The sunny Sunshine Coast is roughly 65 miles north of Brisbane. There are direct flights to Sunshine Coast Airport from Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. You can also travel from Brisbane by shuttle bus, with stops at Noosa, Caloundra and Mooloolaba.
Noosa National Park is home to a 3.4-mile (6.7-mile return) track that traces the coast through rainforest, eucalyptus trees and wildflowers. On this spectacular coastal walk you might spot koalas, dolphins, turtles, and humpback whales (in the right season).
We rate Kings Beach in Caloundra for families, Coolum Beach for a quieter laidback vibe, Noosa National Park for surfing, and Mooloolaba for its good looks and energetic esplanade.
A glamorous seaside town with a laidback personality, Noosa promises pristine beaches, dramatic rainforest, boutique shopping, and a stylish selection of restaurants and bars.
As well as a beachside esplanade bursting with food and shopping options, Mooloolaba Beach is a fan favourite; TripAdvisor voted it one of Australia’s top 10.
A veritable patchwork of lush rainforest, scenic Glass House Mountains, boutique vineyards, and heritage towns come together to form the verdant Sunshine Coast Hinterland.
Mantra Mooloolaba Beach is beach facing and family-friendly.
Tingirana offers chic beachfront apartments right in the heart of Noosa.
Spicers Tamarind Retreat is a luxe stay in the Hinterland, ideal for couples.
Perched on the edge of the Mooloolaba Marina, the moored fishing trawlers out front give you an idea of what to expect on the menu: some of the region’s freshest and tastiest seafood.
The dining experience at Spicers Clovelly Estate’s award-winning restaurant is a gastronomic journey with hinterland views and French wines to boot.
A Sunshine Coast institution, Rickys has a waterfront location and a seasonal menu showcasing the region’s best local produce with a six-course degustation option.