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Sunshine Coast Region

Just north of Brisbane, Queensland’s Sunshine Coast offers a relaxed, yet sophisticated lifestyle. Encompassing the coastline from Caloundra to Rainbow Beach and the lush countryside of the hinterland, the beauty of this region will captivate you.

The beaches of the Sunshine Coast are varied with gentle waves to serious surf, while idyllic coastal towns are perfect for both romantic getaways and family holidays. If you prefer a cosy holiday nestled amongst the hills and beautiful Glass House Mountains, then wander through the hinterland where you can browse among local delicacies at markets and fresh food stalls.

Be prepared to tempt your tastebuds in Noosa, untie your purse-strings at Eumundi Markets and bring out your inner child at Australia Zoo. You’ll soon realise that one visit to the Sunshine Coast is simply not enough, it is the perfect place to 'Find Your Space'.

Sunshine Coast Region
Noosa Heads, Noosa Area
Queensland
Australia

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Ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park

Mudjimba, Sunshine Coast Area
From AU$15 - 25
Dive the Brisbane and experience this historical treasure and budding environmental wonder. The ex-HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park is an artificial reef and dive site off the Sunshine Coast, and is set to become one of Australia's premier dive attractions. This is the only former Navy dive wreck in Australia offering divers the unique opportunity to explore both the forward engine room and the boiler room. A former missile destroyer, the HMAS Brisbane, was scuttled 2.8 nautical miles east of Mudjimba Island on 31 July 2005 to begin its new life as the 'anchor' attraction for dive tourism in Southern Queensland. Divers can explore the 133 metre former warship and view different areas of the ship. Access holes allow passage into the ship's interior, where divers can swim through living and sleeping quarters used by the crew during the ship’s service from 1967 to 2001.

Mount Coolum National Park

Mount Coolum, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Mount Coolum National Park, especially the green-cloaked dome of Mount Coolum, dominates the skyline of the Sunshine Coast lowlands. After rain, waterfalls cascade down steep craggy cliffs to open eucalypt forest skirting the lower slopes. Towards the summit, rare montane heath grows. The park also protects coastal wallum, paperbark wetlands and rainforest remnants. Climb the steep, rough 800 metre trail up the mountain's eastern side from the carpark to the summit. Carry water and snack food. Be rewarded with 360 degree views - most spectacular at sunrise. Look for peregrine falcons nesting along cliff faces. In winter and spring, photograph wildflowers. See how many different types of banksia you can find!

Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Mudjimba (Old Woman) Island can be found a short boat ride from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast. The Island offers treats for both snorkellers and divers, with coral gardens starting at just two metres deep for brilliant dives. Extensive fields of hard and soft coral cover the gardens, with plenty of gullies, ledges, bommies and small drop offs as you venture out further. An amazing variety of nudibranch species and invertebrates provide perfect subjects for macro photographers, with butterflyfish, lionfish, moray eels, wrasse, angelfish, morwong, surgeonfish, damsels, pufferfish and gobies easy to find on every dive.

HMAS Brisbane Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Just a few kilometres from Mooloolaba on the Sunshine Coast, HMAS Brisbane is a retired Royal Australian Navy guided missile destroyer that is now one of Australia's top dive sites. The ship was scuttled in July 2005 - the 133 metre wreck is sitting upright on her keel, lodged in sand 27 metres below sea level. The main decks sit at a depth of 15 metres with the ship's funnel only three metres below the surface. Open water divers can explore the top structure and its large population of marine life, while suitably qualified divers can enter many compartments further down, including the kitchen, engine room and boiler room. The site is part of the HMAS Brisbane Conservation Park, managed by the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service, and is teeming with clown fish, colourful wrasse, octopi, lion fish, turtles, gropers and more.

Magic Mountain Dive Site

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Free Entry
Magic Mountain, a dive site on the Outer Gneerings Reef off Mooloolaba's coast, is a dive for more experienced divers due to its depth and the complex structures formed by rocky outcrops. The large group of outcrops extend from the sandy ocean floor to form numerous gullies, ravines, bommies, swim-throughs and pinnacles, all housing soft and hard coral colonies. Fish calling Magic Mountain home include morwong, wrasse, leatherjackets, batfish, bullseyes, butterfly and angelfish. Numerous urchins, nudibranchs, anemones, feather and brittle stars, crabs, crayfish, wobbegongs and the occasional groper are also found on this rugged structure.

