The Sunshine Coast's golden beaches stretch for over 65 kilometres, broken only by an occasional headland or the clear waters of a river estuary. But there is more to the region than its stunning sands. Secluded coves, rainforests, waterfalls and quaint mountain villages, all set within a dramatic landscape of beaches, sugar and pineapple farms and bold volcanic peaks. There is so much to explore within this regions of the Great Sunshine Way.
Noosa is a famous cuisine hub with Hastings Street and Gympie Terrace the main eat streets, featuring al fresco restaurants and cafes with water views, delicatessen, bars and ice creameries.
The burgeoning Sunshine Coast Hinterland is becoming the food lovers' destination of choice with Montville and Maleny boasting charming eateries, award-winning restaurants and highly acclaimed cooking schools.
Coastal townships like Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Maroochydore, Coolum and Noosa are synonymous with the traditional Australian beach holiday. Offering a heady mix of beaches, restaurants, boutique shops, night clubs, parkland and a variety of accommodation styles, these towns provide the perfect holiday, whatever your style.
Noosa is the hive of all style and sophistication on the Sunshine Coast. Wander down Hastings Street, the place to be seen, and sip a latte under the shade of a large fig tree. Indulge in the luxury of 5-star resorts, hotels and rainforest hideaways. Sunbathe on warm golden sands or surf the waves of Noosa’s famous break. There’s also the Noosa National Park which provides an amazing coastal rainforest setting of rainforest boardwalks, scenic views over secluded beaches and private coves and the chance to even spot koalas in their natural habitat.
Mooloolaba is trendy and sophisticated, but with a real relaxed feel to it. It’s where beachside cafes, boutique galleries and clothing shops blend with a mix of luxurious resorts and family fun camping grounds. You can rent a riverfront home on the Mooloolah River and enjoy a mouth-watering seafood meal of fresh lobsters and prawns.
Maroochydore is a popular family holiday spot along the Sunshine Coast, but is equally popular with surfers who come for its famous break at Alexander Headlands. Spend the day on wide stretches of beach or simply float along the calm waters of the Maroochy River.
Caloundra is a wonderful part of the Sunshine Coast region with headlands, a number of beautiful beaches, a Marine Park with international significance and the stunning Glass House Mountains visible from the balconies of most accommodation in Caloundra. Caloundra offers a truly relaxed pace and is especially popular with families and couples desiring a safe and secure holiday environment. Swim at one of Caloundra's patrolled surf beaches, surf with the locals at Moffat Beach, enjoy boating or water sports on Pumicestone Passage, dine at one of the many water front cafes and wander the coastal path and say hello back to the locals.