One hour north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is a collection of delightful small towns with a stretch of coastline that extends for over 60 miles. Offering a perfect mix of peaceful coast and country, it's famous for its superb white sand beaches, chic alfresco cafes, cosmopolitan restaurants and designer boutiques.
Whether you're searching for a secluded patch of sand, a family-friendly spot or some of the best surf beaches, the Sunshine Coast has dozens of safe and picturesque beaches to choose from. Popular beaches include Noosa Main Beach in the picturesque resort town of Noosa, known for its crystalline sands, clear waters and as a great place to take a surf lesson; tranquil Golden Beach in Caloundra is ideal for families; Little Cove in Noosa for a tiny piece of paradise; or, the fabulously laid back Maroochydore with its funky cafes, multi-cultural cuisine and thriving live music scene.
Between the beach and Queensland's vast interior is the undulating hinterland, which provides a spectacular backdrop. Explore the open roads and take in the stunning views of lush green valleys and magnificent mountains through to the glorious Pacific Ocean. Discover beautiful waterfalls and scenic lookouts from Mapleton, Maleny and Montville, through to the Glass House Mountains and Kenilworth. Or, enjoy true hospitality at charming cafes or award-winning restaurants with picture-perfect views and along the way delve into the unique shops, galleries and studios showcasing local artists.
Noosa boasts one of Australia's most elegant shopping strips, Hastings Street, a relaxed, pedestrian-friendly beachside thoroughfare lined with cosmopolitan cafes, designer shops and alfresco dining. Discover also the variety of artisan and farmers markets, with the most well-known taking place in Eumundi every Wednesday and Saturday. Other excellent markets include the Noosa Farmers Market, Peregian Beach Market and Caloundra Street Fair which is always buzzing with live music and excitement. The Sunshine Coast is one of Queensland's premier foodie spots, with local produce to be savoured at cafes and restaurants throughout Noosa, Mooloolaba, Montville and Maleny.
The area is also home to the magnificent Australia Zoo, a must-see attraction and fitting homage to its founder, the late Steve Irwin. As well as all things slithery, slimy and scaly, the zoo has an amazing wildlife menagerie all cared for by a team of passionate conservations working around-the-clock to deliver an animal experience like no other.
GMT +10 hour
The Sunshine Coast is around an hour’s drive from Brisbane.
The aptly named Sunshine Coast enjoys an ideal climate with some of the highest sunshine levels in the world, averaging around 7 hours of sunshine a day. Temperatures are generally warm year round, with summer averaging 17-28º and winter around 7-22º.
Board your vessel for a cruise along Lake Cootharaba and into the dark, tranquil, mirrored waterways of the Noosa Everglades. Experience a guided boardwalk at Fig Tree Point and then the chance to explore the wetlands before you navigate your way into the Everglades. After lunch at historic Harry’s Hut, take a swim in the pristine waters, photograph the abundant wildlife or simply relax in this unique environment. Available daily from Noosa (excluding selected dates).
This full day tour begins with a ferry crossing to Fraser Island. Upon arrival at Wanggoolba Creek, join your 4WD vehicle and learn about the natural and cultural history of the island. Enjoy the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie, the island’s most beautiful lake. Lunch is served at Eurong Beach Resort after which there’s a drive along spectacular Seventy Five Mile Beach and a swim in Eli Creek. Later, visit the wreck of Maheno before returning to the mainland. Available daily from Hervey Bay.