The most famous region, Noosa is popular for good reason! Hastings Street is lined with trendy restaurants, cafes, ice creameries, and boutiques, the beaches are pristine and the national park luscious and full of wildlife including koalas. All of these amazing elements are within walking distance from each other.
Maroochydore, Marcoola and Mooloolaba are the heart of the Sunshine Coast. Mooloolaba boasts a port from which you can set out on a number of adventures including deep sea fishing, learn to sail class, or join a whale watch cruise. The spit here is also one of the safest beaches on the coast. The waterfront walking track from Maroochydore up to Mooloolaba is the perfect early morning or afternoon activity and the kids can bring their bikes! For peace and quiet and potentially your own private slice of beach head to Twin Waters or Peregian. Twin Waters also has a fantastic inflatable waterpark on the lake, along with plenty of other family friendly activities.
Caloundra is the region of beaches, with a range to choose from and each is more gorgeous than the last. Kings Beach is popular with families as there is a waterpark playground, plenty of cafes, and a decent stretch of golden sand.
You will see them long before you arrive as the Glass House Mountains are part of the Sunshine Coast backdrop. You can drive the lookout circuit to see the entire set of mountains, partake in many walks as well as explore the surrounding hinterland regions of Maleny, Montville, and Mapleton for quaint village atmosphere, gourmet dining, boutique hotels and homemade souvenirs and gifts.
SUNSHINE COAST MUST DO
- Stroll down Hastings Street and indulge in retail therapy and a cocktail
- Soak up the sunshine on one of the many beaches – we LOVE Mooloolaba beach
- Explore Eumundi Markets
- Visit the Hinterland - our favourite walk is the Mount Ngungun summit in the Glass House Mountains OR the Mount Coolum summit hike
- Discover Maleny Village
- Kayak the Noosa Everglades (there are also BBQ lunch cruises for those who dislike paddling)
- Swim in Fairy Pools in Noosa National Park
HOW TO GET THERE
The Sunshine Coast sports its very own airport with direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, and Auckland. You can also spend approximately an hour and a half driving north from Brisbane. There are also multiple train stations peppered throughout the Sunshine Coast.
SEA LIFE (formerly Underwater World)
Big Kart Track
VISIT THE MARKETS
Noosa Farmers Markets
Cotton Tree Markets
Caloundra Street Fair
Peregian Beach Markets
OTHER SUNSHINE COAST THINGS TO DO
Learn to Surf Noosa
Sunshine Coast Skydiving
Shark Dive or Seal Swim at SEA LIFE
Caloundra Duck Tours
Jet Ski Tours
Fishing and Crab Tours
Horse Riding along the beach
Enjoy the waterfront walking track from Mooloolaba to Maroochydore
Our Top Picks For Sunshine Coast
The Sebel Twin Waters
Nestled between a patrolled surf beach and a picturesque saltwater lagoon and within walking distance of the Maroochy River, Grand Mercure Apartments Twin Waters is a unique beachside retreat.
BreakFree Alexandra Beach
Located opposite the patrolled surf beach, BreakFree Alexandra Beach offers self-contained apartments wrapped around a tropical lagoon pool. Fringed by golden beaches, national parks and glorious mountains, Alexandra Headland offers a relaxed, laid back holiday atmosphere.