The Sunshine Coast is technically a collection of diverse towns and villages rather than one single destination. City folk from Brisbane have flocked here for their holidays since the 1940s, attracted by the region’s brilliant beaches and natural beauty. As such, the Sunshine Coast is well set up for tourists, with plenty of shops, restaurants and hotels. There are also many popular attractions such as the family-run Australia Zoo, UnderWater World aquarium and the iconic Big Pineapple at Nambour.
For its relatively small size, the Sunshine Coast has a disproportionate number of national parks ranging from the popular coastal Noosa National Park, which boasts both native bushland and spectacular ocean views, to the heritage-listed Glass House Mountains National Park which is dotted with distinctive steep-sided peaks. Make the most of sunny conditions by spending your time here outdoors.
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Swim, stand-up paddle board or learn to surf in the crystalline waters at Noosa Heads, Mooloolaba or Caloundra. Walk the stunning seaside track at Noosa National Park and look for koalas in the surrounding gum trees. Shop along fashionable Hastings Street or at the eclectic Eumundi Markets, then take a cooking masterclass at Spicers Tamarind Retreat. See native wildlife species and watch croc-feeding at Australia Zoo, then pose with the 16m-tall Big Pineapple at Nambour before touring The Ginger Factory at Buderim.
- Stunning beaches at Maroochydore, Mooloolaba and Noosa Heads
- Charming coastal towns and inland villages including Caloundra and Eumundi
- Excellent infrastructure, shops, cafes and restaurants
- A wealth of diverse national parks
- The impressive Glass House Mountains
- Popular Australia Zoo
- Multi-award winning UnderWater World aquarium
- The iconic Big Pineapple
- The informative Ginger Factory at Buderim
- An array of outdoor activities from bushwalking to golf and swimming
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The Sunshine Coast is just over an hour north of Brisbane, linked by a well-maintained freeway that cuts through the Glass House Mountains, which mark the region’s southern boundary. The area surrounding Noosa Heads and Noosa North Shore forms the Sunshine Coast’s northern boundary.