Only an hour’s drive from Queensland’s capital Brisbane you’ll join the laid-back lifestyle of the Sunshine Coast.
Leave your footprints in the 100km stretch of sandy coastline or take in the sweeping views from the volcanic peaks of the Glass House Mountains.
Beyond the sparkling beaches and lush hinterland are communities that create the true essence of the Sunshine Coast. From the sophisticated seaside village of Noosa to the urban centre of Maroochydore, the easy-going charm of Caloundra and the natural beauty of the Pumicestone Passage that separates Bribie Island from the Queensland mainland. Each seaside spot has its own personality to get to know.
Whether you’re seeking action-packed, nature-filled adventures or a relaxing beachside escape, the Sunshine Coast delivers the best of both worlds and plenty more in between.
Things to do on the Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast Hinterland
Escape to the crisp air, stunning views and fascinating towns of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Whether you’re looking for nature, attractions, animal encounters, art, food, shopping and more, the Sunshine Coast Hinterland has it all.
E.g. take in the jaw-dropping views of cascading waterfalls in Kondalilla National Park. Literally meaning ‘rushing waters’, the word Kondalilla perfectly sums up the steep 90m drop off of Skene Creek’s waterfall.
One of the best things to do on the Sunshine Coast is to visit Australia Zoo. Home to an incredible array of native animals, spend a day getting to know the country’s weird and wonderful creatures. This is also the founding place of the world-renowned Wildlife Animal Hospital, where visitors are able to experience first-hand the work being done to preserve and protect Australia’s unique species.
Noosa National Park
Noosa is already a favourite with its buzzy beachside vibe, social eat streets and postcard-perfect beaches. Not too many places can lay the claim of a National Park within easy walking distance of their CBD.
Its most popular tracks can be found on Noosa headland, just a short 30-minute wander from beachside Hastings Street. Parking is available, but you will need to be early to nab one.
Spot a koala, turtles or even dolphins. And if you come here during whale season in July to October there is a good chance you will see majestic humpback whales.