Queensland’s Sunshine Coast is known for its sunny weather, great beaches, fun attractions, and picturesque seaside accommodation.
Upon paying a visit you’ll almost immediately see why it’s such a popular spot for both relaxation and family fun.
From Noosa to Caloundra and everywhere in between, the Sunshine Coast offers a bevvy of natural things to see and do for those who love to spend time outdoors. The Sunshine Coast does a great job of balancing the sometimes-tenuous line of catering to both tourists and locals alike with plenty to see and do that are both commercial and nature-oriented.
First-timers will no doubt want to spend a day at the famous Australia Zoo established by late, great Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin, and certainly, allocate a significant amount of time relaxing on one of the myriads of beaches in the region, but there’s much more to the Sunshine Coast than these crowd favourites.
The magnificent peaks of the Glasshouse Mountains and their surrounding hinterland greenery are an outstanding showcase of geography, and many of the individual mountains can be explored and accessed by both car and on foot. The area is also dotted with numerous little villages and towns that each have their own charm – Montville and Maleny in particular offer enjoyable samplings of both fresh local produce and boutique arts and crafts.
Those visiting the Sunshine Coast who enjoy a touch of shopping can also visit the Eumundi Markets, which are regularly held and provide access to a wide array of locally-produced and hand-crafted items. Alternatively, head away from both the beaches and hinterland and explore the waterways of the Noosa River and Everglades, and get an alternative view of the inner reaches of the Sunshine Coast.
It’s also one of the most family-friendly destinations in all of Australia for those travelling with kids; the region provides a substantial amount of opportunities for youth-oriented entertainment including the aforementioned Australia Zoo, popular marine attraction UnderWater World, Aussie World theme park, the tastes and rides of the Ginger Factory, go-karting and much more. Couple this with the excellent weather and it’s a wonderful all-around destination for families that’s hard to beat.
Whatever your reason for visiting the Sunshine Coast, you’ll find everything you need to know about travelling to this part Queensland broken down in our detailed travel guide sections below.