With breathtaking beaches, a lush hinterland and seven national parks, the aptly named Sunshine Coast is a natural playground.

Where Is It?

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.

One Great Walk

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).

Noosa National Park

Noosa National Park traces the coast through rainforest, eucalyptus trees and wildflowers. (Image: Queensland Government)

Best Beaches

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.

Coolum Beach in Sunshine Coast

Visit Coolum Beach for a quieter laidback vibe.

Top Three Spots to Visit


A glamorous seaside town with a laidback personality, Noosa promises pristine beaches, dramatic rainforest, boutique shopping, and a stylish selection of restaurants and bars.

Woman swimming top view

Noosa promises pristine beaches. (Image: Visit Noosa)


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.

Facade of Spicers Tamarind Retreat

Spicers Tamarind Retreat is ideal for couples.


A veritable patchwork of lush rainforest, scenic Glass House Mountains, boutique vineyards, and heritage towns come together to form the verdant Sunshine Coast Hinterland.

Where To Stay

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.

Where to Eat?

Pier 33

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 Long Apron

The dining experience at Spicers Clovelly Estate’s award-winning restaurant is a gastronomic journey with hinterland views and French wines to boot.

Top view of meal from Spicers Clovelly Estate

Spicers Clovelly Estate offers guests a gastronomic journey.


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.

Dining in Rickys waterfront location

Rickys has a glorious waterfront location.

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