Just 90 minutes north of Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast is a 100km stretch of beautiful beaches, laid-back coastal towns and stylish holiday resorts. It’s a favourite with families and foodies alike, who venture to the leafy hinterland in search of the region’s best produce.
Noosa is the Sunshine Coast’s most sophisticated seaside village. Embrace the local surf culture at the Noosa Festival of Surfing, discover some of south-east Queensland’s most picturesque coastline in the Noosa National Park and kayak through the mirror-like waters of the Noosa Everglades.
Noosa is a two-hour drive north of Brisbane.
In the centre of the Sunshine Coast, Mooloolaba is known for its great restaurants (serving up fresh Mooloolaba prawns) and organic cafes. It’s a popular spot for endurance events like the Mooloolaba Triathlon. Make time to discover nearby small coastal communities like the charming Cotton Tree.
Mooloolaba is a 90-minute drive north of Brisbane.
Families will fall for the mellow vibe of Caloundra. Canoe on the calm waters of Currimundi Lake, picnic on the cliffs at Point Cartwright, paddle in the surf at Bulcock, Kings and Dicky beaches, and cuddle a koala at Australia Zoo, just 25 minutes from Caloundra.
Caloundra is an 80-minute drive north of Brisbane.
When you can drag yourself away from the beaches, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland has so much to offer. Hike or abseil the dramatic peaks of the Glass House Mountains and walk the waterfall circuit in the Kondalilla National Park. The charming villages of Maleny, Montville and Buderim are lined with great restaurants, stylish boutiques, quirky galleries and artisan producers.
The Hinterland is a 30- to 40-minute drive inland from the Sunshine Coast.
A beautiful short walk through the forest and you're at Serenity Falls - also known as Buderim Falls. A great place to cool off and hang with friends. Kate Duffy