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Where is the Sunshine Coast?
Queensland's Sunshine Coast region begins 80 kilometres north of Brisbane, stretching from the Glass House Mountains and Bribie Island in the south, north to Tin Can Bay and the Great Sandy National Park north of Noosa Heads, and in the west to Kenilworth. The approximate distance of the Sunshine Coast from north to south is 100 kilometres.

Coolum Beach

How do I get there?
For road directions from your town or suburb to one of the towns of the Sunshine Coast try using Travelmate's Smart Trip. Not only will it give you directions, but also the distance and time it will take, and you can zoom in and out on any part of the map.

What are the main towns?

Along the coast the main towns are Caloundra, Mooloolaba, Alexandra Headland, Maroochydore, Coolum Beach, Peregian Beach, Sunshine Beach, Noosa Heads, Noosaville, Rainbow Beach and Tin Can Bay.

The main inland and hinterland towns are Buderim, Nambour, Maleny, Montville and Gympie.

These towns have most of the accommodation available in the region. For a full list of accommodation on the Sunshine Coast click here.

What's there to do?

The Sunshine Coast is a wonderfully diverse region, a wonderful mix of culture, cuisine, nature and action. Not only are there the obvious delights, hedonism and attractions of the coast, but the farms, plantations, arts and crafts of the hinterland.

The Sunshine Coast region is a sports lover's paradise, offering a challenging game of golf to mountain climbing. Try hang gliding in Cooloola, abseiling in The Glass House Mountains, windsurfing in Caloundra, kite surfing or four-wheel driving on Noosa’s North Shore, go-kart racing, paragliding, houseboating, camel riding, horse riding on the beach, sea kayaking or canoeing. Chase the big fish offshore or learn how to surf. The region also boasts many popular attractions, including the Big Pineapple, Australia Zoo (home to “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin), the Ginger Factory, The Big Kart Track, Nostalgia Town, Forest Glen Wildlife Sanctuary, Aussie World, The Mary Valley Rattler, Super Bee, The Wharf and UnderWater World.

The region is becoming one of Australia’s most talked-about culinary centres. Whether you’re brunching or lunching, there are bistros, bars and eateries offering every type of cuisine imaginable. The climate is perfect for Alfresco dining day or night. Throughout the coast you’ll discover thousands of different dining experiences, with one to suit your tastes and budget from new style cuisine to the traditional country fare of the hinterland. Hastings Street restaurants helped put Noosa on the map. Diners now also drift to Thomas Street, Noosaville, and Sunshine Beach for eclectic cuisine. Maroochydore’s Plaza food court and cafes draw crowds, as does Mooloolaba’s Wharf and Esplanade footpath dining precincts. Montville and Maleny are a day trippers delight, offering devonshire tea and vegan food through to gourmet menus. If you’re a seafood lover, the seafood, fresh from the trawlers in Cooloola, is fantastic.

The Sunshine Coast is undoubtedly one of Australia’s most scenically beautiful regions. Trek through the pristine rainforest dotted around the coast and visit wetland sanctuaries teeming with wildlife. Always beckoning are the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean, where it’s not uncommon to see dolphins join the surfers off the rocky points. Experience the stunning views guaranteed to take your breath away in the Blackall Ranges. Visit charming mountain villages, secluded sandy beaches, national parks, state forests, rainforests or marvel at the magnificent Coloured Sands enroute to the worlds largest sand island - World Heritage Listed Fraser Island. Some national parks in the region include: Cooloola National Park, Conondale National Park, Mooloolah River National Park, Glass House Mountains National Park, Kondalilla National Park and don’t miss the opportunity to go koala spotting in Australia’s most visited national park- Noosa National Park. There is also a vast array of tours available on the Sunshine Coast ranging from rainforest safaris to ecotourism tours and cruises, 4WD tours and tours to Fraser Island. Not to be missed is a trip up the Noosa River through the Everglades. The riverbanks are home to all manner of birdlife including cormorants, osprey eagles, ibises and cockatoos. You’ll be amazed at the diversity and beauty of the Sunshine Coast and with such an array of things to do and see you won’t want to leave.

Culturally, the region is alive with artists and crafts people, producing excellent work for exhibition and sale. There is so much talent to be found. Writers, musicians, theatre and television performers, producers and directors, joining with the painters and the potters. Follow the arts, crafts and galleries trail through the quaint villages like Montville, Maleny, Flaxton and Mapleton or for locally made arts and crafts there is Queensland’s famous Eumundi Markets. Noosa is becoming recognised internationally for its art which ranges from witty sculptures of industrial “finds” to dramatic paintings, the works of many of the local artists can be found in serious collections internationally. With libraries, cinema complexes, museums, heritage and historical places of interest and learning opportunities throughout the area, you’ll return home enriched from the experience of the Sunshine Coast.

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