Marcoola Beach

Marcoola, Sunshine Coast Area
Marcoola Beach is located just north of Maroochy River and boasts quiet uncrowded beaches, which are best suited for serious surfers and walkers. Marcoola Beach is a great escape - unwind for a quiet barbecue or picnic with open grassy parkland, shady trees and children's park. Apartment style accommodation, as well as a range of hotels are available with eateries within easy driving distance. Marcoola Beach is close to the Sunshine Coast Airport, and about 10 minutes' drive south of Coolum.

Bli Bli

Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast Area
The name Bli Bli means 'many swamp oak trees'. While in Bli Bli be sure to take a cruise through the Maroochy Wet Lands Sanctuary, or walk the boardwalks through swamps and mangroves. Wheelchair access is provided via the boardwalk for part of the way. For those wanting to add a little bit of history to their holiday, make sure to visit Sunshine Castle and its many medieval features, including drawbridge and moat, dungeon, and torture chamber. Also located at Sunshine Castle is a doll museum featuring animated dancing dolls and dolls in national costume. For the daredevils, try the cable waterski park. Here you can learn wake boarding, knee boarding, skurfing or water skiing. For a more relaxing experience try your luck at catching a big Barramundi. Nearby Muller Park provides a leash-free area to spend the day with your pets.

Buderim

Buderim, Sunshine Coast Area
Perched high on the red, fertile soil of Buderim Mountain above the Sunshine Coast, Buderim might be small, but no town or city in the state can match it for vibrant colour. The colour flows from the bougainvillea, poinciana, frangipani and hibiscus, which adorn just about every garden in town. Although the area’s prosperity has been built on timber, sugar, citrus, coffee and bananas, the name of modern Buderim is synonymous with ginger, which is marketed directly in every conceivable form. You can taste the fruits of the good earth at the markets or many of the local culinery establishments. The link to the timber industry is preserved in the faithfully restored cottage built from hewn cedar and beech by pioneer John Kerle Bennett in 1876. The hinterland in which Buderim is set is sprinkled with a number of parks and reserves, which give the visitor a glimpse of the original vegetation in the area. The parkland within the area includes Mooloolah River National Park, where the wallum heathland bursts into a riot of colour in spring, Buderim Forest Park, with its signature waterfalls and boardwalk, and the beautiful Foote Sanctuary.

Maroochydore

Maroochydore, Sunshine Coast Area
With its funky cafes, multicultural cuisine and thriving live music scene - Maroochydore is the cultural capital of the Sunshine Coast where you can enjoy an ocean dip during the day and a cocktail at night. The seaside suburb of Cotton Tree is a popular place for a picnic or barbecue - with several play areas for the kids and lots of shade. There's a range of holiday accommodation on offer in this area as well as some great coffee shops along the waterfront. For those who like being out on the water, Maroochy River offers sunset cruises, fishing charters, canoe hire and aquatic activities like wind-sailing and stand-up paddle boarding. To catch a wave or work on your tan, head to open beaches like Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland and Maroochydore. Retail therapy can be found at Sunshine Plaza - the largest shopping centre in the region with over 220 specialty stores. Maroochydore is about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane.

Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba, Sunshine Coast Area
Dine on the freshest seafood straight off the trawler or hop on a fishing charter to catch your own. Mooloolaba is home to the largest trawling fleet in the region and a favourite anchorage for ocean cruisers and leisure boats. Whether it's a simple serve of fish and chips at the beach, or king prawn cocktails at a five-star restaurant - Mooloolaba can dish up seafood to suit all budgets and palates. There are several patrolled beaches in this part of the coast. Alexandra Headland is a great place to find a perfectly peeling wave if you're keen to go for a surf while you're in town. When it comes to dining, Mooloolaba is home to a range of cosmopolitan cafes and family restaurants - as well as a shopping precinct by the water where you can buy everything from beach towels to designer label clothes. Mooloolaba is about 100 kilometres north of Brisbane.
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