee lovers unite – the once-sleepy Sunshine Coast is now home to some excellent baristas and trendy little digs. C is for Caloundra (and coffee) - take your pick of Pocket Espresso at Moffat Beach, Izba Espresso – serving up coffee from a converted shipping container on the side of the Nicklin Way, or Lamkin Lane, tucked behind the main street. It goes without saying that seafood is a local star on the Sunshine Coast. Hot Pipis at Mooloolaba is always a crowd favourite. Devout Thai lovers should plan ahead and book a table and maybe even a cooking class at Yandina’s Spirit House. What else goes hand in hand with the beach? Ice-cream of course! In Noosa they’re taking ice-cream to the next level - check out Nitrogenie on Hastings Street, which whips up fresh batches of ice-cream made with the aid of liquid nitrogen - impressive to say the least. Head to the Noosa Farmers Market on Sunday mornings and get your fill of local produce. Hot tip: get a pain au chocolat and espresso from French Sin.
While it would be a shame to miss your early morning run along the beach when on the Sunshine Coast, you would be forgiven for indulging in the coast nightlife and staying out till the break of dawn. RSLs and surf clubs are renowned for cheap drinks and good old-fashioned Aussie fun, and the Sunshine Coast has a fun range of bars and clubs to explore, from classy wine bars and cocktail bars by the beach to pumping nightclubs and backpacker bars with live music and dance parties. A popular Mooloolaba spot is the Wharf Tavern with 6 different areas to drink, dance or dine while looking over the river and Noosa has The Rumba Wine Bar serving over 500 different wines. The Woombye Pub has a fantastic live music scene and Maroochydore’s Sol Bar is also a cool live music venue. Eclectic folk music lovers should head to the hills at Maleny’s UpFront Club.