The Sunshine Coast is made up of more than 100km of sparkling coastline, dotted with stunning beaches, stylish villages such as Noosa, and bustling coastal towns like Maroochydore and Mooloolaba.Less than half an hour inland, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland is famous for its fresh produce and gourmet dining. The region is only 90 minutes north of Brisbane, but in this laid-back holiday favourite you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to another world.
Towns and villages are spread all along the Sunshine Coast, each with their own particular brand of charm.
The Sunshine Coast loves to celebrate and you can find food and wine festivals, endurance events, concerts and markets held throughout the region. Noosa in particular has a packed events calendar, so you can schedule your visit to catch something special.
There are great hotels and resorts across the Sunshine Coast from good-value holiday parks right on the beach to quirky treehouses in the Hinterland.
If you’re looking for luxury accommodation on the Sunshine Coast, then Noosa is the place to be. Five-star resorts and stylish self-contained apartments are spread along the beach and around the river. You can also find holiday parks and family-friendly properties.
The best place to stay in Mooloolaba is right by the beach and the esplanade is lined with high-rise resorts and apartment complexes, holiday parks and homes to rent. Similarly, there are several accommodation options spread along Caloundra’s beach and esplanade, ranging from budget motels to contemporary high-rise resorts.
From luxury treehouse cabins in Montville to an Asian-inspired retreat in Maleny, the Hinterland’s varied accommodation options have one thing in common – blissful seclusion.
The Sunshine Beach to Noosa track through Noosa National Park is one of my favourites. It’s best to start early, wear your togs and pack a picnic. Then finish back in Sunshine Beach with a signature iced chocolate at restaurant Fratellini. Alana Ingold
You’ll find taxis and ride-share services (like Uber) available in all the region’s major centres, including Maroochydore, Mooloolaba, Noosa and Caloundra. If you want to discover everything the Sunshine Coast has to offer, then a hire car is the best option.Local buses run along the length of the Sunshine Coast as far as Noosa. The journey from end to end takes about two hours, but you will definitely want to hop off along the way.