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Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast is one of Queensland’s premier holiday destinations and home to both a perfect coastline and a beautifully lush Hinterland. Between the beaches and the mountains there is everything you need to relax, shop and dine to your heart’s content.

Comfortably spread along many kilometres, Sunshine Coast has a number of long, unbroken beaches such as Coolum Beach which stretches a wonderful 17km of soft sand and cool waters. There are several accommodation options along the coast that range from the simplest backpackers, to holiday apartments, hotels, motels and some of the most luxurious resorts. Have a look at some of what the Sunshine Coast has to offer below and see why it is considered such a relaxing holiday destination.

Things to See & Do

Moffat BeachThere is a seemingly endless supply of holiday activities on offer for everyone from the most active traveller to those that like to sit back and be shown the landscape from a comfortable seat.

There are several boat cruises, fishing charters, flying adventures and diving groups that will show the beauty of the Sunshine Coast. Make sure you spend some time in the laid back townships where you’ll find some of the best pubs, restaurants and shopping areas.

Surfers in particular flock to Alexandra Headland for its inviting beaches and great surf breaks just off the rocky headland.

Swimmers can also enjoy the patrolled waters of the beach and stay in a wide range of accommodation in Alexandra Headland which includes houses, hotels and resorts.

Bulcock Beach, CaloundraCaloundra is jam packed full of holiday activities in a variety of locations between the several beaches of the area and the Hinterland Mountains. It’s the most southerly resort on the Sunshine Coast and is known for beautiful blue and white beaches.

Coolum is the largest beach side resort on the Sunshine Coast and as a result has the largest variety of accommodation options. This seaside escape is perfect for lazy holidays; the beaches are patrolled, all the shops are close and easy to find and there is lively café and eatery scene.

For a cooler, more village style holiday, head up to the Hinterland towns of Eumundi & Yandina. Once farming centres, the towns are now a hub of weekend markets, lovely places to stay and some spectacular restaurants. The streets are lined with historic buildings while the surrounding area has a number of boutique wineries and local history museums.

NoosaNoosa Heads is more of a cosmopolitan area that thrives on tourism. Throughout Noosa Heads you’ll find beaches to match all swimming capabilities while Hastings Street is a hive of activity with great places to stay, trendy cafes & restaurants, and plenty of places to shop.

Sitting on the Maroochy River where it meets the ocean, Maroochydore has a great range of accommodation while offering a blend of surfing beaches and calm river waters.

Mooloolaba Beach is one of the most picture perfect areas on the Sunshine Coast. The town of Mooloolaba is home to the start of many great yacht races for its calm conditions and picturesque views.

Enjoy a selection of intimate restaurants, luxurious places to stay and plenty of activities to entertain people of all ages.

Sunshine Coast Weather

You’ll find that the weather on the Sunshine Coast is pretty much perfect all year round. In summer you can expect days of 17°C to 29°C, and winters ranging from 10°C to 23°C.

There are really only mild fluctuations in the weather with people out and about and swimming the beaches all year round. The daytime beach temperature in the coldest of winter averages around 20°C while summer experiences an average of around 28°C.

With a name such as the Sunshine Coast it’s easy to see why the temperatures are ideal and the aptness in which the region was named. In the Hinterland areas however, the temperatures can be a degree or two cooler or warmer than the coast.

Getting to the Sunshine Coast

The Sunshine Coast townships are a relatively easy drive about 100km north of Brisbane. Driving along the Bruce Highway you’ll see the turnoffs for each suburb of the Sunshine Coast.

Queensland Rail operates regular electric train services between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, stopping at all the major suburbs of the area.

Airport Transfers operate from the Brisbane International Airport in the form of shuttle buses and privately chauffeured vehicles. Alternatively you can hire a car at the airport to make the drive for yourself.

If you arrive at the Sunshine Coast Airport you’ll actually find it hard to avoid a transport option to take you the coast.

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